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UK Cities Should Generate Their Own Energy Says National Trust Energy Expert

May 22, 2015 by David Thorpe

Freiberg, Germany

British cities should generate their own energy instead of relying on rural areas to do so, said Patrick Begg, the National Trust’s energy expert yesterday. He was speaking on a panel discussion on the opening day of the Hay Festival of Green Ideas.[read more]

Only A Third of Businesses and Politicians Think A Deal at Paris' Climate Talks Will Succeed

May 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

The lacking in confidence barometer

A ‘climate barometer’ to measure confidence levels amongst business leaders and politicians in delivering a strong outcome at COP21 and in the low carbon economy shows a rating of just 33% - or ‘changeable’. This is broken down as 33.2% for businesses, 38.7% for governments and 27.2% for international organizations.[read more]

80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World – Book Review

May 20, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Designed for the Future by Jared Green

In Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World, Jared Green offers 80 thought-provoking and frequently inspiring answers to this question from landscape architects, urban planners, architects, journalists, artists, and environmental leaders in the U.S. and beyond[read more]

Overall GHG Emissions Are Not Decreasing Due To Californian Climate Change Regulations

May 19, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

Net GHG emissions from California

Californian state policies designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions, seen as pioneering in the rest of the world, are not actually having a measurable effect because they have resulted in a massive displacement of former state businesses and residents to other locations with higher per-capita CO2e emission levels.[read more]

Are Industrial Facilities Too Large and Complex for LEED?

Industrial-Scale LEED

Manufacturing and industrial facilities operate on a vastly different scale compared to a home, an office building, or even a university campus. Instead, we should compare a factory site or an industrial facility campus to a small city. Can LEED evaluate both? Yes.[read more]

Top 4 Portuguese Smart Cities: Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto, and Oeiras

May 11, 2015 by Vitor Pereira

Smart Cities in Portugal

A recent study, presented in Lisbon at the Analytical Cities event, presents an independent evaluation tool for good practices in energy, environment, government, mobility, buildings, services and communication. It places Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto and Oeiras at the top 4 intelligent cities in Portugal.[read more]

Lighting our Cities: More than Meets the Eye

May 11, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Urban Lighting Schemes

Light and lighting are ever-present elements of city life, from flickering bus lights to overhead streetlights, to the large lighting features which illuminating our cities’ skylines. But while many other aspects of urban life enjoy dedicated research fields, something of a silo exists between lighting designers and social research.[read more]

Fight Drought with Compost, University of California Riverside Expert Says

Compost and Droughts

It’s no secret that the whole region of Southern California is suffering from prolonged drought, and according to a University of California, Riverside professor and conservation specialist, compost can be used as a potent drought-fighting tool.[read more]

Building from Waste: Glimpses Into the Future of Our Built Environments

Hello, I'm back! Waste as a building material

Can waste have a second life as a building material? This is the question brought to surface through ETH Zurich’s Building from Waste exhibition, based on the book 'Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction'. E.g. one tile is composed solely from old coffee grounds and binding agents.[read more]

Is Tesla's Home-Powering Battery a Game-Changer?

May 4, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Tesla and Energy Innovation

Recently, Elon Musk announced something called the Powerwall home battery. Measuring about 3′ x 4′, the shield looking battery pack will charge using the electricity generated from solar panels (or from the grid when rates are at their lowest) and then power your home.[read more]

Road Construction: A Sustainable Use for 'Trash Ash?'

May 3, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Trash Ash Recycling

I still struggle with burning trash as a form of “renewable” energy. While this approach does reduce landfill waste, and extracts energy without drilling or mining, it does create its own byproducts. While we tend to focus on emissions, ash is another resulting material that ends up in landfills.[read more]

Household Solar Is Becoming the New Normal, and That Makes Some Utilities Uncomfortable

April 29, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Home Solar and Utility Pushback

A couple of weeks ago, my wife Sharon and I were out for a long neighborhood walk. This is not unusual for us, but on this particular day we took a route we hadn't walked in quite some time. I was pleased to notice that one of the traditional, colonial-style houses we encountered was sporting solar panels.[read more]