• Norwegian energy-positive building could be the future of smart cities

      Powerhouse Brattørkaia, Norway’s largest energy-positive building, could be a first example of how smart cities can slow climate change. During its lifetime, the 18,200 sqm (195,903 sqf ) building will generate more energy in its operational phase than it consumes through the production of building materials, construction, operation and disposal of the building. One of […]

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  • New York’s rooftop farms provide fresh local produce – and help stop a sewage problem

      More than 36 tonnes of organic vegetables are grown every year on New York City’s rooftops. And the farms that produce them aren’t just feeding residents, they’re helping to stop sewage polluting the city’s rivers and cooling the city. Covering a total of 2.3 hectares (5.6 acres), the farms sit on top of three historic […]

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  • Virginia launches test pilot to recycle unsorted household waste into plastic substitute

      The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) recently announced a partnership with UBQ Materials, to convert unsorted household waste into a plastic substitute. According to Quantis, a provider of environmental impact assessments, every ton of UBQ material produced diverts up to 12 tons of CO2 equivalent, thus making it the most climate-positive thermoplastic material on the planet. As part […]

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  • Rethinking green infrastructure

      Forests, wetlands, urban green spaces, and sustainable farms are the source of clean water for most cities; however, the debate on green infrastructure usually focuses on pipes, pumps and treatment plants. In his article, Jan Cassen of the Forest Trends Water Initiative argues that natural resources should be treated and safeguarded as part of […]

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  • EPA’s first status report on advancing US recycling infrastructure

      The Environmental Protection Agency has  recently released “Status Report: Framework for Advancing the U.S. Recycling System“. The document outlines the efforts done by the agency to improve the recycling system nationwide. Since the beginning of this year, the EPA has been coordinating 4 main areas of action designating corresponding workgroups: Promote Education and Outreach […]

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  • The case for climate-responsive urban design

      The recent heatwave has been exacerbating the urban heat island effect in many cities. As more and more people are moving into urban areas, bringing more cars, more asphalt roads, more parking lots, urban planning should take into consideration the changing climate patterns. Large metropolitan areas all around the world are rediscovering the importance […]

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  • British National Grid optimizes output from renewables by using AI

      Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are going to help the National Grid to predict how much energy the United Kingdom will collect from turbines and solar panels based on the weather forecast. Their new AI prediction models of solar forecasting have improved by over 30% thanks to a partnership with the Alan Turing […]

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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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  • 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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