Ideas and Insights

Mount Vernon Carriage House progress

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After an extensive structural repair to the northwest corner of this former warehouse and office space, the building is finally getting a facade worthy of its historic Mount Vernon location. We incorporated windows we salvaged from the existing structure, wooden doors from Housewerks architectural salvage, and new millwork to create a balanced composition. When complete, it will be a home and art gallery. Previously it had been a dilapidated commercial address with imposing recessed steel doors, rusted steel window grates, and a cracked and sinking northwest corner.

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How to Cool Off Your Roof

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(Image courtesy of EnergyReady, a program of Baltimore’s Civic Works) Imagine lying on your roof, in a black outfit, on a sunny afternoon, in the middle of July.  OK, you can go back inside now where your air conditioner is working WAY harder than it has to.  That hot roof, however, means more than just higher energy bills.  It also means your roof is going to degrade faster from baking in the sun. And it can contribute heat to the whole neighborhood. How Hot Is Your Roof Right Now? Some roofs are much hotter than others.  Factors that can affect how much heat it absorbs are: Pitch....

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The 10 Easiest Ways to Make Your Home Greener

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To make your home greener, you don't have to put sod on your roof, collect rain water in a cistern, and use a composting toilet. Not that there’s anything wrong with those things. But there are a few, far simpler ways to start making your home green. When I was studying for my LEED exam, I was surprised by some of the simple changes you can make that can have a big impact. Making your home greener is not just about being environmentally responsible, but will also pay off by improving the health and quality of your life. Here are 10 things you can do today: Change your furnace filters. When’s...

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Bill Bradley’s American Voices

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Martin Marren was interviewed for former Senator Bill Bradley's Sirius XM radio show about Adventure Philanthropy, and told the story of his playground building effort in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam:

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Our Roadmonkey Expedition on CNN International

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CNN's Natalie Allen covers our playground building effort for CNN International's Freedom Project:  

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