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GreenWest Expo takes Green Building to the Next Level
By Andy Mannle | Friday, 23 May 2008

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Green Building is both a rediscovery of old technology - like siting buildings properly, and using natural sunlight and airflow to heat and cool them - and the latest high technology, like photovoltaics to provide power, smart meters to control energy use, and more efficient building materials.

But the real challenges to building green are not technological, but human.

At the recent GreenWest Expo in Los Angeles, panelists identified three of the main challenges to Green Building, and discussed ways to move the field forward. 

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EcoCity World Summit offers New Vision for Cities
By Andy Mannle | Monday, 05 May 2008

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“Cities are the largest thing humans build," said Richard Register as he kicked off the Ecocity World Summit. Register convened the first Ecocity summit in 1990, founded Ecocity Builders, and has been a tireless proponent for re-imagining man's largest creation for nearly twenty years. He cautioned however, that “if we continue adjusting to the things that are wrong, we’re in trouble.”

“Better cars make worse cities,” he points out. By getting faster, quieter, and cleaner, we only come to rely on them more. And if building more freeways were the answer, LA would be a paradise to drive in, says Register, not a snarling traffic nightmare.  But cars are not inevitable, either. “After all, we’ve been building cities for 4500 years, and cars for only a 100 years.”

Instead of designing our cities to accommodate automobiles, we should design them to work in tandem with the natural environment, he says. This is the vision behind the Ecological City.

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Eco-Irony: Terrorists Torch Buildings they Claim aren't Green Enough
By Alison Loomis and Andy Mannle | Thursday, 13 March 2008

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As green building and smart-growth development becomes more popular it also comes under more scrutiny, with builders' green intentions being praised by some, declared misleading by others, and in a most recent case, targeted by eco-arsonists. The proliferation of green building standards is a welcome indication that sustainability is coming of age, but it also has many people asking, "How green is green enough?" 

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