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Jury Asks “What If NYC…”

Storm Surge

Image showing the storm surge of a Category 3 hurricane on NYC.

Courtesy What If NYC…

On February 6, Mayor Bloomberg announced the results of the international competition entitled What If NYC…. Initiated by the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the competition challenged entrants to design post-disaster provisional housing for a typical coastal neighborhood in New York.

NYC ranks in the top tier of U.S. cities susceptible to major flooding from storm surges. Different from the issues associated with long-term sea level rise from climate change and global warming, this competition focused on the near-term possibilities of flooding and inundation similar to the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster of 2003 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

While the OEM has plans for early warning, evacuation, and short-term sheltering (up to two weeks) for those affected by a major storm, it wants the capacity to accommodate residents for up to two years, the time required for reconstruction. Of the 11 program criteria for judging and 117 competition submissions for stage one of this two-stage process, the jury focused on density, delivery, and deployment. Equally important in the deliberations were the often-conflicting aspects of poetry and pragmatics.

To preserve a sense of community in NYC, it is necessary to house more people than in the lower density environment of New Orleans. Hence, the jury focused on multi-story solutions over one-story proposals. The question of readiness and deployment was also a significant issue. Is it economically and technically feasible to have a reserve of accommodations, stored nationally or regionally, ready for expeditious transport to the post-disaster site? If so, what type and where? And when the units and “hardware” arrive, would it be more advisable to place them adjacent to reconstruction sites or on separate sites altogether, leaving the rights-of-way open for communication and transport? Would offshore locations be better?

The seven-member jury, chaired by NYC Department of Design and Construction Commissioner David Burney, FAIA, and comprised of highly regarded experts — Joseph F. Bruno, Paul Freitag, Mary Miss, Guy Nordenson, Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA, and Richard Plunz — took their charge seriously, deliberated in depth, and chose 10 compelling winners and 10 honorable mentions. The winning teams will now use their $10,000 stipends to further develop their proposals. OEM Commissioner (and juror) Bruno, anticipates an exhibition of the stage two entries and the possible production of a full-scale prototype.

For further information about the competition, jurors, deliberations, and images of the entries, go to the OEM website. The list of the 10 winning entries is in the Names in the News section of this issue.

Housing for Justice: City Turns New Leaf

Event: 2008 Architecture: Designs for Living: Public Lecture Series: NEW JUSTICE/NEW YORK
Location: Center for Architecture, 02.11.08
Speakers: Scott Sigal — Deputy, NYC Office of Criminal Justice Coordinator; Martin Horn — Commissioner, NYC Department of Correction and Probation; David Burney, FAIA — Commissioner, NYC Department of Design and Construction
Moderator: Frank J. Greene, FAIA — Principal, RicciGreene Associates
Organizer: AIANY Architecture for Justice Committee
Sponsors: Champion: Studio Daniel Libeskind; Supporters: Gensler; Humanscale; James McCullar & Associates; Friends: Costas Kondylis & Partners; Forest City Ratner Companies; Frank Williams & Associates; Hugo S. Subotovsky A.I.A. Architects; Mancini Duffy; Magnusson Architecture and Planning; Rawlings Architects; RicciGreene Associates; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Syska Hennessy Group; Trespa North America; Universal Contracting Group

Rikers Island

Rikers Island is no longer a model for justice facilities.

Courtesy Google Earth

A justice facility should embody authority and compassion, equality and openness and remind the public that prisoners are still part of the greater community. According to Frank Greene, FAIA, principal of RicciGreene Associates, justice facilities are benchmarks and emblems of a community’s civil pride.

In NYC, the violent crime rate dropped by almost half between 1980 and 2006. A panel of experts working in the NYC judicial system agreed that this is because the justice system continues to decentralize and there are more community-based initiatives. Though the court system has been serving fewer people, it is still overtaxed. The importance of not only building new justice facilities but also the need to renovate existing facilities is a high priority if the system is to maintain this positive trend, according to Scott Sigal, deputy in the NYC Office of Criminal Justice Coordinator.

NYC serves over 100,000 inmates each year with an average inmate holding time of 45 days. Martin Horn, commissioner in the NYC Department of Correction and Probation, blames the poor infrastructure at facilities such as Rikers Island for creating a culture of separation. He argues that more detention facilities need to be built closer to borough courthouses. The Manhattan Detention Center designed by Urbahn Architects, for example, was first met with community disapproval, but is now a model for such type of development. The lower floors house residential and retail, almost denying that it is a jail.

