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Transforming Markets, or Transforming Marketing?

Bill Walsh | September 27, 2007 | Policies

trans • for • ma • tion n. 1. A complete change, usually into something with an improved appearance or usefulness. [1] After reading the last edition of the Healthy Building News, Blessed Unrest In The Green Building Movement, a respected expert on the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) certification process remarked that he appr...

Blessed Unrest in the Green Building Movement

Bill Walsh | September 12, 2007 | Policies

In his latest book Blessed Unrest [1] Paul Hawken recalls the summer of 1962, when the New Yorker magazine began publishing installments of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, igniting what he calls "the seminal confrontation" in which industries doing violence to the health of the planet employed public relations experts to devise the str...

Formaldehyde & Kids: Sleep Well

Bill Walsh | May 30, 2007 | Materials

In the May 11, 2007 issue of the Healthy Building News, we reported on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) decision to severely limit allowable emissions of toxic formaldehyde gas from particle board and other composite wood building materials. One week later, news reports documenting formaldehyde poisoning of children in the Gulf Coast regio...

LEEDing on Formaldehyde In California

Tom Lent | May 11, 2007 | Policies

On April 27, 2007 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted unanimously to adopt the nation's most stringent regulations on formaldehyde emissions from particleboard and other composite wood products. This decision, likely to improve indoor air quality across the nation, attests to the potential power of the LEED rating system to dramatic...

USGBC: PVC Is Not a Healthy Building Material

Tom Lent | March 09, 2007 | Materials

"When we add end-of-life with accidental landfill fires and backyard burning, the additional risk of dioxin emissions puts PVC consistently among the worst materials for human health impacts..." USGBC Technical Science Advisory Committee (TSAC) final report. The verdict is in. On February 26, 2007, the Technical Science Advisory Committee...

Vinyl Institute Defends Lead In Children's Lunchboxes

Bill Walsh | February 23, 2007 | Policies

Within days of asserting in a letter to leading US playground manufacturer BigToys that "the use of lead and cadmium to stabilize PVC has declined dramatically in the United States," [1] the Vinyl Institute has publicly defended the industry's use of lead stabilizers in children's lunchboxes.