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  • Twin Cities to Get Solar Roads, 3 MW Solar Array

    24 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Jo Borrás

    Solar roads and highways have gotten plenty of attention this year, most notably from the Solar Roadways Project which took to crowd funding site Indiegogo last year and raised over $2.2 million in funding. The idea is moving forward- and, earlier this week,…
  • Solar Panels Offer Learning Opportunity for Students

    23 October 2014, 3:00 pm by: Stephen Hanley

    165 solar panels installed on the roof of the Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island, New York were placed in service October 15. The array is expected to meet most of the electricity needs of the school and will reduce carbon emissions in the Grymes Hill…
  • Turning Pit Mines Into Sustainable Cities

    21 October 2014, 11:30 am by: Jo Borrás

    A byproduct of fossil fuel addiction, massive pit-mines scar the landscape of several US states. The mines have destroyed families, ecosystems, towns, and- when they close- economies. Despite the harm that these mines have caused, however, they may yet play a…
  • NYC’s Next Car Free Zone: Central Park Loop

    17 October 2014, 3:00 pm by: Jo Borrás

    In the coming weeks, there will be a vote on a bill that will see the city of New York close the Central Park Loop to all automotive traffic for three months in a bid to determine the impact a car-free Central Park would have on NYC’s car, bike, and foot…
  • Liquid Metal Batteries Promise to Transform the Grid

    16 October 2014, 3:00 pm by: Jo Borrás

    MIT Professor of Materials and Chemistry Donald R. Sadoway believes that a massive shift in the world of energy is coming, and it’s not a new, massive grid. Instead, Sadoway believes that sustainable energy sources like wind and solar can work together with…
  • Bow-House Project

    15 October 2014, 5:48 pm by: Glenn Meyers

    You might want to know about Bow-House. I did. Writing for Gizmag, Adam Williams asked: “Can “guerrilla architecture” be used to promote radical collective ideas? Such is the intriguing premise behind Bow-House.” Let me set the stage here: The…
  • Motor City Has a Pedal-Powered Future

    15 October 2014, 11:33 am by: Jo Borrás

    Detroit’s fortunes rose and fell on four wheels, but its past- and its future- could be built on two. That’s what Jen Wieczner at Fortune Magazine thinks, and, with at least seven bicycle makers setting up shop in the once “Motor City”, she may have a…
  • Minneapolis Forms Partnership With Utilities

    15 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Jo Borrás

    The city of Minneapolis, MN has developed a comprehensive sustainability plan, including these ambitious targets: generating 10 percent of energy from local renewable energy sources, cutting energy use by 17 percent and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30…
  • LED Lighting Saves Church School Money

    14 October 2014, 2:00 pm by: Stephen Hanley

    Installing LED lighting will save The Purpose School, run by the First Congregational Church in Stoneham, Massachusetts, over $4,000 a year on their electric bill. The new energy saving lights are brighter and use 75% less energy than the fluorescent units the…
  • Chicago Turns Light Poles into Data Mines

    9 October 2014, 3:30 pm by: Jo Borrás

    They may look like ornate bits of sculpture, but the curled metal bits at the top of the street lights on Chicago‘s Michigan Ave. are actually a system of advanced sensors that will measure the city’s air quality, light intensity, sound volume, heat,…
  • NY Subways Still Dealing With Sandy Damage

    9 October 2014, 2:00 pm by: Jo Borrás

    In the wake of the damage wrought to the New York and New Jersey subway systems by hurricane/superstorm Sandy in 2012, a new engineering report has surfaced recommending a extensive maintenance that will take individual tunnel tubes out of service for extended…
  • Vertical Gardening Gets Real in Australia

    7 October 2014, 4:00 pm by: Jo Borrás

    When news broke two years ago that Sydney, Australia would be home to the world’s tallest and largest urban/vertical gardening project, I had some doubts- and I would have bet money that it was vaporware. It was a scam, I was sure- a thing that was so…

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