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A Conversation with Nancy Stoner, Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Water

Nancy Stoner clearly brings enthusiasm and energy to her new position as Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Water. Her excitement is palpable as she describes her commitment to clean water and a healthy environment and the great things that she hopes to accomplish during her tenure with...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: New York City Announces Green Lease Project

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On April 5, 2011, New York City announced that the law firm of WilmerHale signed a commercial office space lease with the developer of the World Trade Center reconstruction project that incorporates language for sharing the...

“Green” Expectations. . . or Just Expectations (“green” is not a specification; it’s a paint color)

I was having a discussion regarding "green" building with my friend and recent guest poster here at Musings , Nick Pacella (@ nmpacella ) this past week and (as often happens when I chat with the great folks in the construction world) it got me to thinking. Is "Green" its own separate...

Tall and Sustainable Is Not an Easy Fix

Way back in 2009, I discussed the interaction between taller and taller buildings and sustainable ("green") building . Back then, the reference was to the construction of skyscrapers in the Middle East and Europe. The initially referenced ENR article was written in the context of an urban retrofit...

Sustainability Trends in the Real Estate Sector: Market Forces at Work

A recently published PwC review identifies a number of business factors that are heightening attention to sustainability in the real estate sector. Among the key drivers are: • An increasing frequency in inquiries from investors such as APG Investment, CalPERS, and CalSRS, demanding real estate...

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The World Green Building Council Makes “The Business Case for Green Building”

Is green building a wise business decision? That is the fundamental question the World Green Building Council’s report, “ The Business Case For Green Building ,” attempts to address. The report compiles actual cost and benefit data from peer-reviewed publications and includes numerous...

More Thoughts on “Green” (the Practice, not the Color) Building

It has been a while since I “mused” on the green building landscape. While I am a LEED AP and have presented on green (read “sustainable”) building in the past, I am not totally sold on LEED as the be all end all in sustainable construction (the USGBC is a private rating organization...

Did the 4th Circuit “Tarnish” Sustainable Construction in the CBF Case?

Recently, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s “parallam” lawsuit, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. Since that unpublished ruling on procedural grounds, much discussion has ensued. One particularly interesting...

Real Estate Documents Turn Green

By Richard J. Sobelsohn Sustainable development is now commonplace. In his second-term inaugural address, President Barack Obama promised to respond to climate change by supporting sustainability through a greater adoption of renewable energy, including solar power and natural gas development, and...