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Urban Farming Reuse Idea: Chicken Coop Cabinet

Been thinking about urban chickens? Thanks to Rhonda from EcoLocalizer for this post. [repostus]Urban Farming Reuse Idea: Chicken Coop Cabinet (via EcoLocalizer) As our planet’s finite resources continue to dwindle, creating new ways to reuse or repurpose unneeded items is becoming an increasingly popular and smart idea. A discarded plastic bottle can become anything from […]

June 6th

Progressive Housing by LAS at Young Harris College

Going through architectural and design school, you are told repeatedly to pick a concept and follow it through. This concept can be a specific design element such as a circle, a play in textures or a fictitious illusion such as dreaming. The architectural team for the redevelopment of the Young Harris College (YHC) found a […]

Conventions: Energy Harvesting & Storage USA; November 19 – 20

Upcoming energy conventions. News from Energy Harvesting & Storage: Register by Friday, June 6, 2014 for our biggest attendee discount – 50% – Located back in California at the Santa Clara Convention Center, this growing event – which increased by over 20% in 2013 – will encompass the commercialization and progress of energy harvesting […]

June 4th

Just Found! The Oldest Solar Device in the World

Special thanks to author John Perlin for this contribution about what is believed to be the world’s oldest solar device – a solar ignitor, or yang-sui . The material comes from Perlin’s recently published book, Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy. During the sixth century BCE, Confucius wrote about the common use of […]

June 3rd

Energy Benchmarking Survey Announced

This information comes from Resource Media. Subject: Online survey intended to reach building owners on assisting cities in outreach and communication concerning local energy benchmarking ordinances. Seattle, WA: Nonprofit public relations firm Resource Media is tapping into the minds of building owners with a new online survey in an effort to help cities improve outreach […]

May 19th

The Green Deal: Adding Up The Sums Before Signing Up

One of the biggest roadblocks to improving a home’s energy efficiency is finding a suitable way to pay for all the work needing to be done. The Green Deal is one lending program intended to help pay for such upgrades. Guest writer Adam Wilmer provides food for thought on the scope of this program. Most […]

May 16th

Where America’s Energy Goes

There is no shortage of opinions about energy issues in America, whether it concerns the use of fossil fuels or renewable energy technologies. When people start discussing America energy issues it is always helpful to be armed with facts. The following infographic on Where America’s Energy Goes does exactly that.   The facts and figures […]

May 13th

AIA’s Top Ten 2014 List

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its Top Ten Projects of 2014. In alphabetical order, they are: Arizona State University Student Health Services Building Bud Clark Commons Bushwick Inlet Park Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (EGWW) Gateway Center – SUNY-ESF John and Frances Angelos Law Center Sustainability Treehouse The David and Lucile Packard […]

Solar Installations Planned at Additional 50 UK Schools by CBD Energy

Underlining its commitment to sustainability within UK schools, global renewable energy company CBD Energy Limited (‘CBD’), is set to launch a new tranche of Energy Bonds in the weeks ahead. Having completed a successful raise – in excess of £7.5m – with its last bond, the company partnered with ‘Power Your Future’, a schools’ sustainability programme, […]

April 30th

Trash Barn: Putting Waste Plastic to Good Use

[repostus]The Economic/Green Philosophy of a Trash Barn (via Green Building Elements) When Doug Eichelberger built a barn on his Larkspur, CO ranch out of plastic and paper that wasn’t even fit for the recycling trucks, he was a pioneer in experimentation with alternative building materials. And as important, materials that prove to…

April 24th