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Building Sustainability Video

The GreenScene

Bigger Not Necessarily Better

EcoTalk.com Now Online

Sustainability Indicators: More & Better

Green Building Successes Catalogued

New P2 Guidelines Released

New EDF Site: Environmental Justice

Sustainable Measures Focus Of New Book

Green Urbanism: Learning From European Cities

A Whole Book Just On Composting Toilets!

Livable Communities Web Site Launched

 

Building Sustainability Video

Building Sustainability With The Natural Step is a very effective and polished video presentation of both the Natural Step as a method and the committed process undertaken by the University

"Lip service is cheap.... Here is an organization that is letting its actions do its talking."

- Ray Anderson
Co-Chair, Presidentís Council for Sustainable Development

of Texas, Houston to design and construct a new Health Science Center as a sustainable building.

Produced by Patsy Northcutt of Northcutt Productions, this video details the planning and design process for one of the most ecologically friendly large scale buildings ever constructed. It chronicles the careful thought and great care put into a collaborative design effort between nursing faculty, students, architects, and engineers. The video shows how experts in lighting, renewable resources, climate control, recycling, composting, and energy conservation worked with clients and customers to plan and design this state-of-the-art medical facility.

Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface and Co-Chair of the Presidentís Council for Sustainable Development sums it up saying "Lip service is cheap; action has real value. Here is an organization that is letting its actions do its talking."

For more information or to order Building Sustainability With The Natural Step, contact The Video Project, 200 Estates Dr., Ben Lomond, CA 95005. Phone 800-336-0160, e-mail videoproject@videoproject.org, or visit the web site at http://www.videoproject.org. For additional information on Northcutt Productions, visit their web site at http://www.northcuttprod.com.


The GreenScene

Coming soon to your favorite drive-time radio station -- The GreenScene. Created by radio and television producer and reporter Laurie Howell, The GreenScene is a one-minute environmental consumer report airing on a growing number of radio stations around the country.

Howell, an award-winning journalist with a professional background in Washington, Denver, and Los Angeles, brings an enlivening freshness to her short but useful reports on environmental consumer issues.

The GreenScene programs are also available online at http://www.thegreenscene.com. They are well worth checking out, and if you like The GreenScene online, you should encourage your local radio stations to visit the site and then put The GreenScene on the airwaves for all to hear.


Bigger Not Necessarily Better

A new book from New Society Publishers by Eben Fodor, Better, Not Bigger: How To Take Control Of Urban Growth And Improve Your Community, debunks the ideology that growth is necessarily good for communities. Growth can, Fodor shows, leave communities permanently scarred, deeply in debt, drowning in traffic, with unaffordable housing, a lost sense of community, and sacrificed environmental quality.

The real winners, contends Fodor, are real estate developers, mortgage bankers, realtors, and construction companies who utilize local government to divert public resources into growth-inducing investments. The benefits from exploiting the community commons accrue to a few, while the costs are distributed across the entire community.

To find out more or to order Better, Not Bigger, visit http://www.newsociety.com/bnb.html.


EcoTalk.com Now Online

Itís not very often that a college or high school class, a professional training program, or even many local or regional conferences or meetings can attract top-of-the-line speakers who both inspire and enlighten on subjects related to creating a sustainable future. A new web site, part of the Eco family of sites from EcoIQ.com, has just gone online intended to help -- EcoTalk.com.

EcoTalk.com features videotaped speeches from a small but growing assortment of inspiring and enlightening presenters. Check it out for video resources useful in teaching, training, conferences, and meetings.


Sustainability Indicators: More & Better

The expanded and updated Hart Environmental Data web site includes many examples of indicators being used by communities to measure their sustainability. It also contains a checklist procedure for evaluating indicators, information on the key issues of carrying capacity, consumption, and population, and indicators for topics including business, production, recreation, land use, housing, resource use and transportation.

The site offers a searchable database of indicators, free training materials, definitions of sustainability, sustainable development, and sustainable community, and an expanded resources section with links to many other organizations working on related issues.

To check it out, click here.


Green Building Successes Catalogued

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) offers a Best Practices Inventory that links to many innovative housing projects. Best practices focus on quality, durability, environmental performance, energy efficiency, and affordability.

To explore the site, click here.


New P2 Guidelines Released

To compliment the work it performs with a wide variety of industries, the World Bank Group has released pollution prevention guidelines that it says constitutes the most comprehensive attempt to date to provide industry with practical advice on how to reduce pollution in a wide range of sectors.

For more information, click here.


New EDF Site: Environmental Justice

The Environmental Defense Fund has launched a new web site focused on environmental justice. "Environmental problems -- from toxic pollution to loss of biodiversity -- affect all of us," says EDF. "Some communities, especially communities of color and poorer communities, are likely to suffer disproportionate impacts from environmental degradation. In working to solve today's most pressing environmental problems, the Environmental Defense Fund is committed to finding solutions that are equitable, promote economic viability and are environmentally sound."

Visit EDFís Environmental Justice web site at http://www.edf.org/programs/ej.


Sustainable Measures Focus Of New Book

Sustainable Measures: Evaluation and Reporting of Environmental and Social Performance edited by Martin Bennett and Peter James assembles most of the key work and individuals from around the world concerned with the topic of measuring sustainable development performance.

Environmental and social performance measurement and reporting by business has become a high-profile issue during the 1990s. It is increasingly being requested by stakeholders and required by governments. Companies too are finding that they need better environmental and social performance data for effective internal management.

For more details or to order Sustainable Measures, click here.


Green Urbanism: Learning From European Cities

As the need to confront unplanned growth increases, planners, policymakers, and citizens are scrambling for practical tools and examples of successful and workable approaches. In Green Urbanism, Timothy Beatley explains what planners and local officials in the United States can learn from the sustainable city movement in Europe. The book draws from the extensive European experience, examining the progress and policies of twenty-five of the most innovative cities in eleven European countries.

For more details or to order Green Urbanism, click here.


A Whole Book Just On Composting Toilets!

The Composting Toilet System Book: A Practical Guide to Choosing, Planning and Maintaining Composting Toilets, A Water-Saving, Pollution-Preventing Wastewater Alternative discusses how composting toilet systems are a viable and cost-saving alternative to traditional wastewater disposal systems.

For more details or to buy the book, click here.


Livable Communities Web Site Launched

A new web site has been developed as a part of the Clinton-Gore Administration's Livable Communities Initiative. It provides information, resources, and tools to help communities achieve a strong local economy and a high quality of life.

Lots of good information here. To check it out, visit http://www.livablecommunities.gov.
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