Category Archives: teaching sustainability

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 [...]

Listening to the Earth

Musing in Alaska I thought I was getting a break from sustainable musing when we went to Alaska on vacation recently.  But, it wasn’t long before it kicked in.  (Silly me – like I’m not going to think about climate change in the company of rapidly melting glaciers.)  We were sitting in the theater at [...]

Is your community “sustainable”?

“Sustainable” – a word that’s been overused in the last decade.  And, what about “sustainable community”?  What does it mean?  How do you measure that? Many are trying to figure this out. Have you seen “America’s 50 Greenest Cities” according to Popular Science Magazine? The criteria?  Energy from renewable resources, public transportation, air quality, number [...]