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What We Learned in the Rainforest: Business Lessons from Nature (Spring 2002)
By Tachi Kiuchi and Bill Shireman

In the rainforest, nature uses feedback to "close the loop." In the face of limits, feedback triggers adaptations that lessen or make an end-run around physical constraints. In business, companies like Coors use feedback to "close the loop," triggering innovations that lead to new products, processes, businesses, and profits.

Art, Nature & Recycling (Winter 2001)
By Reena Kazmann

Whether you think of your household garbage or your local landfill, chances are good that what comes into your mindís eye is not a pretty picture. But thereís beauty to be found everywhere, and so its not really surprising that a growing number of talented and committed artists, designers, architects, and builders are converting old stuff that would have gone to landfills into a wide array of useful and beautiful products.

What You Can't See Could Cost You (Spring 1999)

With home mortgage interest rates at their lowest percentages in years, many people are jumping into the housing market. But really look before you leap, say civil engineers, otherwise you may miss the warning signs of a costly structural problem that strikes more homes each year than floods, tornadoes or hurricanes.

Progress In Sustainable Forest Certification (Spring 1999)

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge has announced that his state is now home to the nation's largest certified forest. Citing global economic and environmental benefits, Gov. Ridge said that Pennsylvania's entire 2.1 million acres of state forest land have been certified as "well-managed" by an independent environmental review team.

Brownfields Development A Success (Spring 1999)

"What you are doing for brownfields -- bringing business and communities together from the very start -- proves one of the basic tenets of all our efforts: through partnership we can protect both people and prosperity, our health and our economy." -- Excerpts from a speech by Carol Browner, EPA Administrator.

Earth Day 2000: Launch of the Earth Day Network (Winter 1999)
By Denis Hayes

Earth Day Network will use cutting-edge information technology and traditional grassroots organizing to enlist half a billion people around the world to challenge the power of vested interests and protect the public interest.

Flush With Success (Fall 1998)

A new study says that efficient toilets, showerheads, and faucets could save billions of dollars in water infrastructure costs for communities that encourage them.

Recycled Glass Applications Expand (Fall 1998)

Recycled glass (cullet), primarily used in the manufacture of new bottles and jars, is also being used in such unconventional secondary applications as the manufacture of fiberglass insulation, roadbed aggregate for the nation's highways, driving safety reflective beads and decorative tile.

Dissatisfaction Guaranteed (Spring 2001)
By Dave Wann

It's like going into a room and forgetting what you came for, except in this case it's the whole culture, forgetting. We forget to ask, "What's an economy for?" En route to a brand new American millennium, we got detoured. Price tags and bar codes began to coat the surfaces of our lives, as every single activity became a transaction. Eating, entertainment, socializing, health, even religion - all became marketable commodities.

Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanityís Future (Summer 2000)
By Duane Elgin

How grown up do you think humanity is? When you look at human behavior around the world and then imagine our species as one individual, how old would that person be? A toddler? A teenager? A young adult? An elder?

Energy Tax Incentives Overwhelmingly Popular (Summer 1999)
By Edward Osann, ACEEE

What do GenX-ers and Seniors, Blacks and Whites, Southerners and Westerners, Republicans and Democrats, and city dwellers and rural residents all have in common? Based on the latest poll results, they all overwhelmingly support the encouragement of energy efficiency and renewable energy through tax incentives.

Urban Living in the New Millennium (Winter, 1999)
By Jerry T. Estruth

The leaders of our cities are struggling to build transportation systems and to create communities that are livable and provide an environment friendly to people and animals. Slowly, awareness is growing and methods are being developed to enable us to build self-sufficient places to live in the future.

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (2009)
By Lester Brown

In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Lester Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent. With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues. In Plan B 3.0, Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor. More…

New Online Certified Forest Products Marketplace (Spring 2002)
Building An Economy for the Earth (Spring 2002)
Cleaner Energy, Greener Profits (Spring 2002)
Building With Vision (Spring 2002)
Sediment and Erosion Control Best Practices (Spring 2002)

Successful Sustainable Land Development (Winter 2002)
Sustainable Building: Green By Design (Winter 2002)

Ten Shades of Green (Summer 2001)
Sustainable Practices Newsletter (Summer 2001)
Eco-Industrial Development Strategy Guide (Summer 2001)

Gardens in the Sky (Spring 2001)
Whole Systems Green Building Guide Online (Spring 2001)
Resourceful Renovator Revels Re: Reuse (Spring 2001)

