How American environmentalism became a political issue

NYT April 23rd, 1970

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” ― Wendell Berry, American poet

On January 28th, 1969, 3.5 million gallons of oil spilled off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, making this spill the largest environmental catastrophe to date at that point. Less than one year later, the United States Congress passed the National Environmental Policy Act, a bill which forced the assessment and disclosure of environmental…


A look into Sustainable Materials and Design Processes

Photo by Avel Chuklanov

Introduction

In the past decade, there has been an increasing awareness of the building and construction sector’s environmental impacts. Now, in 2020, we’re starting to see climate policy come into focus:

This year California required nearly all new single-family homes to include solar photovoltaic cells. In New York City, any building undergoing major construction must include the addition of solar panels. Solar panels mandates are a strong first step, and a great example of a top-down approach to sustainability, but they only account for one part of the larger picture of sustainability.

Brendan Hellebusch

Sustainability Analyst and Consultant

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