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  • "Our Tinderbox World: Wildfires and Risk Reduction," an essay published by Resilience (a publication of the Post Carbon Institute), January 2024. (An earlier version of it was published on the U.S. Green Building Council's Redwood Empire Chapter website, along with a list of related articles and an annotated list of resource links on wildfire risk reduction and fire ecology, 2021.)

  • Numerous pieces published on the MotherEarthNews.com blog, 2010 - 2014

  • Case study on Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Sustainable Infastructure and Energy Initiative, which received a 2014 UC/CSU Best Practices Award. Written on behalf of the UC Berkeley Green Building Research Center / Lehrer Design, Summer 2014

  • Case study on the University of California—Santa Cruz Campus' Water Efficiency and Water Management Improvements, a program that received a 2012 UC/CSU Best Practices Award. Written on behalf of the UC Berkeley Green Building Research Center / Lehrer Design, Fall 2012

  • Green Operations & Maintenance Manual for the Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority, along with a Healthy Home Guide for SMHA Residents, written for the Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority, December 2011

  • Case studies on two of the projects that received the 2010 UC/CSU/CCC Best Practices Award: UC Irvine's Medical Education Building, and CSU Sacramento's American River Courtyard residence hall. Written on behalf of the UC Berkeley Green Building Research Center / Lehrer Design, January 2011

  • "Sustainable Site Selection: Choosing the Best Lot to Develop," article on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities website, June 2010

  • "Tips for Switching to High-Efficiency Toilets, Showerheads, and Faucets," article on GreenHomeGuide.com, Summer 2010

  • Green Design report for the David Brower Center; parts of the report were excerpted for the Green Features section of the building's interactive "dashboard" (displayed on a screen in the lobby and online), Summer 2009

  • "Coastal California Kit Home Gets a Sustainable Renovation and Addition—Pacifica, CA," case study on GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, February 23, 2009

  • "Trailblazing Solar Home Made of Composite ICFs—Cannon Beach, Oregon," case study on GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, February 17, 2009

  • "Green Homes on Display in West Marin," West Marin Citizen, September 11, 2008

  • Responses to three questions (regarding brick, eco-friendly furniture, and green information resources for builders) featured in GreenHomeGuide.com's Ask a Pro column, posted on January 22, 2008

  • "Chemical cleaners can introduce poisons, health risks into the home," San Francisco Chronicle, September 22, 2007

  • A chapter and a case study in the book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, edited by Global Green USA (Island Press, 2007)

  • Articles on green building and healthy housecleaning / natural cleaners in Natural Home magazine's Special Resource Guide issue, July/August 2007

  • Green Affordable Housing: An Overview, a three-page summary distributed to attendees of a symposium on Sustainable Design: New Directions for Affordable Housing, held at the National Building Museum in Washington DC, May 30, 2007

  • Green Operations and Maintenance Manual for The Plaza Apartments: Best Practices for a Healthy and High-Performance Building;
    Healthy Home Guide for Residents of The Plaza Apartments;
    and template versions of both manuals that can be customized for other projects.
    Published by Enterprise Community Partners for the San Francisco Green Communities program, Summer 2006

  • "The Green Building Evolution," a commentary in Environmental Design + Construction magazine (in the annual "Perspectives on Sustainable Design" section), December 2005

  • "Better Places to Live," an article on sustainable neighborhoods and communities in GreenTech, a supplement to Urban Land magazine, October 2005

  • "Selecting Healthy and Environmentally Sound Paints," an article on GreenHomeGuide.com, posted August 2005 (Contributing author and researcher)

  • "From a Movement to Mainstream Practice," a commentary published on GreenHomeGuide.com, posted March–June 2005

  • Tools of the Trade: Practical Tools for Green Building Design and Analysis, a 125-page guide (also known as the Green Building Toolkit), which was available on CD-ROM or as a PDF download, City and County of San Francisco / Global Green USA, 2003

  • "Top Three Materials for Healthy Home Remodeling," an article on ENN.com, October 2003, and on KQED.org, April 2003

  • Radio commentary: "Commodified Oxygen," on public radio's Living on Earth, July 4, 2003 (and re-aired January 2, 2004)

  • Truckee (Alder Creek) Middle School: A CHPS High-Performance Demonstration School, a case study published by the California Integrated Waste Management Board, 2003

  • Colorado Court, Santa Monica, a case study for Global Green USA's Greening Affordable Housing series, 2002

  • "Our Indoor Air," and "Top Three Materials for Healthy Home Remodeling," articles for HealthyHomePlans.com, 2001 and 2003

  • Radio story: A profile of entrepreneur John Reid, the owner of an innovative "bioshelter" greenhouse in western Massachusetts that combines fish farming with hydroponic agriculture; on public radio's Living on Earth, April 14, 2000

  • Radio story: A profile of Troy Hurtubise, the eccentric inventor of a grizzly-bear-proof suit; on public radio's Living on Earth, November 5, 1999

  • Radio segments: Miriam wrote more than fifty almanacs for Living on Earth shows between 3/13/98 and 3/10/00, on an eclectic assortment of topics, covering historical events, natural phenomena, animals, plants, people, places, and things.

