The following is a guest post by Harvey M. Bernstein, Vice President of Industry Insights & Alliances, McGraw-Hill Construction and John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Climate, Controls & Security
National Green Week is a time to make students aware of important sustainability topics and get them excited to do their part to make a difference! What better way to drum up enthusiasm than with a fun and educational contest?
One of my favorite events each year at Greenbuild is our annual leadership luncheon at which we give out a handful of awards and take a moment to honor those who have distinguished themselves and/or their firms or organizations by advancing the cause of sustainability and the green building movement.
It’s Greenbuild 2012 and the Moscone Center in San Francisco is teeming with people who clearly got the memo about sustainability. And even though thousands here have seen the light and understand what we’re doing is essential to the long-term health of the planet, not to mention our children and theirs, I realize there are many more out there who remain in the dark.
The following session is part of USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, an annual gathering of ~35,000 professionals, students and stakeholders in the green building movement. This year’s conference will take place Nov. 14-16 in San Francisco, Calif. For more information or to register, please visit GreenbuildExpo.org.
Is your building operating efficiency? What about the people in your building?
One of our customers recently wrote us to share a fresh perspective on sustainability—from her son. From his perspective, the solar panels on their roof are the norm, and he seems genuinely puzzled if his friends’ homes don’t have them as well. To him, solar panels are as much a part of modern life as TVs and refrigerators.
This week’s green building articles went far beyond bricks and mortar: The sea lion in our header image should be ample indication. Check out our sampling of sustainability reads, videos and photos below.
Did we miss anything? Share your favorite links from the week in the comments.
The Green Apple Day of Service is less than a month away, but it’s not too late to plan something great! When I was in elementary school, we had a giant map of the United States painted on the blacktop. This simple picture let students have fun outside, use their imagination and learn about geography all at the same time. Whether it is a map of the United States, the globe, or an image about sustainability and healthy living, there's an easy way to scale your image to blacktop size, and make a great Day of Service project out of it.
Even though the London Olympics just ended, preparation for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro has begun. For most people, the Olympics stand for astonishing displays of athleticism, outstanding sportsmanship and national pride. Most people might not think past the events and the medal counts. But for host cities, the Olympics are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reinvent themselves, to boost their local and regional economies and to set a forward-thinking example of sustainability for the rest of the globe.