green building http://kplu.org en Super-energy efficient homes built to inspire more stringent codes http://kplu.org/post/super-energy-efficient-homes-built-inspire-more-stringent-codes <p></p><p>The homes of the future will come with remarkably low heating bills. At least that's the hope of a Portland-based nonprofit group showcasing 13 super-energy efficient homes in four Northwest states. The question is: can you afford to buy one of these houses?</p><p>The model homes are scattered among many of the big cities in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The houses don't look unusual from the outside. But all have been designed to use at least 30 percent less energy.</p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 17:33:28 +0000 Tom Banse 8859 at http://kplu.org Super-energy efficient homes built to inspire more stringent codes Latest in 'living building' green design: Self-sustaining classroom http://kplu.org/post/latest-living-building-green-design-self-sustaining-classroom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A prototype of a self-sustaining portable classroom has arrived at a parking lot in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.</span></p><p>The classroom is meant to set a higher bar for schools by demonstrating they can meet the highest standard of green building design, the <a href="http://living-future.org/lbc/about" target="_blank">Living Building Challenge</a>, fairly quickly.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8794 at http://kplu.org Latest in 'living building' green design: Self-sustaining classroom Greening up historic buildings: Seattle’s Town Hall as case study http://kplu.org/post/greening-historic-buildings-seattle-s-town-hall-case-study <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle has been in the spotlight lately as the home to the world’s greenest new office building, the </span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/can-seattle-building-save-world" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bullitt Center</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Also under construction is the headquarters of Brooks Sports in Fremont, which promises to be “deep green.”</span></p><p>But what about all the buildings that are already standing?</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 17:59:05 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8744 at http://kplu.org Greening up historic buildings: Seattle’s Town Hall as case study How green can you go? Seattle celebrates Deep Green building http://kplu.org/post/how-green-can-you-go-seattle-celebrates-deep-green-building <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle is leading the way in environmentally-sound building design. Sweden’s international construction firm </span><a href="http://www.skanska.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Skanska</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has broken ground on a building in Fremont that promises to bring a whole <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/DPD/Permits/GreenPermitting/Overview/default.asp">new level of green</a> to the city.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:03:26 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7677 at http://kplu.org How green can you go? Seattle celebrates Deep Green building M’s out to improve (enviro) average, change peanut packaging http://kplu.org/post/m-s-out-improve-enviro-average-change-peanut-packaging <p>The Mariners might not be topping their league for play this season. But when it comes to sustainability, they say they’ve got a winning team.</p><p>Right at the top of the lineup for dealing with trash is a chemical company that has a new formula for packaging the peanuts you buy at the ballpark. It's<a href="http://www.basf.com/group/corporate/us/en/about-basf/worldwide/north-america/USA/products-and-industries/packaging/sustainablepackaging"> BASF</a>. Remember the cassette tapes they used to make? The German chemicals giant is a big sponsor now of <a href="http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=sea">the Mariners</a>. Local compost producer<a href="http://www.cedar-grove.com/"> Cedar Grove</a> is also in on the deal. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 18:08:15 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6207 at http://kplu.org M’s out to improve (enviro) average, change peanut packaging Seattle's 'UpGarden' P-Patch takes community gardening to new heights http://kplu.org/post/seattles-upgarden-p-patch-takes-community-gardening-new-heights <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: 38px; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">It&rsquo;s a first-of-its-kind in Seattle and perhaps even the country. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:47:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5178 at http://kplu.org Seattle's 'UpGarden' P-Patch takes community gardening to new heights Enviros say new stormwater guidelines too lax http://kplu.org/post/enviros-say-new-stormwater-guidelines-too-lax <p>It&rsquo;s the single largest source of pollution entering Puget Sound &ndash; rain that hits pavement and carries grease, metals and other toxins into the water.</p><p>The Department of Ecology has just issued<a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/municipal/2012draftMUNIcom.html"> new rules </a>that aim to keep stormwater runoff in check. However, several environmental groups complain the new rules are full of loopholes.</p><p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 18:40:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2944 at http://kplu.org Enviros say new stormwater guidelines too lax Northwest sports teams commit to deepening green efforts http://kplu.org/post/northwest-sports-teams-commit-deepening-green-efforts <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-959008.mp3</p><p>Major league sports teams in the Northwest have been recycling, composting food waste, cutting their power use and more.</p><p>Consider the Mariners. From 2006-2009, the team:</p><ul><li>reduced natural gas use by 60 percent</li><li>reduced electricity use by 30 percent</li><li>reduced water use by 15 percent</li></ul><p>Now, the Mariners and other teams from Seattle, Portland and Vancouver B.C. are forming a non-profit with the goal of spreading the green gospel to stadiums nationwide.</p><p> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 00:26:30 +0000 Liam Moriarty 1043 at http://kplu.org Northwest sports teams commit to deepening green efforts