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Current Month's Newsletter - May 2004
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 Sustainable Concepts . Design Forward Newsletter 
May 2004 
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Welcome to the May 2004 newsletter from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

Quote of the Month: "Engineering is the science of economy, of conserving the energy, kinetic and potential, provided and stored up by nature for the use of man. It is the business of engineering to utilize this energy to the best advantage, so that there may be the least possible waste." - William A. Smith, 1908

in this issue
  • AIA's Top 10 Green Projects
  • 8 Ways to Conserve Our Planet
  • Recycle-a-Bicycle
  • Feedback

  • 8 Ways to Conserve Our Planet
    In honor of last month's Earth Day, I have compiled a list of easy energy saving tips to reduce pollution, increase fuel efficiency, and save water.

    Green Electricity: One compact fluorescent light bulb could save you $30-$40 during its lifetime. It can also save 34 gallons of oil, 2.8 pounds of smog, and 850 pounds of carbon dioxide.

    Recycle: Reuse or recycle glass jars, aluminum, and plastics. The more you recycle, the less goes into landfills.

    Watch the Temperature: When you are home, keep your thermostat at 78 degrees during the warm months, and in the winter keep it at 68 degrees.

    Drive Less: Check the traffic reports before you leave, no use sitting in traffic. If you cannot avoid driving, consider a fuel efficient car.

    Use the Switch: turn off lights and the TV when you leave the room. Conserve energy by turning off used electronics or equipments in your office.

    Check for Leaky Faucets: Check pipes and faucets for leaks and drips. Use low-flow shower heads, it could save you over 2 gallons per minute.

    Load the Washer: Only do laundry or run the dish washer when it is full. Careful to use the proper amount of soap, using extra soap requires more water to rinse. During the summer, try drying clothing on a line.

    Tune your Engine: When a car is not properly tuned, it emits more pollution, waste gas, and lowers engine performance.

    Get involved! Check out the Featured Links to the right for more information about supporting the efforts of sustainable organizations.

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    RAB Recycle-a-Bicycle (RAB) was launched in the summer of 1994. At the time, RAB was a project of Transportation Alternatives, the New York City bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group. We are now an independent organization dedicated to youth development, environmental education, recycling and bicycle transportation in New York City.

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    Design Forward works toward promoting Sustainable Design. If you know of a project that should be featured, please contact us. Let us know why you think it should be featured and give us a basic intro to the project, the sustainable elements and any websites or contact information.

    If you would like to submit a fun and/or entertaining quote about architecture, building, the environment or such, send it in! If it at all possible, include the author.

    If you have any other feedback concerning this publication, please feel free to send an email or use the form.

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    AIA's Top 10 Green Projects
    To mark Earth Day 2004, April 22, the AIA and its Committee on the Environment selected 10 examples of green design that protect and enhance the environment. The top 10 projects will be honored in June at the AIA National Convention in Chicago.

    The selected projects address significant environmental challenges with designs that integrate architecture, technology, and natural systems. The top 10 projects make a positive contribution to their communities, set examples for future development, improve comfort for building occupants, and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as: reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact site development, energy and water conservation, and use of "green" construction materials. Several of the projects reclaim former brownfield sites.

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    Featured Link - Clean Air-Cool Planet

    Featured Link - The Coalition for Clean Air

    Featured Link - The Energy Foundation

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