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Kirkland Breaks Ground On New 7-Story Apartment Building | Kirkland, WA Patch

The new seven-story building was designed to be eco-friendly and promote healthy living, developers said.

The building was developed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold standards and Puget Sound Energy’s Built Smart guidelines, with construction including reclaimed materials from the warehouse that used to occupy the site.

Source: Kirkland Breaks Ground On New 7-Story Apartment Building | Kirkland, WA Patch

‘Lean In’ circles help women in construction navigate bias

Sheet metal worker Carey Mercer assembles ductwork at Contractors Sheet Metal on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in New York. The construction industry is fighting to recruit more women into a sector that faces chronic labor shortages. As spending on infrastructure rises, construction firms will need to hire at least 430,000 new skilled laborers in 2021, according to an analysis of federal data by the Associated Builders and Contractors.  Right now, only 4% of construction laborers in the U.S. are women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics   (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Sheet metal worker Carey Mercer assembles ductwork at Contractors Sheet Metal on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in New York. The construction industry is fighting to recruit more women into a sector that faces chronic labor shortages. As spending on infrastructure rises, construction firms will need to hire at least 430,000 new skilled laborers in 2021, according to an analysis of federal data by the Associated Builders and Contractors. Right now, only 4% of construction laborers in the U.S. are women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Yunmy Carroll, a veteran steamfitter, said a worker at a training session declared that women in construction are “whores.”

About 700 tradeswomen are participating the program, designed to help them navigate persistent bias and harassment on construction sites, from unwanted sexual advances to being assigned lesser duties like traffic control or fire watch.

Source: ‘Lean In’ circles help women in construction navigate bias

Repurposing Single-Use Products in the Construction Industry | INN

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 11 million tons of asphalt roofing shingles are disposed of each year, contributing to over a million tons of waste produced by the roofing industry and companies are increasingly looking for methods to both offset their carbon footprint from re-using single-use products and find environmentally-friendly sourced products for their businesses. Landfills across North America are already over-crowded. Single-use asphalt shingles do not biodegrade or decompose and will sit in landfills for hundreds of years.

Source: Repurposing Single-Use Products in the Construction Industry | INN

Architectural storytelling by Heliotrope Architects in NYC | Livegreenblog

Architectural storytelling by Heliotrope Architects in NYC

Seattle-based Heliotrope Architects has designed the renovation of the Filson NYC Flagship Store in mid-town Manhattan. It all originated with the conversion of a mattress shop that now houses an old barn, the central element in the architectural storytelling of the new shop.

Source: Architectural storytelling by Heliotrope Architects in NYC | Livegreenblog

US church faces neglect allegations after Haiti child deaths 

For a limestone mantel from the Waldorf Astoria, the church that owns the Olde Good Things antique stores asks for $8,500. But for the death of each child in a fire at a home it ran in Haiti, parents said the same church offered to pay just $50 to $100 in family compensation — along with $150 for funeral-related costs such as new clothes and transportation. The wealth of the Church of Bible Understanding in the United States has long stood in contrast with the shoddiness of its two children’s homes in Hai

Source: US church faces neglect allegations after Haiti child deaths

Haiti faults orphanage run by well-off US church – Story from 2013

At the Olde Good Things antique store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a French crystal chandelier can go for tens of thousands of dollars. A marble mantel sells for more than $20,000 and hand-carved dinner tables are priced even higher. The store’s Christian missionary owners offer their well-heeled customers a heart-warming story: Part of the proceeds pay for the group’s orphanage in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. What they don’t say is that even though they claim in IRS filings to be spending around $2.5 million annually, the home for boys and girls was so dirty and overcrowded during recent inspections that the government said it shouldn’t remain open.

Source: Haiti faults orphanage run by well-off US church

Pacaso Is Turning Houses Into Corporations : Planet Money : NPR

Brad Day and his neighbors in California’s Sonoma Valley have noticed a real estate startup is turning houses in their community into limited liability corporations. A group has formed to oppose the company’s moves. Day’s favorite sign reads, “The Pacaso house is the big one on the right with no soul.”
Brad Day

The company was co-founded by a Napa resident, and it converts houses into LLCs. Pacaso then sells shares of these corporate houses to multiple investors. Gardner Googled Pacaso, and, sure enough, the house on their cul-de-sac was on its website. The company had named the house “Chardonnay” and was now selling investors the chance to buy a one-eighth share of it for $606,000.