If there is any way to judge the future of judicial facilities, perhaps it is through some of the recently constructed buildings. The Bronx County Hall of Justice, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, with its glass curtain wall is transparent from the exterior and maximizes natural light in the interior. It also includes a civic plaza for the community and open spaces to comfort those as they await trial. The newly announced Staten Island Courthouse by Polshek Partnership with RicciGreen Associates will, for the first time in NYC, house both a state and community level court in the same complex. Ultimately, the panel agreed that the future of courthouses, police stations, and detention facilities in the city lies in community-based initiatives, a sense of transparency, sustainability, and above all, humaneness.

Carrots Could Grow in Brooklyn

Event: Food Groups
Location: Housing Works Bookstore, 02.12.08
Speakers: Amy Franceschini — Artist, Educator, Futurefarmer; Michael Hurwitz — Director, Greenmarket & Co-founder, Added Value
Moderator/Host: Kate Zidar — Environmental Planner, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice & Professor, Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
Organizer: Housing Works Bookstore; Center for Urban Pedagogy


With the help of organizations like Futurefarmers, people can transform their backyards (top) into fruit and vegetable gardens (bottom).


The definition of a sustainable city begins with food, not wind turbines or solar panels, argue artist, educator, and “futurefarmer” Amy Franceschini and Greenmarket director Michael Hurwitz. The food supply in many urban areas comes from afar, arriving by truck, train, or ship, greatly exacerbating cities’ ecological footprints. Urban agriculture can offer a more sustainable alternative to the “don’t ask-don’t tell” mentality of food sourcing.

For Franceschini, urban environments represent a great untapped source of food production. As lead artist for Victory Garden 2007+ program, currently being developed by Garden for the Environment and the City of San Francisco’s Department for the Environment, she helps city dwellers transform their backyards into mini-farms. While NYC does not boast a burgeoning backyard mini-farm movement, its extensive network of farmers markets provides some of the freshest local produce to New Yorkers. Established in 1976, Greenmarket operates the city’s 46 farmers markets. It was purposely designated as separate from city government and allows the organization to speak out on issues that may not align with current city policy. For example, Greenmarket is advocating further integration of food stamps into farmers markets. Also, it is fighting to incorporate urban agriculture into Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC.

Mini-farms are also known to the city, albeit at a smaller scale. Hurwitz also co-founded Added Value, a group that works with youth in Red Hook to help develop skills necessary to “grow food from seed to sale.” The group’s first plot was an abandoned ball field in the Rockaways. Local kids turned a community eyesore into a community asset. Unfortunately, development pressure for that “undeveloped” lot proved too great and the farm is now gone.

The fight to use vacant lots for agriculture seems to be a losing battle in the city, considering the few small-time urban farmers versus an army of real estate developers. Although neither Hurwitz nor Franceschini have a solution for preserving established urban farms against development pressure, they believe the answer lies in the city’s undeveloped rooftops. Green roofs are currently proposed as either turf grass or inedible native plantings. Instead of bringing grass to our rooftops, why not bring food?

At Last, Buildings That Unify

Event: Architects in Training 2008: Jose E. Serrano Center for Global Conservation at the Bronx Zoo
Location: Center for Architecture, 02.13.08
Speakers: Sylvia Smith, AIA, LEED AP — Principal, FXFowle Architects; Kenneth Hutchinson — Deputy Director of Operations, Wildlife Conservation Society; Marc Heiman — President/COO, Richter+Ratner
Moderator: James Fischer, AIA, RIBA, Ph.D. — Co-chair, AIANY International Committee
Organizer: AIANY Emerging NY Architects (ENYA) Committee

Serrano Center

Jose E. Serrano Center for Global Conservation at the Bronx Zoo.

FXFowle Architects

The perspectives of owner, architect, and construction manager often differ greatly. Not this time. That’s the belief of the panelists discussing the Jose E. Serrano Center for Global Conservation at the Bronx Zoo.

From the client’s point of view, fitting the divisions of International Programs, Exhibition and Graphic Arts Design, Information Technology, and Public Affairs into one affordable building was the main challenge, according to deputy director of operations Kenneth Hutchinson at the Wildlife Conservation Society. The building needs to accommodate employees a well as VIPs and visitors at conferences and meetings. And it must be sited so as not to interfere with park visitors.

