Gaines Group Architects
LEED Farmhouse

Happy Earth Day – We Have a Lot of Work to Do!

Here we are again, another Earth Day. There is always more to do, but here is some of the projects we have done that are geared towards reducing environmental impacts. First EarthCraft house in Virginia (one of six built at the same time to pilot the program out of Southface.)...
Parklet Project

Happy Earth Day – Time to Celebrate!

Happy Earth Day Рit is time to celebrate! On this 45th anniversary of Earth Day the movement has become a global phenomenon. Progress has been made towards protecting our environment. According to the EPA, the aggregate emissions of six major air pollutants have dropped...

How green am I, better than some, but still work to do…

As an architect, I pride myself in being able to help people save money, live healthier, and conserve resources. I have used the terms, green design, sustainable design, and eco-friendly design to describe what I know how to do for my clients. The knowledge I have about these...

How the First Earth Day Came About From Senator Gaylord Nelson

Another Earth Day: The History of the Movement In the 1970’s a movement started. Americans started noticing our impact on the surrounding environment, so Earth Day 1970 was created. The idea started with Senator Gaylord Nelson after seeing the impacts of a massive oil spill...

When I lose focus I look to Pooh Bear

As I look out from under the deadlines and phone messages, I find it hard to stay positive that my work is making a difference. Is anyone listening? Am I just adding to the background noise that blinds us from making this moment in time the point at which we come together as a...