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Last October I visited New Orleans for the USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference. I had signed up to attend the Third Annual Women in Green Power Breakfast on that Thursday morning, eager to connect with fellow women in sustainability. Those two hours were by far the most influential and important part of my trip. Organized by Kimberly Lewis, the USGBC’s Vice...

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Peter Rumsey, one of the first green building engineers to design net zero buildings in the US, has a long history of championing energy efficiency combined with technologies such as radiant  heating and cooling systems and chilled beams.  He has led many of the world’s notable firsts in green design, including the first net zero...

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Exclusive, rustic luxury vacation resorts nestled in the Pacific Northwest are few and far between. Here is your introduction to a 5 acre Island in a setting that’s as exclusive as it gets.  Vacation island exclusivity with the travel options of arriving by car, boat or float plane! Rustic Luxury Vacation Sunset Island Resort is an exclusive 5 acre private...

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In every field, there are paragons that define it – the types of individuals whose impacts are awe-inspiring, towering in the sense in which their magnitude is asserted. Like any field, sustainability has no shortage of these remarkable individuals.  Norman Borlaug is one of them. As a matter of fact, he’s more than just a paragon...

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As we recently profiled, Laura Paul is an emerging leader in the field of green building. Recently voted in as Chapter President of the Ottawa Canadian Green Building Council, we looked to get some insight from Laura about her place in the profession of sustainability as well as what the future holds for up-and-coming professionals...

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Today, many new buildings are approached as living, breathing entities that not only mitigate environmental damage, but repair and renew their surroundings to leave the environment in better shape than before they were constructed. Visionaries see the opportunities to improve upon what we’ve created – and continue to create – in our cities. One such...

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Like most fields of work today, the green building industry is a rapidly evolving one as its leaders and experts race against time. Professionals in the green building world are tirelessly working to convince the traditional construction industry of the value in ecological practices for the long-term benefit of society. We’re faced with food, energy,...

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Imagine a city where the concrete jungle fades into a natural, abundant environment. Sound too far fetched? Frank Lloyd Wright didn’t think so and neither does Eric Corey Freed. Wright saw design elements as symbiotic compliments to humans and their environment, coining the term “Organic Architecture” to describe this practice. Eric has since borrowed the...

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Inventor of the Tree T Pee, Johnny Georges had humble beginnings and continues to share his values of an honest, hard-earned dollar with Americans nationwide. Coming from a family that has a history in both horticulture and agriculture, Johnny Georges values hard work and has used this motive along with his 29 years of experience...

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The business of sustainability has evolved significantly over the past 20 years. Finding its roots as a movement, Sustainability rapidly developed into a full blown industry by the early 2000’s, generating significant buy-in from both the public and private sectors. When the global financial crisis hit, some suggest that big-s “Sustainability” lost traction as businesses...

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