D.C. Leads U.S. In Real Estate Recovery

Washington in 2010 remained the leader among major U.S. markets in commercial real estate pricing recovery, posting a 5 percent increase in the fourth quarter. Commercial property pricing in the area has gained 15 percent for the year and 19 percent since its market low. Here is a snapshot of what CoStar Group observed across the country: – After three consecutive quarters of pricing increases, commercial property pricing in New York declined 2 percent in the fourth quarter. New York commercial property pricing has increased 6 percent above its market low. Chicago, San Francisco and Atlanta all experienced declines in pricing as the commercial property values in those markets continue to search for a pricing bottom. Los Angeles had its first pricing...

Low-Income Green Technology Initiative

A nonprofit company that designs green technologies for low-income people is making a difference throughout the world, according to an official who spoke Feb. 10 at UDM. John Barrie, executive director of the Appropriate Technology Collaborative (ATC), gave a lecture in the Loranger Exhibition Hall in the School of Architecture, highlighting projects ATC and various “world challenge design teams” – groups of engineering, design and business students from various universities around the nation – have been working on in Nicaragua and Guatemala. “Appropriate technologies” make better living conditions, are affordable and are environmentally responsible, according to Barrie. All of the ATC designs are under a creative commons...

Stylish Yet Green Home Decorating Tips

You don’t have to sacrifice great style to get a great, green look in your home. You can use these five simple design tips from the 2009 HGTV Green Home in Port St. Lucie, Fla. to make your living environment more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. 1. Welcome Home. Create a welcoming entrance to your home by setting your foyer apart from the rest of the house with a shot of color. Use a fabric, tile, texture or decorative motif as inspiration, and use low-VOC paints and painter’s tape to recreate the design on the wall. You’ll get a lot of pow for very little money. 2. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Unique pieces make a room richer and a lot more interesting. Decorating green is about using antiques, repurposed items and salvage materials. 3. Create a mood...

The Unsustainable Food and Nutrition of The US Citizens

A bit of a departure from my normal posts, but this is a great article I saw today on Food and Nutrition in the US by Mark Bittman. It’s definitely gives some “Food for thought” (yes, pun intended). Enjoy the article. For decades, Americans believed that we had the world’s healthiest and safest diet. We worried little about this diet’s effect on the environment or on the lives of the animals (or even the workers) it relies upon. Nor did we worry about its ability to endure — that is, its sustainability. That didn’t mean all was well. And we’ve come to recognize that our diet is unhealthful and unsafe. Many food production workers labor in difficult, even deplorable, conditions, and animals are produced as if they were widgets. It would be hard to devise a more...