This Issue

2017 November-December

Odette Estate Winery

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] Odette Estate Winery [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Napa’s Odette Estate Winery proves red and green make a sustainable pairing [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]Organic grapes plus LEED construction makes for a final glass that both tastes good and you can feel good about drinking. Explore a food and wine project pairing that uses LEED as an expression of business philosophy, and helps align operations with values.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="25632" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" css=".vc_custom_1510948827071{margin-top: 5px !important;}"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Editor’s Note: Although the Odette Estate Winery was not in direct line of the devastating wildfires this October, the effects of these fires are not yet fully understood. At the time of publication, the winery is inaccessible. Head a few miles north of the town of Napa and east of the Napa Silverado Trail, you’ll find yourself in the Stags Leap District. One of sixteen designated regions with unique microclimates and terrain in the Napa Valley, Stags Leap enjoys afternoon marine breezes that help dissipate the warmth radiating off the region’s distinct bare rocks and surrounding hillsides. Warm days and cool nights translate to a longer growing season, perfect for late-maturing varietals like Cabernet. Here, you’ll find the Odette Estate Winery nestled against a...

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Founding Farmers

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] Founding Farmers [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Founding Farmers offers restaurant-goers a taste of sustainability   By Aline Althen[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]The fried green tomatoes at Founding Farmers in Washington, D.C., are simply scrumptious. Each one is a perfect combination of cornmeal crunch on the outside with a soft, warm, bright center that leaves you wishing you’d ordered dozens more. What makes them most delectable, however, isn’t the southern goodness they represent, or the interesting selection of dips served on the side, it’s the fact that they are responsibly sourced and served in a restaurant designed to elevate your every bite to a new level of appreciation for farm-to-table dining.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="25621" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" css=".vc_custom_1510767439890{margin-top: 5px !important;}"][vc_column_text]DC’s first LEED Gold restaurant honors the farm-to-table concept with a design that is both natural and sophisticated.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]After nearly 10 years on the scene, Founding Farmers is a staple of the D.C. restaurant community. It is operated by the Farmers Restaurant Group (FRG), which holds the popular Farmers Fishers Bakers and Farmers & Distillers restaurant brands as well. FRG was formed as a partnership between the North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) and two successful D.C.-area restaurateurs, Dan Simons...

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All In

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="25244" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="25246" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Mahesh Ramanujam President and CEO USGBC & GBCI [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] [dropcaps type='normal' color='' background_color='' border_color='']O[/dropcaps]ver the last year, USGBC has fully embraced the mantra, “partnership is the new leadership.” And we have strived to live up to this mantra in many ways as we continue to find new paths forward in collaboration with other change makers and leaders, including many of our incredible members. It is particularly meaningful to me to author this issue’s LEED ON column as we close out what has been a monumental year for USGBC and for our movement. In the past two months alone we have announced Washington, D.C., as the first LEED Platinum city and have held two inaugural Greenbuild conferences in China and India before coming to Boston for the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. It is the perfect time to reflect on the depth of our roots and the breadth of our reach. USGBC+ is the official media partner for Greenbuild Boston and this issue reflects the conference theme of “All In.” Greenbuild is where we come together from every corner of the sustainability realm to celebrate our...

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United They Stand

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="18094" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="25253" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]  By Kiley Jacques [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Social equity and sustainable development are the driving forces behind the Dudley Neighborhood Community Land Trust. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_column_text] The way Greater Boston’s Dudley Triangle community has organized to revitalize and take ownership of their neighborhood is nothing short of inspired. So remarkable are their achievements that they now serve as a model for the development of community land trusts across the country. Dudley Neighbors Incorporated (DNI) is a community land trust created by the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) to implement a comprehensive master plan—drafted by residents—to guide the reclamation of their neighborhood, formerly a sea of vacant and abused lots. Principal among their goals was to avoid resident displacement, which is all too common when development occurs in marginalized communities. Established in 1984, DSNI enabled residents—a predominantly Cape Verdean, African American, and Latino demographic—to gain control over a critical mass of 1,300 parcels of abandoned land. The nonprofit was backed by the City of Boston, which adopted the development plan and granted the power of eminent domain over much of the privately owned vacant land in the 62-acre area known as...

