[10 Apr 2009 | Comments Off | 9,807 views]
Mommy and Daddy do it Pro Bono

In these all too serious times, it is our pleasure to introduce a special new book with a softer side and important message, playfully named “Mommy & Daddy Do it Pro Bono.” A children’s book written by Aaron Hurst of the Taproot Foundation and Kara Hurst of Business for Social Responsibility, Mommy & Daddy Do It Pro Bono introduces the next generation to the concept of giving back–by giving what you know.
Kara and Aaron Hurst wrote this book for all working professionals who want to be role models for the …

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[10 Apr 2009 | Comments Off | 11,410 views]
Sky Stream update: Small Wind Tax Credit

On February 17, 2009 President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Re-investment Act of 2009. With a significant emphasis on renewable energy technology deployment and job expansion, the bill improved upon the 2008 small wind tax credit by removing “cost caps.” This change allows consumers and small businesses to deduct from their tax liability 30% off the installed cost of a wind turbine. Additionally, businesses will have the option of receiving their credit in the form of a cash grant.
Background
On February 17, 2009 President Obama signed into law …

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[10 Apr 2009 | Comments Off | 5,674 views]
Trash for Teaching

Trash for Teaching collects clean and safe cast-off materials from manufacturing processes (that would otherwise become trash) and repurposes them as educational resources.  With those materials Trash for Teaching provides a comprehensive arts education program in local school districts, which includes teacher workshops and classroom instruction. Their programs feature the popular Treasure Truck visit making materials readily available to teachers and students in the schools, and helping to bridge the gap between the excess of waste created in manufacturing processes and the lack of materials in public education.
Use of these …

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[23 Dec 2008 | One Comment | 10,615 views]
Sky Stream Small Wind Generators

Flagstaff, Ariz. – With an anticipated growth rate of 90 to 100 percent in 2009, Southwest Windpower, the world’s largest manufacturer of small wind generators, is expanding internationally to increase production, distribution and better meet customer demand, including a joint venture in China and a new warehouse and distribution center in Germany.
Southwest Windpower seized the opportunity to develop a strong presence in China by partnering with Yunsheng, a Ningbo-based manufacturing company who has been producing component parts for several Southwest Windpower products for the last four years. The joint venture …

Social Architecture, social responsibility »

[23 Dec 2008 | Comments Off | 13,952 views]
Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR.org)

Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) works for peace, environmental protection, ecological building, social justice, and the development of healthy communities. We believe that design practitioners have a significant role to play in the well-being of our communities.
Goals
The goals of our programs are to:
1. raise professional and public awareness of critical social and environmental issues
2. further responsive design and planning

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[23 Dec 2008 | Comments Off | 8,736 views]
Community Design Center of Pittsburgh (CDCP)

Originally known as the Pittsburgh Architects Workshop (PAW), the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh (CDCP) was established in 1968 and incorporated in 1975 by local architects who provided pro-bono design services to community organizations, individuals and businesses who could not afford to hire an architect. The PAW also produced an award-winning booklet on making play spaces accessible for children with special needs, conducted a study on adapting homes for shared living arrangements, and hosted an annual Palladian Ball.
In 1987 the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh adopted its current name and …