Green Building

140 New Montgomery: The Future of Green Building Design

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues 140 New Montgomery is a landmark 1920’s Art Deco building in San Francisco and just became the HQ of Yelp. Last week, I took a closer look at its recent [...]

Elon Musk Tops Best 2013 Green Interviews at Fresh Dialogues

It’s been a stellar year at Fresh Dialogues. Here are our top ten green interviews: from Tesla’s Elon Musk to Google’s Rick Needham. Most are exclusive Fresh Dialogues interviews, but some were special assignments for NPR’s KQED, [...]

Beyond Random Acts of Greenness: The Future of Green Building

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues I sat down with Phil Williams of Webcor Builders to find out how the building industry is responding to climate change by quantifying a building’s environmental impact (water, CO2 production, [...]

SF Exploratorium: World’s Largest Net-Zero Museum

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues What’s the biggest and most impactful exhibit at the new San Francisco Exploratorium, opening April 17th? Get this: It’s not the 330 year-old Douglas fir tree, sliced open [...]

Why Green Roofs Matter: Paul Kephart

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues It’s well known that green roofs are good for the environment, but did you know they can have major impact on your productivity and energy costs? Paul Kephart has been [...]

Susan Sarandon, Will.i.am on Green Design

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues Susan Sarandon and Will.i.am shared tributes to Green Design guru Bill McDonough at the Cradle to Cradle Design Innovation Event this month in San Francisco. “We are a community of [...]

Meryl Streep: Green Inspiration

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues The first thing that strikes you about Meryl Streep is her grace and poise. Like a true royal, she glided into the throng of green designers and architects gathered at [...]

PlanGrid Offers Solution to Blueprint Blues

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues Last week, Fresh Dialogues visited PlanGrid, the recent Y Combinator startup winner that’s tackling what some call the “insane paper” problem that the construction industry produces. Computer-Aided Design (or CAD) works well [...]

The Future of Green Building

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues Did you know that buildings account for almost 40 percent of total energy use in the U.S.; almost 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions; and 12 percent of total [...]

Apple’s iCloud to be “insanely green”

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues I recently recorded a story for KQED radio about Apple’s “dirty” iCloud and the more I dug into the issue, the greener the world’s most valuable company appeared to get. [...]

Bloom Energy: A Closer Look at Adobe’s Bloom Boxes

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues Ever wondered why so many companies and institutions like Google, eBay and Caltech are installing Bloom Energy’s fuel cell Bloom Boxes? Here’s a fascinating breakdown of the figures for Adobe’s [...]

Bloom Energy: 2012 Update

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues Bloom Energy‘s Director of Product Marketing, Asim Hussain, made a rare public appearance at SVForum’s Clean Tech Conference last week and shared some details about Bloom’s 2012 plans: New manufacturing [...]