Browsing the "Conservation" Tag

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Smart Surface Technologies Could Save DC $5 Billion

A recent study says that smart surface technologies could save Washington, D.C. $5 billion over 40 years. The report,  Achieving Urban Resilience: Washington, D.C., authored by Capital E, documents and quantifies the large-scale environmental, health and economic benefits that smart surface technologies could provide. “How cities manage the sunlight and rain that falls on them […]

January 4th

7 Principles of Water Conscious Landscaping

If you are still working on getting your yard in shape, here are some techniques for water conscious landscaping. Xeriscaping is the art/science of landscaping with reduced need for irrigation.  It offers several benefits, besides just saving water.  It requires less maintenance, reduces the need for chemicals and fertilizers, increases property value, reduces air pollution, […]

May 13th

Zero Waste Systems; A Cycle Following Nature’s Design

It is crucial that we implement more recycling and reuse programs into our everyday practice because if everyone on the earth consumed resources at the rate that Americans do, we would currently need five earths to keep up and this ratio will continue to grow as the population continues to grow. But we have the abilities and the technologies, already in existence to change this. We need to implement into our everyday lives zero waste system practices.

October 18th

Here’s to Hydration

Pennsylvania American Water is the largest water utility in the state of Pennsylvania which provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.2 million people. They recently, on September 6, 2012, announced their newest social media campaign. This campaign invites consumers to post pictures of themselves using reusable water bottles

September 13th

Historic Rose Building Gets Lighting Renovation

A simple lighting renovation solution with a beneficial sustainable improvement to a remarkable building with a solid presence in America’s history. The Rose Building with the current ownership of Medical Mutual of Ohio is a great example of systems that have worked and new systems that can work combined to create a lasting architectural landmark.

August 30th

Sustainable Residential Combined Heat and Power Systems’ Forecast by Pike

New research is being conducted on more energy sustainable residential combined heat and power systems (resCHP). The research is being conducted by Pike Research which joined Navigant’s global Energy Practices on July 1, 2012 which provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The systems are small generation systems that produce electricity for residences while also capturing heat that would normally go to waste.

July 25th

OneByNine’s Designs

Like most architectural and interior design projects their works are better expressed in photographs than in words. Two examples, both of interior design projects of small scale developments, are of an apartment in Hong Kong, China and one in Warsaw, Poland. Designed by OneByNine.

June 26th

The Nature Conservancy Invites Conservationists Worldwide to Conservation Gateway

The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Gateway launched its “Calling All Conservationists” campaign today. “Calling All Conservationists” invites conservation practitioners, scientists and decision makers to join the Conservation Gateway website. The website is the place to learn how the Nature Conservancy and its partners approach pressing conservation issues, and find the tools and resources used to support established and emerging strategies to today’s environmental challenges.

May 3rd

“Home” Documentary Really Hits Home

An eye-opening documentary entitled “Home” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand was released in 2009. This 2 hour video, which can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube, emphasizes that if we, humanity, continue to live the way we have for the past 60 years, using finite resources at an astonishing rate, we will destroy the only “Home” that we have.

Rush University Medical Center by Perkins + Will Goes Gold

The tower at Rush University Medical Center opened in January 2012 designed by Perkins + Will. It is the largest new construction health care facility in the world to receive LEED gold certification. Its shape takes form from a butterfly but it received high sustainable remarks in tons of other areas as well including green design, construction and operation.

April 23rd