• Inside the Indian eco-school that proves sustainable design doesn’t scrimp on style

    In the heart of the Thar desert, India students brave blistering 45 degree temperatures to attend class. But the Rajkumari Ratnavati Girls School doesn’t need any air conditioning as its unique sustainable design keeps it cool. In Jaisalmer, north-west India, just over a third of women and girls can read and write. Staff at the Rajkumari school – which hosts […]

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  • Drastic Water Restrictions Early this Year in California

    The Metropolitan Water District, which supplies water to millions of Southern California customers, has declared a water shortage emergency, requiring drastic water-use reductions, including limiting outdoor watering to one day a week. This is due to the decade-long megadrought, causing record-low water levels in reservoirs. “This drought is serious, and one of the most alarming […]

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  • Light Pollution Can Interfere With Butterfly Migration

    Want to help butterflies? A new study suggests turning off the lights. Light pollution at night can throw off a monarch butterfly’s internal compass, interfering with its navigational abilities, researchers have found. Artificial light, such as a lone porch light or streetlight, can disrupt their circadian rhythms. That can make the monarchs disoriented when they try to […]

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  • New algae-based cement garners attention from AEC industry, Microsoft

    Dive Brief: Algae is not just some stuff floating around in your fish tank or on pond rocks — it’s also a key component of a new zero-carbon cement mixture, according to a June 6 press release. Boulder, Colorado-based zero-carbon research company Prometheus Materials is using algae to create a greener binding agent, according to the […]

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  • Sustainable roads of the future–Canada is home to world’s first sound absorptive solar highway noise barrier

    TORONTO, June 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Mitrex, a Toronto-based manufacturer of integrated photovoltaics, has released its latest product—a photovoltaic noise barrier (PVNB). Offering a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) rating of up to 0.7 through ASTM C423 testing, solar power production, and enhanced aesthetics for use on roads and highways, these PVNBs are paving the way to a truly sustainable future. […]

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  • Largest floating solar power plant in the Southeast at Fort Bragg

    The Southeast’s largest floating solar plant will be producing power soon at the U.S. Army’s Fort Bragg in North Carolina after a major utility energy service contract with Duke Energy and its prime contractor Ameresco. The 1.1-megawatt solar facility is part of a $36 million contract that focused on energy resilience and security at Fort […]

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  • New office building to be fully clad in solar panels in Australian first

    Australia’s first office tower with a “solar skin” is expected to be built next year in a landmark moment for the construction industry and decarbonisation efforts. The eight-storey building at 550-558 Spencer Street in West Melbourne will cost $40m and has been designed by the architecture firm Kennon on behalf of Dr Bella Freeman. It will be […]

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  • Washington Is First State to Electrify New Construction

    The Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC) voted in April 2022 to update the state’s commercial energy code. The mandate passed 11 to 3 in a vote to restrict the use of natural gas in new commercial buildings and multifamily housing by requiring installation of electric heat pumps. A similar mandate for smaller residential buildings […]

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  • Austin’s airport is one of the ‘greenest’ in the US

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Amid rapid expansion and record-breaking crowds, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport recently received another honor: it became the first medium-sized airport in the country to go carbon neutral. The airport is one of only three airports in the country to achieve carbon neutrality. The achievement is part of an ongoing effort by the airport to reflect […]

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  • How Improved Bike Infrastructure Can Save Lives

    The inconsistent patchwork of protected bike lanes can make Chicago’s streets a dangerous place for bicyclists. From 2012 to 2019, an average of five to six bicyclists were killed every year in Chicago. But since the pandemic began in 2020, that number has ticked upward to nine deaths in 2020 and 10 deaths in 2021. […]

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