Monday, April 29, 2019

2019 COTE® Top Ten Awards - AIA - Setting the standard in design and sustainability

The 2019 COTE® Top Ten program highlights projects that meet the AIA Committee on the Environment's rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value. The COTE® Top Ten Plus designation denotes projects with exemplary performance data and post occupancy lessons.

COTE Frick1 Massery

2019 COTE® Top Ten Awards - AIA

Monday, April 22, 2019

Extinction Rebellion arrests pass 1,000 on eighth day of protests | Environment | The Guardian

‘Die-in’ staged at Natural History Museum as protesters gather at legal site in Marble Arch

More than 1,000 people have been arrested at Extinction Rebellion climate protests in London, police have said, in what organisers described as the biggest civil disobedience event in recent British history.

The Metropolitan police said that as of 10am on Monday, 1,065 arrests had been made and 53 people charged in relation to the protests.

Activists at Natural History Museum
Extinction Rebellion activists at the Natural History Museum. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Read more at: Extinction Rebellion arrests pass 1,000 on eighth day of protests | Environment | The Guardian

Saturday, April 20, 2019

‘I’m Just More Afraid of Climate Change Than I Am of Prison’ - The New York Times

‘I’m Just More Afraid of Climate Change Than I Am of Prison’

How a group of five activists called the Valve Turners decided to fight global warming by doing whatever it takes.

On Oct. 11, 2016, Michael Foster and two companions rose before dawn, left their budget hotel in Grand Forks, N.D., and drove a white rental sedan toward the Canadian border, diligently minding the speed limit. The day was cold and overcast, and Foster, his diminutive frame wrapped in a down jacket, had prepared for a morning outdoors. As the driver, Sam Jessup, followed a succession of laser-straight farm roads through the sugar-beet fields, and a documentary filmmaker, Deia Schlosberg, recorded events from the back seat, Foster sat hunched in the passenger seat, mentally rehearsing his plan.

Continue reading at: ‘I’m Just More Afraid of Climate Change Than I Am of Prison’ - The New York Times

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

What if we could actually build a better world?

With a Green New Deal, Here’s What the World Could Look Like for the Next Generation

IT’S THE SPRING of 2043, and Gina is graduating college with the rest of her class. She had a relatively stable childhood. Her parents availed themselves of some of the year of paid family leave they were entitled to, and after that she was dropped off at a free child care program.

Pre-K and K-12 were also free, of course, but so was her time at college, which she began after a year of public service, during which she spent six months restoring wetlands and another six volunteering at a day care much like the one she had gone to.

Countless wind turbines at the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm delivering 615 MW, in September 2017. | usage worldwide Photo by: Frank Duenzl/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Wind turbines at the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm in Riverside County, Calif., in September 2017. Photo: Frank Duenzl/picture-alliance/dpa/AP

With a Green New Deal, Here’s What the World Could Look Like for the Next Generation

Monday, April 15, 2019

City of Chicago :: 100% Renewable Energy by 2040

Chicago committed to become 100% renewable for all municipal buildings by 2025. When will Adrian follow?
Actually by 2040:

Chicago Renewable Energy Challenge

City of Chicago :: Chicago Renewable Energy Challenge Program

Last Documentary this Wednesday: Environmental Documentaries - SHU Sustainability

Last feature of the Environmental Documentary Series this semester is "Tomorrow" - original title: "Demain". In this 120 minute feature, the authors collect promising strategies for a desirable and livable future in several key areas. It is a very optimistic film showing ways out of our current crisis:

Environmental Documentaries - SHU Sustainability

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) is a collaboration of leading global cities working to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80-100% by 2050 or sooner — the most aggressive GHG reduction targets undertaken anywhere by any city.

Cities – CNCA

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Environmental Documentary Series is Showing: The Reluctant Radical

Showing this Wednesday at the 7th Environmental Documentary Series

Info about place and time:

If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary?

THE RELUCTANT RADICAL follows activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. Ken breaks the law as a last resort, to fulfill what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations. After twenty years leading environmental organizations, Ken became increasingly alarmed by both the scientific evidence of climate change and the repercussions for civilization as we know it. Ken pushed for a crisis level response from inside environmental organizations. Those efforts failed, and he now embraces direct action civil disobedience as the most effective political tool to deal with catastrophic circumstances.