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Fifteen years into it, we can say with confidence that the 21st century is a century of thresholds. Climate change is not just a distant threat; it’s happening now. The digital age is not just upon us; it’s actively transforming our lives. The products and systems we’ve selected for our annual Green Builder Hot 50 reflect this convergence, and show how new technologies are helping us respond to unprecedented challenges.

The Phantom Menace-Gadgets, New DOE Standard for Furnaces, and Tiny Houses That Work

Green Builder Media's February 12, 2015 Vantage Enewsletter

Hot 50 Here Now! Each February, Green Builder Media’s editorial team releases our Hot 50 list, comprised of the greenest, most resource efficient, and advanced building products available on the market today.

Designing the Energy-Efficient House of the Future — AECOM Applies Nanotechnology on Gigascale Projects


Managing complexity, building better lives.

AECOM continues to offer the most innovative services to meet client needs on projects such as the Chuvashia House in Russia by using cutting-edge science featuring nanotechnology.

What is nanotechnology? The engineering of matter at the atomic and molecular scale — 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair — to create materials with unique properties and capabilities.

Let's Not be Fools with New Tools


Recently I read a startling statement which pointed to the fact that apparently more people in the world today have cell phones than toilets. It seems that once again I am in the minority, since I do choose to have modern plumbing but not a personal communication device. Anyone who knows me at all is probably aware that I gave up the cell phone in 2005 and haven’t looked back.

Las Vegas Project Shows Power of Solar Panels


The desert-bound city of Las Vegas enjoys average highs of 41⁰C on July days, but drops to a positively frigid 35⁰C in September.  So you can imagine the demands on the regional power grid from air conditioning alone. With a population of just under 2 million – not including the tourists – southern Nevada demands a lot of electricity. We spoke with Chris Brophy, Vice President of Corporate Sustainabilty for MGM Resorts International to see what they’re doing to offset the energy demand on the grid.

AECOM Assists Starwood Hotels – Greening Architecture and Construction Standards


Managing complexity, building better lives.

AECOM collaborated with Starwood Hotels’ key stakeholders to develop a list of quantitative data to compel owners to invest in the right sustainability measures.

With an already well-established sustainability program in place, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide faced a significant obstacle: What next? Once light bulbs are changed and faucets automatized, how does a hotel company compel owners to invest in the right sustainability measures?

Consumer Electronics Show 2015: An Abundance of Imagination


I spent last week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)—an almost overwhelming ocean of innovation—during which 170,000 people converged on Vegas to see the most advanced and ingenious products, technologies, and prototypes that the human mind can comprehend.   This year’s show was as vibrant and interesting as ever, flaunting lofty visions from inventors and entrepreneurs across the globe.

Environmental Sustainability: Cindy Ortega Named Among Most Powerful Women in Sustainability | December 2014 CSR Newsletter


MGM Resorts' Chief Sustainability Officer has been named to a list of the nation's 10 most powerful women in sustainability. Cindy Ortega is on the list, compiled by Green Building & Design magazine, along with Hilary Clinton and corporate executives from companies like Coca-Cola, Google and NRG.

Ecocentricity Blog - January 2015


I think we might have ruined the color green. Which is a shame, because it is one hell of a color.
Seriously, stop and think for a second. I’ll wait – I’ve got all day in fact, seeing as you are reading this at your leisure. I advocate for sustainability, so when I say “green,” what do you think?

Maybe I’m wrong, but I bet you think of some marketing campaign by a company espousing its environmentally friendly practices. If not that, you probably just think of a blue recycling bin (oh, the irony). Those are great things and all, but shouldn’t we mean more than that?

Can Houseplants Really Clean the World's Smoggiest City?

CEO uses greenery to filter the filthy New Delhi air that doctors said was killing him.

On the roof of an office building in India's capital, the world's smoggiest city, Kamal Meattle has a unique tactic for cleaning the air: a greenhouse with 400 common plants, including mother-in-law's tongue.

Meattle, the CEO of Paharpur Business Centre, has 800 other plants spread throughout the building's lower six floors, greening each room and hallway. Their job: remove soot and other chemicals from the often charcoal-colored outdoor air.


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