Knowledge Center

What do you need to know about sustainability? There’s so much, from so many disciplines: food, energy, human rights, biodiversity, transportation, water, etc. This page focuses on what we know best.

#1 – About 99% of US homes could be much more energy efficient – with very cost-effective improvements. This means you. It’s in your interest to get a professional home energy audit and invest in efficiency measure – and then start saving money, being more comfortable, and doing our planet a big favor. Yes, we provide this service, but we’re also happy to recommend a colleague.

#2 – Design for walkability. Whatever the scale, wherever the location, when working on a land-use plan, keep this rule in mind. If you make it walkable, you promote efficient resource use, sociability, preservation of rural land, reduced obesity, fiscal responsibility, more perfect tomatoes, dancing in the streets

#3 – The US is not likely to make much progress towards efficiency and renewable energy until we get the right price signals. Our fossil fuels are so cheap that we waste them – on a massive scale. When energy becomes more expensive we all will (re)discover the limitless ways to use less, and we will make the switch to renewables. The sooner that happens, the better for everyone. Here at CSW we’ve had first-hand experience with a great variety of educational campaigns, tax rebates on specific products, and confusing programs – generally with negligible result. But we’ve seen how people do respond to the right price signal – without any programs or forms or computer-simulated savings projections. When it hits us in the wallet we do our own homework and start making smart choices. The result is less environmental destruction, local jobs, sanity.

#4 – Yes, the ice is melting. See

Sustainable Living

  • The Green Guide – from National Geographic at a superb collection of information, product reviews, etc.

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Planning and Land Use

Green Building and Building Science

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