St. Petersburg recently held a competition to choose eco real estate designers for its new pier and cultural center. The verdict is in, and the winner is “The Lens.” But in the tradition of saving the best for last, I’ll save that for next week. This week we’ll focus on the competition’s runner-up (no less amazing than the winner) “Wave Pier.”
Cornell veterinary student Gabriela Wagner has gone wild. No really, she’s taken the name Gabby Wild in order to help raise awareness about the plight of endangered species. In her “12 for 12 in 12″ campaign, she’s pledged to only wear twelve eco-fashion outfits throughout the entire year of 2012. Each outfit was designed by an eco-fashion designer committed to sustainability, and the ethical treatment of animals. Gabby wears one outfit for a full month before moving on to the next.
The “Go Green” revolution has made its way into the construction industry, changing how many projects are approached and completed. While this transition to green construction can be attributed in part to a variety of factors, none is more important than consumer demand, which has picked up in recent years and put the onus on construction companies to ascertain the materials and skills needed to implement these new techniques.
If you are interested in learning more about Asian culture while enjoying a few slurps of pho soup and exploring mangrove forests in a nature-filled adventure that is second to none, consider taking an ecotourism trip to Vietnam this year. Although many people’s minds go to the swamplands and the troubling battles that took place in this country decades ago, they often don’t realize the beauty in this nation’s more than 15,000 faunal species and 13,000 floral species – the beauty that puts Vietnam on the list of top ecotourism spots worldwide.
A friend once told me, “There are two types of dads–dads who golf, and dads who hunt. They do one or the other, but not both.” So far, this insight has proved pretty accurate. Since the nature of hunting virtually negates any eco-friendly aspects the industry might be trying to conjure up, let’s talk about eco friendly golf gear for Father’s Day. (I feel some “on the green” puns coming on.)