August 27, 2006 |
When Toyota Motor Corp. moved one of its divisions into an environmentally friendly, or "green," building in Torrance three years ago, it expected to save on its energy bills. The building offered natural lighting, electricity-generating rooftop solar panels and water recycling. But something else also happened. Employee morale jumped while absenteeism fell. The overall energy and worker productivity savings more than offset the added cost of making the facility environmentally friendly.
September 10, 2006
Regarding "Cleaner Diesel Fuels Concerns," Sept. 1: Your main focus appears to be on possible bad consequences of the switch to clean diesel fuel. However, it is indeed "really a big deal," as the spokesman for the California Air Resources Board said, for our air quality when diesel vehicles go from burning as much as 500 parts per million of sulfur to 15 parts per million. Even more significant is that ultra-low-sulfur fuel opens the door for modern, super-efficient diesel engines for passenger cars.
October 26, 2003
Re "Can L.A. Survive?" Opinion, Oct. 19: When speaking of making Los Angeles "sustainable" or connecting "the region's remaining nature with the home we've made," please don't forget that Los Angeles is the absentee landlord of more than 200,000 acres in the Owens Valley -- a de facto water and land colony. Sustainability and connection with nature must exist in our valley for the sake of environmental justice. In the Owens Valley we suffer the death of a thousand cuts as the L.A. Department of Water and Power continues to steamroll our weak rural county.
November 29, 2009 |
As bartender Michelle Dell-Colli is fitted for her new uniform, she appears ready to burst at the seams, not because it's too tight but, rather, from the excitement of working in an environmentally progressive enterprise. "When the Mirage opened, it set the pace for luxury and great service," said Dell-Colli, a former employee there who starts work Dec. 16 at Aria Resort & Casino. "CityCenter showcases a green development." All four of the buildings scheduled to open in December -- Aria, Crystals, Mandarin Oriental and Vdara -- have earned the vaunted LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
HOME & GARDEN
June 6, 2009
The article about the new Los Angeles Police Department headquarters in downtown Los Angeles ["LAPD Green: Does New Garden Keep in Step With Eco-Aware Times?," May 23] missed a couple of salient points, not just for "conservationists," as Emily Green wrote, but for all human beings dwelling within our city. The LAPD landscape is what we landscape design professionals call green outside, brown inside. About 800,000 to 1 million gallons of water annually are required to keep three-quarters of an acre of Marathon turf lawn healthy, if maintained at a height of 4 to 7 inches.
HOME & GARDEN
September 19, 2009 |
In 1949, Steve Gainey's father and grandfather started manufacturing pottery with equipment they purchased from Pacific Clay Products' closed Inglewood factory. From the original product line of dog dishes and crockery, Gainey Ceramics evolved into an architectural pottery maker, specializing in decorative tile and commercial plant containers for the indoor-outdoor "plantscaping" industry. A third-generation pottery-maker, Gainey figures his La Verne company is one of the last continuously operating ceramic manufacturers around.
February 22, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. President Obama's recent stay at the eco-friendly Element Hotel in Summerlin, Nev ., has inspired a deal. Apparently, the president suggested that his staff might want to miss their flight to stay an extra night, which led Element to resurrect an extended stay deal that has been popular with business travelers. The deal: Element By Westin is offering a “stay three, stay free” deal in which guests get a free fourth night when they check in on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday into any of the 10 eco-oriented Element hotels.
September 26, 2008 |
The biggest independent advertising agency headquartered in California, Rubin Postaer & Associates, has agreed to move its offices to the Playa Vista neighborhood in one of the largest leases in the region this year. The ad agency, now in Santa Monica, will pay about $200 million over 15 years to occupy most of a former post office distribution center that has been converted to offices on Jefferson Boulevard adjacent to the Playa Vista development. Rubin Postaer will join a growing cluster of creative and tech businesses taking over a former industrial district south of Marina del Rey. Other firms that have recently signed large leases in Playa Vista are Fox Interactive Media, which oversees News Corp.'s Internet properties including My Space, and technology company Belkin International Inc. "We like what's happening down there," said Vince Mancuso, chief financial officer of Rubin Postaer.
September 21, 2012 |
Craig Ehrlich didn't particularly want a modern house. But everything he valued - light, air, indoor-outdoor living, sustainable building materials - has led to this: a recently completed 1,150-square-foot house in Santa Monica that feels much larger thanks to its modern sculptural design. With its exterior wood screens and expanses of glass, the house is immediately intriguing, but the interior elements - the geometric cutouts in the architecture and the dynamic double-height spaces - are what make the small house feel substantial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2012 |
Downtown Los Angeles is finally getting its new federal courthouse, and it's going to stand out amid the aging government buildings in the Civic Center. A 550,000-square-foot courthouse - planned for the southwest corner of Broadway and 1st Street, across from the old county law library and the Los Angeles Times building - will feature a bright, serrated facade and a structural design that allow the structure to appear to float over its stone base, officials said. It will have a public plaza along 1st Street near recently opened Grand Park.