Sustainable Meets Charitable
Oct28

Sustainable Meets Charitable

ASID Wisconsin and The Green Design Center’s First Annual Sample Recycling Event a Success On Friday, August 22nd and Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, the Wisconsin Chapter of ASID’s Sustainability Advocacy Committee, in coordination with The Green Design Center of Waukesha, Wisconsin, held the first annual Sample Recycling Event to find a home for unused and unwanted commercial design materials. By the end of the two-day event, 8,965...

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Shedding Light on the Moser Lamp
Feb18

Shedding Light on the Moser Lamp

In the midst of yet another electricity blackout in the Brazilian countryside in 2002, Alfredo Moser, a mechanic from Southern Brazil’s Uberaba, and his friends discussed ways to beckon rescuers during an emergency. During these blackouts, factories tended to have power while homes were left in the dark. Moser and his friends pictured emergencies when homes had no power and there were limited ways to start a signal fire. Moser’s boss...

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How Keeping Up With the Joneses Can Help Save the Planet
Sep03

How Keeping Up With the Joneses Can Help Save the Planet

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “energy hog”? For me, it used to be a Hummer. These words always generated the image of a massive, gas-guzzling vehicle, cruising through the city, trying to find a place to parallel park… which he never will. Though as time passes, more often my first thought is, well, us. What about our homes and our offices? Even in my line of work as a sustainable building consultant, I have found...

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Algae: A Living Solar Panel
Jun10

Algae: A Living Solar Panel

One of this year’s unveilings at the International Building Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany illustrates not only innovative design, but function. Designed by Splitterwerk Architects and funded by the Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA), or the Internationale Architecture Exhibition, the €3.4 million, four-story, 15-unit apartment complex has a façade unlike any other building in the world. The Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) House is...

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Review of Steven Apfelbaum’s “From Denial to Integrated Solutions.”
Apr16

Review of Steven Apfelbaum’s “From Denial to Integrated Solutions.”

A call to action is not the only thing Steven Apfelbaum requests in his article “From Denial to Integrated Solutions,” posted in the Metropolis Point of View blog on February 19th, 2013. He also bids for a revision of current ideas and, perhaps, a reality check. Apfelbaum, founder of the environmental consulting and ecological restoration company Applied Ecological Services, Inc., is fully aware that big storms have occurred...

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