What do you think of when you think of an environmental consulting company? Chances are that you're not quite sure. Are they small, well meaning and unprofitable? Focused on enforcing regulations? Just another variation on a classic management consultancy firm? The truth, as is so often the case, lies somewhere in between the extremes.
The new buzzword in the architectural, engineering and construction fields is sustainable development. But it is more than a buzzword in the design industry. There are better ways to deliver projects, and design and construction firms are using them.
The redevelopment of land has significantly changed the climate of the regional and local building environment.
Turner has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) to create an online course that will educate real estate, design and construction industry personnel about LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) professional accreditation requirements.
Eric Herkins sold his mountain home and lived in a tent so he could buy a tree skidder, a machine that can grab and haul logs. The 43-year-old took the bold gamble a few years ago when trees started dying by the thousands as the bark-beetle crisis raced across the San Bernardino Mountains.
To the designers at Carrier Johnson, producing environmentally friendly buildings isn't merely the right thing to do but the smart thing to do as well.
In the early 1970s, when U.S. companies were first fearing Japanese competition, the founders of the Kyocera Corp. decided it would be both good business and good public relations to open a manufacturing plant in the United States, thus creating jobs in the states rather than taking them.
The sun -- that perennial friend of farmers the world over -- does double-duty at Prescott College's Wolfberry Farm in Chino Valley.
Drew George, founder of Drew George & Partners (DGP), was instrumental in the new 53-story 111 S. Wacker building in Chicago becoming the first project to achieve a Core & Shell Gold rating in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program administered by the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council.
Launched by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2000, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has transformed the building industry. Locally, developer Ryan Companies is helping to lead the charge.
When we talk about green building or sustainable design, we typically imagine a new building.
David Orr, chair of the Environmental Studies Department at Oberlin College in Ohio has, for several years, promoted an environmentally holistic approach to education. To describe this approach, he has coined the phrase "ecological literacy."
STAMFORD, Conn. -- Giant windmills -- on scenic mountain ridges, prairie grass and even an Indian reservation -- are spinning an unusual debate that is dividing leading environmentalists.
Get a closer look at green building and its impact on the region with an update on building laws, sustainable projects and local pioneers.
Take a closer look at sustainable development in San Diego.
In this special report, The Daily Transcript takes a look at how San Diego is incorporating green building into its communities.