  • Breaking Through the Barriers to Sustainable Building: Insights from Building Professionals on Government Initiatives to Promote Environmentally Sound Practices, Master's Thesis, Tufts University, 1999

  • Sustainable Building Resource Directory (co-authored with Angela Vitulli) and a summary report on the Austin Green Building Program, for the State of Massachusetts' Division of Capital Planning/Operational Services, 1998

  • City of Tucson's Comprehensive Water Conservation Strategies, case study #47 in the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives case study series, 1997

  • "The Risks of Creativity: Health Hazards at [UCSC's] Baskin Art Studios," City on a Hill Press, January 13, 1994

  • "What is the Meaning of 'The Golden Mean?'" Book review, City on a Hill Press, September 30, 1993

In earlier years, Miriam's articles were published in the Resource Renewal Institute's International Green Planner, ICLEI's Initiatives, a California Oak Foundation brochure, the Santa Cruz Ecology Action News, and the Ann Arbor Ecology Center's Ecology Reports.

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  • Reviewed and edited waste audit reports for more than a dozen commercial buildings (projects aiming for LEED or TRUE Zero Waste certification), on behalf of the consulting firm All About Waste, 2022 - 2023
    Role: Copediting and proofreading, writing/re-writing; some research and content strategy/advising

  • An annotated list of resource links (and articles) related to wildfire risk reduction and fire ecology, published on the U.S. Green Building Council's Redwood Empire Chapter website, 2021
    Role: Research and content organization

  • Reviewed and edited more than 30 different documents—including reports, newspaper articles, letters to the editor, newsletters, conference programs, flyers, grant proposals, and white papers—published by The Climate Center (formerly the Center for Climate Protection), on topics such as clean energy, solar power, electric vehicles, green business, community choice energy programs, youth climate leaders, a Just Transition, etc.: 2017 - 2020
    Role: Copyediting and proofreading

  • Edited two iterations of a full-length non-fiction book that was subsequently published, 2018 - 2019
    Role: Book copyediting and proofreading

  • Chapters 1-2 (and other sections) of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0, published by the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, January 2015
    Role: Copyediting

  • Written materials on Ecological/Alternative Pest Control and on Rainwater Harvesting, published by Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery, Fall 2014
    Role: Proofreading and some copyediting

  • Flavor magazine, published monthly by New Leaf Community Markets; February 2011 - March 2014
    Role: Proofreading and some copyediting

  • Various projects (related to green building/development, sustainable sites, LEED and CALGreen) for Simon & Associates Green Building Consultants, 2008 - 2012
    Role: Research, editing, and presentation content

  • "Green Building Resources" links webpage for the Global Green USA website, Summer 2010
    Role: Research and organization/preparation of content

  • Research on various subjects (e.g., green certifications and guidelines for housing and sustainable communities; LEED for Neighborhood Development certified projects; the Association of Bay Area Governments' policies and programs related to SB 375; and funding sources for green building and retrofit projects—for the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, 2009 - 2010
    Role: Research and writing

  • Preparation of case study content for print brochures, an interactive touch-screen display, and a lobby display board—developed by EduTracks—for two prominent LEED certified green buildings in the Bay Area, 2009-2010
    Role: Research and writing; project coordination; selection of photos

  • Several articles reviewed and updated for GreenHomeGuide.com, Fall 2009
    Role: Technical reviewer and editor

  • New section of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website, providing information on Green Homes. Content developed by Industrial Economics, Inc. and the EPA, 2009
    Role: Technical/expert reviewer; some editing

  • Energy Savings page on RESSAC Climate Control Technologies' website, Spring 2009
    Role: Research and draft writing

  • Green Homeowner Maintenance Guides and Homeowner Association Green Maintenance Reference manuals, created by Compendia, Inc., 2008: Made revisions and provided new content related to green operations and maintenance and green household/living practices (for green single-family homes and condominium developments, including LEED-H certified and GreenPoint Rated projects)
    Role: Editing, writing, consulting

