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COMMUNITY

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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Green Backing

[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="24940" 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] Architect, policy maker, and green school champion Joseph da Silva advocates for integration and collaboration on every front. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="24944" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Joseph da Silva has been on the forefront of the green schools movement in New England.[/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] Joseph da Silva, Ph.D., has a unique perspective when it comes to school buildings. The first-generation immigrant was born in the Azores, Portugal, which he describes as “an environmental paradise.” Upon moving to the United States as a young boy, he entered the public school system, where he became distinctly aware of his surroundings. “I really connected with the space of the classroom because it was so foreign to anything I had ever experienced,” he recalls. “I was exposed to the fact that schools have all of these unique spaces. They have auditoriums, theaters, offices, classrooms, and athletic facilities—all together in one place. That was fascinating to me. That was when I started really focusing on architecture and school buildings.” That formative time set him on a path from which he has never strayed. He earned...

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Campus Crusaders

[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="24602" 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] Student participation in LEED Lab has far-reaching impacts—from the classroom to the community to the consciousness of tomorrow’s green industry leaders. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_column_text] Sustainability at institutions of higher learning is increasingly evident around the globe, and USGBC’s LEED Lab has played a significant role in that achievement. The interactive, multidisciplinary immersion course is designed to transform the academic environment to prepare students for 21st-century careers in sustainability. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="24611" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]UC Merced has set a goal to attain LEED certification for all of its buildings.[/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] In the course, students learn the principles of LEED and receive actual project experience by assessing the performance of existing facilities on their campus, facilitating the complete LEED Operations and Maintenance (O+M) process with the goal of achieving certification. LEED O+M ensures that the building is operated in a sustainable way and that the systems are well maintained. The LEED Lab effort originated with a pilot course created and taught by Patricia Andrasik at the Catholic University of America, and officially launched in January 2014. Today, LEED Lab...

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Latin Lessons

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] Latin Lessons [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Students at the country’s oldest public high school are organizing and advocating to combat climate change.   By Calvin Hennick [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]Students at Boston Latin School, established in 1635, are constantly reminded that their school is steeped in history. Every student learns Latin, a holdover from a long-ago time when the “dead” language was thought to be a necessary foundation for rigorous academic study. And when students enter the school’s auditorium, they look up at the walls and see the names of alumni luminaries who also appear in their history and literature textbooks: Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Hancock, Samuel Adams.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="24687" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" css=".vc_custom_1502473733961{margin-top: 5px !important;}"][vc_column_text]Boston Latin School students plant a vertical garden at the school—part of the Youth Climate Action Network (Youth Can).[/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]But while the school’s illustrious past is a point of pride, its current students are focused squarely on the future. The school and its Youth Climate Action Network (Youth CAN) were named a 2017 Best of Green Schools honoree at the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Green Schools Conference and Expo in Atlanta in March. Youth CAN was founded in 2007, and...

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On the Home Front

[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="24161" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]  By Alexandra Pecci [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] USGBC’s Green Home Guide website offers homeowners sound advice for better living. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_column_text] After installing high-efficiency appliances and lighting during renovations of her Eichler home, Elizabeth Milne, a lawyer from Palo Alto, California, was shocked to see her electricity bill actually go up. The culprit? A newly installed instant hot water heater on the sink that immediately provided boiling water—but that also relied on an always-running heating coil that kept the water at a high temperature 24 hours a day. “I just unplugged it and my utility bill went down,” she says. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="24165" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Private Allentown residence pool garden. William Dohe, AIA, LEED AP, Project Architect. Photo: Alyssha Eve Csuk[/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_bottom="25" padding_top="20"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] Like many, Milne is on a journey to green her home. In addition to installing better appliances, she also repainted the walls with low-VOC paint and replaced the kitchen backsplash with tiles made from recycled glass. But she wants to do more—on a reasonable budget—and has questions about things like graywater reuse, the most environmentally friendly furniture, the...