Achieving LEED Gold certification was one of the main objectives for Sylvia Smith, AIA, LEED AP, principal at FXFowle Architects. Earth berms, open work areas, a reduced number of offices, and recycled and reused materials were all used. One of the building’s unique features is the on-site cogeneration plant providing off-grid electricity. Also, glass with a UV film is used throughout making the building fully bird-safe. In trying to maintain a small footprint, circulation was key to design. A large exterior ramp eliminates some of the need for space-eating stairways, and provides courtyard areas that serve conference/meeting areas.

For the general contractor, difficulties lie in satisfying both the needs of the client while sticking to the architect’s vision — and value engineering throughout the process. Marc Heiman, president/COO at Richter+Ratner, discussed sticky issues such as unexpected bedrock locations found despite pre-construction tests, the unforeseen need for a sub-slab drainage system, and the unanticipated conflict with the zoo when the Amish contractor who was to reconstitute trees cleared for the building arrived with horse and buggy (a violation of zoo policy that prohibits the intermixing of animals). One of the biggest challenges was executing “architectural concrete” under budget — Smith called it “concrete with care” instead. Also, Heiman’s team had never built a cogeneration plant, and needed to put one team member in charge of doing needed research.

The building is still under construction with an expected opening date this August. In summing up the experience to this point, Smith commented that the relationships may have been adversarial at times, but the overall attitude has always been to work through the issues to preserve cost, schedule, and architecture.

Local History is Dubai’s Only Hope

Event: Globalization and Local Essences in Dubai
Location: Center for Architecture, 02.07.08
Speakers: Frank Farrokh Sabouri, AIA — Architect, Consultant, Urban Design Guidelines for Jebel Ali (Dubai)
Organizers: AIANY International Committee

Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai’s desert scarred by skyscrapers and a manmade shoreline.

Lucas Correa-Sevilla

Architect Frank Farrokh Sabouri, AIA, describes architecture in Dubai using the words of Vincent Van Gogh: “Exaggerate the essential and leave the obvious vague.” The “essential,” in this case, is urban development that reflects local culture, while the “obvious” is design based on disconnected western models, says Sabouri. The continual construction of skyscrapers alongside desert highways and the various figurative islands along Dubai’s coast are elements of social seclusion and environmental devastation, and they are not true to the city’s nature.

Architects must have their own social agendas, in addition to clients’ wants, that enhance the inherent conditions and characteristics of a place and its heritage to create meaning, argues Sabouri. This trend is occurring in other places, such as South Korea and Spain. Coop Himmelb(l)au went beyond the client’s program and incorporated a public plaza for the Busan Cinema Complex, for example. The Madrid Public Housing Project by Morphosis is a contemporary take on the traditional Spanish house because it incorporates private courtyards into the design.

In the case of Dubai, a city that has boomed in less than 17 years due to globalization, Sabouri sees hope in its future if architects move away from un-contextual westernized models, and instead focus on the city’s innate characteristics — the desert with a history of trade and nomadic culture. Through the careful study and respect of place, he believes “Dubai can replace absurdity with responsibility.”

The 1920s: H. W. Corbett Pushes for Mass and Unity

Event: New York Modern Lecture Series: “New Stones for Old”
Location: The Skyscraper Museum, 02.12.08
Speaker: Carol Willis — Founder, Director, Curator, The Skyscraper Museum
Organizer: The Skyscraper Museum

Traffic study

Traffic study prepared by Corbett for Regional Plan Association. Hugh Ferris, Deliniator.

Courtesy skyscraper.org

In the 1920s, architect Harvey Wiley Corbett sought to solve the city’s growing congestion problem and population explosion while establishing it as the pillar by which all modern architecture would be judged. No longer satisfied with American architecture’s conventional approach, Corbett endeavored to free the city from its reliance on classical traditions and European pedagogy.

An open-minded thinker, Corbett was attuned to the life of the city, which he saw as the broadest canvas for expression. It was, as Skyscraper Museum director Carol Willis asserted, a Modernism that “forged a new direction in the 1920s.” When Corbett could have railed against the 1916 zoning laws, he instead embraced them, viewing the new standards as an opportunity to produce a distinctive American architecture expressing itself through mass rather than historical necessity.

