Saturday, May 31, 2008
In addition to the piece, itself, check out the variety of interesting links in the text box neighboring the article.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Construction Waste Recycling Training and Accreditation Program
Wednesday, June 25 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Holiday Inn, St. Louis
Registration link available at www.wastecapwi.org/training
For more information on Greening the Heartland 2008, visit http://www.greeningtheheartland.org/
To date, more than 200 professionals in 14 states have become WasteCap Accredited Professionals in construction waste recycling.
Across the state and nationwide, owners are requiring construction waste recycling as a part of sustainable building. Contractors who know how to recycle will be at a market advantage. Reduction, reuse and recycling is allowing contractors and owners to use projects funds for building instead of waste disposal. This training will give you the skills you need to develop, manage, monitor, document and promote a successful recycling program for construction and demolition debris. It also provides training to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) points for MR 2.1 and 2.2.
Contractors, developers, haulers and owners should attend and will benefit from this training. Upon completion of the training, you will be awarded with three-year WasteCap Accreditation in construction and demolition waste recycling through WasteCap Wisconsin . All attendees will receive a comprehensive toolkit containing sample contract language and specifications requiring recycling, recycling market information, monitoring checklists and worksheets for conducting economic analysis as well as WasteCap Wisconsin 's training video highlighting important information on material-specific recycling for construction and demolition projects. REGISTRATION IS LIMITED.
Date: Wednesday, June 25
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Holiday Inn, St. Louis / Greening the Heartland 2008
Cost: $400 for WasteCap Wisconsin Members or USGBC Members, $550 for nonmembers
Registration link available at www.wastecapwi.org/training
We'll include a few links here, emphasizing some tourist-ey elements, along with some quirkier picks.
The Arch: You've probably heard of this attraction, or seen it in one of those photo books. It's on the river and it's a close walk. You might want to ride up to the top, or just ramble around the basement museum. Remember: if you don't go, everyone back home will ask why you didn't.
The Bowling Hall-of-Fame and Museum: Not every town's got one of these, but St. Louis does. If you're into bowling alone (or in a league, like we used to do in the old days), then this spot's worth the price of admission. Throw a game, or two, while there.
The Old Cathedral: No one in St. Louis will know what you're referring to with the Basilica of St. Louis the King. They will know the Old Cathedral, a li'l church on the big Arch grounds, with some major historical links to the oldest days of St. Louis. For Catholics, it's your best bet to find Catholic mass nearby.
Blues for lunch (or dinner): A trio of classic St. Louis blues clubs sit just a bit south of the new Busch Stadium, all offering music at night, with a couple of them offering lunch and supper, as well as all the drinks you'd like. If you want to hear legit STL blues, these are good bets for a night of fun. All neighbors, you can find the Broadway Oyster Bar, BB's Jazz Blues and Soups and Beale on Broadway. Since they're all seven-nights-a-week joints, don't worry about walking up to a closed venue.
Eads Bridge: If you want to really experience the Mississippi River, you might want to cross it, on foot, or via the Metrolink. A walk across the Mighty Miss is a pretty fun thing, one that the locals don't often undertake.
St. Louis Public Library: This is one impressive building. Even if you don't check out a book, you may enjoy the vast halls, made from tons of marble. This, the flagship of the SLPS system, draws an eclectic mix of people, we have to say. If you click on either link provided in this entry, you'll also be sent to a walking tour link, compliments of the SLPS.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The Dubliner: 1025 Washington, 314-421-4300. A large, Irish-themed restaurant and bar, with the TVs often turned to sports like soccer, hurling and rugby. Really nice menu and the bartenders are total pros.
Flannery's: 1324 Washington, 314-241-8885. One of the newer bars in the heart of the revamped Washington Avenue, Flannery's has an entire wall of TVs tuned into every sports channel, with a simply-designed space and a popular, streetside patio.
