• Solar panels startup teams up with Google to reduce design and installation costs

      Aurora Solar, a solar software company, has recently finalized a partnership with Google. The startup, which markets a software to design and estimate solar panels installations, will be able to include the tech giant’s datasets including Light Detection and HD Imagery, into its modeling.  This new data partnership aims at cutting the costs at the […]

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  • Food forests, a new urban space on the rise

      Atlanta and Philadelphia are two American cities spearheading the introduction of a new urban element: the food forest. An amped up version of community gardens, food forests are large parks planted with hundreds of fruit-bearing trees and edible plants that visitors are allowed to gather for free for their own consumption. Food forests are […]

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  • Wooden “Legos” make passive house building easier

      Brikawood, a French company, has invented a system of interlocking wooden blocks that can be assembled into structures ranging from walls to houses. Fully recyclable, Brikawood is made for low concept construction. Claiming to be an improvement on traditional wood building methods, there are no vertical wooden beams, which prevents water rising through the […]

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  • Lightyear unveils first long-range solar car

      This week Lightyear, a pioneer in clean mobility, introduced the first long-range solar car. The prototype was presented to investors, customers, partners and press at dawn in Katwijk, the Netherlands. Lightyear One has been engineered to optimize efficiency and safety. It has a longer battery range than its competitors and charges whenever it’s in the […]

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  • New York City wants to do away with street garbage

    Since the Dutch settled in New York, the city has been struggling with waste disposal on the streets. Every day 12,000 tons of trash are placed out on sidewalks, making the city’s streets temporary residential and commercial garbage dumps. The Departments of Sanitation and Transportation are now addressing this problem and accepting plans and designs community […]

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  • PassiveDom markets self-sustainable passive homes

      Sustainable, passive houses are just making their way into the mass market. One company is selling passive houses that are resistant to the most severe environmental stress. PassiveDom houses consume no energy for heating and cooling and have close to zero carbon emissions. The company offers two versions and have four modifications from a […]

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  • Building undergoes the first net zero energy commercial renovation in DC

      The renovation of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) building and infrastructure is the first net zero energy commercial renovation in the District of Columbia. AGU, an international non-profit scientific association with 60,000 members in 137 countries, is making the building a living representation of the organization’s mission of science for the benefit of humanity […]

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  • New York passes bold climate legislation

      When Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act,  New York became the second U.S. state to aim for a carbon-neutral economy. California Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order last year to make that state carbon-neutral by 2045. The plan in NY creates new opportunities for investors in renewable energy […]

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  • U.S. Green Building Council announces 2019 LEED Homes Awards

      The CAMBA Gardens Phase II, in Brooklyn (NY),  the Albany Damien Center, in Albany (NY), Brookfield Properties and the Holt Residence, in Providence (RI) are among the winners of the 2019 LEED Homes Awards. With these awards, the Green Building Council (USGBC) recognizes residential projects, developers and builders using LEED to improve quality of life for residents, […]

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  • Asphalt made of recycled car tires tested on public road

      With plastic disasters recently dominating the news, used tires have almost become an overlooked issue. In the U.S., tires are scrapped at a rate of 1.1 tire/person/year leading to over 300 million tires discarded each year. Landfill space is becoming more and more scarce as tires are not biodegradable, and tire accumulation have significant […]

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