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Increasing the Conversation Around Climate Change

The majority of Americans agree that global warming is happening and climate change is a pressing issue, yet few people are talking about it. An effective way to approach these conversations is sharing what we know, how we feel and why we care. How can we continue the conversation and create the trust on which common ground is formed?

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Speak (Sustainability) From Your Heart

Whether it’s at a family dinner or during a presidential debate, talking about climate challenges with others can be very difficult. Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, knows just the trick when it comes to speaking to people from different backgrounds and belief systems about the climate crisis.

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Deciphering the Language of Sustainable Design

Architects, engineers, designers and others in the sustainability sector often speak and write in jargon that their clients and audiences don’t completely understand. Using these words frequently without explanation can render them meaningless and makes it harder for newcomers to connect with sustainable activity. This article dives back into their original meanings.

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The Changing Technological Landscape of LED Lighting

You may be using LED bulbs, but are you aware of how they’re evolving? LEDs are becoming a common replacement for incandescent and fluorescent lamps as a result of advancements in technology. Through smaller diodes, a more compact design and color tuning systems, LEDs not only maintain a standard of efficiency but have also seen environmental improvements. Developers are taking new steps to continue to ensure this technology remains sustainable throughout its lifecycle.

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Decarbonizing the Building Industry Through Design

There are many ways to measure the emissions of a buildings’ operations, but emissions associated with the materials and construction process, or embodied carbon, are often left unchecked. Construction requires the usage of many carbon-intensive materials, including concrete, steel, aluminum and glass. Assessing the building’s overall life cycle will aid architects in decarbonizing the building sector.

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Diverse Architecture Teams Create Equitable Spaces

When designing a new space, we must take all backgrounds, values and needs into consideration to create meaningful architecture. Collaboration is key. Design principals, team leaders, associates and interns all need to be heard and feel safe enough to provide their unique perspectives to rethink design problems.

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New Technologies Use Carbon as Building Blocks

To address the increasing greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere, architects and designers are promoting the built environment as a solution to remove carbon dioxide from the air. Various manufacturers have innovated materials that are carbon-sequestering in their very composition. This creates opportunities for building professionals to use new forms of concrete, glass, plastic and others that help reduce emissions.

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More Battery Storage Needed for Reliable Clean Energy

Homes, workplaces and communities all want to be powered by clean energy at all times of the day–not just when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing. Battery storage is essential in stabilizing a grid that provides consistent power. As the battery storage market grows and its prices decline, there will be an increasing need for new infrastructure.

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Solar Arrays: A Vegetable’s Best Friend?

A new study has found a beneficial relationship between solar arrays and agricultural areas. Many animals and vegetable crops can thrive with the partial shade from the solar arrays. In turn, farmers receive a financial benefit from switching to renewable energy. This symbiotic relationship is becoming known as an “agrivoltaic system.”

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