There’s a new green building material on the market that is light, strong, and flexible, and can be made into just about any shape, including complex molded shapes, without the need for any glues, harmful chemicals, or toxic ingredients. This material, ECOR, is made using only water, heat, fiber, and pressure, and takes a low-value […]
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It wasn’t that long ago that the term ‘green building’ was seen as something extra you did or tried to incorporate into construction in order to greenwash it or give it a ‘touchy-feely’ green aspect for marketing purposes. Because the general public doesn’t have a good grasp on what a green building truly is, I […]
One extremely promising green building material comes from a plant that has been demonized in the United States for decades, but which could ultimately be used for multiple sustainable solutions in the food, fiber, energy, and construction sectors. That wonder plant is called hemp, and it offers a variety of advantages over other crops, including […]
The sun’s energy is an amazing asset when used to grow food, heat water, or produce electricity, but it can be something to avoid in certain situations and during specific times of the year, such as when the summer sun is streaming in through the windows of our homes and heating them up. That solar […]
A UK-based startup promises a better way to install intelligent LED lighting and controls, by making it simple and fun to get started with a low-energy lighting system that not only saves energy and money for the user, but also reduces lighting-related greenhouse gas emissions. Isotera’s LED lighting and control products offer a modular plug-n-play […]
Access to green consumer products, from organic and natural foods to eco-friendly personal care and cleaning supplies, is growing daily, and many of these items are beginning to be available at some mainstream grocery and big box stores. Organic and sustainable clothing is bit harder to find, at least at brick-and-mortar retail stores, but that […]
Green buildings create myriad benefits like reduced emissions and energy demand or happier and healthier employees, but those benefits can be hard to quantify, potentially creating skepticism about their bottom-line return on investment. And that’…
We may be familiar with computer hacking, but what about hacking buildings? Future360 investigates that a hackable building is one that’s been adapted or modified to be almost unrecognizable from its original form. Architecture firm Gensler first coined the phrase “hackable buildings” and became a case study for this exciting new concept. Gensler’s Los Angeles […]
Yesterday, during the world’s largest green building conference, ForestEthics and three other organizations ran an ad in the Toronto Star warning that new forestry standards proposed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) would drastically lower its standards, and would effectively greenwash clearcuts and other destructive practices which the USGBC and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) were ostensibly designed to rise above. But is that really so?
This series is made possible by energy-efficiency specialists WellHome and their Home Weatherization Giveaway Sweepstakes. Take a quick visual quiz of your home’s energy use to see your potential yearly savings. Hurry! For your shot at a grand prize of $2500 in energy efficiency upgrades, enter by March 20! Project Home Again is a nonprofit, […]
The Fourth Annual Sustainable Industries Economic Forum will feature ecopreneur Ray Anderson, founder and Chairman of Interface, a company specializing in sustainable carpets and other industrial products. The event will showcase a panel discussion with rock stars of the green business world, representing a broad swath of green industries. The timely discussion for this year’s […]
The path recycling has taken over the past couple of decades has been a promising one. Inroads into the consumer market have been tremendously successful with recycling programs in many cities across the country. For one of the country’s largest industries however, the construction industry, there is a lot of room for improvement. Construction projects […]
There may be few occupations that have more opportunity to incorporate sustainable choices into their products, services, and day-to-day operations than architecture. The market for green building has cooled down along with everything else, but it seems inevitable that it will replace its traditional counterpart faster than most other sustainable industries. Organic foods, for example, […]
So you have an interest in sustainability, particularly when it comes to your home environment. You know enough that your friends seem to flock to you for advice. They say, “You should open your own store!” You think hmm, they might be on to something. But you’ve never opened up a store, and it’s a tough economy these days for doing so.
g Green Design Center may be just the ticket.
Green Businesses are hotter than ever and even in the worst of economies, Ecopreneurs are looking for ways to get get funded and bring their dreams to fruition. However when it comes to the business of K-12 education, it can be challenging to get the show on the road. It helps of course to have a solid business plan and passion to carry out your mission.
Ecopreneurist recently had the opportunity to interview Kristen von Hoffmann, the president and founder of Greenfox Schools an environmental consulting company that partners provides schools with cutting edge environmental techology, products and progarms to help them go green. A member of K-12 Sector Team for the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, Kristen bases her company on the Greenfox5, a strategy she developed that defines the five main functional points of optimization for any building as Energy, Waste Disposal, Food, Products, and Greenspace. Passionate about her mission, read what she had to say.
Look in your bathroom. Got a loofah in there? Ever used one? You know, like a sea sponge? Now think about it being used for building houses. Huh!? This is exactly what’s happening right now in Paraguay. Elsa Aldivar, a social activist teamed up with Pedro Padros, an industrial engineer to make this happen. It […]
Many entrepreneurs are starting green businesses now, but a number got their start a few years ago and are already thinking about moving on. Willem Maas started GreenHomeGuide.com back in 2004 and sold it this summer to the U.S. Green Building Council, developers of the LEED rating system. I asked Willem to share his experience […]
Quick – What’s the easiest way to reduce your energy use and costs in your home? Better Insulation, perhaps? Solar panels on the roof? Microturbine on the lawn? All valid ways, but there’s an even more direct path. Your thermostat. If it’s more then an orange pointer to a temperature, in other words programmable, you […]
The collapsing housing market has wreaked havoc in a variety of industries. Everyone from realtors, to mortgage bankers to builders has seen lay-offs and steeply declining sales. The savviest of the group have realigned their businesses to go after the new markets a recession creates or focused on smaller, still growing niche markets. For builders […]
Every once in a while you come across an idea that just lights you up. Styrofoam has long been one of the unmoveables when it came to recycling (too bulky, not much money in it) and there wasn’t a viable replacement for it. Easy to make, lots of it, hard to sustainably dispose of, what […]