Design for the Environment Green/Sustainable Trade Show

The 4th Annual Design for the Environment green/sustainable trade show took place on Thursday, March 4th in the Galleria of 10 St. James Avenue.  Students and faculty had the opportunity to visit with 24 vendors, peruse the latest and greatest in green/sustainable products and participate in a raffle for several great prizes! A special thanks goes to the Interior Design Council and organizers of the event, as well as CB Richard Ellis for the use of the Galleria.  Images courtesy of Imaginatas Photography.

Sustainability Smackdown! 5 Diverse Viewpoints on Sustainability’s Best Tools for the Next Decade and Beyond

Suffolk Sustainability and the U.S. Green Building Council Massachusetts Membership Forum will host “Sustainability Smackdown! 5 Diverse Viewpoints on Sustainability’s Best Tools for the Next Decade and Beyond” from 4 – 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, in the First Floor Function Room of Sargent Hall at 120 Tremont Street.

Panelists include
  • Bill Reed, president, Integrative Design Collaborative;
  • Jerry Pucillo, CEO, Oak Development, and president of Centergreen LLC;
  • Steve Young, senior vice president, Wainwright Bank & Trust Company;
  • Volker Kienzlen, managing director, KEA in Baden‐Wurtemberg, Germany; and
  • Jim Hunt, chief of Environmental and Energy Services for the City of Boston.

The event is free for University students and employees. Light refreshments will be provided.
RSVP: usgbcma @greenroundtable.org

Sustainability: More than a Slogan

The Sustainable Furniture Council is a non-profit balanced coalition of industry players committed to promoting sustainable practices withing the home furnishings industry and raising awareness among consumers and buyers. We believe that these practices are critical for maintaining a healthy balance between environmental conservation, social equity, and economic development. 

To learn more about the Sustainable Furniture Council and how to become involved visit: www.sustainablefurniturecouncil.org

Is bamboo really green?

There is a good article at Slate.com by Brendan I Koerner exploring the true “Greenness” of Bamboo flooring. The scale of production, methods or harvest, assembly and transportation all impact what is considered by most to be the “green” alternative to traditional hardwood floors.

Bamboo does have loads of green potential. But as is usually the case when it comes to crops, much depends on how the bamboo is managed, harvested, and ultimately made into flooring. Many producers assume that consumers won’t pay attention to such behind-the-scenes details and will be dazzled by smooth-talking salesman who toss around words like “sustainability” and “sequestration.”

…bamboo’s environmental edge can evaporate if the stuff is heedlessly grown. Given the recent vogue for bamboo among Western consumers, producers in Asia (specifically China’s Hunan Province) have been aggressive with their planting, often at the expense of old woodlands and their attendant ecosystems. To goose their yields, these plantations employ plenty of fertilizers and pesticides, thereby negating one of bamboo’s primary advantages.

read the full article here