Today's news headlines are rife with warnings of environmental meltdown, spelling out the dire consequences of failing to reduce, if not reverse, the carbon footprint of our daily lives.
So a non-profit organization known as the Green Log Awards, together with the Environment News Service, have set out to turn the headlines and the outcome around.
To provide both information and inspiration for building a healthier home environment, the inaugural GREEN LOG Home and Lifestyle Awards have been founded as a "bottom up" social media initiative to engage Internet users and connect individual home owners with the products, services, and websites that are "Building a Greener World One Home at a Time."
From home energy systems to home furnishings, green building processes and materials to landscaping, and from the best blogs to get helpful tips on healthier living to the best podcasts and television shows, the 2008 GREEN LOG Home & Lifestyle Awards are awarding the Green Log emblem to nominees, finalists and winners.
Voting for the Finalists of the 2008 GREEN LOG Home and Lifestyle Awards will be open to the public beginning in April at polling places on blogs and Websites around the Web. A voting widget makes it possible. The public will be able to choose from among dozens of outstanding eco-sustainable solutions and learn more about the companies who make them.
Green Log Awards co-founder Jim Young, who is also the president of PrecisionCraft Log Homes, is about as organic a builder as it gets. "Log Homes are actually the most natural, organic and environmentally sustainable dwellings in the history of homebuilding," said Young, who is also the incoming president of the Log Homes Council for the National Association of Home Builders. "So we appreciate that how a home is made and what goes into maintaining a green home and a green lifestyle are paramount."
According to Tim Schafer, Lead Architect at co-founder, Mountain Architects, "Every green building project begins with thoughtful design and planning. In fact, the majority of the work and attention to green building occurs in the design of the home." With the right design in place, the next step is to ensure the home is built and finished with green, environmentally friendly products and systems."
The Environment News Service, a global news bureau and wire service reporting on all aspects of the environment, is lending its expertise in judging and advisory services in the selection and awards process. ENS is at ens-newswire.com.
Behind every great initiative, there are a host of great sponsors. For Green Log Awards, the sponsors are champions for the best in environmentally sustainable green products, green solutions and green knowledge from the worlds of publishing, media and entertainment.
Chase Home Finance is proud to be part of an emerging market focus towards energy efficient homes. Chase customers including energy efficient improvements to their homes can now qualify for "Green Mortgages" which offer a reduction in their closing costs. Chase Home Finance is pleased to offer this savings which in turn is helping to make homes more affordable.
Home Buyer Publications, a division of Active Interest Media, publishes Log Home Living, Log Home Design, Timber Home Living, Building Systems, Old-House Journal and New Old House magazines, produces The Log & Timber Home Shows & Seminars, loghome.com, and individual magazine websites. Home Buyer is dedicated to educating consumers, in print, in person and interactively, about the ways they can build and restore greener, more sustainable, earth-friendly and healthier homes. It is their goal is to incorporate 'green' content into everything they do.
Media Affiliates: Ecological Home Ideas regularly delivers innovative ideas you can use to build a healthier home for your family. Learn how to save money and your family's health by building or remodeling green. For all the right products, builders and techniques, subscribe at ecologicalhomeideas.com/.
Green Building Journal is where leaders in green building can share their ideas, experience and information with each other and those builders interested in entering the field. Green Building Journal is hosted at BuildGreenRadio.com and is part of the BuilderRadio Media Network in association with J. Rouleau & Associates, LLC