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Why We Should Build Smart Highways

Why We Should Build Smart Highways | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
High-speed rail is still just a dream in America. But why then aren't smart roads a reality?

 

It is possible to imagine a world in which smart pavement, smart cars, and embedded monitoring and controls would turn highways from gulches that pollute a wide swath of land around them with both particles and noise would become more like rivers.

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Zero-Energy Districts: Energy Strategies and Sustainable Opportunities

Zero-Energy Districts: Energy Strategies and Sustainable Opportunities | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

An ambitious experiment in sustainable Fort Collins, Colorado, supporting development of the nation’s first major urban zero-energy district (ZED) is already hinting at important lessons for future implementation possibilities.

 

Along the Colorado Front Range, the resulting data illustrates how the strategic integration of energy generation, storage, and conservation activities can reduce an electricity grid’s overall energy load at critical peak-demand periods. As workplaces become increasingly energy-efficient, they will also have to generate and store more energy on site. With distributed generation, electricity will ultimately be delivered in a far cleaner fashion than is generally the case with the mostly coal-powered mega–power plants that now feed American power grids.


Working with the city-owned electricity supplier Fort Collins Utilities (FCU) and several locally based clean-energy specialists, participating employers were able to collectively reduce peak-load demand on a designated microgrid within the ZED’s boundaries by more than 20 percent during test periods that lasted more than four weeks...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, April 10, 2013 6:22 AM

An interesting case study on Zero Energy Districts, in practice... 

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America’s E-Waste Problem – Infographic

America’s E-Waste Problem – Infographic | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

'Following up on an e-Waste post from awhile back, we thought we would put together an infographic about the state of e-Waste in the U.S.  It is a challenging problem for businesses and individuals everywhere, and the issue is much bigger than you may have thought...'

 


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Hein Holthuizen's comment, April 20, 2013 3:24 AM
thanks for this info
Lance LeTellier's comment, April 24, 2013 3:34 PM
Also, when recycling e-Waste, make sure it is processed in US rather than shipped to third-world countries where it likely sits for years in huge piles where the exposure to the environment causes toxic runoff.