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January 31 2012

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in Mammoth Lakes, California

January 31st, 2012Posted by 

“Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” or LEED, is an obvious standard in environmental design and Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, CA strives to maintain its natural resources while attempting to accommodate thousands of tourists. The LEED standard was established by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1993 as a national environmental rating system to […]

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January 17 2012

Geothermal Energy Development in Mammoth Lakes, California

January 17th, 2012Posted by 

Geothermal energy is making the news around the world as the most reliable source of renewable energy. Geothermal energy comes from heat in the Earth’s core which was generated when the  planet was formed as well as from the radioactive decay of minerals. Historically, this energy could only be harnessed near the Earth’s tectonic plates, […]

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January 03 2012

The Whitmore Track Project: Attracting Athletes to High Altitudes in Mammoth Lakes, Califonia

January 3rd, 2012Posted by 

How can a world-renowned ski resort town attract world-class athletes in the summer time? The answer is a top-notch sports field facility. For Mammoth Lakes, California this project is called The Whitmore Park Track and Sports Field Project, a joint effort by the High Sierra Striders and the Town of Mammoth Lakes to be completed by […]

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December 20 2011

Environmental Design: A Look At The Swall Institute in Mammoth Lakes, California

December 20th, 2011Posted by 

Looking for an environmentally friendly, quiet, workspace surrounded by the serenity of nature? The Swall Institute is your answer. A small residence designed for flexible use, located outside of Mammoth Lakes, California, The Swall Institute acts as an incubation space for individuals and groups who work better when they have access to the great outdoors.  […]

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November 23 2011

Alternative Modes: Public Transportation, Walkability, and Skiability

November 23rd, 2011Posted by 

The discussion of alternative modes of transportation has pervaded comprehensive planning as we strive to create more sustainable communities. Bikeable, walkable communities, improve health, increase civic participation, reduce carbon emissions, and much more. Alternative transportation has become more important to us. Cutting edge websites that calculate the walkability of places now allow us to compare […]

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November 08 2011

Sustainable Tourism: How to Mitigate the Effects of Tourist Populations in Resort Communities

November 8th, 2011Posted by 

Sustainable tourism may seem like an oxymoron. Historically, tourism has resulted in environmental and cultural degradation across the globe. While a diversified economy remains optimal, many places depend heavily on tourism. Locations with delicate natural environments such as the rain forests of Brazil, the coral reefs of Australia, and the plains of Africa often suffer […]

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