Within the past month, two significant global environmental events occurred, the death of Joseph Farman, discoverer of the Ozone Hole, and the first recording of atmospheric CO2 levels above 400 ppm on the Keeling Curve. What connects these events? Reading Joseph Farman’s recent obituary in the New York Times, I was reminded of his Ozone Hole [...]
The Cannon Design Products Group recently worked with a confidential client needing to cool large research equipment still relying on once-through cooling. Working with the organization, we helped them realize they were wasting more than 2.6 million gallons of water annually and $16,000 in water and sewer costs on just ONE of the pieces they [...]
“I think that I shall never see a building lovely as a tree, but hopefully one that performs like one isn’t far off.” Interesting read about the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and how it is currently trying to build the Brock Center as ”…a cutting-edge ‘green’ facility so in concert with its natural surrounding it has [...]
To be direct – we should be demanding more from product packaging. The thought came to me after reading Fast Company’s piece on how in the 1960s, Heineken tried to redesign and re-cycle discarded beer bottles as bricks, fashioning a new building material for developing nations. The idea came from then-CEO “Freddy” Heineken’s visit to [...]
“The Art of Sustainability: Imagination, not spreadsheets, will create change” A rational, data-driven approach won’t be sufficient to drive a sustainable future; we need more emotional engagement. Speaking of communication (we were, weren’t we?), The Guardian shares thoughts on another avenue of engaging people in the discussion of sustainability. E.O. Wilson calls it ‘Biophilia’, the Biomimicry folks call it ‘(re)Connect’ ing; [...]
Last week, Fast Company’s Co.Exist site highlighted a report by the Norwegian Refugees Council Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre regarding the number of people displaced by dramatic climate-related events in 2012. The report indicates the climate change will make such events more frequent and likely more volatile. The author of the Fast Company article also makes a point that, although [...]
I wanted to share the latest installment of This American Life, which presents three stories about the difficulty of changing the public’s ethos when it comes to climate change. The common denominator between the three stories: Communication. I highly recommend listening to all three Acts, but think that the Second is most revealing. You [...]
The Numbers Are In! EAW Donates $22,000 to Local and National Organizations Environmental Awareness Week 2012 marked a significant milestone in the event’s 11-year history. Through the extraordinary work and commitment of Cannon Designers across the firm and the extraordinary generosity of our dedicated sponsors, EAW raised over $22,000 in additional funds that has been distributed [...]
Several Cannon Design offices celebrated National Bike to Work Day last Friday including St. Louis which took the opportunity to turn the day into a week-long celebration of eco-friendly commuting. The office witnessed incredible participation showcased by the numerous bikes lined up in the office gallery (image below) throughout the week. Ridership was four times [...]
The news is everywhere across the media – the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 55 years of measurement – and probably more than 3 million years of Earth history. According to the National Geographic story, “the last time the concentration of [...]
Since its opening in 2008, the Power House—home to Cannon Design’s St. Louis offices—has continued to draw attention and praise from both the profession and the media, earning numerous national design awards and lavish coverage in major professional journals. In “Cannon Design’s St. Louis Office Makes Old Meet New,” Modern Midwest talks with project designer, [...]
Google has compiled a series of stunning satellite images that begin to capture humanity’s impact on our planet. This announcement came today from Google’s blog: “Working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA and TIME, we’re releasing more than a quarter-century of images of Earth taken from space, compiled for the first time into an [...]
Just a few weeks ago, I posted an article appearing in the March/April issue of Green Building and Design which featured a “tour” of the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center from a sustainable perspective. We were pleased to just learn that the Seidman Cancer Center has achieved LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. [...]
Kudos to cities across the country for recognizing the value of energy benchmarking and retro-commissioning. The Boston City Council just approved the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance which requires large commercial and residential buildings to report and disclose their energy and water usage and greenhouse gas emissions in order to encourage investment in energy [...]
On March 26 we made a call out to college and university students to help us conduct water use research and in specific, to evaluate the shower duration input in the LEED v3 Water Use Reduction calculator (link to post or video). Thanks to those 114 participants, we collected shower time duration, showerhead flow rate, [...]
Brett McQuillan - 14 Jun 2013
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architectrix - 05 Jun 2013
To keep learning and to keep teaching and to keep listening and to keep tal...
Yemm & Hart Ltd - 03 Jun 2013
"Personally" - to bring "heart" into everything I do. ~ Deborah Hart Yemm
Iryna - 28 May 2013
Hi all team of Cannon Design! I have visited your office on Doors Open eve...
Susan Welker, AIA - 18 May 2013
Exactly! I did research during my Masters in Architecture about how more w...