  • U.S. Green Building Council's Northern California Chapter website content (Green Building Research and Publications sections): Solicited, coordinated, and edited case studies (on the Blach Intermediate School, CalPERS Headquarters, and Swinerton Headquarters projects), and developed a case study submission form, as well as lists of LEED certified buildings and other green buildings in the region, August 2007
    Coordination, research, and editing

  • Simon & Associates Green Building Consultants website content updates (for the Projects section and the Simon & Associates section webpages), August 2007
    Proofreading and coordination

  • Making Affordable Housing Truly Affordable: Advancing Tax Credit Incentives for Green Building and Healthier Communities, a report by Global Green USA, 2006

  • WestCoastGreen.com's "Recommended Links" webpage: An annotated directory of green building websites and resources, 2006
    Research and some writing

  • HealthyHomePlans.com's "Our Links" webpage: An annotated listing of healthy home and green building websites and resources, 2005
    Research and editing (and some writing)

  • Green Building Materials Selection and Specification Guide, developed by Global Green USA for the City of Santa Monica, 2002
    Copyediting (and some writing)

  • Green Buildings: Bringing Environmentally Sensitive Design to San Francisco, a report developed by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) association's Sustainable Development Committee, 2001
    Some research and writing (multiple contributors)

  • The State of the States: Assessing the Capacity of States to Achieve Sustainable Development Through Green Planning, a Resource Renewal Institute report, 2001
    Comprehensive copyediting (and some research)

  • Green Plans: Working Strategies for a Sustainable Future—A Primer, a Resource Renewal Institute report, 2001

  • Local Initiatives: ICLEI Members in Action, 1993-1995, a book published by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, 1995
    Copyediting and production assistance

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Miriam Landman produced more than fifteen interviews (discussions between the show host and guests) and edited the interviews' audio tracks for public radio's Living on Earth. The pieces covered political news, environmentally and socially responsible business practices, consumer affairs, sustainable communities and development, and popular culture topics. The transcripts and audio can be found online by doing an archive search by date or topic at www.loe.org. The interview guests, topics, and air dates were:
  • Svend Holst, reporter for the Empire, the daily newspaper in Juneau, Alaska, on the impacts of cruise ships on Juneau's environment and population, and the town's proposed head tax on cruise ship passengers. (9/24/99)

  • Mike Matz, Executive Director of the Utah Wilderness Alliance, on the federal Wilderness Act and the growing grassroots movement for wilderness designation. (9/10/99)

  • Jennifer Price, author of Flight Paths: Adventures with Nature in Modern America, on how pop culture represents and uses nature. (7/16/99)

  • Margaret Bowman, Senior Director of the Dams Program at American Rivers, on the breaching of the Edwards Dam in Augusta, Maine. (7/2/99)

  • Ron Tipton, Director of U.S. Ecoregion Conservation for the World Wildlife Fund, and Michael Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army-Civil Works Division, on the proposed Everglades restoration plan. (6/25/99)

  • John Elkington, author of Cannibals with Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business. (6/11/99)

  • Warren Leon, Deputy Director of Programs at the Union of Concerned Scientists and co-author of The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices. (5/28/99)

  • Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface, Inc. and author of Mid-Course Correction, Toward a Sustainable Enterprise: The Interface Model. (11/27/98)

  • Betsy Lydon, Program Director at Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet, on the organization's list of ten must-eat-organic foods. (NPR Fall Fundraiser show, 1998)

  • Lynne Cherry, author of many children's books and Director of the Center for Children's Environmental Literature. (10/16/98)

  • Todd Wilkinson, author of Science Under Siege: The Politician's War on Nature and Truth, on the harassment of whistleblowers in federal resource agencies. (9/11/98)

  • Carl Frankel, author of In Earth's Company: Business, Environment, and the Challenge of Sustainability. (7/10/98)

  • Michael Ableman, author of On Good Land: The Autobiography of an Urban Farm, on an organic farm and education center in the middle of suburban development on the outskirts of Santa Barbara, California. (6/26/98)

  • Alan Weisman, author of Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, a book about a unique, experimental community in Colombia. (5/1/98)

Other pieces that Miriam produced for Living on Earth:

  • Wendell Berry, farmer and writer, reading from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry. (Series, Summer 1999)

  • Three Mile Island: An audio collage of media and pop culture allusions to the nuclear plant disaster, then and now. (3/26/99)

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