He saw the massive setbacks as a mix of looming terraced mega-structures penetrated by classical arcades, built above the teeming streets. The inhabitable monoliths created an urbane, civilized, zoning-produced metropolis that responded to the chaos of the street and facilitated interaction among inhabitants. Buildings were removed from congestion, and street life was separated from the urban bedlam below. The city functioned as both the engine of modernity and the promise of unity.

Save This Coney Island Baby

Coney Island Parachute Jump

The Coney Island Parachute Jump is in danger.

Leni Schwendinger

Since 2006, the Coney Island Parachute Jump has won numerous design awards for its simple yet bold washes of color. Designed by Leni Schwendinger, principal of Light Projects, with support from the NYC Economic Development Corporation, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Borough President’s office, and engineering firm STV, this newest addition to the theme park is now in danger of Vegasification.

The NY Post reported that the city has sent out a call for proposals to dramatize the illumination (See “City to Do the Light Thing for Coney Landmark,” by Rich Calder, 02.08.08). The Post went on to quote Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz who believes the parachute jump is too “artsy” and needs “blinging up.”

Part of the RFP involves restoring the base of the structure, which has been in disrepair since it stopped giving rides in 1968. Markowitz wants to revive the ride as well, stating, “Hey, if the Giants can beat the Patriots, there’s no reason we can’t ride the Parachute Jump in this new century.” As the site around the jump is currently barren and unapproachable, repairing the structure and ride would much improve the area, in my opinion. I would love to see the view from the top looking out over Astroland and the ocean. But it is a shame when an internationally recognized design is underappreciated because it is not glitzy enough.

In this issue:
· A QTiP Addition to Open in May
· Breakfast at the Old Tiffany’s
· Renaissance Advances in Downtown Brooklyn
· Going Wild Over Earning LEED Silver
· An American Hospital Out of Africa
· Bridging New York and Dubai
· Keeping Up in the West Village

A QTiP Addition to Open in May


Queens Theatre-in-the-Park.

Caples Jefferson Architects

Caples Jefferson Architects recently announced that after three years of construction, the new addition to the Queens Theatre-in-the-Park (QTiP) in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is scheduled to open in May. The expansion adds a 75-seat cabaret and a 540-person lobby/reception center to the existing theater which itself is a 1972 conversion and 1993 renovation of Philip Johnson’s Theaterama. Johnson’s design was a cycloramic tribute to NY and part of the New York State Pavilion built for the 1964/1965 World’s Fair. The circular geometry of the original cylinder and the subsequent tower additions are complemented with the new rectilinear form of the cabaret and the oval plan of the reception center. The curving ceiling in the reception center creates a dramatic point of entry to the performance space.

Breakfast at the Old Tiffany’s

15 Union Square West

15 Union Square West.

Perkins Eastman

The former Tiffany & Co. building, once referred to as “the Palace of Jewels” located at 15 Union Square West, has been wrapped in a layered glass skin and made into residential condominiums by Perkins Eastman, with interiors by Vicente Wolf Associates. The cast iron arches of the original five-story structure, designed by John Kellum in 1870, were preserved and seven new floors — a series of glass cubes set at different angles — were added. Residences on the first six floors retain the original 16-foot-high ceilings, and the additional floors boast large outdoor terraces. Anticipated occupancy is Fall 2008.

Renaissance Advances in Downtown Brooklyn

State Renaissance Court

State Renaissance Court.

James McCullar & Associates

State Renaissance Court, an eight-story mixed-use building in the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Urban Renewal Area in Brooklyn that forms a transition between neighborhood high-rises and National Register row houses, is finally complete. The building, designed by James McCullar & Associates, contains 158 mixed-income apartments (50% market rate, and 50% affordable), 17,000 square feet of retail space, and an indoor garage.

Because the project sits atop a subway station, the NYC Transit Authority required that the building meet International Building Code (IBC) seismic requirements. Thus, the design consists of a first-floor rigid steel frame covering the entire site supported on station roof load points with spring isolators. In a seismic event, deep battered piles at the rear of the site will allow the building to move independently from the subway structure. The superstructure is a rigid steel frame with pre-cast floors that act in unison with the first-floor frame and the façade incorporates a pre-cast panel system. The 447-foot frontage is treated as one building, with a central glass double-height lobby leading to three elevator cores.

