Residential single-stream recycling is easier on residents, but we still have to be mindful so separating recyclables isn’t like “sorting an omelet” for the crews who work hard to help us stay green!
I remember growing up as a kid from the Chicago suburbs and working at a vegetable farm. The local economy sustained those farms. More and more you see reference to local food sources on restaurant menus. For local farms to be sustainable it takes the support of restaurants. Lynn Pritchard, owner of Table 128 Bistro…[Read More]
The REALLY BIG movement for sustainable design started in the early 2000’s and the product reps streamed into our office with the latest sustainable product. Innovation, however was mostly about reinventing existing products into more sustainable products. How can paint be made with less outgassing? How can carpet use more recycled content? How can more…[Read More]
An estimated seven billion trees will die from the little critter called the emerald ash borer – which is ten times that of the Dutch elm disease. What happens to all those trees that get cut down? According to Des Moines arborist David Jahn, “Most trees are used for firewood or chipped into mulch. Ash…[Read More]
Sustainable design has moved from “recycling at the curb” to “using recycled products” to “giving life to an unused waste stream” also known as upcycling. Companies are exploring the planet for a waste stream and then deciding what to make from it. An unused waste stream like all the plastic in the oceans has been…[Read More]
Every architect’s dream is to work on a signature project that will make a difference in the world. When that opportunity presented itself, CMBA | Smith Metzger jumped at the chance to be part of the Global CommUnity Center. A vision of community activist, Dennis Kelly, the center is dedicated to people from around the…[Read More]
In “Joe vs. the Volcano,” Poor Joe Banks, played by Tom, develops a terminal “brain cloud” from years of slaving away in a windowless work place – the flickering fluorescent lights casting a sickly blue-green hue as the electric ballasts hum and buzz.