Successful Sustainable Land Development (Winter 2001)
Sustainable Building: Green By Design (Winter 2001)

One Click Green Lobbying (Fall 2000)

Green Design & Building Resource Guide Online (Summer 2000)

Sustainable Residential Rehabilitation Guide (Spring 2000)

Green Building Program Guide (Winter 2000)

Green Building Successes Catalogued (Fall 1999)

enCompass: Recycled-Content Building Products (Summer 1999)

Green Design Book Reviews (Spring 1999)
Mitigation Of Heat Islands (Spring 1999)
Answers About Healthy Houses (Spring 1999)

Cities On The Rebound (Winter 1999)
Smart Growth: Economy, Community, Environment (Winter 1999)
Design Charrette For Sustainable Urban Landscapes (Winter 1999)
Communities Explore Development Alternatives (Winter 1999)
Report On Sustainable Communities (Winter 1999)
Guide To Resource Efficiency In Public Buildings (Winter 1999)

New CD-ROMs Educate About Insulation, Energy (Fall 1998)
The Importance Of Renewable Energy (Fall 1998)
Curriculum Reform In Architectural Education (Fall 1998)
Renewable Energy Benefits Illustrated (Fall 1998)

News Feeds & Summaries (2014)

Includes news feeds from the Environmental News Service and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Also links to the complete News & Events archive. More…

Barriers To Decentralized Power Production (Winter 2002)

Institute Launched To Help Build Eco-Economy (Summer 2001)
Solar Decathletes To Compete (Summer 2001)

Federal Recycled Content Purchases Soar (Spring 2001)
Deconstruction Constructive for Environment (Spring 2001)
Photovoltaic Systems Standard (Spring 2001)

Sustainable Building 2000 (Fall 2000)

Barriers To Decentralized Power Production (Summer 2000)
Building for Peak Performance (Summer 2000)

Housing Awards Applications Solicited (Spring 2000)
Building for Peak Performance (Spring 2000)
Architectural Design Awards Competition (Spring 2000)
Sustainable Buildings Symposium (Spring 2000)

Be Part Of Greenprints 2000 (Winter 2000)
Buildings, People and the Planet (Winter 2000)
National Green Building Conference (Winter 2000)

Initiative Focuses New Resources On Green Building (Fall 1999)
First American Green Dream House Underway (Fall 1999)

Mainstreaming Green: Sustainable Design (Summer 1999)
Energy Efficient Community Breaks Ground (Summer 1999)

Energy Efficiency Rewards Homeowners (Spring 1999)
Uniform Home Energy Ratings Pursued (Spring 1999)
EnergyValue Housing Awards (Spring 1999)
Market Your Building With An "Energy Star" (Spring 1999)

Saving Energy To Educate Kids (Winter 1999)

Terrain: Journal On Built & Natural Environ. (Fall 1998)
Journal Of Sustainable Product Design (Fall 1998)

Resources For Promoting Sustainability (2014)

Includes resources for conference and campus activity planners, for authors and environmental journalists, for educators, for nonprofit leaders and organizations, and for political leaders and green advocates. More…

New York Energy Incentives Offered (Spring 2002)
Solar Energy & Distributed Generation Grants (Spring 2002)

Energy-Efficient Mortgage Info (Winter 2002)

Sustainable Forestry & Forest Dependent Communities (Summer 2001)

Grants from the Energy Foundation (Spring 2001)

Renewable Energy Project Software (Summer 2000)
LA To Put The Sun In "Sunshine City" (Summer 2000)
Maryland Creates Model Incentives (Summer 2000)
Energy-Efficient Mortgage Info (Summer 2000)

Help In Identifying Renewable Energy Opportunities (Spring 2000)
Recycling Buildings Makes Eco-Sense (Spring 2000)
Recycling More Construction & Demolition Wastes (Spring 2000)

Renewable Energy Assistance Database Online (Spring 1999)
EcoScan: New Environmental Impact Tool (Spring 1999)
Location Of Radon Hazards Pinpointed (Spring 1999)
Gulf War Instrument Cuts Brownfields Costs (Spring 1999)

Indicators Of Sustainability Software (Winter 1999)
Sustainable Development Gateway Online (Winter 1999)
Discussion Guides On Sustainability Available (Winter 1999)
Environmental Performance Of Building Products (Winter 1999)

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