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HBN Blog category: Policies

Toxic Assets

Bill Walsh | May 06, 2009

President Obama has rightfully linked our economic recovery to our environmental recovery. But we need to break the link between the corporate behavior that drove us to the brink of financial ruin in the first place and that which continues to drive us towards ecological ruin. Like the economic collapse, our ecological collapse is being fueled by i...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Guilt By (Trade) Association: HBN Responds to the Formaldehyde Council

Tom Lent | April 22, 2009

On January 21, 2009, Healthy Building News published an article in its "Did You Know" series pointing out that fiberglass batt insulation can release potentially hazardous levels of formaldehyde, a known cancer-causing chemical. The article also noted that an increasing number of batt insulation products are now available with no added fo...

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Introducing Organic Vinyl

Bill Walsh | April 01, 2009

HBN has learned that at the May meeting of the National Organic Standards Board, the Obama Department of Agriculture (USDA) will announce that some polyvinyl chloride products (also known as PVC or vinyl) will soon carry the USDA Organic label. The designation will be granted to products that have been certified as made from vinyl, a combination of "common salt . . . and . . . natural gas.”

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Did You Know...

Paul Bogart | March 24, 2009

...that aggressive green purchasing policies are currently advancing the public health and sustainability agenda faster than federal law?

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Vinyl & Brain Cancer

Bill Walsh | March 04, 2009

Fourteen residents of McCullom Lake Village, Illinois (population 1,000) have brain cancer. The incidence in the US population is 4 in 100,000.[1]  This is the largest brain cancer cluster identified in a non-occupational setting. In epidemiological terms, the chance that this is a coincidence is something like your chance of winning the lotte...

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New Hope for Scientific Integrity in the Green Building Movement

Bill Walsh | February 04, 2009

Early in his inaugural address, President Obama promised to “restore science to its rightful place” in public policymaking. Three days later on January 23, EPA Administrator-designate, Lisa Jackson, pledged in her introductory email to all EPA employees, “As your Administrator, I will uphold the values of scientific integrity, rul...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Something New for the New Year - Did You Know?

Bill Walsh | January 21, 2009

We are kicking off the 2009 edition of the Healthy Building News with a new feature called Did You Know? We got the idea for this new column through research for our building materials evaluation project, Pharos, which regularly reveals things that may not yet be on your green radar, or that you suspected, but hadn’t been able to confirm. Did...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Growin' Up: The US Green Building Council at 15

Bill Walsh | December 12, 2008

Invited to contribute my thoughts to the US Green Building Council’s 15th Anniversary commemoration, I offered a metaphor suggested to me by a colleague. When you think about it, the USGBC is a lot like a 15-year-old. Public displays of confidence and idealism guild a workaday manner heavy on insistent experimentation and inconsistent judgmen...

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