Phillipines Angel of the Dump Helps People Transform the Liability of Rubbish into an Asset

Credit: moyerphotosKudos to Jane Walker! ‘Angel of the dump’ transforms lives in the Philippines (via AFP) In the midst of the Philippines’ most notorious slum, British expat Jane Walker transforms lives by turning rubbish into top-end fashion items. A unique four-story building houses the Philippine Christian Foundation, an organisation Walker founded 16 years ago to help scavengers at the Smokey Mountain…

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Guest Post: Fresh Water Through Hydraulic Jump

The ground is now covered by impervious streets and buildings, which do not allow rainwater to leech into the aquifer below. In some parts of the country the natural aquifers have been irreparably damaged due to over use without replenishment. The use of water is becoming more and more restricted every day. The recycling of water as part of the green movement is gaining popularity in the United States.

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Infographic on Smart Meters

Muhammad Saleem writes GBE: Hi guys, While utility companies claim smart meters can lower costs and improve service, many residents claim that smart meters lead to inaccurate billing and pose security and health risks. So what is the truth about smart meters? – that’s the question we’re trying to answer. I hope you’ll take a look at our piece and if you like it, please share it with your readers on Green Building Elements. Sincerely, Mu. msaleem@gmail.com Presented by: HomeInsurance.org

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Choices for Architects Akin to Garden Tomatoes: Is It a Heirloom or a Hybrid?

Here is the form/function question for the gardening sort: Should one’s tomatoes be newer and better, or tried and true? Put another way, should the good gardener stick with hybrid plants – what most of modern world agriculture knows – and the predictable looks they yield? Or should the quest be simply a pathway leading to unblemished tastes – something that’s never been meddled with in the laboratory, remaining pristine through the years – try, instead heirloom plants.

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The Solar-Powered Lawnmower That’s Remote-Controlled

I enjoyed learning about this solar-powered RC lawnmower and posted on Clean Technica. Wanted to post here, as well. Photo: Robert Smith DIY Paradise for Renewables Innovators and Entreprenuers (via Clean Technica) For solar power enthusiasts who wish to try electrically driven tools in their yard, Robert Smith’s website and video on how to build a solar-powered lawnmower is worth the visit. And by the way, it happens to be remote-controlled! Read this introductory paragraph first, then enjoy the visit. Robert…

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Revisiting Recycled Roof Shingles Made from Tires

This post on recycled roof shingles from tires ran about 18 months ago on GBE. In the interests of recycling and waste management, it seem worthwhile to repost the article. – GRMPhoto: SpirosK Recycled Rubber Roofs: Cheap and Eco-Friendly (via https://greenbuildingelements.com) Recycled rubber roof shingles are an innovative roofing material that saves home owners money and saves the environment. Made from recycled tires, these roofing shingles are durable, dependable, and more eco-friendly than ordinary wood or slate. How Recycled Rubber…

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Lighting News Roundup (9 Stories)

Thanks to Zach Shahan at Clean Technica, this is a good roundup of news on lighting. Photo:  loufi [repostus hash=48c03cea44d847ca549ff840235a9fda title=Lighting+News+Roundup+%289+Stories%29 host=Clean+Technica short=1bR2l snip=%C2%A0+There%E2%80%99s+been+a+lot+of+energy-efficient+lighting+news+in+the+past+week+or+so+%E2%80%94+there+was+a+big+lighting+event+in+Las+Vegas+last+week+%28Lightfair+International+2012%29%2C+and+there+was+big+news+from+other+parts+of+the+world+as+well.+Here%E2%80%99s+a+quick+roundup+of+some+of+the+stories%3A+1.%C2%A0TerraLUX+Inc.%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F1942623 jump=4]

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Two-stroke Engines Getting Challenged by CORE GasLess Power

This product, and the coming line of non-gas landscaping products from this innovative company, speak volumes about innovation that originates in this country and the sustainable business that follows. Two-stroke Engines Getting Challenged by CORE GasLess Power (via Clean Technica) The two-stroke gasoline engine – a huge emissions emitter and contributor to global warming and pollution – may be staring at its death bed far sooner than the gasoline engine for the automobile. That is if CORE Outdoor Power has any…

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GE Plans World Debut of LED Bulb that Replaces 100-watt Incandescent

GE Lighting this week will illuminate a light-emitting diode replacement for the 100-watt incandescent light bulb – developed in its East Cleveland, Ohio LED lab – that packages 27-watts of input power in a standard “A-19” bulb shape. The GE Energy Smart 27-watt LED bulb incorporates proprietary synthetic jet technology that was enabled by GE’s collaboration with ecomagination Challenge winner Nuventix, creator of LED cooling technologies for energy-efficient lighting.

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Altaeros Energies Airborne Wind Turbine = More Electricity

This was originally posted on Clean Technica. Airborne Wind Turbine Video from Altaeros Energies – Seeing Is Believing (via Clean Technica)   Tina Casey reported on a helium-based airborne wind turbine from Altaeros Energies capable of delivering electricity from elevations ranging from 350 feet to 1000 feet, The image used for her post was a donut, reflecting the shape of the device. Now Altaeros Energies has released a You Tube…

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Ending the Fossil Fuel Era with Methanol – Fuel of Choice at the Indianapolis 500

A recent post about methanol as a transportation fuel and one possible end to the Fossil Fuel Era. Photo credit: Antre Source: Clean Technica Leaving the Fossil Fuel Era with Methanol (via Clean Technica) For those who find themselves stuck at the gas pump and glued to the Fossil Fuel Era, it‘s always uplifting to keep alternatives in mind, even if they aren’t commonly used like they should be. Methanol, the fuel that powers the racecars at the upcoming Indianapolis…

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Energy Efficient Lighting Industry Shows Steady Growth in Survey

Danielle Stewart has written before about the benefits of commercial led lighting and how businesses can retrofit with more energy efficient lighting. Here she provides Green Building Elements with a recent survey conducted by lighting professionals at Precision Paragon about the growth of the energy efficient lighting industry.

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