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Class Act

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Class Act [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Kohler’s innovative ways to treat wastewater in developing nations.   By Alexandra Pecci [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]Functioning bathrooms are taken for granted in the United States, but in many parts of the developing world, sanitation infrastructure is often patchy or nonexistent, and relieving oneself can be a matter of life and death. “The basic problem is that all over the world there are hundreds of millions of people who don’t have access to a safe toilet,” says Rob Zimmerman, director of WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) and sustainability for Kohler, the Wisconsin-based plumbing fixture company and Platinum level member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “The alternative is that people openly defecate.” In many parts of the world, the familiar method of using water to transport waste through a sewer system to a treatment plant isn’t feasible because of lack of infrastructure. In places like India, for instance, flushing a toilet might discharge the human waste into an open channel or ditch outside the building instead of to a wastewater treatment facility. This leads to countless health, economic, and environmental problems, from spreading devastating infectious diseases to polluting water supplies. “The question is, how...

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Climate Action: Time to Make It Real

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Climate Action: Time to Make It Real [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] A look at COP 23 and action items to combat climate change.   By Elizabeth Beardsley, USGBC Senior Environmental Policy Counsel [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] We Care About Places Lately, it seems we are deluged with bad news about climate change and the rate at which the Earth is warming. Science tells us that humans are accelerating the process, and observed changes ranging from lower snow totals, glacial melt, increased extreme weather events, wildfires, drought, and rising    sea level show how climate change poses risks to the communities and places we care about. These predictions threaten our lives and way of life made real most recently by the three hurricanes that devastated areas of the U.S. and its territories this fall. While it’s hard to pinpoint the effect of climate warming on any specific weather event, scientists believe storms and flooding will be more extreme and frequent.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="25347" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" css=".vc_custom_1509635758948{margin-top: 5px !important;}"][vc_column_text]The Park Shops building on the north campus of NC State University is a historic, three story masonry structure originally constructed in 1914 now transformed into a 21st century, multi-functional building that exemplifies reuse and...

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Q&A with Atyia Martin

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_top="50"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="25363" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_single_image image="25365" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1509637117727{margin-top: 20px !important;}"]Dr. Atyia Martin is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) with a diverse set of experiences in public health, emergency management, intelligence, and homeland security. In 2015, Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed her as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Boston’s Resilience Strategy. Boston will focus on advancing racial equity as the foundation of the Resilience Strategy process to increase our shared ability to thrive after emergencies. Illustration by: Tristan Chace[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Q.What is your greatest fear? Not leaving a legacy for my children to build upon, so they do not have to start from scratch. Q.Which living person do you most admire? My husband Roy Martin. Q.What is your greatest extravagance? My photography. Q.What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Acceptance (I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept). Q.What is the quality you most like in a person? The ability to see themselves as part of something greater. Q.Which...

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LEED+

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="16705" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="25285" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]  By Mary Grauerholz [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Projects implementing LEED are poised to leverage the shared advantages of complementary rating systems. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_column_text] Big sustainability projects often begin with big dreams. Visionaries John Schmid, CEO of Propark America and the developer of Canopy Airport Parking in Denver, and Richard Piacentini, executive director of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, both recall the moment they crystallized remarkable concepts to save the Earth’s resources. Schmid set his mind to constructing a parking facility that would elevate energy efficiency to a lofty new level. Piacentini and his board, using a master planning process, began with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system and then folded in other sustainability certifications for a robust solution. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="25288" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Phipps Welcome Center, opened in 2005, was the first LEED-certified visitor center in a public garden in the world. Photo: Denmarsh Photography, Inc[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] As Schmid recalls, “We set out to build the most sustainable parking facility on the planet. Two years later, we welcomed a baby called...

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In The Green

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="17498" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="25306" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]  By Jeff Harder [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Investment banks bridge the gap and help fund the future of climate-resilient infrastructure. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_column_text] The words “green bank” might conjure ATMs, drive-up windows, and deposit slips, but don’t be fooled by the name. Green banks—alternatively known as green investment banks—are akin to impact funds and use a mix of public and private money to back billions of dollars worth of low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure (among other initiatives), galvanizing the private sector to invest in and scale up sustainability and clean energy projects within the United States and around the world. And with an estimated $90 trillion required to transition the world to low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure by 2030, according to the Global Commission on Climate and the Economy, green banks are helping bridge a critical gap in funding. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="25313" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]The UK Green Investment Bank Offshore Wind Fund consists of interests in six operational wind farms, including Sheringham Shoal, a 317MW offshore wind farm located off the North Norfolk coast. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_top="20"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] “There’s more and more talk of...

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