Jul 27

Climate Action Plan for the City of Houston – A Start, But a Slow One

By John Beath

The city of Houston has just published its draft Climate Action Plan for comment. http://www.greenhoustontx.gov/climateactionplan/07.25.2019-DRAFT-CAP-Outline-For-Public-Comment.pdf While the mere fact that Houston has developed a sustainability plan is noteworthy and encouraging, it sets an impressive goal, but does not really prescribe the steps to get there. The plan points out that: “Houston is one of the […]

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May 17

Looking at Sustainability Through Different Lenses

By John Beath

Kristen Rowe, Lafayette College alumni with a Bachelors’ degree in both environmental engineering studies and international affairs (as well as a Masters’ of Environmental Management (MEM) from Duke University), recently shared her sustainability expertise with Lafayette’s Sustainable Finance students.  The course lead by Prof. Steven Swidler challenged its participants to look at sustainability through different lenses […]

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Jul 01

JBE’s Recent Building Products EPD and LCA Experience

By John Beath

  JBE recently completed an Environmental Product Declaration and the underlying Life Cycle Assessment for a plywood panel manufacturer.  The process involved creating a mass balance for manufacturing operations in China, including a challenging effort to quantify bamboo growing and harvesting practices. The manufacturer has posted the EPD and made it available for download on […]

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