Passive housing

The term “passive house” refers to a standard for building construction that results in ultra-low energy buildings which require little energy for space heating and cooling.  In other words, buildings whose ecological footprints are greatly reduced.  Passive house construction is rapidly gaining popularity here in North America and will undoubtedly play an important role in future construction trends. There is a very interesting article on award-winning passive homes in Fine Homebuilding, April 25, 2013.  To read the article, click here.

Food and the City

Click for more infoFood and the city  : urban agriculture and the new food revolution by Jennifer Cockrall-King discusses how urban agriculture can help revolutionize the environmentally unsustainable modern food industry.  The author provides evidence of thriving urban farms within “food deserts” and describes the global movement towards alternative food production.  It’s a very interesting and timely read.

The Genius of Earth Day

Click for more infoThe genius of Earth Day : how a 1970 teach-in unexpectedly made the first green generation  by Adam Rome is a new book in our library which addresses the history of Earth Day and the environmental movement.  It describes the first-ever Earth Day in 1970 and how it has grown to be an inspiration to millions around the world.  It is a fascinating read.