Jack Patrick's, 1000 Olive, 314-314-436-8879. This is pretty much a classic, Downtown-styled sports bar, with pool tables, beer specials and volume, volume, volume. A good-sized space that often features local sports talk stations broadcasting live.
Kitchen K, 1000 Washington, 314-241-9900: A bit more clubby than some of the others on our list, the K-Bar at Kitchen K has a couple of plasmas and some nice people-watching possibilities, through a long bank of windows. Right across the street for the America's Center.
Tigin, 333 Washington, 314-241-8666. We're catching a trend here, with our third place with some type of Irish tie. This one's got the Irish menu, for sure, along with the soccer and rubgy fixes on the TV, though we anticipate some Cardinals ball on the tube during GTH.
We offer a link to Harvard's GCI here. It's an impressive effort.
From that link, a brief bio on Sharp:
Leith Sharp established the HGCI in March of 2000, becoming the Director of this emerging organization. Leith also co-instructs the Harvard Extension School course, Sustainability - The Challenge of Changing Our Institutions. Leith has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Engineering from UNSW and a Master of Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. Leith has worked with universities for the last 10 years to achieve organizational change in the pursuit of environmental sustainability. In 1998 Leith was awarded Young Australian of the Year, NSW Environment Category, for her work in establishing the Environmental Management Program at the University of New South Wales, Australia. In 1999 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research best practice in university environmental management throughout Europe and the USA. In 2002, Leith was awarded most outstanding paper for her contribution to the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. Leith has presented at many conferences and events across the US and Australia.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
On its site, GreenOptions describes itself as such:
"Green Options Media's growing network of environmentally-focused blogs provides users with a broad spectrum of information on and direction for making more sustainable choices in their lives. Launched in February, 2007, Green Options Media has grown into a leader among 'green' web portals by combining news, guidance and community features for a wide audience. Both treehuggers and the 'green curious' will find information they can use and people with whom they can share their journeys towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
"Written by experienced professionals in their fields, Green Options Media's individual blogs engage visitors with authoritative content, compelling discussions, and actionable advice. Users new to the 'green life' can contribute to the conversation by joining in dialogue between our writers and visitors on individual blogs, or by starting their own Green Options Journal. We don't preach to the choir, or require a commitment to our vision: we invite anyone with questions, or simply curiosity, to add their voices to the community, and share their approaches to achieving abundance while lightening their environmental footprint."Many folks reading this might already have GreenOptions on their own blogroll. If not, click on one of the links in this post. You'll enjoy what you find.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Alberici Group Headquarters
William A. Kerr Foundation Office (21 O’Fallon)
Roberts Office Expansion (Commercial Interiors)
St. Louis Community College – Wildwood Campus
Centocor BioLogics, LLC (Commercial Interiors)
Enterprise Fleet Operations Facility (Commercial Interiors)
Monsanto, Nidus Center for Scientific Enterprise
St. Louis Zoo, Animal Nutrition Center
Security Building (Core & Shell)
Anheuser-Busch Technology Center
CORTEX, Building #1 (Core and Shell)
HOK Headquarters (Commercial Interiors)
Holcim Main Office Building
Renovation of University City, City Hall
Roberts Tower Marketing Center (Commercial Interior)
Sisters of Mercy Convent
Washington University, Earth and Planetary Sciences Building
We have outstanding master speakers in four content areas: corporate; government; education; and green communities. In addition, we have nearly 50 breakout sessions, tours of LEED buildings, pre-conference and post-conference professional training workshops and an exposition with the latest products and services. Visit www.greeningtheheartland.org to view our entire conference program and to register.
We also have an evening of fun planned for . It is a dessert and music party at the world famous CITY MUSEUM (www.citymuseum.org), which consists of recycled and unique, found objects such as old chimneys, abandoned planes, construction cranes and "enchanted caves". We will have the entire 600,000 square foot museum to ourselves to climb and explore. In between, you can enjoy nine dessert stations and dance to the music of St. Louis music icon Kim Massie (www.kimmassie.com)
Register today for Greening the Heartland 2008 (www.greeningtheheartland.org). If you have questions, call our hotline at (4476) or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to being your conference host!
