Earth Day

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 as a way to honor the Earth and the concept of peace.  April 22 was chosen because college campuses would be in session, it did not conflict with any religious holidays and it was late enough in spring that the weather was likely to be good.  It is coincidental that it falls on the birth day of the conservationist, John Muir.  It celebrates clean air, water... Continued

Wilderness Heroes

Back in January, my brother Eric called and wanted a backpacking trip arranged for the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area for late February. He and I used to through hike that place a lot but it had been 25 years since our last trip. Ryan and Matt here at the office got wind of it and well, then it was on. Took a week to dig my antique camping gear out of storage. Figured my son needed a humbling... Continued

Designing a Building Like A Tree

Just  Another  "April  Fool's"  Dream? In 2002, Architect and author William McDonough hooked the world with the simple idea that designing a building like a tree … was possible.  Dr. Michael Braungart led us into the more complex ideas of clean chemistry as the two released their co-authored book, Cradle to Cradle.  The big idea was to create a world where the things we make, make us and the... Continued