• Wooden Wind Turbine Towers Promise to Slash Carbon Footprint

    One of the many complaints we hear about wind turbines from fossil fuel fans is that turbines have a high carbon footprint—thanks in part to the steel in their towers—so it is counterintuitive to invest in them. U.S. President Joe Biden’s notorious predecessor once complained, “The fumes coming up, if you are a believer in carbon […]

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  • Groundbreaking on world’s largest wildlife crossing

    It’s been a decade since wildlife biologist Miguel Ordeñana spotted the unmistakable tawny rump of a mountain lion in a photo captured on a trail camera in California’s Griffith Park. It was the rear end of a now-famous cougar known as Puma 22 (or P-22 for short) who has been sighted hundreds of times since that balmy February evening […]

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  • How the metaverse could change the purpose and feel of cities

    Several companies, including Apple and Microsoft, are betting that the world of tomorrow will, at least in part, be carried out in the metaverse. To this end, Microsoft recently acquired the video game giant Activision Blizzard for US$68.7 billion. As more of our daily activities take place online, we believe it’s time to consider how this may eventually […]

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  • Bikes Are Evolving. When Will Bike Storage Catch Up?

      It is a Treehugger mantra that three things are needed for the e-bike revolution: decent affordable e-bikes, a safe place to ride, and a secure place to park. Toronto-based Brown + Storey Architects addressed the latter with a proposal for bike shelters near suburban commuter train stations as part of a 2017 design competition. The […]

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  • EV Registrations Spike in the US But There’s More Work to Be Done

    Registrations of electric vehicles (EVs) saw a significant increase in the first quarter of 2022, signaling that EVs are finally becoming more mainstream in America. According to a report from Automotive News, nearly 158,689 EVs were registered in the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 60%. Tesla EVs accounted for most of the new EV registrations […]

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  • The sustainable regeneration of historic buildings

    When it comes to the sustainable regeneration of historic buildings, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, as each building is unique and presents a unique set of challenges. There are, however, solutions that cannot be ignored when it comes to how we approach the sustainable redevelopment of a site. Regenerating an historic building […]

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  • HVAC that makes for comfortable, safe, and sustainable buildings

    While choosing HVAC systems has always been about keeping people comfortable, increasingly it’s also about ensuring the air they breathe is pure; and that the systems that deliver them this fresh air are sustainable. If there’s one thing that COVID-19 has taught specifiers, it’s that when considering HVAC requirements, they must remember the ‘V’ in […]

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  • Summer construction paves way for greener, more sustainable campus

    Dozens of construction projects are underway this summer on Western Michigan University’s campus. And when the dust settles in the fall, the Bronco community will notice some big changes, including sprawling new green spaces, pristinely paved paths and even a towering new dinosaur. Western’s facilities management team has a total of 34 major projects—as well as […]

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  • Forging sustainable timber construction in Europe

    Built by Nature, a network and grant-making organisation with a mission to accelerate the timber building transformation in Europe, has announced a €250,000 Accelerator Fund grant to support research into perception barriers to mass timber adoption in Italy. The initiative, coordinated by EIT Climate-KIC, will establish a physical and digital prototype building to drive understanding […]

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  • Novelis Building $2.5 Billion Sustainable Aluminum Recycling and Rolling Plant

    Novelis is building a $2.5 billion aluminum recycling and rolling plant with a focus on advanced sustainability and circular manufacturing. The plant is being constructed in Bay Minette, Alabama, and will have an initial capacity of 600,000 metric tons of aluminum products per year. Novelis says more than half the facility will be dedicated to […]

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