U.S. Green Building Council - St. Louis Regional Chapter
Monday, May 26, 2008
You can read all about Grand Rapids' efforts in a special section of their city's site here. We'll give you some of the high points, though:
The City of Grand Rapids completed a two-year planning process to update its 1963 Master Plan and Future Land Use Map on November 11, 2002. The Grand Rapids Master Plan contains seven interrelated themes: great neighborhoods, vital business districts, a strong economy, balanced transportation, a city that enriches our lives, a city in balance with nature and partnerships.
These themes were developed based on the involvement of over 3,000 Grand Rapidians in more than 250 community meetings. The Master Plan, a broad-brush policy document that defines community goals for the physical environment of the city, has not gathered dust. It has served, and continues to serve, its citizens well. Developers arrive at the Planning Department with their Master Plan in-hand describing projects that will enhance our community. Neighborhood associations are creating awardwinning area-specific plans that add detail to the “big picture”.
A new Zoning Ordinance that codified Plan recommendations became effective on November 5, 2007. The tenets of Smart Growth, LEED-ND criteria, Transect and Transit-Oriented Design (TOD) concepts, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) standards and the community’s Master Plan vision served as the basis for this code. Community partners, such as The Rapid, have been able to use the document to further their efforts for a better city and receive funding for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route.
The Green Grand Rapids process will be similar to the Plan Grand Rapids and Zone Grand Rapids processes employed to engage citizens in the creation of a new master plan and zoning ordinance. The City is required to update its Master Plan and Parks and Recreation Plan every five years. Instead of passing a short bureaucratic resolution to update the plans, the City of Grand Rapids Planning Department and Parks and Recreation Department view this as an opportunity to initiate a citywide green infrastructure master planning process called Green Grand Rapids that will focus on quality of life and the physical development of community infrastructure as it relates to greening, connectivity, natural systems, the Grand River, recreation and public health.
The website of St. Louis' Mayor, Francis Slay, has a recent video clip dedicated to an interview with the CM founder, Bob Cassilly. Though we can't link directly to the exact video, simply shoot over to this clip and scroll down a few entries, to the featured interview with the one-and-only Cassilly. You'll enjoy the video, trust us.
We used raw data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Geographic Society’s Green Guide, which collected survey data and government statistics for American cities of over 100,000 people in more than 30 categories, including air quality, electricity use and transportation habits. We then compiled these statistics into four broad categories, each scored out of either 5 or 10 possible points. The sum of these four scores determines a city’s place in the rankings. Our categories are:
Electricity (E; 10 points): Cities score points for drawing their energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric power, as well as for offering incentives for residents to invest in their own power sources, like roof-mounted solar panels.
Transportation (T; 10 points): High scores go to cities whose commuters take public transportation or carpool. Air quality also plays a role.
Green living (G; 5 points): Cities earn points for the number of buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as for devoting area to green space, such as public parks and nature preserves.
Recycling and green perspective (R; 5 points): This measures how comprehensive a city’s recycling program is (if the city collects old electronics, for example) and how important its citizens consider environmental issues.
Visit http://www.greeningtheheartland.org/ to view our entire conference program and to register. We also have an evening of fun planned for Monday, June 23. It is a dessert and music party at the world famous CITY MUSEUM (http://www.citymuseum.org/), which consists of recycled and unique, found objects such as old chimneys, abandoned planes, construction cranes and "enchanted caves". We will have the entire 600,000 square foot museum to ourselves to climb and explore. In between, you can enjoy nine dessert stations and dance to the music of St. Louis music icon Kim Massie (http://www.kimmassie.com/).
Register today for Greening the Heartland 2008 (http://www.greeningtheheartland.org/). If you have questions, call our hotline at 866-933-4GRN (4476) or email to email@example.com.
We look forward to being your conference host!U.S. Green Building Council - St. Louis Regional Chapter