Going Wild Over Earning LEED Silver

The Wild Center

Main building at The Wild Center viewed from Blue Pond.


The Wild Center/Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, a new 54,000-square-foot museum, is the first LEED certified museum in NY State. Located in Tupper Lake and designed by HOK NY in an indigenous Adirondack style using local materials, the museum shows how humans and nature may coexist. A three-acre pond not only provides a backdrop to the building and creates an indigenous wetland that attracts wildlife that can be viewed at close range, but also manages the site’s stormwater and exhibition water discharge. Other sustainable features include: a photovoltaic array on the roof of the Bio Building providing 10% of the museum’s power; electricity generated by Niagara Falls; a well-insulated building envelope; low VOC materials; efficient air filtration; and a digitally controlled building management system.

An American Hospital Out of Africa


American Hospital in Abuja.


RKT&B is the prime architect for a $30 million, 273,000-square-foot hospital complex for the American Hospital in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. The first phase, scheduled for completion in 2009, includes a 70-bed facility and support functions. Specific features of the design include sun screening, a large entrance canopy, a skylit atrium lobby, and lush landscaping, according to RKT&B. The hospital constitutes only one part of a 200-acre plot of farmland the Nigerian government paid for the hospital, future research buildings, a medical school, a hotel and convention center, and associated housing.

Bridging New York and Dubai

Dubai Creek bridge

Dubai Creek bridge.

FXFowle Architects

Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority selected FXFowle Architect’s design for the longest and tallest multi-modal spanning arch bridge in the world. The winning design in an international competition is based on an “acoustic wave” and will join five existing Dubai Creek crossings. The one-mile-long, 673-foot-tall bridge will carry 20,000 vehicles per hour over 12 lanes of traffic, and 23,000 passengers per hour on two railway lines for Dubai Metro trains, and pedestrian walkways. The bridge will join four bridges and a tunnel that span the natural sea-water inlet that cuts through the center of the city. Construction will begin in March and is scheduled to be completed in four years.

Keeping Up in the West Village

385 West 12th Street

385 West 12th Street.


Designer/developer FLAnk is working on a new seven-story high-income condo building composed of four town homes, six full-floor flats, and two duplex penthouses in the West Village. Each residence is to have an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, family room or den, formal living room with a gas fireplace, and a master bedroom suite with private outdoor space, according to the developer. The building is also to have a 2,700-square-foot two-tier rooftop — the upper tier will sport a 50-foot lap pool, tub/spa, and outdoor shower, while the lower tier will include a built-in dining area for entertaining, and a separate exercise and meditation deck. The building will be clad in untreated copper, which will acquire a patina over the years.

In this issue:
· AIANY Re-launches Diversity Committee
· AIA AAJ Establishes Sustainable Justice Committee
· Changes in Filing Procedures at the Department of Buildings
· Foundation Teams with Brooklyn Children’s Museum
· ACE Internship: What I Learned
· Non-Profit Aims to Make Hotels More Sustainable
· Published: State of Green Business 2008

AIANY Re-launches Diversity Committee
Responding to interest from the NYC architectural community, the AIANY Diversity Committee is again in business. The committee seeks to provide meaningful programming for the Chapter, tackling topics such as community diversity, education, and business development opportunities. In 2008, the committee will be meeting on the last Thursday of every month. This month’s meeting will be held February 28 at 6:30pm at the Center for Architecture. New members are encouraged to join. Committee co-chairs will be announced in upcoming months. If you have questions about the committee feel free to contact Carolyn Sponza, AIA, LEED AP.

Professional diversity is one of the AIA’s major objectives. Over the past decades numerous resolutions, research papers, focus groups, and studies have made architects aware that their membership does not wholly represent the society for whom it designs. This year, the issue is in the spotlight even more, with Marshall E. Purnell, FAIA, taking office as the first African American president of the AIA, where he is raising diversity as a major goal.

AIA AAJ Establishes Sustainable Justice Committee
The Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ), a knowledge community within the AIA that focuses on the planning, design, and delivery of justice architecture, has established a Sustainable Justice Committee. Co-chaired by Susan K. Oldroyd, AIA, LEED AP, and Ken Ricci, FAIA, the purpose of the committee is to promote and support sustainability in law and justice facilities. To this end, the committee plans to publish a guide to sustainable justice design and proposes a LEED-J (LEED for Justice) rating system to the U.S. Green Building Council. For more information, please visit the committee’s website.

