When will they all be Zero Energy Buildings?

In our quest to make our lives less impactful on the environment, we insulate our homes, plant low water gardens, recycle, compost, re-use, and fix whatever we can. While it can seem ultimately futile with the larger issues out there. But what if we could cut 40% of the country’s energy consumption? That would be […]

you emit too much — here’s how to stop

If you never turn to Grist to check out the environmental news, you may give it a try. One of their columns is Ask Umbra, a ‘Hints from Heloise’ for the green community. This one caught my eye and has some helpful tips on lowering your carbon footprint. Q. Dear Umbra, It’s common knowledge that […]

Architectural awards – see who is designing great things

Women in Architecture Awards 2016: shortlists revealed 10 FEBRUARY, 2016 BY EMILY BOOTH The AR is delighted to announce the shortlists for the Woman Architect of the Year and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture The shortlists feature women who are at the forefront of design – and bring together architects from China, England, […]

REAUTHORIZATION OF AMERICA’S BEST CONSERVATION PROGRAM

Just saw this and wanted to share: This morning, President Obama announced a proposal to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the 2017 budget, along with permanently reauthorizing annual mandatory funding for the program beginning in 2018. After the program expired in September, Outdoor Alliance worked hard to tell policy makers how important […]

Apparently We CAN run the whole world on solar power.

Can all of the US (and World!) run on solar power? Elon Musk says yes,and the science seems good. Apparently, it won’t even take that much surface area to do it. What this would mean for the US in particular would be energy would be locally produced, no drilling, burning, emissions, by products of creating […]

Sustainable Holidays – Do a bit of greening

Naked Binder would like to offer some green, sustainable holiday tips from various places around the internet. This from Vanderbilt University: Tips for reducing your environmental impact during the holiday season Sustainability is achieved when the needs of the present population are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. […]

Sustainable Holiday upgrades!

The 9 Best Kitchen Updates You CAN Do (When You Can’t Renovate Your Rental) FROM THE ARCHIVES: GREATEST HITS Pin it Whether you’re renting and can’t do a lot of permanent damage or even if you own a house but just don’t have a budget to tear everything out and start from scratch, you can […]

Buckminster Fuller – 42 hours of free lectures

Must listen material! I am grabbing directly from open culture because I feel like I can’t say much more except – Check these out! This guy has a fascinating mind and is well worth listening to. I will add a photo because…photos! Think of the name Buckminster Fuller, and you may think of a few oddities of […]

Need some inspiration? Check out our Pinterest site!

Many of you know Naked Binder and Corporate Image are two halves of the same company.  We manufacture custom and off the shelf eco friendly 3-ring binders, pocket folders, boxes and some crazy awesome presentation projects right in the middle of the country – in Iowa.  We have been putting images of things we think […]

Healthcare Giants Boycott Furniture Containing Flame Retardants

Good news indeed for both employees and patients in hospitals! New measures are helping green healthcare furniture! Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, and Autodesk are among major buyers that have pledged to purchase furniture that contains no chemical flame retardants. HDR Architecture and Perkins + Will have also signed the pledge. Initiated by the Center for Environmental […]