Last week’s announcement by the White House of $1 billion of funding to go to communities hit by disasters signals that ‘resilience’ – still just a buzzword to some – is increasingly becoming a concept that more businesses, communities, and governments are willing to put more money behind.
About a year and a half ago I left California to come to Texas. After spending over 25 years as an urban designer in the GoldenState, it was time to pack up and go. The writing was on the wall prior to my leaving in 2011. The end of Redevelopment to balance the State budget […]
If the biggest threat to human survival is climate change, then American construction is probably the industry most responsible for causing it. Every new construction site represents the climate being changed, the environment being degraded, energy being consumed, and irreplaceable natural resources being used.
Portland OR – A progress report on Portland’s Climate Action Plan shows carbon emissions have gone down 26 percent since 1990. The city’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Multnomah County Office of Sustainability recently released a two-year progress report on efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The Climate Action Plan is a three-year push to […]
I recently watched the Academy Award nominated documentary, Food inc. To be honest, I was hesitant about watching it. I already know more than I’d like about the sorry state of our food supply. Another film putting images in my head of slaughterhouses and e-coli poisoning was not going to make me any happier. (And, […]