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A greener shade of blue (jeans)

Levi’s is striving to make its blue jeans a little more green. Last week, the company announced that two million pairs of its jeans contain cotton certified by the Better Cotton Initiative, an organization aiming to reduce the negative environmental and social impacts of cotton production, such as pesticide use and child labor. For now,…

A personal look at the population puzzle

By now you’ve probably heard at least some of the hullabaloo surrounding the milestone in global population we collectively reached recently – our planet is now home to 7 billion humans. And while you’ve probably also heard quite a bit about the strain our rapidly expanding numbers are putting on the Earth, learning the personal…

Young designers show their stuff at Solar Decathlon

Want a sneak peak of what tomorrow’s best and brightest builders might have in store for us? Take a look at the 19 houses that are currently on display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., vying for the top spot in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition. The event is a biennial…

Connecting Climate Change with the Joplin Tornadoes

I don’t think any of us can deny the incredible destruction and power that the flurry of tornadoes brought to the heartland of America these past few months.  Now, there are some startling (obvious) theoretical connections being made between the latest Joplin Tornado and the growing phenomenon (realities) of climate change. “Bill McKibben published a…

ACT NOW: EARTH HOUR Saturday March 26th, 8:30pm

Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday 26 March at 8.30PM (local time). This Earth Hour we want you to go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back on think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up. Earth Hour is organized by WWF. With almost…

Can We Say No to New Technology?

Consumer technology is fraught with environmental and social offensives. According to Devin Coldeway at TechCrunch, this means that the sustainably minded among us should swear off new and replacement gadgets and drop out of society. Do that, he says, or you are not being honest and should stop pushing for others to live a sustainable…

Greenfab Blower Door Test: Overview

A blower door is a diagnostic tool designed to measure the airtightness of buildings. and to help locate air leakage sites. A blower door consists of a calibrated fan for measuring an airflow rate, and a pressure-sensing device to measure the air pressure created by the fan flow. The combination of pressure and fan-flow measurements…

Van Jones on Choosing not to Dispose

Here’s some food for thought to consider next time you’re faced with a choice between products: Things designed to be disposable, even if they can be recycled, harm more than just the planet. In the above TED Talk, Van Jones makes it abundantly clear that working to make sure every person has ample opportunity to…

Seattle Screening of Climate Refugees (VIDEO): The Human Face Of Climate Change

Cascadia Green Building Council’s Seattle Branch participates in Nationwide Film Screening of “Climate Refugees” Seattle, Washington, January 14, 2011 – The Cascadia Green Building Council’s Seattle Branch will be participating in a nationwide US Green Building Council Chapter network film screening of “Climate Refugees”. “Climate Refugees”, directed by Michael Nash, is an important and timely…

Carbon Nation Trailer

In Theaters: January 14th, 2011 Carbon Nation is an optimistic, solutions-based, non-partisan documentary that illustrates why it’s incredibly smart to be a part of the new, low-carbon economy: it’s good business, it emboldens national and energy security, and it improves health and the environment. Through a cast of engaging and endearing characters from across the…

Time-Lapse Video 3 of Modular Home Installation

The following time lapse video is of the installation of Greenfab’s first LEED Platinum, modular home in Seattle. Southwest Point of View.

Time-Lapse Video 2 of Modular Home Installation

The following time lapse video is of the installation of Greenfab’s first LEED Platinum, modular home in Seattle. Southwest Point of View.

Crane Cam: Installation of a Prefab, Modular Home

The following video is of the installation of Greenfab’s first LEED Platinum, modular home in Seattle.

Installation of a Prefab, Modular Home in Six Hours

The following video is of the installation of Greenfab’s first LEED Platinum, modular home in Seattle.

How can a LEED Certified, Green Home Benefit You?

Benefits of a LEED Home from U.S. Green Building Council on Vimeo. The U.S. Green Building Council shares the benefits of living in a LEED-certified, green home. A LEED-certified home is designed and constructed in accordance with the rigorous guidelines of the LEED for Homes green building certification program. LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed,…