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Designer McDonough Debuts ICEhouse at World Economic Forum

Famed designer William McDonough, of Cradle to Cradle fame, will debut his latest creation, ICEhouse, in Davos, Switzerland, as a place for those attending the World Economic Forum annual meeting to gather and discuss the future of Innovation for the Circular Economy. The structure has been designed to demonstrate the positive design framework described in the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, the sustainable development goals of the United Nations, and the reuse of resources implicit in…

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Designed For The Future: Media TIC – Barcelona, Spain

GBE will be featuring three posts highlighting projects from the recently published book Designed For The Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World. The book asks the question: “What gives you the hope that a sustainable future is possible?” Featuring responses by 80 innovators spanning architecture, urban planning, landscaping, journalism, and also environmental leaders, the resulting book is a compilation of their interesting ideas on how to create a better future.  Fully integrate new technology into building design. David Garcia is…

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Designed For The Future: Eco Lodges – Jordan

GBE will be featuring three posts highlighting projects from the recently published book Designed For The Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World. The book asks the question: “What gives you the hope that a sustainable future is possible?” Featuring responses by 80 innovators spanning architecture, urban planning, landscaping, journalism, and also environmental leaders, the resulting book is a compilation of their interesting ideas on how to create a better future.  Create models that mix old and new; they will be…

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City Repair Project, Portland, Oregon

Designed for the Future: City Repair Project – Portland, Oregon

GBE will be featuring three posts highlighting projects from the recently published book Designed For The Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World. The book asks the question: “What gives you the hope that a sustainable future is possible?” Featuring responses by 80 innovators spanning architecture, urban planning, landscaping, journalism, and also environmental leaders, the resulting book is a compilation of their interesting ideas on how to create a better future.  Create a really beautiful place, and people will slow down…

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Green Schools Gaining More Support In US

New poll from US Green Building Council shows that more than 90 percent of Americans agree that greater investments should be put toward upgrading US public school buildings with green features In a poll released at last year’s Greenbuild, respondents listed improved energy efficiency and an improved learning environment as the top reasons for schools to be upgraded. Results show increased support for green schools, finding that 8 out of 10 Americans support schools that create a healthy environment conducive to…

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Forests & Civilization – John Perlin Interview Series Part IV: Fighting For Photons

Join me for Part IV of this interview series with John Perlin concerning our forests. Today’s subject: “Fighting for Photons,” a subject about which Perlin knows plenty.   He is the author of two diverse and important books which explore this subject: “A Forest Journey: the Story of Wood and Civilization,” and “Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy.” If you have missed our previous interviews, you can catch up here: Our Forests & Our Civilization: Interview Series…

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Enervee Score Provides Daily Energy Efficiency Reporting For Home Appliances

Many consumers today purchase home appliances based on one primary factor – purchase price. While features and energy efficiency are important, they certainly don’t take top billing when it comes to paying at the cash register. The Enervee Marketplace, a web site that utilities can use to allow consumers to research appliance purchases, attempts to educate consumers so they know the cost of the appliance over its life span, including energy. Enervee and Opower, a software company that works with…

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Masdar’s 2016 Blogging Contest: Envision a More Sustainable Economy

This article was originally published on Clean Technica We’ve partnered again for Madar’s 2016 blogging contest in which you can win a trip to Abu Dhabi’s famous Sustainability Week. Masdar’s humongous Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) — which includes the Zayed Future Energy Prize; the IRENA General Assembly; the World Future Energy Summit; the International Water Summit; EcoWaste; The Women in Sustainability, Environment & Renewable Energy (WiSER) Initiative; and “The Festival” — is just around the corner, and the mega clean energy…

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Steelhenge, made of shipping containers

‘Steelhenge’ Takes Shipping Containers To Another Level

Swiss architecture firm Bureau A recreated the iconic Stonehenge with shipping containers for the first edition of the biennale for independent art spaces in Geneva, BIG. Using 50 containers, the firm was commissioned to create an open air venue that would function as a space for attendees to congregate. “We like to work with references, displacement or even direct quotes,” Bureau A’s Leopold Banchini said in an interview with Dezeen. “In this case, the ruins of Stonehenge and the pagan rituals that…

