Author Archives: Chris Keenan

Resilient Design: Building Green Means Building to Last

January 17th, 2012 | by Chris Keenan

Some people, when they look at how to design a home that is "green," and efficiently uses resources, often look back to the days of old, when houses were built to last as well as with a consciousness of the environment in which one lives. Many terms these "resilient homes." They are built to stand the test of time and be efficient in their use of resources

Wind Power Facts: Emissions Through the Lifecycle

January 9th, 2012 | by Chris Keenan

A recent scholarly paper decided to tackle the problem of the emissions of wind power, wishing to quantify the actual emissions so as to make accurate comparisons between wind power and other sources of electrical power generations

The LowLine: New York Seeks to Retrofit Underground Station into Park

December 22nd, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Dan Barasch and James Ramsey took a cue from the High Line, a reclamation of an old above ground line that had been changed into a park. Taking it a step further they proposed an underground park in the long abandoned underground trolley station under Delancey street

Rooftop and Community Gardens Can Help Feed Urban Areas

December 12th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

A sustainable food chain will need to be a mishmash of different types of farming from regional farming to individuals tending small community garden plots. Rooftop and community gardens cut the "food miles" of the produce for urban residents

French Resource Shop a Great Model for Cities Worldwide

December 8th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Ever tried to get the Goodwill to pick an item that needs repair? Good luck with that. The French "resource shop" model, however, takes anything, regardless of condition... and that's good for keeping useful materials (if not useful products) out of landfills

LEED Buildings Can Now Obtain "Bird Friendly" Credits

November 30th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Many of us are doing our part to protect the environment while reducing our impact as well. There are more people than ever embracing environmentally friendly, green technologies. There are solar powered garage doors, mobile device chargers, and even chargers installed into one's backpack

How Green Design in Government Buildings Saves Taxpayer's Money

November 28th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

We know that, on a personal level, efficiency saves money. It also reduces our impact on our strained environment which is becoming a bigger concern with each passing year. There are many average people who are changing their habits and the way they interact with their environments so as to embrace green living.

Is the End of the Banana Near?

November 22nd, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Extinction of species is an unfortunate problem of homogenization. As we learn more about the environment, we as a society have begun to make changes in many areas of our life. We drive hybrids, have solar powered garage doors, and recycle

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