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HBN Blog category: Policies

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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HBN Blog category: Policies

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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HBN Blog category: Policies

LEED Revisions Would Leave Indigenous Peoples “Open to Exploitation”

Bill Walsh | October 23, 2008

There is a choice to be made: to promote economic policies that despoil indigenous land, or to support culture and the remaining biological sanctuaries. - Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest, p.103.

In this issue, I continue my discussion of the US Green Building Council’s proposed revisions to the LEED® wood credit with Doug Pierce of Perkins...

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