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September 27, 2007 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
A downtown Los Angeles residential building called Elleven was the first California condominium project to receive a "gold" rating for its environmental standards, the developer said Wednesday. The 13-story tower at 11th Street and Grand Avenue was completed in 2006 as the first of three condo buildings being built by Portland, Ore.-based South Group near Staples Center. The U.S.
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October 3, 2010 | By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
As the new head of the U.S. Small Business Administration for much of the western United States, Elizabeth Echols is responsible for making sure entrepreneurs in the region can obtain the training and funding they need to get started and stay afloat. Echols comes to the job from the U.S. Green Building Council, where she served as director of the organization's Northern California region. The experience, she says, taught her that high-tech businesses and green businesses don't know enough about the SBA and what it has to offer ?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2007 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday approved one of the most ambitious green building programs of any big city in the nation, requiring large new developments to be 15% more energy efficient. The new rules, which also restrict water use, aim to cut the city's emissions of greenhouse gases that are responsible for global warming. Cities have no power over vehicle tailpipe emissions, which are ultimately controlled by the federal government.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
The bathroom tiles are recycled wine bottles. The hardwood floors are sustainable bamboo. And the sprawling garden gets sprinkled with rainwater collected in 300-gallon barrels. From its recycled plastic deck to its solar-paneled roof, everything in and about the 2,500-square-foot home on exhibit outside the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry has been designed to show people how easy it can be to incorporate environmental sustainability into their own abodes.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2007 | Glenn Adams, The Associated Press
This state prides itself on environmental leadership. State-owned buildings buy all their energy from renewable sources and state offices are heated by biodiesel. New England's largest utility-grade wind farm is here, and at least three more are proposed or under regulatory review. Now a Maine-based grocery chain has announced plans for a state-of-the-art green supermarket. Though some of the store's potential neighbors voice doubts, environmentalists have been cheering since Hannaford Bros. Co.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2007 | James Prichard, Associated Press
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The new Grand Rapids Art Museum building is open and airy, a deceptively large concrete-and-glass structure featuring abundant space to exhibit and store artwork and plenty of natural light for visitors to easily view it. It's a stark contrast to the museum's previous home: a cramped, old post office where a work could be overlooked due to its proximity to the men's room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2002 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
SANTA BARBARA -- The University of California here is about to strike the next blow in the nation's "greener than thou" competition to build the most environmentally friendly building. When the 85,000-square-foot Donald Bren Hall formally opens today, it will employ some of the most leading-edge construction and design techniques, from furnishings made of old Buicks to waterless urinals and restroom stalls made from plastic soda bottles.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
The bathroom tiles are recycled wine bottles. The hardwood floors are sustainable bamboo. And the sprawling garden gets sprinkled with rainwater collected in 300-gallon barrels. From its recycled plastic deck to its solar-paneled roof, everything in and about the 2,500-square-foot home on exhibit outside the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry has been designed to show people how easy it can be to incorporate environmental sustainability into their own abodes.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2002 | VIVIAN LeTRAN
In "Ten Shades of Green" at the Orange County Museum of Art, architecture follows a new dictum: Form follows function--and global survival. "Buildings are one of the biggest polluters of the environment," said guest curator Peter Buchanan, an independent London architect and writer who proposed the show in response to the potential threat of global warming. "Green design is building with a conscience," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2004 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Which is the greenest building of them all? Is it the National Audubon Society's new urban nature center -- the first edifice in Los Angeles to be powered, heated and cooled solely by the rays of the sun -- its rebar molded from melted handguns? Or is it the Natural Resources Defense Council's new regional headquarters in Santa Monica -- a building so efficient that it recycles water from its sinks to flush its toilets and uses one-third as much energy as similar structures?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2008 | Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer
There's a green sheen settling over colleges and universities. This spring, East Los Angeles College unveiled 5,952 solar panels that generate nearly half of the college's energy. At Santa Clara University, one building has carpet tiles made of yarn and the entire floor is raised on 14-inch legs so that air circulating below can warm or cool classroom floors. A glass "solar chimney" aids ventilation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2007 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday approved one of the most ambitious green building programs of any big city in the nation, requiring large new developments to be 15% more energy efficient. The new rules, which also restrict water use, aim to cut the city's emissions of greenhouse gases that are responsible for global warming. Cities have no power over vehicle tailpipe emissions, which are ultimately controlled by the federal government.
HOME & GARDEN
November 15, 2007 | Craig Nakano, Times Staff Writer
HERE at Greenbuild, the world's largest conference on environmentally responsible design, former President Clinton packed a ballroom with a rapt audience of 8,000 that began lining up for seats two hours before he took to the stage. Environmental messiah Paul Hawken, author of "The Ecology of Commerce," delivered his own impassioned address on green design as moral obligation -- and promptly received a standing ovation that outlasted Clinton's.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2007 | Glenn Adams, The Associated Press
This state prides itself on environmental leadership. State-owned buildings buy all their energy from renewable sources and state offices are heated by biodiesel. New England's largest utility-grade wind farm is here, and at least three more are proposed or under regulatory review. Now a Maine-based grocery chain has announced plans for a state-of-the-art green supermarket. Though some of the store's potential neighbors voice doubts, environmentalists have been cheering since Hannaford Bros. Co.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2007 | James Prichard, Associated Press
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The new Grand Rapids Art Museum building is open and airy, a deceptively large concrete-and-glass structure featuring abundant space to exhibit and store artwork and plenty of natural light for visitors to easily view it. It's a stark contrast to the museum's previous home: a cramped, old post office where a work could be overlooked due to its proximity to the men's room.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2007 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
A downtown Los Angeles residential building called Elleven was the first California condominium project to receive a "gold" rating for its environmental standards, the developer said Wednesday. The 13-story tower at 11th Street and Grand Avenue was completed in 2006 as the first of three condo buildings being built by Portland, Ore.-based South Group near Staples Center. The U.S.
HOME & GARDEN
November 15, 2007 | Craig Nakano, Times Staff Writer
HERE at Greenbuild, the world's largest conference on environmentally responsible design, former President Clinton packed a ballroom with a rapt audience of 8,000 that began lining up for seats two hours before he took to the stage. Environmental messiah Paul Hawken, author of "The Ecology of Commerce," delivered his own impassioned address on green design as moral obligation -- and promptly received a standing ovation that outlasted Clinton's.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2008 | Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer
There's a green sheen settling over colleges and universities. This spring, East Los Angeles College unveiled 5,952 solar panels that generate nearly half of the college's energy. At Santa Clara University, one building has carpet tiles made of yarn and the entire floor is raised on 14-inch legs so that air circulating below can warm or cool classroom floors. A glass "solar chimney" aids ventilation.
REAL ESTATE
May 13, 2007 | Jennifer Lisle, Special to The Times
IT'S rare that the origins of newly milled 2-by-4s offer a compelling tale. But the boards, beams and planks that Triton Logging Inc. sells to home builders come from the cold, eerie depths of Canadian reservoirs. There, a remote-controlled chainsaw-wielding submarine called a Sawfish, developed by Triton's founder and chief executive, Chris Godsall, harvests trees killed by 20th century dam projects.
HOME & GARDEN
January 6, 2005 | Steven Barrie-Anthony, Times Staff Writer
"Feel my windows," Al Rosen tells you. Feel his windows? But you do, and the floor-to-ceiling glass enclosing Rosen's den and living room is cool to the touch, despite the blazing weather outside. This is triple-glazed glass filled with argon gas, and it lets in sunlight (which saves electricity and lightbulbs) and insulates against heat in the summer and cold in the winter.
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