Spotlight on Sustainability

Part One in a Series: It was a Saturday afternoon, with the sun shining and a light ocean breeze, as I pulled up to a cute little house sitting atop a grassy hill.
In mid-August, California experienced rotating outages and associated grid stress throughout the state.  No one factor was at fault. According to California regulators, the outages were a result of a climate-induced extreme heat storm across the western United States, resource planning targets that have not kept pace with California’s resource mix, and some market practices […]
  This January will mark the fifth anniversary of establishing ePAVE and my commitment to climate action. ePAVE is a patented, reflective, cool pavement coating material specifically engineered to preserve asphalt and concrete while reducing impacts from climate change. Getting to this point has not been smooth, well-planned or strategized. It has been filled with […]
On March 17th of this year, my beloved mom passed away. Just nine days short of her 100th birthday, she had become quite challenged, and like many other Americans, required 24/7 care. She was fortunate to have escaped the ravages of COVID-19 and other healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Tragically, even prior to this pandemic, about two […]
For many years, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s LEED program has re-shaped the building stock and helped to skyrocket the number of energy and water efficient buildings on the market. But as more cities, states and countries begin to incorporate net zero requirements for our projects – and as innovations in building technology improve […]
With the many threats humanity faces brought about by COVID-19, much emphasis in the green building sector is focusing on Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) improvements and workplace best practices. While these initiatives provide important opportunities to mitigate risks, there are other built environment tools and features that can help curb root causes that lead to […]
Cities are one of the most powerful tools we have to shift from an extractive to a regenerative way of life. Realigning cities with their geography, climate, and ecosystems can reconnect us physically and mentally to the natural world. Policies and practices built on equity and inclusion strengthens the social fabric of cities and fosters […]

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