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Is the A/E/C industry ready for a social platform to ” lead transformative and perhaps disruptive change” by increasing the transparency of the $15 B HVAC market?  With the launch of recool, Roger Chang and Westlake Reed Leskosky think so.

Welcome to recool, a new platform for the exploration and discussion of design and technology solutions for the built environment. recool: solutions for a warming planet.

The term “recool” is inspired by the heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) term, “reheat.” Reheat coils are commonly used in HVAC systems to prevent overcooling of spaces for temperature and humidity control. On a global scale, we view our impact on climate change as a form of reheat. recool is intended to counteract this global issue, through open and candid discussion of design and product applications.

The site launched over the past few weeks and is definitely worth a look. 

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Zero Landfill, an initiative founded in Cleveland a few years back, “fortifies classrooms + artist studios with creative materials donated by interior designers.” With 22 new markets since 2006, the organization has been expanding rapidly and wants to grow to 50 cities in 2013.  They recently launched 12 Days of Reuse, a Peerbackers campaign to help the organization get to its next million pounds. Their goal is to raise $12,000 over the next 12 days.

Over 1 Million pounds of discontinued specification samples have been repurposed by the interior design industry through ZeroLandfill™ projects operating in 22 markets since 2006.  That’s a lot of fabric swatches, ceramic tiles, wallcovering books, laminate chips and carpet tiles!  Help us expand this program to 25 new North American cities in 2013 where we will help even more arts educators, working artists, non-profits and home schoolers find and use interesting and diverse materials donated by design professionals. Let’s see how fast we can divert the next million pounds of pristine materials from the waste stream and into local classrooms?

Each day we will offer donors a unique item inspired by ZeroLandfill™ programming.

Select your favorite or collect them all, your support will be evident in creative projects based on ZeroLandfill™ materials.

Why is it important to grow ZeroLandfill™? When design materials are discontinued by a manufacturer, the samples are pulled from the shelf of thousands of design firms nationwide. A large percentage of these items usually end up being disposed of as waste even though they are brand new in most cases.  ZeroLandfill™ volunteer teams collect these items and donate them to the community where they take on new life and meaning.  This material is too beautiful to be thrown away. Come be a part of this amazing work…your support touches thousands.

Visit their peerbackers site to donate.

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Why Build Green?

Last night I came across a new infographic that featured my pre-NEOSCC, Sustainable Rhythm (https://sustainrhythm.wordpress.com/) market research work. The graphic published by Green Building Canada is entitled Why Build Green? and includes data from the Opening the Door to Green Building Studies that I completed. I thought some of you would appreciate taking a look … http://greenbuildingcanada.ca/2012/why-build-green-infographic/

A little background on the studies…

Opening the Door to Green Building Communications Study, 2010-2011 – Three studies (N=550): Alberta, North Carolina and Ohio.

This analysis, one of the first of its kind, engaged multiple perspectives (owners, facility managers, consultants, product companies, real estate and contractors) in the building industry to examine issues of the overall market, the perception of the financial investment, the role of certifications and finally how the benefits of green building and energy efficiency are being communicated among building design and construction professionals.  Studies have been featured in CBS News Moneywatch, Environmental Leader, USGBC Chapter Newsletter Hot Topics, Journal of Commerce, Eco-Homes Newsletter, Structural Engineering News, Chicago Real Estate Agent Magazine, Ann Arbor.com BuildBest White Paper Library totaling over 40 publications.

This was in my sole proprietorship days running a consulting company called Sustainable Rhythm.

BTW… I am still blogging here (infrequently) in my spare time… and tweeting at @sustainrhythm.  Who knows, maybe the Rhythm Report can be resurrected at some point?

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Plain Dealer’s Steve Litt article in Architectural Record on Cleveland Regaining its Urbanity

Though its population has shrunk to just below 400,000 from nearly 1 million in the 1950s, Cleveland is experiencing a $6 billion burst of development that includes everything from big downtown projects to the fine-grained revival of a half-dozen neighborhoods. An influx of young professionals, drawn by jobs in tech, digital media, marketing, and biomedical companies, has led to a tight downtown rental market with a residential population of about 10,000 and growing, and an occupancy rate of nearly 96 percent.

Cleveland, Ohio | American City | Features | Architectural Record.

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Translating sustainability and the triple bottom line  into accessible concepts and actions has long been a difficult aspect of broadening the audience and stakeholders for sustainability initiatives.  This has been particularly true in how everyone can take action.

At its recent Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit, The City of Cleveland launched its new dashboard.  The new tool includes performance measures that will help to capture progress made along the 10 year initiative:

Measuring progress is essential to the success of Sustainable Cleveland. The performance indicators measure results, inform strategy, shine a light on what is working and they educate and inspire us through stories and metrics.

The framework focuses on sustainability initiatives in the areas of business, personal/social, built and natural.  Most importantly, the site highlights how you can affect these areas at home, work and in your community.   While some of the measurements have yet to be published, it is definitely worth at look.  Visit the SC 2019 dashboard site to see where you can make a difference!

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polis: TEDx Tackles the Future of Cities.

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polis: World Habitat Day 2012: Changing Cities, Building Opportunities.

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