Source: Pacaso Is Turning Houses Into Corporations : Planet Money : NPR

Old-growth logging approvals in B.C. have gone up over the past year, report suggests | CBC News

Environmentalists worry old-growth logging approvals are increasing, which could be harmful for B.C.’s biodiversity. (The Wilderness Committee)

Old-growth logging approvals have gone up over the past year despite the B.C. government promising to protect old-growth forests, according to new research from an environmental group.

Source: Old-growth logging approvals in B.C. have gone up over the past year, report suggests | CBC News

Combining comfort with cannabis | InspireDesign Innovative vision for today’s hotel

Scotia Lodge is so much more than just a hotel, rather it is a piece of the region’s rich and storied history.

Similar to the other ventures under the Humboldt Social brand, the design aesthetic of Scotia Lodge highlights the history and beauty of the North Coast, with an emphasis on reclaimed materials, vintage furnishings and lots of natural light.

Source: Combining comfort with cannabis | InspireDesign Innovative vision for today’s hotel

Kansas City Man Turns Backyard Into ‘Jam Session Extraordinare’ For Musicians And Fans During COVID | KCUR 89.3 – NPR in Kansas City. Local news, entertainment and podcasts.

Performing on an improvised stage, trombonist Trevor Turla plays to the gathered crowd at The Raj Ma Hall, an outdoor concert venue in the Historic Northeast.Julie Denesha/ Performing on an improvised stage, trombonist Trevor Turla plays to the gathered crowd at The Raj Ma Hall, an outdoor concert venue in the Historic Northeast.

The yard is distinctive thanks to three rustic houses built from reclaimed materials. They’re the work of Roger MacBride, the sculptor and artist who lives here.

Source: Kansas City Man Turns Backyard Into ‘Jam Session Extraordinare’ For Musicians And Fans During COVID | KCUR 89.3 – NPR in Kansas City. Local news, entertainment and podcasts.

Will ThredUp’s Retail Partnerships Really Achieve a Circular Economy?

ThredUp 2021 Retail Report

In the 12 years since its launch, ThredUp has garnered a whopping total of 1.34 million active sellers, making its reach pretty damn high. But its impact on you — and on a much grander scale — the future of the planet is even greater than we previously thought, thanks to its Resale as a Service (or RaaS), a program that encourages retail partners to adopt a resale-first mindset and move towards a circular economy.

Source: Will ThredUp’s Retail Partnerships Really Achieve a Circular Economy?

‘People think you’re an idiot’: death metal Irish baron rewilds his estate | Conservation | The Guardian

Randal Plunkett at Dunsany Castle. He turned from a steak-eating bodybuilder with no interest in land, to a vegan on an environmental mission.

Randal Plunkett at Dunsany Castle. He turned from a steak-eating bodybuilder with no interest in land, to a vegan on an environmental mission. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

It is probably Ireland’s most ambitious attempt at rewilding on private land, an attempt to recreate a vanished landscape in a swath of County Meath, 20 miles north-west of Dublin.

Source: ‘People think you’re an idiot’: death metal Irish baron rewilds his estate | Conservation | The Guardian

Why Don’t Green Buildings Live Up to Hype on Energy Efficiency? – Yale E360

U.S. EPA/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Analysts call it the “energy performance gap” — the difference between promised energy savings in green buildings and the actual savings delivered. The problem, researchers say, is inept modeling systems that fail to capture how buildings really work.

Source: Why Don’t Green Buildings Live Up to Hype on Energy Efficiency? – Yale E360

Today it’s cool, tomorrow it’s junk. We have to act against our throwaway culture | Jonathan Chapman | The Guardian

cobalt miners in congo

Cobalt mining in Congo: ‘In the urban mines of tomorrow, cobalt will be processed from broken flatscreens TVs, not acid-rinsed from a million tons of rubble.’ Photograph: Sebastian Meyer/Corbis/Getty Images

In the urban mines of tomorrow, gold will be extracted from old computers, not ore; cotton will be harvested from well-worn shirts, not fields; and cobalt will be processed from broken flatscreen TVs, not acid-rinsed from a million tons of rubble. If this all sounds like a pipe dream, note that the medals at the Tokyo Olympics are made of gold, silver and bronze recovered from the nation’s e-waste.

Source: Today it’s cool, tomorrow it’s junk. We have to act against our throwaway culture | Jonathan Chapman | The Guardian

Philly construction trades seek to recruit more women

Christina McNeill of Northeast Philadelphia (front) and other class members work with a trainer on physical strengthening exercises during the pre-apprenticeship program.

