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  • Transparent Green | David Bergman | Snapshot Column | the Sallan Foundation
    war generation The lifestyle was hippy and handmade and eco products could be crude and expensive Most of all you couldn t buy them in the department store or on the mall They weren t mainstream Why Part of the answer is that green designers tended to work in a world separate from regular design And this produced furniture and household goods and even electronics that often subordinated esthetics meaning the type of design that other designers focus on to environmental issues Or when there s been an esthetic it s been that uh granola look This must stop We can t keep saying there is design and there is green design This separation does a disservice to the success of our designs green or otherwise So long as there is a disconnect between the general design world and eco design there will be a division of the market into two parts the mainstream and the eco niche and the eco niche loses It s incumbent upon green designers to make designs that will sell Design the greenest most sustainable refrigerator but it won t matter a bit if no one buys it If it doesn t sell it doesn t have an impact Unless eco designs replace other products in a substantial way they won t have a significant environmental impact Twenty electric cars in Los Angeles will not improve the air quality And a handful of hand cranked radios won t dent the piles of batteries going to landfills That s not totally true A failed green design can affect other designs It can influence and demonstrate possibilities But it s more likely to have the opposite effect if it fails to sell Market success is also necessary to financial success Yeah that s pretty obvious But an eco product s market failure has additional repercussions because of its message to industry and the public The perception that the public doesn t care about green becomes a fact that s cited in corporate boardrooms and by government policy makers And this spins a vicious circle Arguably we do more harm than good in developing unsuccessful eco designs This criticism bears repeating It s a problem that emanates from design firms and corporate offices down to design schools that still haven t incorporated eco design into their core studies But wait The first thing I wrote was that it s time to get rid of green design He s contradicting himself I hear you saying Well no not exactly What I meant in my opening line was that we have to get rid of the consumer category of green design Actually that s not exactly it either What I mean is we need to hide it Eco design should be so completely imbedded in a design that it is an integral indistinguishable part of the whole design And when we ve done that and put the eco aspects on a par with function and color and sexiness the design

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  • Who Should Provide Data? | Sustainable Cities Collective | Blog Comments | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    the election on climate change and green building policy and most of the predictions were negative There was an interesting dialogue during the presentation between Martin Chavez of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and Karen Penafiel of Building Owners and Managers Association BOMA Martin pointed out repeatedly that much of the green building policy over the next few years will start at the state and municipal level As an example he pointed to mandatory benchmarking requirements for property owners in some cities like Washington D C and New York City It is an interesting conundrum who is best situated to provide energy reporting data Nancy s Comment Good post and good questions Chris In NYC the benchmarking law imposes energy use reporting responsibilities on property owners The complication arises in gaining access to tenant electric gas utility bills Utilities are not supposed to provide a customer s usage or payment information to third parties such as landlords For the moment only bulk metered buildings can be counted on to provide all utility data For submetered buildings in contrast the benchmarking law requires the owner to supply fuel and common area electirity data It is my understanding that the City is in discussion with Con Ed to see if there is a path for obtaining submetered customer information in a way that satisfies all parties That said BOMA s proposal as you describe it does not solve this data privacy question Similarly I have heard but cannot confirm that in NYC a legislative proposal to require property owners to provide prospective buyers and renters with information about energy use was shot down by a local real estate association If true that s a lost opportunity and places like Australia are light years ahead of us Any discussion of this topic at

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  • Our Back Nuke Pages | Back to the Future | Our Back Pages | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    and recall what nuclear experts were thinking about the finance construction and operation of nuclear power plants in 2008 at a Sallan sponsored debate at the New York City Bar Association about the Future of Nuclear Power Plants On October 22 2008 the New York City Bar Association Committees on Energy and Environmental Law the Environmental Law Institute and the Sallan Foundation hosted a debate Considering the Cost and Benefits of Nuclear Power Pros and Cons of New Plants The experts on the pro nuclear side were Maggie Lemmerman Energy Policy Adviser Global Issues Group British Embassy Washington DC Caren Byrd Executive Director Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Division and Carey W Fleming Senior Counsel Nuclear Generation Constellation Energy Nuclear Group On the opposing side of the debate Robert Alvarez Senior Scholar Institute for Policy Studies and Dr Edwin Lyman Senior Staff Scientist Global Security Program Union of Concerned Scientists In light of the nuclear safety concern unfolding in Japan it is interesting to see which of Sallan s debate participants if any are being sought after by the media for their expert opinion Mark Clayton writing for the Christian Science Monitor quotes Dr Lyman who is also quoted by Carolyn

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  • Spotlight on Sallan | Urban Agenda | Featured | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    Stopping It In the Media Home Global Positioning Featured Urban Agenda Spotlight on Sallan Urban Agenda looks into Nancy Anderson s environmental history and her role on the NYC Apollo Allance Steering Committee Find out more Home About Sallan News

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  • Bjørn on the Run | PEN Weather Report: What Can We Do? | Noteworthy | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    We Do A major transatlantic conversation about global warming the Copenhagen climate talks and policy options for the future took place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 29 2010 with New York Review of Books contributors Jostein Gaarder James Hansen Frederic Hauge Bjorn Lomborg Bill McKibben Andrew Revkin and Cynthia Rosenzweig moderated by Robert Silvers Freelance writer Emily Voigt penned an excellent piece about the debate for OnEarth Magazine Who s Who Jostein Gaarder author of the internationally acclaimed novel Sophie s World and creator of the Sophie Prize James Hansen one of the world s leading climatologists and author of Storms of My Grandchildren Frederic Hauge founder and director of the international environmental organization the Bellona Foundation Bjørn Lomborg an Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School and author of the controversial The Skeptical Environmentalist Measuring the Real State of the World and Cool It The Skeptical Environmentalist s Guide to Global Warming Bill McKibben author of The End of Nature Earth Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and numerous other books Author and environment journalist Andrew Revkin whose biography of Chico Mendes formed the basis of the feature film The Burning Season Cynthia Rosenzweig is

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  • Getting Greener | The New York Times, Metro Briefing | Noteworthy | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    a landmark bill Local Law 86 that will require any major building construction or renovation paid for with city capital funds to adhere to green standards which include using renewable energy sources and conserving materials Council leaders said the law would affect 12 billion in planned construction projects including 5 billion for new schools The Council also passed a law to increase fines on stores that lock workers in against

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  • Earth Day Mayoral Sustainability Forum | WNYC | Blog Comments | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design He invited NYLCV s Executive Director Marcia Bystryn onto his show for highlights and analysis Nancy Anderson weighs in WNYC Comment Nancy Anderson Ph D The Sallan Foundation Building retrofits makeovers to make our thousands of buildings more energy efficient Not sexy but candidates ALL recognized that retrofits are key to cutting NYC s carbon footprint

    Original URL path: http://www.sallan.org/Sallan_In-the-Media/2013/04/earth_day_mayoral_forum_o.php (2016-02-10)
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  • Knowledge Saves Power | Friends of Benchmarking Website Goes Live | Noteworthy | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    Knowledge Saves Power Did you know some New York City buildings are seven times more energy efficient than others Want to know how big your building s energy appetite is Visit the newly launched Friends of Benchmarking website KnowledgeSavesPower com to find out how your building stacks up Chicago jumps onboard with energy benchmarking the Chicago City Council passes the Chicago Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance on September 11th which will

    Original URL path: http://www.sallan.org/Sallan_In-the-Media/2013/09/knowledge_is_power.php (2016-02-10)
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