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Green Schools Challenge

USGBC SWVA (US Green Building Council Southwest Virginia chapter) is hosting a green schools challenge.  The momentum has been building since the kick off last fall.  We have schools

throughout the region paired with mentors in the community all taking part in a living sustainable science fair.  As details begin to come in it is exciting to see and hear about the great sustainable work beginning done by our local students.  From the beginning USGBC recognized that instilling sustainable habits in children did two things: bubbled up to the parents and trickled down to the next generation of community leaders.  This is a win win strategy that will have long-term beneficial effects.

Just think about recycling.  Twelve years ago (1999) it wasn’t what I would call a common practice, at least not around here.  Those first graders are graduating now and just imagine where we will be in the next twelve or even twenty-four years as the next generations of little recyclers graduate.  If you don’t think that is a big deal, just ask communities like Lexington, Va.  Their landfill is about to close.

So keep your eye on our website http://greenvirginiaschools.org/ for all the latest updates across the great state of Virginia.

GreenBuild 2008 – Opening night at the Expo

GreenBuild Expo 2008 in Boston

GreenBuild Expo 2008 in Boston

Just getting in from the opening night of the expo.  I am so happy to report that the registration/check-in/pick up your badge and bag process is sooooo much better than last year.  Even though I got my stuff tonight (early)  it is much more streamlined and smooth.  Very helpful attendants and efficient processes will make this a much easier process than last year.  Good Job GreenBuild!

The only snag I ran into tonight was that the coat check was full by 6:30.  This is a very windy cold town and everyone is in a heavy coat – get more coat check room.  A minor infraction in my book.

I only bit off a small part of the expo tonight.  From what I saw it is bigger and better than years past.  There is so much to learn and see.  I am looking forward to a few more swipes at the products in the days to come.  The new video posted is the ride down the escalators into the expo entrance. 

First full day tomrrow and it promises to be packed full.  Got to get to bed and get out early.

Boston – Ready or Not Here We Come!

All the planning and preparation is over.  It’s time to pack and make our way to Boston for the annual GreenBuild conference.  I am almost giddy with anticipation.  Last year was overwhelming and uplifting.  This year promises to be no less.

I just got the “official” email from USGBC concerning the conference shuttle bus to and from the registered hotels and the convention center.  While there will be a limited conference shuttle from selected hotels, USGBC is encouragingthe use of the T.   If I have learned only one thing, it is this….. when certain words are used, like encouraged, by big corporate type entities, then translate that as just do it.  They can probably see the shuttles are not going to be enough to move us all efficiently. 

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on foot in Chicago

This is a huge step forward from last year.  Chicago planners were not ready for moving 25,000+ attendees to the McCormick Convention Center last year – at least not at my very nice hotel.  If they were they just didn’t communicate it very well.  Taxis are king in that city.   I ended up staying at the same hotel where Oprah puts her guests… extremely nice, pricey and somewhat out of the green loop. (It was about the only place left by the time I was able to book a room)  The first night before and morning of the convention I felt very isolated and alone in the crowd.  By the end of the 1st day, I got in the groove and found other conference goers and a shuttle bus stop just  a few blocks away.

tBack to Boston, a little research on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s website (aka MBTA…… aka T) turned up the deal of the week.  Since we are staying through the weekend to do a little sightseeing, the week linkpass is a deal.  There is a also a handy route planner for figuring out the best way to the convention center.  It’s a reasonably price, it’s public transportation (great way to reduce your carbon footprint in Boston) and you get to mingle with the locals for a few days – win, win!

Day/Week LinkPass $9.00 for 1 day
$15.00 for 7 days

Unlimited travel on Subway, Local Bus, Inner Harbor Ferry, and Commuter Rail Zone 1A.
7-Day Pass valid for 7 days from the date and time of purchase.

One of the cool new features available this year is the expo floor plan map.  Yes of course there were floor plan maps in the past but this year it is interactive.  You can register and check off the vendors you wish to visit and it will produce a floor plan with your picks outlined.  For an ultra planner like me this is neat stuff.  I don’t want to miss any of my favorite vendors, so I can see what new stuff they have brought along.  Of course let’s not forget all the cool new stuff yet to be seen.

I think I am ready for Boston.  I hope it is ready for me.