Green building has come into its own. On February 3, President Obama announced his Better Buildings Initiative, designed to reduce energy use among commercial buildings by 20%. Currently, all federal buildings newly built or renovated must achieve at least a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver rating.
Money is one of the factors that can hamper green construction efforts. “Too often people think sustainability is only for the rich,” said Tim Duggan, landscape architect for the Make it Right Foundation, in the LLAMA President’s Program, “Community Beyond Housing.” But finances can also turn skeptics into enthusiasts.
Americans produce an alarming amount of added waste during the holiday season. How much more? According to recycleworks.org, we produce 25% more from Thanksgiving to New Year’s than at any other time of the year. The result: about 1 million additional tons of garbage added to our landfills each week during the holidays. That’s a lot of garbage!
Just one short year ago, the Chicago Public Library introduced a tiny outpost with reference books for visitors to read while in the building, a small collection for Chicago library card holders to check out, and a pick-up location for materials ordered online by card holders in one of the city’s busiest visitors center, the renovated
Libraries are filled to the brim with digital technology including PCs, printers, copiers, scanners, and more. When they work, it’s great. But sooner or later, they all go south, and now e-waste is the fastest growing category of waste according to the EPA.