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HBN Blog category: Materials

Its Vinyl Burned, Armstrong Can Make Green Flooring Become A Reality

Bill Walsh | May 17, 2004

Armstrong World Industries’ motto is "Your Ideas Become Reality." Here’s the Healthy Building Network’s idea for how Armstrong can turn tragedy into progress, transform the resilient flooring market, and rehabilitate its greenwashing reputation. Armstrong was a major customer of the Formosa Plastics vinyl plant in Illiop...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Fireballs in the Night Sky, Death by a Thousand Cuts

Sandra Steingraber | May 03, 2004

Lessons From The Formosa PVC Plant, Illiopolis, Illinois One morning ten years ago, I was at work on a book about environmental health when the phone rang. It was my Uncle Roy. He wanted me to know that a developer had come to town peddling a plan to construct a giant waste incinerator in the cornfield next to his own. What the man was planning to...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being Green: Earth Day & Green Building 2004

Bill Walsh | April 19, 2004

For inspiration this Earth Day, April 22, look to the green building movement. In word and deed, green building professionals have shown us the unbearable lightness of being green. Start by reading the comments to the US Green Building Council concerning Council governance (trade association membership) and LEED standards (a disputed PVC credit).[1...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Report from the USGBC PVC Hearing: Highlights, Observations and Surprises

Bill Walsh | February 25, 2004

On February 18, 2004 the US Green Building Council (USGBC) PVC Task Group held its first public meeting to consider whether to extend credit in its LEED™ green building rating program to buildings that avoid PVC plastic, also known as vinyl.

MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award winner Wilma Subra delivered the first presentation....

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