Category Archives: Sustainability

Climate Positive Design – APDW’s commitment for a better tomorrow

November 25, 2020

“If not us, then who? If not now, then when? We’ve read about the raging fires, melting ice caps, rising seas, hurricanes, droughts and record increase in temperatures. We’ve started to educate ourselves on the the climate crisis. We’ve adopted electric cars, recycled and biodegradable products, and urban gardens – but even so, our built…

Climate Strike: San Rafael Activists on the Streets

September 20, 2019

Today, thousands of young protesters were out in the streets to alert the severity of climate change to send a strong message to global leaders headed to the U.N. Climate Action Summit, which begins tomorrow. We were very inspired and pleased to meet and hear the passionate young voices demanding rights for immediate action, right…

APDW Stand With Greta

August 20, 2019

We, APDW, #StandWithGreta and pledge to 1. support those who wish to participate in the Climate Strike on September 20 2. encourage our firm members to be Citizen Architects 3. share our pledge with our clients, consultants, and suppliers On August 20, 2018, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg walked out of her Stockholm school and stood in…

APDW joins California Green Business Network

August 2, 2019

APDW is now a certified California Green Business. This means that our studio environment complies with the environmental regulations in the areas of waste, energy, water, pollution prevention, and air quality. We believe that our daily habits and decisions such as using LED light fixtures, recycled papers and ink, non-toxic cleaners, compost bins might be…

Breaking Ground on a Ground Breaking Design at SFSU

February 1, 2019

Cranes and construction fences have popped up at the corner of Valera and Holloway Avenue near SFSU where the new Holloway Avenue Student Housing and Mixed Use Building broke ground, December 3, 2018. APDW has been working with Gould Evans Architecture on a new landscape and building that “stitches” together the surrounding neighborhood with the existing…

Have You Ever Wondered?

September 29, 2018

Have you ever wondered how these are all connected? They’re all part of SITESv2 Materials Credits! Come join April Philips, Hunter Beckham, and Meg Calkins at the 2018 ASLA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia to find out more. SITES Materials Credits for Project Life Cycle: Deconstruction, Reuse, Specification, & Maintenance SAT-A11 October 20th  11 am- 12:30 pm Room 122


September 21, 2018

Last week the Paris Accord came to San Francisco. The Bay Area erupted in excitement as some of the greatest minds came together to strategize on how to save Mother Earth.  The Global Climate Action Summit 2018 was a wonderful opportunity to bring climate action to the forefront of everyday conversation. So often it is…