From the desk of Bryan Astheimer 

For three years running, MITSloan Management Review Magazine and the Boston Consulting Group have organized a survey of business execs and managers to develop a better sense of how and to what extent businesses are implementing and developing sustainability practices.  The survey is evaluating businesses with operations across the globe and the trajectory is generally positive. The report defines some companies as “Embracers”, those that “see sustainability as necessary to be competitive, have made the business case and have put sustainability permanently on the management agenda”, and “Harvesters”, “organizations that say their sustainability activities are contributing to their profits”. Informative charts abound!

From the desk of Drew Lavine

This is nothing we all don’t already know, but it is presented  here in a great graphic that’s fun to scroll through: Click to see the graphic (use your mouse wheel and scroll down through the site to see the graphic animation)

Afterwards, check out the website – C40 is a network of the world’s megacities taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  And Philadelphia is a member…

From the desk of Alex Vondeling:

The Healthy Building Network in conjunction with Building Green is launching Health Product Declaration (HPD) as a format for reporting product content and associated health information related to building materials.

One of the goals is to encourage product transparency (much like food manufacturers being required to list ingredients). Several manufacturers have signed on as being willing to participate. See who has signed up here…

For those of us specifying products, both this web site and Pharos’ are great places to start for product selection.

From the desk of Neil Young

For anyone that suffers from creative block, I have compiled a short list of sites that offer a source of visual inspiration.

Space Invading. A wonderfully designed site that is easy to navigate and contains architecture and other design related (graphic, photography, crafts, etc.) ideas. My only complaint about this site is that it hasn’t been updated for a year, or more.




Architizer. If you’re looking for project inspiration, look no further. Architizer makes it easy to find a project by: Location, Type or Aesthetic. Soon you will also find Re:Vision’s work on the site.





Inhabitat. While this site is more mainstream and consists of a little greenwashing, it is still a source of great ideas. What I like about the site is that it offers new developments in multiple areas like Architecture, Technology, Energy and others.