• Contractors need to embrace green practices to stay competitive 

    Green construction methods and materials are becoming a priority in field of real estate. More and more, public and private owners are demanding designers shoot for ambitious green building targets, such as LEED designations with both new builds and renovations. To continue winning work, contractors need to embrace the trend and ensure that they have […]

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  • Ikea is working on stylish portable solar panels with artist Olafur Eliasson

    Scandinavian artist Olafur Eliasson has partnered with IKEA to produce small stylish solar panels to store and provide power. The Sammanlänkad is designed to be hanged by the window to collect energy during the day. Still at a prototype stage, this cute gadget won’t definitely replace your solar panels on the roof, but in the […]

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  • New partnership promotes scalable zero-carbon retrofits for multifamily buildings

    America’s 125 million residential units account for approximately 20 percent of the country’s total carbon emissions, but only roughly 12,500 of these units (0.01 percent) are operating at net zero energy, according to the Net Zero Energy Coalition. A partnership between the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the California […]

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  • Electric ferries coming to Niagara Falls

    When it comes to reducing CO2 emissions from transport, water transportation has been mostly overlooked so far, but this is going to change very soon. In San Francisco, the Red & White Fleet, one of the city’s oldest tour guide companies, operates a hybrid ferry that runs on lithium-ion batteries carrying up to 600 passengers […]

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  • ASCE’s International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2019

    This year, the American Society of Civil Engineers International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure will take place in Los Angeles on November 7-9. This event brings together architects, civil engineers, infrastructure managers, policy makers, and technology experts to provide a showcase for the latest developments and advancements in design, construction, technology, policy, and education related to […]

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  • The new Statue of Liberty Museum is sustainable and resilient

    After five years in the making, last month New York City saw the re-opening of the Statue of Liberty Museum, and by all definitions, it is well worth the wait. The LEED-Gold building has a rooftop garden with flowers and grasses, while the windows are etched with textured circles designed to prevent birds from flying […]

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  • E-scooter company Spin to test solar powered stations in Washington DC

      As dockless e-scooters’ popularity continues to grow in cities around the world, some of their downsides, as the cluttering sidewalks and store windows, have already become evident. Some companies like Spin and Charge think the solution might be solar powered charging docks. Spin will test this solution in Washington Dc and Ann Arbor this […]

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  • UN launches toolkit to green up universities

    Across the world, the office of the United Nations Environment is working with universities to set up national and regional Green University Networks to enable institutions to incorporate low carbon-climate resilience development strategies and sustainability in education, training, and campus operations. The office has produced the Greening Universities Toolkit V2.0 to inspire universities to design, […]

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  • Top green building materials in 2019

      Green Builder Media published its annual selection of the most innovative and sustainable products available for the construction market. Products highlighted range from the Brooklyn Solar Canopy   and the Kohler WasteLAB’s Crackle Collection, a line of repurposed tile made almost entirely of recycled pottery cull, and factory sand and dust,  to Uponor’s Phyn Plus Smart […]

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  • New York tops American greenest smart cities

      According to the Eden Strategy Institute, New York tops the list of the 10 Smart City Governments in the U.S.. The city has split its smart city initiatives between the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, and the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer. Together they are focusing […]

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