Monthly Archives: December 2009

Enter the National Green Building Awards Today!

National Association of HomebuildersEach year the National Association of Home Builders holds the National Green Building Awards to honor builders and developers who excel in green residential design, construction practices and outstanding green advocacy efforts through the National Green Building Awards.

If this sounds like you then make sure to get together all the necessary paperwork and forms and send them in. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted no later then February 3, 2010 on one CD. No print materials will be accepted or reviews.

Award categories include:

  • Advocate of the Year (Builder, Remodeler, Individual, Group)
  • Advocate of the Year (State or Local Government)
  • Green Project(s) of the Year (Single Family, Remodel, Multifamily)
  • Green Site Development of the Year
  • HBA Green Building Program of the Year (New and Existing)

All projects entered in the Green Project of the Year category must have been started after June 2008 and substantially completed by December 2009, in order to be eligible.

How will the projects be scored?

All project entries can be scored to the green certification program of the applicant’s choice. But in order to better facilitate the judging process, all single-family homes must be scored with the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines or the ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard.

Multifamily and site development projects must be scored using the ICC 200-2008 National Green Building Standard.

This  Online Green Scoring Tool, provided by the National Association of Home Builders will generate checklists that can easily be saved to the submission disk.

All winners will receive one complimentary ticket to the awards dinner on May 17, 2010 as part of the 12th Annual National Green Building Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.

So don’t delay! Make sure you fill out your forms and get your applications in as soon as possible.

O Recycled Tree

by Megan McLaughlin

Cutting down a tree, for many, is a Christmas tradition families could never live without. For others, plastic serves us well. But for those purists who need the thrill of hunting for the perfect, live tree, consider another option this year. Make this Christmas one Mother Nature will never forget and consider renting a recycled tree.

Yes, its true...in several places around the country, and the world, people are renting live, potted trees, that can be returned at the end of the holiday season. EVERGROW Christmas Trees Company in British Columbia, Canada does just this. Their philosophy? "Cutting a tree down just for the Christmas season is a waste of a beautiful resource that is beneficial for the environment. Having an EVERGROW Christmas tree in your home will allow you to have a real tree while helping to reduce our impact on our environment." Most of us in the eco-concious community couldn't agree more.

A service such as this seems to be rare at the moment, but perhaps its popularity is growing. Here are a few other places that rent living trees:

The Original Living Christmas Tree Company
in Portland, OR
Adopt A Christmas Tree in San Deigo, CA
and Christmas Tree Man in the United Kingdom

If this rental service isn't available in your area, you can always purchase a potted pine tree from your local nursery, or a tree that comes with a root ball, so it can be re-planted at the end of the season.

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Atlanta Welcomes First LEED Certified Restaurant Pizza Fusion

pizzaAstoria at the Aramore, a luxury mid-rise condo located in the Historic Peachtree Battle area, is the lucky neighbor of Pizza Fusion. Located on the first floor of the Aramore, this is the first LEED certified restaurant in the Atlanta area. Not your typical pizza restaurant, Pizza Fusion is dedicated to being socially, economically and environmentally friendly.

Being LEED certified means the Pizza Fusion restaurant was built to maximize features such as energy savings, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and resource stewardship just to name a few. The restaurant also prides itself on serving exceptional pizza and food for all of you who are very health conscious. Those who dine here can expect to find only organic, fresh ingredients on all menu items. The restaurant didn’t adopt the initiative of “saving the world one pizza at a time” for nothing. Everything they do from hybrid deliveries to teaching kids organic classes focuses on their initiative.

The addition of this new restaurant is good news for the residents of Atlanta, and specifically those who live at the Astoria at the Aramore, just stories above Pizza Fusion. Residents can have the luxury and convenience of dining on a tasty, healthy pizza whenever they wish. This is just one of the conveniences Astoria residences have though. The beautiful,  mid-rise boutique condos offer a prime location within walking distance to top-notch dining and shops. And of course, the condos themselves offer residents highly sought after features such as floor to ceiling glass windows with beautiful views, 24/7 concierge service, outdoor green space, a fitness center and much more.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Computers

by Megan McLaughlin

Its the holiday season and you're probably resting after a long weekend of shopping, right? Probably not the case for many of us, but in this time of buying and gift giving, you may want to consider giving back...to the environment. If a new computer or other electronic device tops your holiday wish list, consider recycling your old devices if they are no longer in usable/"sellable" condition.

The EPA is out to educate the US on how to recycle electronics. Through awareness alone, we can begin to be more thoughtful when it comes to disposing of old, seemingly useless electronics. The EPA's "eCycling" page offers information and solutions to recycling electronics; what, where, when and how.
The Facts: "Because consumer electronics like personal computers, TV's, cellphones, and stereo equipment contain lead and a variety of other hazardous materials, eCycling, the recycling of electronic equipment, helps protect the environment. And because electronics are becoming obsolete at an ever faster rate, their volume is growing two to three times faster than any other type of waste. It is projected that 500 million personal computers have been taken out of service from 2000 and 2007."


Through the EPA's eCycling website, you can learn where to recycle your unwanted electronics. They also recommend donating, of course, because let's be honest...no one is going to buy your Nokia cell phone from 2002 off your eBay account. Instead of throwing old cellphones out, you can donate them or find a way to recycle them. And that is just one example!

For related information check out these links:

The right way to recycle batteries
Waste Management for a Modern World
Reducing consumer waste: It’s not just about the cans and bottles

Originally Posted At: To Green or not to Green | Read Original Post