Rock You Like A Hurricane

If you live in Missouri, you understand that if you do not like the weather, just wait a few minutes, it will change. In January, it may be 60 degrees, yet in late April, it’s snowing. In Missouri, mother nature may walk to the beat of her own drum, but the one song she (thankfully)

Elementary school damaged by the 2011 Joplin Tornado

Simple Solutions for Construction Waste

An estimated 40% of landfill waste comes from construction sites.  However, that statistic can be reduced, at least in part, by some fairly simple practices. When Boone County Government decided to renovate their main building and create an Annex from an existing nearby structure, they set a goal to recycle 50% of the project’s construction

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Green Roofed Restroom: Small and Sustainable

The mission of Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG), which operates Shaw Nature Reserve southwest of St. Louis, is “To discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Because environmental stewardship education is central to their work, it was important to MBG that even a small restroom facility be

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Picking the Right Pavement

The design for the North Quad at Columbia College presented a unique challenge: How to improve fire lane access without an excessive amount of concrete? After working with the City and the Fire Department, it was determined that ‘Cougar Drive’ should extend further into the heart of campus, and also include a T-shaped turn around

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Don’t Send Me To An Early Grave!!

In today’s society it is easy to become accustomed to the ease in which we can buy new things, from phones that need to be replaced every couple of years, furniture that breaks down, or shoes whose soles wear out after six months.

What’s it like finding out your building is Energy Star 98?

Well, kind of like finding out you have great blood pressure. Or low cholesterol. It’s basically a confirmation of overall great “building health.”

Interested in Capturing Rainwater? Here’s a few things to consider

On October 17th I had the pleasure of co-presenting at the Sustainable Living Fair on “Saving Water in your Home or Workplace.” My co-presenter, David Mars, Energy Specialist with Columbia Water & Light, and I shared ways that companies and homeowners can save water.

Site Design at SOA’s New Building

In order to comply with the City of Columbia’s stormwater ordinance, which requires developers to address both water quality and water quantity, our new building’s site design features a combined bio-retention & detention basin to collect rainwater runoff from the parking lot and other parts of the site.

SOA and LED Technology

Over 91% of the lights in SOA’s new building are LED (Light Emitting Diode) fixtures. LED technology has many advantages over compact fluorescent lighting in terms of efficiency, lamp life and disposal.

Proud Winner of Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement Award!

On April 20th, SOA’s new building was announced to be a winner in the “Innovative Best Practices” category for Columbia’s first annual Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement Award!

“Continuing the Conversation” from the Advancing Renewables Conference

On April 6th, SOA was proud to welcome attendees of the Advancing Renewables in the Midwest Conference! The conference, put on by MU and the City of Columbia, draws a great crowd of experts and advocates in the Renewable Energy field from around Missouri and beyond.

Building “ECO-Systems”

Here’s a sneak peek at the “ECO-Systems” that will make up SOA’s new home.

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