NYC Compost

One of the things I miss the most about New York, strangely, is their city-supported composting. They made it almost effortless; just put all your organic waste into a provided bin next to your trash and recycling. We kept our small bin in the freezer and dumped the “food-cicle” out when we took out the trash. The outside bin had a sealing lid to keep the lovely smells contained.

This process, paired with a great recycling program, drastically reduced the amount of regular trash we put out…unfortunately it’s not this easy in most cities.

Check out this 360 video, produced by The New York Times:

How New York City Composts

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AIA: 8 Climate Change Principles

The American Institute of Architects has published a guide for architects and policymakers on key principles to battling climate change. It’s great to see the AIA speaking out on the topic; hopefully they will continue to advocate and use their influence to affect the political side of things. Us, as architects, are only part of the equation.

AIA: Where We Stand: Climate Change

Photo courtesy of Iwan Baan/AIA

Architect’s Response to Proposed EPA Budget

Architect David Lake of Lake|Flato Architects in San Antonio, TX has shared his discussion, via letter, with U.S. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) regarding the recent proposed budget cuts to the EPA. This is as coherent and poignant a response as I’ve seen, and it’s particularly refreshing to see it come from not only within my profession, but from a respected name in both design and sustainable practice.

It’s as crucial as ever that we make it abundantly clear that we (not only architects, but all human beings, period) must stand up to safeguard the future of the only place we have to call home.

You can read the letters at the link below:

TheRivardReport: Proposed EPA Budget Takes Aim at Design and Construction Industry

Image courtesy of Lake|Flato Architects