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If It’s Not Beautiful, It’s Not Sustainable

by March 16, 2011 » Add the second comment.
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“The best way to recycle a 2 x 4 is to leave it in place.” -Andres Duany A lot of resources go into any home, not to mention a neighborhood, so it better be good. It better be built in such a way that it will be loved and last far beyond the 30-year [...] Read more »

Why Urbanism Matters- South Main & Sustainability Part 2

by February 25, 2011 » Add more comments.
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Good urbanism has a hard time competing with solar panels and wind turbines as a symbol of sustainability. So it often takes one of those light bulb moments to realize the truth about Urbanism: it’s probably the most comprehensive way we can address climate change in this country.

Energy Star Has Upped the Ante and We’re on Board

by January 28, 2011 » Add more comments.
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With home energy usage accounting for 17% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, South Main has always embraced green building as an important element of what makes the neighborhood sustainable. Particularly in our colder climate, a well-insulated, tight building envelope is crucial.

How is South Main Sustainable? Intro to a Series

by December 7, 2010 » Add more comments.
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Last night I was reading David Brower’s Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run. This is a guy who founded the Sierra Club and The League of Conservation Voters, helped prevent the damming of the Grand Canyon, and was designated by the New York Times as ‘the most effective conservation activist in the world.’ [...] Read more »

A Truly “Green” Home Is One that Is Loved

by July 19, 2010 » Add the second comment.
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Although there are, of course, a lot of things that make up a green home, one of the simplest- and therefore often overlooked- components is the continued care and maintenance of a home. People are less likely to love and maintain a home that they are not emotionally vested in. For instance, it is common [...] Read more »

Urbanism and Sustainability

by June 23, 2010 » Add more comments.
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I often wonder when I hear things like ‘change a light bulb, save the world’ just how deep our culture’s understanding of sustainability is. I’ll read an article that discusses how the American lifestyle needs to change, but the answer at the end has more to do with fuel efficient cars than urbanism or smart growth. This article is compelling to me because it demonstrates with solid data how New Urbanism and Smart Growth are a systemic approach to sustainability and dealing with the climate crisis…