• Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes: Living Building Challenge

    Trying to design a building to the Living Building Challenge standard is definitely a challenge; I have called it “an aspirational standard that tries to define the best of everything, including beauty, biophilia and equity.” I have also called it almost impossible. The Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) is has been collecting plaques, including […]

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  • Wyoming Data Center Strikes Wind Power Deal with Microsoft

    Microsoft Corp. committed to its largest wind power purchase to date with a deal to buy 237 MW of capacity from projects in Wyoming and Kansas. Allianz Risk Transfer AG’s Bloom Wind Project in Kansas and Black Hills Corp.’s Happy Jack and Silver Sage wind farms in Wyoming will provide all of the power needed by a […]

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  • The Golden Hoof Farm: The Off-Grid Tropical Greenhouse

    Step into the solar greenhouse at The Golden Hoof Farm outside Boulder, Colorado, and you’re greeted not by a monoculture of greens, but by a forest of fruit trees — guava, avocado, mango, banana, lemon, dragon fruit and cinnamon, to name a few. Taller trees create a canopy above, while shorter shade-tolerant varieties form the […]

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  • Stormwater Management: Efforts encourage property owners to go green

    What does modern stormwater management look like? If you ask engineering experts, more ponds, wetlands and vegetative ditches could replace past practices, such as simply burying bigger pipes. Stronger and more frequent rainstorms — like the Aug. 11, 2014, cloudburst that dumped 5 inches of rain on Southeast Michigan in just a few hours — […]

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  • Morocco tech targets cheaper solar energy

    Young Moroccan enterprise Alto Solution aims to come up with solutions for improving access to both clean water and renewable energy. One such project, Parabolic Trough for Solar Energy involves the design and manufacture of cylindro-parabolic solar concentrators. These troughs are capable of meeting the needs of industry in place of traditional fossil fuels, explains […]

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  • Automakers beat greenhouse gas requirements for fourth consecutive year

    For the fourth consecutive year, automakers outperformed the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards. Out of 12 automakers that sold more than 150,000 cars last year, 9 managed to exceed the standard by an average of 7 grams per mile for the 2015 model year. Nissan and Subaru led the way for outperforming […]

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  • The hydropower paradox: is this energy as clean as it seems?

    In July, UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon highlighted the role of hydropower in boosting the use of renewable energy globally, when he visited a nonprofit institute in China that helps emerging nations develop and build hydropower plants. Many countries consider hydroelectricity a clean source of power because it doesn’t involve burning dirty fossil fuels. But that’s far from […]

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  • Modern water infrastructure critical for New Jersey’s economic growth

      Our water infrastructure is failing us. Consider the following: In some communities, as much as 30 percent of clean drinking water is lost through pipe leakage before it ever gets to your tap. That’s water that utilities have invested in treating, but can’t charge for. Some of the water infrastructure in our older cities […]

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  • Emphasis on efficiency to boost smart building construction

    Growing emphasis on the need to reduce carbon dioxide emission will impel the construction of smart buildings, according to a new report. Emphasis on the construction of energy efficient buildings is one of the primary factors driving the adoption of smart buildings across the globe, found the report by Transparency Market Research (TMR), titled “Smart […]

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  • BIG’s battleship-inspired LEED Gold office opens in Philadelphia

    Bjarke Ingel Group’s first Philadelphia building just opened its doors at 1200 Intrepid Avenue in the city’s Navy Yard. The dramatic building features a double-curved facade that mimics the shape of the area’s historic battleships. The striking design earned LEED Gold certification thanks to the façade’s precast concrete panels that improve energy efficiency through their […]

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