Entries by James Gilchrist

BUILD Des Moines Highlights COSC’s Work Towards Building a Green MLS in Des Moines

In their premier issue, BUILD Des Moines highlighted COSC’s work in building a Green MLS for Des Moines. According to several studies in recent years, green home building practices are expected to increase as much as 38% by 2016. And to help industry professionals promote these practices, Des Moines was one of only 30 real […]

Event Recap – ReStore Demonstration Day: Furnace Filters and Thermostats

On Saturday February 22nd, visitors at the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity ReStore had the chance to learn about furnace filters and thermostats from Green Iowa AmeriCorps members and COSC expert Silas Hoeppner. Over fifty people came out for the workshop and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Furnace filters can be a surprisingly tricky […]

Book Review: Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

Review by: Aaron Hammond Genre: Sustainability, Environment, Mind-Expanding Authors: Braungart, Michael and William McDonough Year published: 2002 Page count: 208 Synopsis: In Cradle to Cradle:Remaking the Way We Make Things Braungart and McDonough iterate the problems of the current industrial system. Its wastes should and could be reintroduced into the system as nutrients if it weren’t […]

Grow Your Green: You Have the Power!

Power up your energy efficiency with the Grow Your Green video series. Created by the Green Iowa AmeriCorps crew, these videos promote the Grow Your Green Workshop Series which take place at Des Moines’ Smokey Row Coffee Co. the last Thursday of every month. Upcoming topics include recycling and bike repair. The next event is […]

Article Highlighting COSC’s Deconstruction Initiative is Named “Best of 2013” by Sustainable City Network

In their quarterly publication highlighting the best and most popular posts on their website, Sustainable City Network featured an article on COSC’s deconstruction education initiatives. Read the article here Deconstruction is an important step towards sustainability as it diverts a huge amount of waste from landfills and allows the reuse of high quality lumber and […]

NFC Case Study: The Freeses of Beaverdale

Marlyn and Roberta Freese’s Beaverdale home is a charming place, with that classic Beaverdale brick look and fun ornamentation. A picture window on the front adds a charm to the second floor. Around the back is a deck with a swinging loveseat overlooking their backyard and garage. Alongside these outdoor comforts, you might also notice […]

Iowa’s Governor and the White House Recognize National Service

On a snowy Monday morning Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a new Executive Order recognizing the importance of volunteerism to the state of Iowa. The press conference highlighted COSC and Green Iowa AmeriCorps with their work in the Save Some Green Neighborhood Initiative spreading energy efficiency education in Des Moines neighborhoods. Branstad’s order establishes a […]