devices such as advanced HVAC control
strategies, the building at 10 G Street
N.E. has earned LEED (Leadership in
Energy Efficiency and Design) Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green
Building Council, the highest rank a
building can achieve.
The green roof on 10 G—located
between APA headquarters and Union
Station—is lined with small plants called
sedum that add a layer of insulation to
the building by absorbing the sun’s heat.
Inside, building managers have
reduced water use by installing low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads
and lower-flow flush valves on the
toilets. New technology installed
recently ensures that the building’s air
conditioning/heating system runs only at
the percentage needed at any given time.
“Earning this important certification demonstrates APA’s commitment
to sustainability and to being a part of
our nation’s clean energy transition,” says
Archie L. Turner, APA’s chief operating
and chief financial officer.
The next step? APA’s headquarters
building at 750 First Street N.E., which
has been LEED Gold Certified since
2013, is working toward platinum certification. Find more on LEED at www.
NEW TIMELY TALKS
FOR YOUR LISTENING
APA’s “Speaking of Psychology” podcast has several new install- ments. They include:
■ “How Politics Became So Uncivilized,”
with Jonathan Haidt, PhD. Political
elections ought to bring out the good
in people—aren’t they a chance to talk
about plans and hopes for the future?
But lately they have come to resemble
brawls on a playground. When did it
become OK to wave insulting signs at
rallies or call candidates ugly names?
Why are so many candidates focusing
on the personal instead of policy? In this
episode, Haidt talks about incivility in
politics and how psychological research
can help us understand each other a little better and return civility to politics.
■ “How To Talk To Teen Boys About
Dating And Sex,” with Andrew Smiler,
PhD. Parents know they need to tell
their boys something about sex but
often aren’t sure where to start. As a
result, television, friends and the internet often fill in the gaps, leading to
misconceptions about what it means to
be romantic and masculine. Smiler gives
advice on how to encourage boys to
become sexually responsible and mature
in their relationships.
■ “Born Bashful? Learning How to
Manage Shyness,” with Bernardo
Carducci, PhD. We’ve probably all
felt shy at one time or another, but for
some people, the shyness is so intense
it can keep them from interacting with
others even when they want or need
to—leading to problems in relationships
and even at work. Carducci gives advice
and tips to shy people who want to
understand and manage their reticence.
■ “Kids and Psychologists Team Up
To Learn From One Another,” with
Peter Blake, EdD. To understand how
children think and behave, psychologists
need to study them. Most of the time,
these experiments take place in university
labs or sometime in schools, but one
program is taking psychological science
into museums. Blake discusses the Living
Laboratory and how it’s breaking down
barriers between scientists and the public.
■ “Improving Health Care With Psychology,” with Elizabeth Brondolo, PhD.
Poverty greatly increases the risk of heart
disease, depression and stress, as do racism
and ethnic discrimination, according to
numerous psychological studies. Brondolo
discusses how psychologists are taking
those findings and using them in medical
settings to improve patients’ quality of care.
To listen to these podcasts and previous episodes, go to www.apa.org/research/
–Compiled by Monitor staff
APA’s green roof at 10 G St., NE.