Hemp as Building Material, Part 2

Posted on Dec 27, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Hemp as Building Material Part 2 From doubting to touting By Brett Marlo DeSantis It is environmentally friendly, easy to use and long lasting. How does hemp become a real building material? In 1938, Popular Mechanics Magazine reported: From the farmer’s point of view, hemp is an easy crop to grow and will yield from […]

Cultivate culture by salvaging structures. Part one.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

“Protect the past. Shape the future.”-DAH&P By Brett Marlo DeSantis   Why would we want to preserve buildings? Well, frankly it’s a good thing; good for you, your community, your pocketbook, our nation and our environment. Whether it’s a house, barn, theater, notable fishing site, garden, sculpture or commercial building, we quite literally shape the […]

Transport yourself…

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Gain time, relax and enjoy your trip. By Brett Marlo DeSantis Will you peddle a bike? Or go for a hike? Would you forgo your car if the trip was not far? Would you get on a bus if it wasn’t a fuss? Take a trip on a trolley, and bring your friend Wallie? Every […]

Designing walkable communities Part 2

Posted on May 30, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Gig Harbor, you walked + reconsidered Designing walkable communities Part 2 Check out what your fellow citizens think of our downtown! By Brett Marlo DeSantis In February, you were invited to join the City of Gig Harbor & the Downtown Waterfront Alliance in conducting a walking audit of our downtown. We thank you for your […]

Are you certifiable?

Posted on Apr 25, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

By Brett Marlo DeSantis It’s in our history and nature to award a decorative object as a sign of our success. Today, we give every child a ribbon because they gave it try. They practiced and participated. It’s showing up that takes the most effort, right? I’m currently a soccer mom, and I want a […]

Water: it’s everywhere, right?

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

By Brett Marlo DeSantis While it’s not as sexy as “The Ice Bucket Challenge,” the clean water challenge is essential to our survival. LID, Low Impact Development or GIS, Green Infrastructure Systems, call for us to implement strategies that attempt to ensure our survival through Best Management Practices (BMPs) in our built environment. While this […]

Designing Walkable Communities

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism, Uncategorized

Home redefined + reconsidered: Designing walkable communities By Brett Marlo DeSantis When people ask about your home, what do you say? Do you comment upon the structure you live in, the neighborhood, or your location within the community? By definition, your home is the place where you live. So, why did you choose where you live? […]

Why is tiny so BIG?

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Why tiny is so BIG? By Brett Marlo DeSantis In my parent’s generation size represented wealth. Bigger was always better. Now we know that’s simply not true. The more space you have, the more problems you have, whether you can afford them or not. Bigger is not an indicator of quality of life. Today, the […]

What makes a city sustainable?

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Part Two: What makes a city sustainable? By Brett Marlo DeSantis In part one, we discussed creating livable cities fostering connectivity, creating jobs and thriving economies bustling with locals and tourists. The City of Vancouver knows how to do just that. They recently won a World Green Building Council Government Leadership Award for Best Green […]

Building trends on what resale depends

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Building trends on what resale depends By Brett Marlo DeSantis I love to keep you in the know so this month let’s talk about trends. I aim to enlighten in 650 words or less! The design build industry is taking hold of sustainability trends and employing them in a various ways. Let’s begin with the […]