Category Archives: interior design

Ray Anderson Remembered

It’s been three weeks.  I remember pausing on August 8 for several moments to note that I felt a real sense of loss and sadness when I read that he had passed.  I even talked with my family about it at dinner – a time when we share important happenings of the day. The huge [...]

LEED is not the problem

During a lively discussion at the last SUN Group meeting (Sustainable Upstate Network), the topic turned to understanding the “why” behind clients’ resistance to making green and sustainable choices.  One member said (to paraphrase) that LEED® is the problem.  Clients are just chasing points without making informed and sensible decisions. If you’re chasing points, you’re missing [...]

LEED Compliant

A new green product certification? I was duped.  When I received an email from a product manufacturer with this logo at the bottom, I thought, “Wow – am I missing something?  Is LEED approving products now?”  So, I spent the next half hour scouring the LEED web site, only to find that the term “LEED [...]

Toxic Products, The Really Bad Guys and the Good Guys

Reality Check I’m still haunted by the CNN report about Mossville, Louisiana.  Here’s the bullet:  A small economically-challenged town is surrounded by 14 chemical manufacturers – mostly chemicals used to manufacture plastics.  To say that this is a cancer cluster is to put it mildly.  In this report, a chemist reports her findings, verified by [...]

Certified Sustainable Buildings

Building to be LEED-CertifiaBULL Let’s be clear – it’s not LEED if it’s not certified.  That’s what I’ve been saying for quite some time now, in light of all the projects out there being “designed to LEED standards” or being designed to be “LEED certifiable”.  At best, these terms are misleading – and at worst [...]

Oil Addiction and Building Products

time to revisit this conversation The only good thing to come from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a re-energized conversation about ending our addiction to oil.  And, while Paul Roberts, author of The End of Oil warns environmental advocates about exploiting the Gulf oil spill, I disagree.   It’s not exploitation.  It’s [...]

“Earth Respect Day” and Green Schools

Every day is “Earth Respect Day” I missed the opportunity to wish everyone a “Happy Earth Day” last week.  But, then I remembered a poster I photographed at the Tarkington School of Excellence in southwest Chicago.  It was being proudly displayed on a corridor wall. My visit to this school was part of a “green [...]

Chinese Drywall

What’s more important – our health or our wallet? It’s back in the news again.   I recently saw it on a morning news show and in the newspaper.  The scope and magnitude of this encounter with Chinese-manufactured products leaves me breathless – literally. Background In case this story has not yet found its way into [...]

Sustainable Musings Launch

The launch of “Sustainable Musings” blog by Diane Brandli, a discussion about sustainable building products, sustainable schools and sustainable communities.