Snapshot on Sustainability

It’s well documented that our global society today is resource intensive and that human activities are accelerating global climate change, and that we must take urgent action. While there are several different pathways for humanity to make changes to help our climate, one that has gained significant traction in recent years is transitioning to a […]
In a time when contingency planners are getting a run for their money, we are all looking to our leaders and colleagues for guidance now more than ever. The USGBC-LA Construction Sub-committee had a fruitful conversation last week about how all that is going on is impacting us and what we can do to help […]
How hard could it be to understand construction waste?  I know what waste is. I’ve been told all my life.  It’s something I no longer want or need – something that doesn’t have a use, like a weed.  But, like a weed that finds a purpose, construction and demolition materials (C&D) are one of the […]
SB 720, signed last year at Governor Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit, made environmental literacy an integral part of California’s education code. A set of Environmental Principles and Concepts are now embedded in the state’s Next Generation Science Standards framework, as well as the health, history and social studies frameworks. As districts respond to the mandate to […]
As summer comes to an unofficial close, and the mind has the time to wonder this long weekend, we’d like to share Duke Graham’s (of Argento/Graham) broad thoughts on sustainability, creating some new metaphors that might spark lively conversation at your next picnic or cocktail party.  Below re-posts a whimsical piece on market forces in energy […]
Having an environmentally conscious father had a huge impact on my life. I remember him teaching me everything – like picking up trash while we hiked up mountains, seeing him ride his bike to work no matter if it were 5 or 10 miles away, and turning off lights as we walked out of rooms. […]
Decarbonization is not only the best thing for the planet, it is also the best thing you could do for your own health.  This year’s 18th Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo in Downey, CA, themed Climate Change Solutions in the New Abnormal, resonated with me. I personally connected with the presentation centered on decarbonization […]
By: Jennifer Tung Jennifer is an associate with Hunt Ortmann Paiffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc. Spring is officially here!  Full of new possibilities, it is a time of renewal and recharge.  It’s also a time of new local and statewide policy proposals!  So what better time than now to reflect on some of […]
In the world of sustainable architecture we are heading into a steep incline and the 2℃  Symposium on Climate Change was the perfect place to orient my trajectory and prepare for our future. On March 1, 2019 the American Institute of Architect’s Committee on the Environment, Los Angeles (COTE LA) hosted the day long symposium […]

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