Changes in Filing Procedures at the Department of Buildings
There have been a number of developments at the Department of Buildings (DOB) that will affect the way you file applications:

   · PC Filing will no longer be available for use as of Feb19; a new e-filing system is up and running.
   · There are new PW1 forms.
   · Controlled Inspection forms have recently changed and have an additional sign-off at time of permit.
   · Controlled Inspections will be changing over the next year; the DOB will be implementing a system whereby a third party will have to take responsibility.

To subscribe to the DOB Newsletter, please click here.

Foundation Teams with Brooklyn Children’s Museum

The Center for Architecture Foundation is currently collaborating with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum to develop Building Brainstorm!, a 1,200-square-foot tri-lingual traveling exhibition that invites children and their caregivers to explore the built environment through hands-on investigations of building forms, features, materials, and the architectural design process.

Building Brainstorm! will be a fantasy architecture studio that presents children with design challenges to research and solve. Kids and adults will experiment with building materials and engineering problems as well as investigate light, form, structure, and organization.

The exhibition research team is currently gathering images and materials that will be used in these stations and activities, and would like to tap into the resources that AIA members might like to offer. Items currently needed:

   · Three-dimensional models of buildings (massing models, topographical models, etc.)
   · Floor plans
   · Quick sketches that show early phases of projects
   · Sample boards
   · Material samples for exteriors
   · Material samples for interiors (paints, textiles, countertops, wall paneling, flooring, etc.)

If you or any of your colleagues have the following materials available for the exhibition, please contact Michelle Dezember, Design Educator, Center for Architecture Foundation or Liza Reich Rawson, Senior Exhibition Developer, Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

ACE Internship: What I Learned

The design and technical processes of building intrigued me throughout high school. During my senior year, after enrolling in my school’s architecture course, I decided to sign up for the ACE Mentor Program and NYC School Construction Authority (SCA) Summer Internship Program. The program provides college-bound high school students with exposure to the professional world of architecture, construction, and engineering. I had the opportunity to work as an intern alongside one of my mentors, Darris James, Assoc. AIA, senior associate at Gensler. Throughout the summer of 2006, I was a member of the Aviation Studio working on construction document sets, translating documents from French, ordering sample materials, and helping organize presentations. In addition to developing professional relationships, perhaps the biggest benefit for me was the chance to learn and use AutoCAD, which has put me steps ahead of many of my peers in studio.

In the program I learned how a project is built from design concept to engineering to construction. As the college application process loomed, I was encouraged to pursue architecture. In the end, I narrowed my search to universities with accredited architecture programs, and I am now a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. ACE also helped me network within the profession. As the world continues to develop, I think it is essential that these programs also grow to encourage emerging designers and builders.

The SCA is currently recruiting firms for the upcoming summer program, which runs July 7 through August 15. Interns are paid by the SCA, so there is no cost to sponsoring firms to participate. For more information about how to become an intern sponsor or to learn more about the NYC SCA Summer Internship Program, contact Ruby Saake at 718-752-5047 or by e-mail. To learn more about the ACE Mentor Program visit the website or e-mail Ed Jerman, Assistant Executive Director for the ACE Mentor Program’s Greater New York Chapter.

Non-Profit Aims to Make Hotels More Sustainable
The Global Green Hospitality Consortium (GGHC) hopes to increase sustainability practices by providing a clearinghouse of standards, certifications, and opportunities. The recently-launched non-profit provides its members assistance with the major green standards and practices overseen by state and federal agencies and other organizations. USGBC’s LEED certification, Energy Star, and the EPA’s Green Power Partnership are just some of the programs the GGHC provides help with, along with details on rebates, grants, and tax benefits offered for green programs. The group also offers access to consortium-certified products and services, and facilitates communication between vendors and buyers. The GGHC is owned by the Global Green Energy Consortium.

Published: State of Green Business 2008
In this report, Joel Makower and the editors of GreenBiz.com answer the question: How are U.S. businesses doing in their quest to be greener and more environmentally responsible? It introduces the GreenBiz Index, a set of 20 indicators of progress, tracking resource use, emissions, and business practices of U.S. companies: carbon, materials, energy, and toxic intensity, clean-tech investments, e-waste recovery, paper use, employee commuting, and more.To download the report, please click stateofgreenbusiness2008.pdf.