Christina McNeill of Northeast Philadelphia (front) and other class members work with a trainer on physical strengthening exercises during the pre-apprenticeship program.ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer

“One of the ‘ah-ha’ moments was not to focus on high school seniors and young women,” Hoffman said. “Across the country, we’ve learned that many women make the choice to enter the trades in their mid-20s to mid-30s.” “They’ve been in the labor market. … They may have been in low-wage service jobs,” she said. “They are ready to look for something new, something that is high-paying because they may be needing to support children, and they are looking for the future.”

Source: Philly construction trades seek to recruit more women

Waste Not, Want Not: Grand Tajiguas Project Turns Proverb into Reality – The Santa Barbara Independent

In Gaviota: Tajiguas landfill’s 357 acres occupy the lower part of Cañada de la Pila. | Credit: Erick Madrid

“This will be a model of best practices for our country,” he said expansively of the new facility, citing the innovations and new technology it put into practice. “It’s great for addressing climate change through all the methane that won’t go into the air, the renewable energy we’re getting out of this, and the ability to divert trash from the landfill without the necessity of expanding it.”

Source: Waste Not, Want Not: Grand Tajiguas Project Turns Proverb into Reality – The Santa Barbara Independent

Deconstruction – Construction & Demolition Recycling

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Pittsburgh officials aim to remove blight in neighborhoods by deconstructing city-owned properties that are condemned but not slated for demolition. The deconstruction will involve stripping buildings of useful materials to preserve their integrity so that they can be used in other building applications, according to the city.

Source: Deconstruction – Construction & Demolition Recycling

Salmon face extinction throughout the US west. Blame these four dams | Fish | The Guardian

Lower Granite Dam seen on the Snake River in Pomeroy, Washington on Monday, May 10, 2021. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, has proposed breaching the Ice Harbor, Little Goose, Lower Granite, Lower Monumental dams along the Snake River to help save the endangered salmon runs.

Lower Granite Dam seen on the Snake River in Pomeroy, Washington. Photograph: Mason Trinca/The Guardian

In 2016, it was reported that the four dams were producing on average over 1,000 megawatts of energy each year – or enough to power 800,000 American homes. But as the renewable energy sector continues to shift and hydropower competes against low-cost renewable energy, including solar and wind, there is some uncertainty when it comes to what the future will look like for the industry. Against this backdrop, more than $17bn has been spent in recent decades as part of federal salmon recovery efforts.

Source: Salmon face extinction throughout the US west. Blame these four dams | Fish | The Guardian

Plan to remove 4 dams near Oregon-California border clears major hurdle – oregonlive.com

An aerial view of the Iron Gate Dam, powerhouse and spillway on the lower Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif.

This March 3, 2020, file photo, shows the Iron Gate Dam, powerhouse and spillway on the lower Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)AP

If the dams remained, PacifiCorp would likely have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to retrofit the structures to comply with today’s environmental laws. As it is, the utility has said the electricity generated by the dams no longer makes up a significant part of its power portfolio.

Source: Plan to remove 4 dams near Oregon-California border clears major hurdle – oregonlive.com

Dams may release about twice as much carbon as they store | Popular Science

a dam reservoir storing carbon

“Carbon emissions from dams had been significantly underestimated,” wrote Matthias Koschorreck, a biogeochemist and the study’s senior author, in a press release. Where climate policymakers had once considered them a carbon sink, he argues, they should now be thought of as a source.

Source: Dams may release about twice as much carbon as they store | Popular Science

Support the creation of the Mendocino Coast Redwood Forest Reserve – Mendocino Trail Stewards


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Governor Newsom, Cal Fire, and the California Natural Resources Agency continue to pay lip service to the climate emergency while promoting commercial logging and road building as appropriate responses to the wildfire crisis. They spend millions of dollars on a PR campaign for Nature-Based Solutions, but move forward with business as usual, promoting and approving the logging of millions of acres across the state, burning massive quantities of fossil fuel just to destroy our best ally in our fight to have

Source: Mendocino Trail Stewards

Amazon is buying up dead malls–adaptive reuse, or just eating its prey? | News | Archinect

Macy’s, 2018. Image © Jesse Rieser

“I’ve seen the economic development happen to our community — it’s frustrating on a local level,” he said. “But, at the same time, I see a regular list of articles about Amazon building here and Amazon building there. I’m not sure any of us really fully understand the implications because it’s happening so so fast.”

