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Sustainability and Sheroes

Living Future 2012 I love Portland in the springtime – especially when I’m here for Living Future 2012, an annual conference developed by the Cascadia Green Building Council “to promote the continuous evolution and adoption of sustainability in the built arena.” As is common with this event, the intention of the opening keynote is to

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Earth Day Ideas

  EARTH DAY IDEAS At EcoMaven Associates we are always looking for opportunities to tell a green story. Sometimes the story is right under our nose. In recognition of Earth Day, here is a list of 10 low hanging fruit of eco-tips that are ripe for the picking! Ten ideas to hug the earth: 1.

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A Living Building is a Learning Building

A Living Building is a Learning Building Thanks to an invite by the Seattle AIA and its COTE, I learned firsthand about the inspiring, work-in-progress Bullitt Center. The presentation and hard-hat tour was an amazing opportunity to learn about this six-story, commercial building located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood – an area of Seattle known

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Personal Development: Reflections on Emerge Workshop

Last December, I had the distinct pleasure of participating in the inaugural Emerge workshop, the brainchild of Kathleen O’Brien, founder of O’Brien & Co, a 20-year-old, Seattle-based sustainability-consulting firm. In the Pacific Northwest, Kathleen is a legend, particularly in green building circles. Many of us have only recently discovered “green” thinking, but Kathleen, among her

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Flying High with Solar

During a Christmas-time visit to my former home state Colorado, I drove by the US Air Force Academy and noticed a large installation of solar panels on the grounds. With 300 days of sunshine a year and some of the bluest skies I’ve ever seen, Colorado is perfect for solar power. It’s likely I wouldn’t

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My Green Power Source

Recently, I took a trip out to the PSE Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility in Kittitas County, Washington, and learned firsthand where my green power comes from. An added bonus was the drive east on Highway 2 over the Cascades where I experienced an abundant feast of fall colors and blue skies above. My

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Let’s talk about energy efficiency.

Let’s talk about Energy Efficiency: In a nutshell, energy efficiency – is about doing more with less – reducing the amount of energy used, reducing the amount of money spent on purchasing energy, and reducing the harmful effects of energy production that contributes to pollution and global warming. • Residential In your home, improve the

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Where’s Eco-Maven?

Where to find EcoMaven Associates riding the green wave this September 2011: 3rd – 5th Bumbershoot, Seattle We’ll be enjoying music, art, literature, film and community at Seattle Center. 6th Cascadia GBC Transformational Lecture, Bellevue Inspirational thoughts from women-in-green rock star, Kathleen O’Brien. Kathleen is a founding principal of O’Brien & Company, a nationally recognized

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High Five High Line

My family and I recently returned from NYC where enjoyed a stroll along Section 2 of the High Line – an extraordinary historical, elevated-train-track, redevelopment project on Manhattan’s West Side. I can personally attest to the fact that the park’s designers, project team and key stakeholders have given the City’s residents and visitors another stunning

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Green Festival Seattle Takeaways

This past weekend I attended Seattle’s 10th Annual Green Festival where hundreds of vendors and exhibitors enthusiastically shared their green stories. One vendor that stood out for me was Eco Tapi, developers of compostable and biodegradable paper and plastic products made out of tapioca! Not only was the product interesting, but they also had a

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