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Forests & Civilization – John Perlin Interview Series Part III: Forests Change the World

Thanks for stopping by Part III of this interview series conducted with John Perlin, author of “A Forest Journey: the Story of Wood and Civilization.” I believe this is an important book to read in understanding the history of deforestation and knowing the significant role forests have played in the survival of both our civilization and our environment. Perlin’s work, first published in 1989, was recently republished in a third edition. In the face of global climate change challenges, the…

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Oregon Energy Storage Demonstration Project Launches With State-Federal-NGO Partnership

An inaugural Eugene, Oregon backup grid storage program using PV-generated electricity will now be used by the Eugene Water & Electric Board. This follows a joint solicitation from the US Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity and the Oregon Department of Energy calling for an energy storage program. As a result, $295,000 in state and federal funds are being awarded to the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) for this energy storage demonstration project. Of note, this project will incorporate 500…

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BE-Wind turbine

BE-Wind Turbine Comes In Multiple Sizes for Small-Scale Wind Power

BE-Wind* of Carollton, Texas manufactures an innovative new wind turbine that comes in three sizes. The smallest windmill is called the EOW 100. It produces 1 to 3 kilowatts of electricity and is ideal for powering portable trailers, remote pump locations, surveillance equipment in remote location, or small cottages. The EOW 200 produces 2 to 4 kilowatts of electricity while the largest wind turbine, the EOW 300 can generate up to 10 kilowatts of power. All models use the same basic…

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6 Tips For Picking A Paint Color

Whether you are painting with green paint or “green” paint, everyone can use some help picking a paint color. There are so many to choose from, almost too many, and how do you pick the right color and shade to go with your decor? Noelle Parks, professional interior designer for Dunn-Edwards Paints, shares six expert tips on finding the right hue: 1. Choose color based on desired mood of a room From high-energy red to mellow blue, psychological responses to…

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Greenest Cities in the US in 2015

  WalletHub analysts recently released their list of the greenest cities in the US, based on their study of 100 cities across the nation. Cities were measured on thirteen key metrics across four dimensions: 1) Environmental Quality, 2) “Greenness” of Transportation, 3) “Greenness” of Energy Sources and 4) Green Lifestyle & Local Policies. Here are the metrics they used in each category: Environmental Quality – Total Points: 40 Median Air Quality Index: Full Weight (~10 Points) Greenhouse-Gas Emissions per Capita: Full…

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Freeaire Refrigeration Offers Money-Saving Cooling Model

When it is cold outside, Freeaire Refrigeration is busy helping customers save money on electricity use. As spokesman Josh Sarnowitz puts it, “Although many despise the frigid cold that comes with a New England winter there is one company embracing it, putting it to work for their customers in order to save thousands of dollars on electricity costs each year.” Freeaire, located in Canton, Massachusetts, takes the cold air outside to offset the energy-intensive demand of refrigeration evaporator fans used…

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Tesla Powerwall and Powerpack

Top 10 Green Building Products for 2016

Thanks to BuildingGreen and Construction Dive for this list of soon-to-be-released products that hope to push the green envelope further than it has gone before. Personal Comfort Systems Hyperchair Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have been developing the Personal Comfort Systems Hyperchair, which aims to improve the comfort levels of people in office settings. The Hyperchair gives people the ability to control their individual temperature setting with a smart phone. It uses a lithium-ion phosphate battery that charges at night…

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Wireless holiday lights by Aura

More Holiday Tech — Wireless Holiday Lights

This is another article for those who simply must have the latest and greatest that technology has to offer. In this case, it is wireless holiday lights, and it will be the next great thing for 2015. Powered by Aura has developed a system that allows lighted ornaments to be powered wirelessly from a central source. The Aura Power Ring can be placed at the base or center of the tree, depending on its size (range is about 5 feet).…

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Be-Wind wind power generator

Can BE-Wind’s New Windmill Provide More Wind Power?

BE-Wind* is taking what you think you know about small wind technology and turning it on its head. It has improved performance and made its windmills quieter by blocking the wind! How does the company do that? The Science of Wind Power Generation Current vertical wind generation systems are inherently inefficient because the wind that powers the unit also works against it, as equal amounts of force are applied to both sides of the generator’s blades (see diagram below). So,…

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