Source: Amazon is buying up dead malls–adaptive reuse, or just eating its prey? | News | Archinect

‘Forests are not renewable’: the felling of Sweden’s ancient trees | Environment | The Guardian

Thousands of logs seen from overhead at a timber terminal. Sweden is the world’s third biggest exporter of pulp, paper and sawn timber

‘Natural forests are not renewable. Trees can be planted, but not forests.’ They added: ‘If you plant pine trees, you get a timber field, not a forest. Real forests are complex ecosystems, a bedrock of a multitude of life and home for many species’

Source: ‘Forests are not renewable’: the felling of Sweden’s ancient trees | Environment | The Guardian

Kraft Heinz pilots recycled plastic packaging for roofs | Construction Dive

Courtesy of Kraft Heinz

As manufacturers are working to reuse their waste products — both through upcycled products that save food items from the trash and manufacturing processes that use waste for energy — a successful test result could put Kraft Heinz in a class of its own. The company could potentially renovate its factories with its own post-consumer waste, which would be impactful.

Source: Kraft Heinz pilots recycled plastic packaging for roofs | Construction Dive

TECLA: 3D printed eco-habitat by WASP and Mario Cucinella Architects in Italy

Engineered by 3D printing specialists WASP and designed by Mario Cucinella Architects, the first prototype of TECLA in Ravenna is built entirely using reusable and recyclable materials.

By becoming the first eco-habitat to be built using Crane WASP (world’s first modular and multilevel 3D printer designed to collectively build singular and large-scale architectural works), the structure takes inspiration from potter wasp, founded on the principles of a circular economy and digital fabrication.

Source: TECLA: 3D printed eco-habitat by WASP and Mario Cucinella Architects in Italy

Highways that destroyed Black neighborhoods are crumbling. Some want to undo that legacy – CNN

A Google Street view of Shreveport, LA downtown area abruptly ending where it meets the highway.

A Google Street view of Shreveport, LA downtown area abruptly ending where it meets the highway.

US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is among those who have spoken out on the history of Black neighborhoods being disproportionately divided by highway projects, and has called for righting those wrongs.

Source: Highways that destroyed Black neighborhoods are crumbling. Some want to undo that legacy – CNN

Heritage crime: Thieves target historic church slabs for patios | News | The Times

Parishioners at Christ Church in Eccleston, Lancashire, were left “horrified and grieving” after 40 pieces of stone were taken, said the vicar, the Rev Sonya Doragh

Parishioners at Christ Church in Eccleston, Lancashire, were left “horrified and grieving” after 40 pieces of stone were taken, said the vicar, the Rev Sonya Doragh

More than £400,000 worth of paving slabs has been stolen from historic churchyards and buildings over the past five years, causing “grief and horror” among parishioners.

Source: Heritage crime: Thieves target historic church slabs for patios | News | The Times

Local hazards grow as Americans churn out more garbage, United States News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

More than 90 per cent of the 230,000 tons of construction waste ReEnergy accepted in 2019 came from out-of-state, according to its annual report. After processing, ReEnergy said it sent 93 per cent of the imported trash to the Juniper Ridge landfill, which while owned by the state is operated by a private company, New England Waste Service of Maine, a subsidiary of Casella Waste Systems. Casella collects a “tipping fee” from ReEnergy for taking its waste. Fees for construction and demolition debris vary, but range from US$33 to US$95 per ton, according to the state’s environmental agency.

Source: Local hazards grow as Americans churn out more garbage, United States News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Consultant Uncovers Significant Flaws in City’s Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Program – Pasadena Now

The consultant, Tap International, says the Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Program Program needs improvement to ensure that the City’s requirements and the intentions of the program are met.

Source: Consultant Uncovers Significant Flaws in City’s Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Program – Pasadena Now

Victoria pens new bylaw to cut red tape for green demolition | CTV News

green demolition

In December 2020, Victoria council voted to approve an ambitious plan to reduce city waste by 50 per cent by 2040. “If we diverted all the construction waste currently going into the landfill, that would take us 10 per cent of the way to our targets,” said Helps. In an effort to cut red tape for companies like Unbuilders, city staff are in the final stages of drafting a deconstruction bylaw.

Source: Victoria pens new bylaw to cut red tape for green demolition | CTV News

Rescued charm – Baltimore’s abandoned homes are being recycled | United States | The Economist

The yellow pine that was used to build Baltimore’s rowhouses came from old-growth forests, and is more dense and rot-resistant than faster-growing new lumber; a century of oxidation has given it a handsome, dark patina. Furniture-makers and interior designers play up its provenance, designing items around its joist- and plank-shaped pieces, some of them pocked with nail holes and saw marks.

Source: Rescued charm – Baltimore’s abandoned homes are being recycled | United States | The Economist