Russian Report and Slideshow

May 27th, 2015

Well folks, now that we're back from our trip and adjusting to the time change, we've been doing a lot of reflecting. Check out the Leaflet for all my city summaries (Moscow, Perm, Yekaterinburg, and Chelyabinsk) and for a wonderful, insightful reflection from Deanna. Below, I offer our final repor[...]

Deanna's Russian Reflections

May 27th, 2015

Reflection. Cold, intimidating, and stuck in the 1960’s.  These were my pre-conceived notions of what Russia would be like. Nothing could have been farther from the truth. During the two weeks I spent in Russia with my colleagues, I learned that Russia is actually quite progressive, the weather was[...]

Financing Green – Putting an End to Value Engineering for Green Building

May 26th, 2015

I recently heard Jeremy Kalin deliver the lunchtime keynote talk at the Minnesota Impact! Conference hosted by the Minnesota Green Building Conference. He had some thoughts that I thought were worth sharing. Jeremy titled his talk: Financing Green – Putting an End to Value Engineering for Green Bui[...]

Wrapping Up GBA's Green Building Tour in Chelyabinsk

May 25th, 2015

The final stop on our Russian green building tour was Chelyabinsk, an industrial city three hours south of Yekaterinburg. Driving past the factories on the city's border evoked images of Pittsburgh in its industrial heyday, making this a perfect stop for our educational exchange. Our hosts in Chely[...]


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