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Using LEGOs to Teach Kids About Green Building
April 30th, 2013 by admin

The following post is authored by student and Sherwood blogging intern, Rachel Gross.

Every March, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hosts an event called Engineering Open House (EOH). This event attracts over 20,000 visitors to the U of I Engineering Campus to see the 250+ exhibits put on by various student groups about engineering. A student group that I am involved with, USGBC Students, decided to use EOH as a platform to educate students and the general public about LEED and green buildings. We wanted to create an exhibit that was interactive, applicable to an audience that ranged from kindergarten to adults, and that actually taught people about LEED. We came up with a concept called “LEGO LEED”, in which we gave participants a pre-built LEGO home and they could add on certain features, such as solar panels, a bike rack, low irrigation plants, an air filtration system, or a green roof to make the house more “green”. Read the rest of this entry »

Masdar: A Green City Case Study
February 22nd, 2013 by admin

The following post is authored by student and Sherwood blogging intern, Rachel Gross.

One of my professors recently asked our class to think about what “grand challenges” face our society, and my mind immediately jumped to population growth and urbanization. As population continues to grow over the next several decades, resources will become more scarce and human impact on the environment will also grow. UN population studies project that world population will reach 9.31 billion by 2050. Where will these people live? Current and projected urbanization rates estimate that by 2050, about 6.25 billion people (67% of the total world population) will live in cities. This is almost twice the 2010 urban population of 3.56 billion people (about 52% of the current world population). Read the rest of this entry »

Greenbuild 2012: In Review
January 17th, 2013 by admin

The following post is authored by student and Sherwood blogging intern, Rachel Gross.

The United States Green Building Council’s Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference devoted to green buildings. Professionals travel from all over the world to network with one another, attend educational sessions, wander through huge exposition halls, and go on tours of green buildings around the city.  This year’s Greenbuild was held in San Francisco during the week of November 12th and it was the largest green building conference ever!

I attended Greenbuild 2012 with nine other students from the University of Illinois USGBC Students chapter. This was my first Greenbuild and the experience blew me away!  Overall, I felt that the conference was fascinating, educational, fun, and most importantly, inspiring. And I think the other 35,000+ attendees would agree with me. Read the rest of this entry »

Sherwood @ Greenbuild 2012
November 13th, 2012 by admin

Please join us Wednesday, November 14th for our Greenbuild happy hour and art opening at Sherwood!

The night will feature specialty cocktails, entertainment, art, food, and craft beer on tap featuring a never-before-seen Gigante IPA, in honor of the San Francisco Giants’ World Series victory (colored appropriately). Read the rest of this entry »

Sherwood Institute’s Michel St. Pierre published in Stanford’s Social Innovation Review
November 8th, 2012 by sherwoodsf

On October 16th, Sherwood Institute board member Michel St. Pierre published an article titled “Sustainable Development in India” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in which he discusses the work the Sherwood Institute’s work in Bangalore, and how the city has been affected by India’s quickly rising population. Read the rest of this entry »

The Living Machine® at SFPUC
August 3rd, 2012 by sherwoodsf

This morning, a group of Sherwood engineers were given a tour of the Living Machine® wastewater treatment system at the new headquarters of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). The new headquarters building is a model of innovation and sustainable design, from its energy efficiency, to water reuse, to ecological and environmental benefits. Living Machine® Technology treats and reuses wastewater by incorporating plants and beneficial bacteria with innovative engineering. Based on the principles of wetland ecology, the tidal process cleans water, making the Living Machine® extremely energy-efficient and allowing the system to produce reclaimed water that meets high-quality reuse standards. Read the rest of this entry »

Bayview Opera House Renovation
May 29th, 2012 by sherwoodsf

San Francisco’s Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre (aka South San Francisco Opera House) is currently undergoing structural and accessibility renovations. The project is run by SF Arts and funded by a collection SF agencies. Sherwood is working with Tom Eliot Fisch architects and Hood Design Studio landscape architects on a number of site improvements, including a collaboration with Walter Hood in site layout while specializing in stormwater systems. Read the rest of this entry »

Golden Gate Overlook/Presidio Coastal Trail
April 26th, 2012 by sherwoodsf

Sherwood participated in the master planning for the Presidio Coastal Trail. One of the main goals of the Master Plan is to eventually connect the Golden Gate Bridge to Baker Beach with an uninterrupted multi-use trail. The segment recently constructed, known as The Golden Gate Overlook, involves a large viewing and sitting structure that looks down the spine of the Golden Gate Bridge. This project, which was funded by generous gifts from the Haas Fund and the Bechtel Foundation also includes a multi-use trail, bike path, access stairs and the expansion of the Merchant Road parking lot. Read the rest of this entry »

GGNPC Lands End Lookout Grand Opening this Saturday!
April 23rd, 2012 by sherwoodsf

You are enthusiastically invited to join us this Saturday, April 28, 2012 for a Community Celebration of the new Lands End Lookout Visitor Center: a landmark achievement in the revitalization of a national park! The Lookout, a project which we worked on with EHDD Architecture and Plant Construction, features exhibits and artifacts, interpretive merchandise, a café, restrooms, and “green” features throughout. It is part of the Parks Conservancy‘s larger project at Lands End to restore habitat, build trails and overlooks, and improve visitor amenities. Read the rest of this entry »

SANTA MONICA BORDERLINE
April 13th, 2012 by sherwoodsf

Sherwood worked with Nelson Nygaard to complete the design of a multi-block green streets project located at the edge of Santa Monica’s border with Venice, CA. The design implements a woonerf style livable street by incorporating multifunctional urban stormwater best management practices as well as low impact design philosophies into a pedestrian friendly design. Read the rest of this entry »

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