Water


The Net Zero Water Boot Camp is the curriculum associated with designing integrated water systems that work towards the goal of freeing a facility from the need to connect to the municipal water and wastewater system. Very few buildings around the world have accomplished this feat, yet it remains a critical component of moving towards greater resiliency, and is already a requirement under the Cascadia Green Building Council’s Living Building Challenge.

General Mills & The Whey to Sustainable Food Production

What is anaerobic digestion? How has General Mills’ Murfreesboro Plant leveraged it to save 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel, produce 1.6 megawatts of electricity and return 2,000 acres of farmland back to agricultural use? Sustainable Woman and Energy Engineer Leslie Marshall discusses.
Leslie, you’re the Energy Engineer at General Mills. What does a typical day entail for you?

As […]

Water in Sustainable Building: Distribution, Uses & “Zero Net” Strategies

In this free course, sustainable building expert Ann Edminster discusses the uses of water in sustainable building practices.
Enroll and learn about…
-The distribution of water on Earth
-How water gets to and leaves building sites
-How water is used on building sites
-Getting to “zero net” water with strategies, including:
Indoor efficiency, outdoor efficiency, storm water use, rainwater use, grey […]

Sustainable Brewing: A Small, Solar-Powered Company in the Business of Beer

Throwback Brewery: where great beer, solar and sustainable business practices collide. In 2010, co-Founders Annette Lee and Nicole Carrier opened their brewery in North Hampton, New Hampshire with the vision to create 100% locally-sourced beers, as well as to promote other aspects of sustainable business.
Almost six years later, they’ve created a thriving brewing community, a successful sustainable business, […]

New Free Lecture: “The Art of Placemaking” With David Bainbridge

Ever heard of David Bainbridge? He’s a prolific writer and thinker within sustainable building and agriculture. He founded the Passive Solar Institute and published dozens of papers and books on topics ranging from irrigation to ‘true cost’ accounting.
David’s thirty minute lecture, “The Marriage Between Building & Site – The Art of Placemaking”, including a PDF […]

Free Lecture: Net Zero Water For Building and Sites

Through a combination of rainfall harvesting, aggressive conservation, and water recycling, our buildings and sites can achieve self-sufficiency and reduce or eliminate their reliance on municipal water infrastructure. This free lecture, taught by architectural and landscape expert Jeffrey Bruce (FASLA, LEED, ASIC, GRP), examines the core concepts that comprise the Net Zero Water approach to system […]