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PARK PASSIVE: Seattle's First Certified Passive House by NK Architects

PARK PASSIVE: Seattle's First Certified Passive House by NK Architects | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it

Park Passive is Seattle’s first certified Passive House, reducing heating consumption by nearly 90% to meet the rigorous standards for certification by the Passive House Academy and authorized by the Passivhaus Institut. Located on a small infill lot in Madison Park, this striking three-story modern home features a day-lit open stairwell with punctuated views to the street, double-height vaulted kitchen ceilings that visually connect the main living area to an upstairs kids play area, and an open floor plan that flows into a small yard. Park Passive is a model of innovative design that blends livability with sustainability.


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Google Makes 15th Renewable Energy Investment In Texas

Google Makes 15th Renewable Energy Investment In Texas | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Google made big news earlier this week, announcing that it would be acquiring Nest Labs, the maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat.

Google made big news earlier this week, announcing that it would be acquiring Nest Labs, the maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat. Google has a long history of investing in clean energy and clean technologies like Nest, and it has continued that trend, announcing Tuesday that it had invested $75 million into the Panhandle 2 wind farm in Carson County, Texas.

This is Google’s second investment in Texas, and its 15th renewable energy investment overall. Just a year ago Google announced that it had invested $200 million into the Spinning Spur Wind Project in Oldham County, Texas, and it has followed it up with its new Panhandle 2 investment.

The 182 MW facility is being developed by Pattern Energy Group, and upon completion will generate enough electricity to power approximately 56,000 US homes. The site is expected to be completed later this year.

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The smart money continues to establish positions in renewable energy and associated technologies.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, January 19, 2014 1:44 PM

Nice to see the big tech companies take up responsibility and do their 'green' part.

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Crowd-funding could solve energy poverty in remote townships : Renew Economy

Crowd-funding could solve energy poverty in remote townships : Renew Economy | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
A proposal to use crow-funding and community ownership to install solar and reduce reliance on expensive and dirty diesel generation in WA has attracted huge interest.

A clean tech expert is hoping to tap into crowd-funding and community ownership models to help install solar energy and address the soaring costs of dirty fossil fuels in remote Western Australian communities.

Peter Hansford of Regional Cleantech Solutions, recently hosted a community solar forum at Notre Dame University in Broome. It attracted  110 people and $120,000 in pledges for community solar projects.

Hansford is confident that such a model an be used to harness the plentiful solar resources of north-western Australia and he has spoken with five separate indigenous communities in the Kimberley region about such projects.

In the Kimberley region, the average daily usage by household is 34 kWh, compared to 16 kWh across the nation, and can be as high as 50 kWh in the wet season. The cost of energy – mostly sourced from diesel trucked in from regional centres – is also high. Hansford said that in some communities truck in costs and energy bills can reach up to $11,000 per household per year.

Jarlmadangah currently spends around $209,000 on diesel per annum for its town of 70 people, a small school and health clinic. The community of Yakanarra is said to have five months of diesel stockpiled – around 300,000 litres, equating to $600,000.

Looma, just eight kilometres away from Jarlmadangah, has a weekly ‘truck in’ money fund that each working community member must contribute to, totalling around $35 per person, per week.

The Kimberley area also receives a larger than proportional amount of ‘Hardship Utility Grants’ to assist with paying bills, mainly energy bills. Although the Kimberly holds only 0.16% of the Western Australian population in 2010 they received 0.37% of these allocated grants, in 2011 it was 0.30%. These figures are almost two to three times the state average.

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crowdfunding solar juice ...

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, September 29, 2013 1:10 PM

Crowdfunding, Renewable Energy, small sustainable initiatives, less carbon, win-win solutions. Here's a great example of what creative minds can come up with.


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Carbon bubble will plunge the world into another financial crisis – report

Carbon bubble will plunge the world into another financial crisis – report | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Trillions of dollars at risk as stockmarkets inflate value of fossil fuels that may have to remain buried forever, experts warn
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these are smart people behind these observations and reports. maybe the smart money should be taking their advice amd disinvesting from fossil fuel investments and activities? ...

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What's Mine Is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live

What's Mine Is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
What's Mine Is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live.
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Curate Your Own Wiki-Guide with the Wikipedia Book Create Tool

Help:Books - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There are almost no limits when creating books from Wikipedia content. A good book focuses on a certain topic and covers it as well as possible. A meaningful title helps other users to have the correct expectation regarding the content of a book.


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I just love this democratisation of everything; here's self publishing delivered to a keyboard near you courtesy of Wikipedia ...

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Curate Your Own Wiki-Guide with the Wikipedia Book Create Tool | @scoopit via @k3hamilton http://sco.lt/...

 

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Few people know that it is actually possible to curate Wikipedia content into custom print books or PDF / OpenDocument ebooks that contain exactly the content you want in the order you specify.

 

Once you are logged into Wikipedia you simply activate the Book Creator Tool and then, from that moment on, everytime you visit a Wikipedia page you can click and add it to your curated Wiki-Book.

 

There is also a dedicated wiki page where you can manage the pages you have collected and you can reorganized and sort them any way you want, eliminating the pages you don't need.

 

Unfortunately there is no integrated way to edit and further customize the content of those pages for your own use.

 

PDF versions are freely downloadable by anyone, print book versions are paid.

 

N.B.: The price for print books depends on the number of pages, starting with US$ 7.90 for books up to 100 pages. 10% of the gross sales price goes to the Wikimedia Foundation. Books are perfect bound, printed in the dimensions 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch (216 mm x 140 mm) and contain a table of contents, your chapters and articles, licensing information next to an index.

 

More info about printed versions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books/Frequently_Asked_Questions ;

 

Free to use.

 

Learn everything about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books ;

 

Video tutorial: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Enwp_screencast4.theora.ogv ;

 

 

MCLibrarianRMIT's curator insight, January 27, 2014 10:04 PM

It's worth keeping in mind that some 'publishers' try to sell books based entirely on Wikipedia content. 

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Green Lighthouse, Copenhagen: Denmark's First Public Carbon-Neutral Building

Green Lighthouse, Copenhagen: Denmark's First Public Carbon-Neutral Building | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it

Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Green Lighthouse is the first CO2 neutral public building in the country.

Designed by Christensen & Co Architects, the project features a circular shape and adjustable louvers mirroring the course of the sun, which is the main source of energy.

The project is based on a new experiment with the energy which consists of a supply combination of district heating, photovoltaic solar heating and cooling and seasonal storage. The building’s design led to a 70% reduction of the energy consumption due to its round shape which features adjustable louvers that follow the sun’s course.


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New Designs for building Eco-friendly structures.

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Andrew Erueti: African tribes losing ground to conservation - Features - Al Jazeera English

Andrew Erueti: African tribes losing ground to conservation - Features - Al Jazeera English | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
"Over the past decade, tribal groups of hunter-gatherers and pastoralists across Africa have tapped into the global indigenous movement as a force for funding and advocacy," said Andrew Erueti, an expert on indigenous rights for the UK-based rights...
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This idea that nature reserves should, no, must exclude human beings is so naive and SO last century. Surely the objective must be the establishment of balanced systems of mutual interdependence that prove sustainable over the long run? ...

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Study Finds 97% Consensus on Human-Caused Global Warming in the Peer-Reviewed Literature

Study Finds 97% Consensus on Human-Caused Global Warming in the Peer-Reviewed Literature | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
By Dana Nuccitelli and John Cook via Skeptical Science.
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