How is San Diego incorporating green building into its communities? Who are some of the local pioneers? In this special report, we take a closer look at green building and is impact on the San Diego area.

  • Tetra Tech: Cost benefits to thinking environmentally

    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.

  • Design, construction firms take a hard look at sustainable development

    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.

  • Sustainable development trends for the local building community

    The redevelopment of land has significantly changed the climate of the regional and local building environment.

  • Turner partners with USGBC on unique industry Web course

    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.

  • Bug-infested dead trees give birth to businesses

    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.

  • Green and beauty coincide for Carrier Johnson

    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.

  • Kyocera lends local longevity to flexibility, expansion

    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.

  • Arizona farm doubles as solar-powered research facility

    The sun -- that perennial friend of farmers the world over -- does double-duty at Prescott College's Wolfberry Farm in Chino Valley.

  • San Diegan leads team on first LEED Core and Shell Gold-rated skyscraper

    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.

  • Ryan Companies' goal: LEED certification for two San Diego projects

    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.

  • Adaptive use as green building

    When we talk about green building or sustainable design, we typically imagine a new building.

  • Architecture schools are embracing sustainable design

    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."

  • Council touts solar energy deal as money saver

    The San Diego City Council unanimously passed a renewable energy measure Monday, part of which could save the city an estimated $710,500 over the next 20 years.

  • California Solar Initiative expected to have benefits for San Diego County

    With more than 20 percent of California's total solar power produced in San Diego County, the agreement by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to approve the California Solar Initiative (CSI) is expected to have long-term affects in the county for photovoltaic system installers, homeowners and businesses.

  • Environmental debate swirls as wind power grows rapidly

    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.

  • Wake up to the sustainability revolution

    Sustain\ se-'stan\ 1: to give support or relief to 2: to supply with sustenance: nourish 3: to keep up: prolong

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Green Building & Design - 2008

Get a closer look at green building and its impact on the region with an update on building laws, sustainable projects and local pioneers.

Green Building & Design - 2008

Take a closer look at sustainable development in San Diego.

Green Building & Design - 2007

In this special report, The Daily Transcript takes a look at how San Diego is incorporating green building into its communities.