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The New Summer Blockbuster: European PVC Lifecycle Analysis ~ The Prequel

Bill Walsh | June 15, 2004 | Materials

This summer's offering in the long running serial-action- drama series known as the PVC Debate comes from Europe. The new release, "Life Cycle Assessment of PVC and of Principal Competing Materials" by a consulting consortium led by PE Europe GmbH, is being hyped by PVC manufacturers as a blockbuster prequel to the much anticipated ep...


Trade Associations: The Good News & The Same Old Story

Bill Walsh | June 01, 2004 | Policies

The Environmental Building News reports that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) board of directors voted "not to create a new membership category for trade associations" while at the same time voting "to increase the dialog with trade associations to better understand issues of concern to them and demonstrate that the Council is...


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

Bill Walsh | May 17, 2004 | Materials

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...


Fireballs in the Night Sky, Death by a Thousand Cuts

Sandra Steingraber | May 03, 2004 | Materials

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...


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

Bill Walsh | April 19, 2004 | Policies

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...


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

Bill Walsh | February 25, 2004 | Policies

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....