Jared Blum

A crisis of opportunity

During a recent visit to Puerto Rico, I hiked in El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rain forest in the National Forest System. Although the lush foliage, waterfalls and rivers were abundant, one essential element of the ecosystem was… Read More

Improving Disaster Mitigation Strategies

Read full article here This past January, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), a non-governmental, non-profit organization, reported that for every dollar spent on mitigation efforts to protect the built environment from the ravages of natural disasters, six dollars… Read More

A Worthy Initiative

During a recent visit to Penn State University, University Park, Pa., President Obama introduces the Better Buildings Initiative – a multipronged effort designed to make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy-efficient during the next decade.