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January 7, 2013
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Setting the Example 
  • Biomimicry could provide "fresh solutions" post-Sandy
    Biomimicry principles could offer "fresh architectural solutions" for coastal areas susceptible to flooding, according to this piece. "The notion is that the next generation of waterfront designs could draw inspiration from the intricate ways that plants and animals have adapted to their situations over hundreds of millions of years," Sarah Amandolare writes. "Nature is a dynamic entity, and we should be trying to design our buildings, our landscape and our cities to recognize that," said Thomas Knittel, a biomimicry specialist at architecture firm HOK. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Green blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Energy upgrades at Boston housing complex win LEED Platinum
    Castle Square Apartments in Boston is a four-tower complex that has been awarded LEED Platinum certification after 192 residential units underwent a "Deep Energy Retrofit" that is expected to reduce energy use by hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. The retrofit, which cost more than $8 million, included a five-inch super-insulated shell, an insulated reflective roof, high-efficiency windows and air sealing. (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
Creating Accountability 
  • Neb. agency issues environmental report for Keystone XL project
    TransCanada's proposed new route for its Keystone XL pipeline steers clear of environmentally sensitive areas in Nebraska, according to a report from Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. The report now heads to the office of Gov. Dave Heineman for review. A separate review of the project is being performed by the U.S. State Department, which is expected to release a draft environmental review. Rigzone/Dow Jones Newswires (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • Indian companies get a taste for eco-marketing
    India's companies are starting to realize the importance of environmentalism, but many see it more as a marketing strategy than as a value system to guide their real-world behavior, writes management professor Deepak Halan. "[T]he whole issue gets discredited when we hear of companies that treat sustainable growth as a marketing gimmick," he writes. Business Standard (India) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Democrats vow to save clean-energy funding from sequestration
    Democrats in Congress are promising to preserve funding for clean-energy research in a sequestration deal due in March. "There is bloated government spending that must be cut, but this is not the place for it, not when the sustainability of our people and our planet is at stake," said Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Most Clicked 

Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief on Sustainability readers in the past week.

  • Results based on number of times each story was clicked by readers.
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • How to lead a team of your peers
    It's hard enough leading your subordinates -- but leading a team of your peers is especially difficult, writes John Baldoni. Authenticity and passion are vital if you're to win over a peer group, Baldoni explains. "Leading those who can say 'no' to you is always a huge challenge, but if you can convince them by your actions and your enthusiasm, then they might believe in what you are doing," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
We don't really, in a sensible way, want to hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world to our grandchildren."
--Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, as quoted in BusinessGreen
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