Greening Asia

Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture

By : Nirmal Kishnani


In the past decade Asia's building sector has slowly come around to the idea of the Green building. The movement has picked up pace since 2005 with the introduction of, at last count, 13 national Green building assessment tools. Despite a steep rise in the number of certified buildings, the approach to Greening is fragmented and cautious at best.

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When Less is More

When you have LESS of CARS running around even for a day then you have MORE of cleaner air.


The Pasig City Government invites every one to experience the Bike Day, Health Day, Carless Day. This commences on the 3rd of June 2012 and every Sunday thereafter at F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Brgy. San Antonio, Pasig City at 6:00 am.

Bike. Run. Skate. Walk. Exercise. Eat. Recycle.
Bonding time with family, friends and the community.

See you there.

Organized by Pasig City Mayor Bobby C. Eusebio and City Council through CENRO-TPMO with co-organizers: Brgy San Antonio, Ortigas Center Association Inc., Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center, Inc., Partnership for Clean Air, DENR, Firefly Brigade.

Please contact: Raquel C. Austria-Naciongayo (CENRO) / 09088800375
Lilia Samar at 628 4260/ 09215395081
Email Address:

Partners: The Law of Nature Foundation, Office of the Presidential Adviser on Climate Change, MMDA, ADB, The Rotary Club 3800, OCLP, ABMOCI, TIKLOP, Folding Bikes Pilipinas Wow Pinay, Pasig Host Lion’s Club (301-D2), CYCAD, Ateneo School of Government and other civil society groups
“Building a city for the people”

Carwash Without Wasting Water

Every now and then, we come across businesses or products that are Filipino-driven or Philippine-produced and which are earth-friendly, green or sustainable. These we feature in this website to support them, thus encourage the use of such alternative products or encourage patronage of such innovative enterprises. We also hope to encourage like-minded and like-hearted would-be entrepreneurs to follow the same course.

Do you know that washing cars consume about 77 gallons of water? What a waste!? "To save water, let's not wash our cars." I could hear a big howl of NOOOs. Rightfully so. It's like saying, "To save water, let's not shower." As much as there is a need to conserve water, cleanliness and hygiene remain important----indespensible "wants", if debatably "needs". The solution exists in the form of ....


... WASHBOi WATERLESS Carwash Products. Before this post turn out to be a complete advertisement, I'll provide the direct link to the actual ad: CLICK HERE to view AD.

You'll find there the details, special features, photos, how to use, how to purchase, etc. We're just glad to tell you about them. Support green products and green enterprises. Doing so will, even in our consumptive ways, help in our drive to making this earth of ours a greener, healthier, and happier home.


Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.-Psalm 51:7

Low on Cost High on Sustainability

This is the lecture the Philippines need. The bulk of the so called "housing backlog" consists of low cost housing for the majority of the population.

Should it be more challenging to incorporate "green" elements in smaller and cheaper houses? I guess it should, and that's why this lecture interests me a lot. Green developments are often thought to be costly to build or to realize. If the need for low cost houses are great, and if they are designed to be sustainable, then this would have a BIG positive impact. Developers should take notes. They should attend this presentation.

Green low cost

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It's More Fun in the Philippines: Earth Hour 2012

Switching off lights is indeed more fun in the Philippines, where millions join you in the temporary darkness. Smiles do sparkle in the dark. Family and friends, neighbors and strangers, all come together, to participate yearly, in cheerful mood. It must be the spirit of the "bayanihan." Group volunteerism, working unified, demonstrating "people power" --- that's where we Filipinos shine the brightest.

It has been, in fact, consecutive years already that the Philippines has been topping all the other countries in terms of participating towns and cities. Should this year be any different? I would love to see more of us joining than in the previous years, but if other countries do beat us in the numbers game, that'd be great for us all, right? It's all about sending the message to more people. We are all responsible for our planet.


Official Earth Hour 2012 Video


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