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In Step with Sustainability

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] In Step with Sustainability [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Saint Anthony Village is winning accolades for moving toward becoming a green city.   By Mary Grauerholz[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="24248" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" css=".vc_custom_1496155541808{margin-top: 5px !important;}"][vc_column_text]Saint Anthony regional stormwater treatment and research system illustration.[/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]For a town of fewer than 10,000 residents, Saint Anthony Village in Minnesota is more than ahead of the environmental curve; you could say the city is designing the road. In 2016, Saint Anthony—the first town in Minnesota to incorporate the reuse of water—received the state’s Sustainable City Award. Several years before that, the village became a GreenStep City in a voluntary program run by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that helps the state’s cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals. Joining GreenStep fit like a glove with Saint Anthony’s environmental vision for its 2018 Comprehensive Plan, which has been in the works for years. But the town didn’t stop there. Stakeholders, including residents and city officials, added an extra “chapter,” or section, to the plan to drill even deeper into a more environmentally minded community. The other chapters cover land use, housing, transportation infrastructure, and environmental and water resource goals—this new...

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Learning by Design

[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="23847" 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] Green design features add a layer of learning to three acclaimed cultural institutions. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_column_text] Boston Children’s Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and the Barnes Foundation are seemingly disparate projects. A closer look reveals their common thread: Sustainability is the tie. Enhanced visitor experience is the cloth from which all three were cut. Layered together, they begin to form the fabric of future museum design. Boston Children’s Museum Originally located in Jamaica Plain, Boston Children’s Museum moved to its current location in 1979. A recent Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified expansion by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) member Cambridge Seven Associates (C7A) has breathed new life into the dated building, offering diverse educational experiences for a new generation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="23849" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Boston Children’s Museum harvests stormwater from both the green roof and main roof for building services such as irrigation and dual flush toilets. This helps to reduce water runoff into Fort Point Channel by 88 percent and potable water demand and use by 77 percent. Photo: ©...

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Accessible and Sustainable

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Accessible and Sustainable [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Ron Rambo brings a unique approach to green living.   By Alexandra Pecci[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]Ron Rambo is many things: a friend, a son, a volunteer and advocate for the disabled community, and a well-known figure of the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Now, he’s adding the word “pioneer” to that list, thanks to the Rambo Project, a cutting-edge home that will not only provide a totally accessible place for him to live with his wheelchair, but also one that will be radically sustainable. Nicknamed “Ramboland,” this ambitious project has been years in the making and has attracted the attention and cooperation of green builders, designers, government officials, and many others who have been inspired by Rambo’s desire to create a home that embodies the word “independent” in every way, from personal independence for the disabled, to complete energy and water independence for the home itself. “I hope this house will give me a more safe and accessible home with more independence, including independence from high utility bills!” says Rambo.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="23929" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" css=".vc_custom_1490022532416{margin-top: 5px !important;}"][vc_column_text]Rob Rambo—when he’s not working on his dream home—hangs out at Square One coffee with his friends...

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All the Difference

[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="23491" 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] Lava Mae addresses a chronic challenge facing homeless populations. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_column_text] With its mission to “take radical hospitality to the street,” Lava Mae gives people experiencing homelessness access to shower facilities—by making them mobile. Founded in San Francisco in 2014, Lava Mae converts retired city buses into hygiene facilities to deliver showers and “rekindle dignity.” “Homelessness is something that had been on my radar for a while,” says Doniece Sandoval, Lava Mae’s founder and chief executive officer. “It’s an incredibly visible issue in this city.” Sandoval describes her own neighborhood’s gentrification, recalling elderly neighbors who ended up first living in their cars after being evicted, then on the streets—“gentlemen in their 80s, so unprepared for that kind of life. No one is prepared for [that].” She watched as they suffered their circumstances, and she tried, impossibly, to explain their situation to her then-five-year-old daughter. That marked the start of what would become her true life’s work. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="23493" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Doniece Sandoval, Lava Mae’s founder and chief executive officer, with regional director Paul Asplund. Photo: Emily Hagopian[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center"...

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