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Guest Post: The Trend of Sustainability & Businesses Creating an Impact

I would like to thank Kenny Myers for this guest contribution about the trend toward sustainability. – GM According to some so-called experts, green building and sustainable technologies are nothing more than a fad and fossil fuels will undoubtedly make a return. However, it’s hard to believe that rhetoric when so many businesses and homeowners are…

1st TalkSolar + CleanTechnica Podcast!

For those wanting to stay current about solar energy, this is a good program to watch. This is the press release. As announced the other day, TalkSolar and CleanTechnica have teamed up for TalkSolar’s second season. The first show was on Thursday (shows are broadcast live on Thursdays at noon EST / 9 am PST on…

Bulgarian Syngas Project Launches Construction

Karlovo Power Plant Will Turn Syngas Derived from Straw and Wood Wastes into Cleaner, More Reliable and Economic Electricity Bulgarian plans to use alternative fuels for generating sustainable electricity are now taking shape, following the start of construction of the Karlovo integrated gasified biomass power plant. When completed the plant will distribute cleaner electricity, using…

How to Really Celebrate Earth Hour Every Day [Infographic]

I’ve got a confession to make: I’ve lost my enthusiasm for Earth Hour (which is tonight). I’m not alone: I’ve seen many of my fellow green bloggers expressing everything from low motivation to outright disdain for the notion of turning off your…

Park Passive House / NK Architects

This is an eye-turning passive house design, thanks to the design from Marie Ljubojevic and Lauren McCunney at NK Architects. Of note, this home uses 75 to 80 percent less energy than homes built to current code standards. Read words from the architects below this photograph. From the architect. Park Passive is Seattle’s first certified Passive…

Norway’s Rocket Growth In Electric Car Sales (Chart)

Since we have published useful information today pertaining to electric cars, it seems appropriate to publish this chart from CleanTechnica. Thanks to Zachary Shahan. We are excited to witness the growth of the EV industry. Following up on the European EV market share charts I just shared a few moments ago, here’s one more great…

Waste Management Extraordinaire: Compost Islands In New York City

We already knew that New York City had huge problems with managing trash for some 8.3 million residents: there is little or nothing left nearby in the way of landfills for trash disposal. Present Architecture and the Green Loop project features a very appealing solution for managing part of the city’s trash, the organic kind….

Solar Power: Idea to Reality to the Future

Thanks to David Glenn for providing this thoughtful article on solar power. Energy is expensive. Thanks to the laws of thermodynamics, it’s just not possible to get more energy out of a system than you put in. Thus, when it comes to generating power, you’ll always be stuck with a bad investment. However, there is…

Guest Post: Are Energy Systems Really Focused on Sustainability?

As the focus for sustainability has been gaining strength throughout the last decade, many developers are trying to accommodate the mindset. Standardized rating systems provide a measure for those developers to strive for in order to connect to a growing market need. While some of these rating systems may have some good points to them,…

Integrys Energy Services Partners with Clean Power Finance for First Residential Solar Investments

Leading Energy Supply and Services Company Uses the CPF Market to Further Invest in Distributed Solar Clean Power Finance (CPF) and Integrys Energy Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), a leading Midwestern utility holding company, today announced the creation of a residential solar finance fund through the CPF Market®, an online platform that…

Guest Post: How To Build Your Own Solar Panels

Thanks to Agnes Jimenez, for providing this post on how to build your own solar panels. There is no second opinion about the enormous benefits of solar electricity. With the ever rising prices of fuel and hence the on-grid electricity, the only viable option we are left with is to switch to the off-grid solar…

Meet a Modern Yurt: Ed Ryan’s circHouse

Special thanks to Ed Ryan, developer of the circhouse, for providing GBE with this guest post. The circHouse is a durable, easily constructed, multi-use building which has been designed to serve many functions, among them, humanitarian and relief housing, offices for medical facilities, storage and logistics applications, and recreational, resort and lifestyle uses. The basic…

Modular Design Lab: Meet the Flat-Packed Honeycombed HIVEHAUS

Here is an interesting way to approach building an easy-to-assemble living space, configured to be as small or large as you wish. HIVEHAUS, a new concept in modular living space – “inspired by nature- influenced by modernism and constructed using unconventional building techniques,” writes the UK-based company. Each hexagonal HIVEHAUS cell is a self-contained unit…

Coolest Passive Cooling Tower You'll Ever See

Walk into the lobby of the Neot Semadar Art Center on the Neot Semadar Kibbutz in the Arava region of Israel, and you’ll feel like you’ve just walked into an air-conditioned oasis in the middle of a scorching desert. Which you have…except for the A/C part. As part of  Kinetis-organized tour of Israel’s key sustainability sites,…

Books: "The Solar House" – by Anthony Denzer

Tony Denzer recently wrote to see if we were interested in writing something about his new book, “The Solar House – Pioneering Sustainable Design.” We are glad we came across this pertinent work, especially for those wanting to know more about the history of solar. As Denzer aptly points out, “Few people are aware of…

Guest Post: Solar Panels and You – Do They Really Make a Difference?

This guest post about solar panels has been written by Kurt Dowdle at Hayden Homes. Thanks much for adding your perspective. If you ever want to jump into an argument so heated it could turn into a bar fight, start talking about solar energy. If you want to skip the brawl however, just go to…

Case Study: Eagleyew – A High Efficiency Natural Building on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada

The Story of Eagleyew: A High Efficiency Natural Building on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada I’m pleased to say that I have been building Natural Buildings for a number of years now. My work has taken me up and down the West coast of North America, with a focus in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been calling…

Can Solar Energy Help Save Greece?

What happens to renewable energy programs in a country that gets whacked by a full-scale debt crisis, like the one that struck Greece beginning in 2009 — do the programs whither and die in the winds of austerity? And how do people view such programs when many of them can’t afford to heat their houses?