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HBN Blog category: Policies

GREENBUILD 2005: Perspectives from Tabletop 12

Bill Walsh | November 17, 2005

Last week, the Healthy Building Network (HBN) attended Greenbuild, the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) annual conference and exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. HBN Founder Bill Walsh spoke on a panel entitled "Ethics and Green Building," and our annual Healthy Building Leadership Awards reception honored six long-time environmental j...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

GREENBUILD 2005: Let The Good Times Roll

Bill Walsh | November 03, 2005

Like New Orleans, Greenbuild is a one-of-a-kind experience. The crowds are teeming, the culture is inviting, the optimism is infectious, and the good times roll with a confidence bordering on indifference to the surrounding forces that could swamp it all. The USGBC's ambitious initiative to host a series of Greenbuild mini-charettes in order to...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Andres Duany On Rebuilding After Hurricane Katrina: Part I - The Gulf Coast

Bill Walsh | October 10, 2005

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has asked architect Andres Duany of the Congress for the New Urbanism to organize a design forum to plan the rebuilding of the Mississippi Gulf Coast communities. Elected and other key public officials and stakeholders are being invited to participate in this process to be held October 11-18 in Biloxi's Isle o...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

The Time Is Now To Mold A Sustainable Plastic Lumber Industry

Bill Walsh | June 29, 2005

The Healthy Building Network released today the first study to rate plastic lumber strictly on environmental and public health priorities.[1] We found huge disparities in environmental quality, including recycled content that ranges from 0 to 100%. The good news is that the most environmentally preferable products are poised to become the industry...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Bad News For Babies: Research Links PVC Plasticizer To Genital Deformities

Bill Walsh | June 17, 2005

This article draws heavily from studies, analysis and commentary available on the searchable databases at www.ourstolenfuture.org[1] According to their manufacturers, the principle use of a class of chemicals known as phthalates (pronounced thall eights) "is to soften the popular plastic, polyvinylchloride" (known as PVC or vinyl) used in...

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