The Week in Green: October 1-7, 2011

The Week in Green is a series that highlights green technology, building science and sustainability.

The Week in Green: September 24-30, 2011

The Week in Green is a series that highlights green technology, building science and sustainability.

The Week in Green: September 17-23, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an annual event held in Washington, D.C. It is a challenge that pits collegiate teams against one another to design, build and operate solar-powered houses. The winner of the challenge is the team that “best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.”

The Week in Green: September 3-9, 2011

The Week in Green is a series that highlights green technology, building science and sustainability in the news. reports that the private sector has invested over $2.4 trillion in green businesses since 2007, according to Ethical Markets Media. The Media group also anticipates a continued investment and commitment of nearly $1 trillion annually through 2020.

The Week in Green: August 20-26, 2011

This week in Green: SmartPlanet features an article on Hobbit-inspired structures by Sun Joo Kim. The Hobbit House of Montana is a rentable guest house at $245 a night, located in Trout Creek, Montana. The owner of the property, Steve Michaels, was asked the question, “So, what inspired you to do this?”

The Week in Green: August 13-19, 2011

As Kermit the Frog has said, it’s not easy being green. We at Green & Main are here to make that statement not true. Part of knowing how to make being green easier is to see the vastly different areas that are impacted by sustainable technologies and innovations. This article is a roundup of green technology, building science and sustainability news locally grown and wherever green news happens.

Green Technology and the Economy

Our Monday postings include information on the integration of green technology and building science. The flavor of today’s posting is marinated with green jobs, the economy and how these jobs are developed for the short and long-term.

Cohousing Pioneer to Speak in Des Moines: “Cohousing, Community and the Value of Custom Neighborhoods”

Charles Durrett, an award-winning architect and leader in the North American cohousing movement, will present an overview of the cohousing concept of building community on Thursday, July 14 in Des Moines, IA at the Windsor Heights Community Center. The presentation is open to the public and is located at 6900 School Street, next to Colby Park (69th Street south of University Avenue).

Six-Part Education Series on Sustainable Renovation Begins Tomorrow

As part of the ongoing Green & Main education efforts, a six-part series on sustainable renovation will begin Friday, February 4th 2011. The first workshop will present a sustainable building overview while also providing tips on prioritizing a rehabilitation project, assessing existing projects, selecting a contractor, and staging for site preparation. The Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC) is providing the educational component for the series.

Design Well, Live Simply and Celebrate Wellness

Each day we have an opportunity to live the life we want to live, to explore, learn and grow. Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, also known as LOHAS, is an ever expanding group – more of a demographic really – that individually and collectively makes choices in our growing world of accountability and impact.

Pilot Project Becomes First in Iowa to Participate

The Green & Main Pilot Project joins more than 150 projects from 34 states as well as from Canada, Iceland, and Spain as part of an international pilot project program to evaluate the new Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) rating system. SITES is testing the nation’s first rating system for green landscape design, construction, and maintenance. Green & Main will be the first SITES project in the state of Iowa.

A Message about How the Pilot Project Supports Women

Chaden Halfhill had a grand vision to create a building that lived and breathed as one with nature. One that the human spirit and physical body could find peace and comfort within its walls. It is a lofty dream for the building industry and the first of its kind in Des Moines. In this building, he envisioned a healing, holistic women’s health center.

Our Pilot Project Scores Some Illustrations by Scavo Students

If you have a chance to drive by the Green & Main Pilot Project, you should! And not just to see the building at 800 19th Street. You should see the current display of impressive 3’ x 5’ art murals created by students of Scavo Alternative High School.