12-year-old Makes Homeless Shelter from Trash

[social_buttons] Well, this is a bit of fresh air, especially with tween news like Baby-Faced Boy Alfie Patten Is Dad At 13. 12-year-old Max Wallack stole the show at Design Squad’s Trash to Treasure contest with his “Home Dome.” The contest asked kids to repurpose trash into practical inventions.

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Japan Opens Environmentally Friendly Ice-Free Skating Rink

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/MLtgJiypCWg&hl=en&fs=1] [social_buttons] A unit of Mitsubishi Plastics Inc. is providing panels for artificial skating rinks that require absolutely no ice. The petro-based resin panels are made in Spain, measuring 1.965 meters by 0.965 meter, and are available for both domestic ice skating and hockey rinks. Um…one ice skating rink, please. Hold the ice.

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Harvard Offers Students Sustainable LEED Certified Dorms

In keeping with Harvard’s university-wide commitment to sustainable building practices and campus operations, the university has just completed graduate housing that is set to achieve a high level of LEED certification. The 115,000 sq ft project houses 215 beds in over 30 different suite types, and includes a faculty director’s suite, a fitness room, study lounge spaces, a multipurpose room, and a garage that extends under the building. The swanky housing is packed with renewable bamboo flooring, considered wall paneling,…

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