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Information to enhance and create ‘environments’ with short and long term generational goals that benefit and strengthen the human-nature interdependence. I call it the human element.
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Adapting Older Architecture to New Purposes Is Green, Too - Historic Preservation, Sustainability, Adaptive Reuse - Architect Magazine

Adapting Older Architecture to New Purposes Is Green, Too - Historic Preservation, Sustainability, Adaptive Reuse - Architect Magazine | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Sustainability in architecture isn't just about new construction. The preservation and reuse of existing buildings will play an increasingly imortant role, too.

 

A 2005 Brookings Institution report predicted that by 2030, half of the buildings in the U.S. will have been constructed after 2000. Think of it: The volume of construction in the first few decades of this century will match the entire remains of the previous two centuries. For green building advocates, this revelation highlights the urgent need to improve the quality of new construction. But what of the old?

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Stateline - Hawaii’s Solar Tax Credits Are a Threat to State Budget

Stateline - Hawaii’s Solar Tax Credits Are a Threat to State Budget | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
The widespread popularity of Hawaii’s solar energy incentive — and mass confusion over how to implement it — have dealt a blow to the state’s treasury and become a major topic in state politics.

 

Solar is surging in Hawaii. There’s no disputing that.

 

Solar power installations have sprouted all across the islands, helping the state move toward its ambitious renewable energy goal and adding some 2,000 “green-collar” jobs to local economies. The projects account for an estimated 15 percent of all construction statewide.

 

Hawaii more than doubled its solar capacity between 2010 and 2011, making it one of the top 10 solar producers nationally. That’s an impressive feat for a small state whose solar industry barely existed as recently as 2006.

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GlobeSt.com - Time For Private Equity and CRE To Get Serious - Building Opportunity Article

GlobeSt.com - Time For Private Equity and CRE To Get Serious - Building Opportunity Article | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

The speed dating between real estate operating companies and institutional private equity investors is ready to move to the commitment phase-formal program investing.

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Jones Lang LaSalle Study Ties Cities’ Smart Grid Use to Economic Drivers for CRE Health

Jones Lang LaSalle Study Ties Cities’ Smart Grid Use to Economic Drivers for CRE Health | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

A new “Connected City” study by Jones Lang LaSalle reveals a correlation between municipal investment, application of smart grid technology and the three key economic indicators of the health of the commercial real estate industry: strong employment, GDP growth and positive office market occupancy.

 

When comparing smart grid cities with North American averages, Jones Lang LaSalle researchers found that connected cities have an annual GDP growth rate that is 0.7 percent higher, an unemployment rate that is a full percentage point lower and office occupancy rates that are 2.5 percent higher than less advanced cities.

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Rooftop Farms: Here to Stay or Passing Phase?

Rooftop Farms: Here to Stay or Passing Phase? | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

When Centrum Partners took over the Bradley Business Center on Chicago’s North Side in 2011, the company wanted to transform the 21-acre commercial campus into a cutting-edge location with tenants poised for the new economy.

 

That’s why it made perfect sense to partner with New York-based BrightFarms to turn one acre of the complex’s rooftop from vacant space into a hydroponic greenhouse—a deal that was unveiled this week.

 

The farm will grow 500,000 pounds of lettuce, tomatoes and herbs annually, to be sold directly to supermarkets, community markets and other venues.

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A Hybrid Approach to Solar Power

A Hybrid Approach to Solar Power | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
A company comes up with a solar installation that produces hot water as well as electricity for apartment buildings, wineries and now a dairy.
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Stunning Skyscraper Would Use Lightning For Electricity

Stunning Skyscraper Would Use Lightning For Electricity | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
From Inhabitat: Taking a cue from good ol' Ben Franklin, this electrifying tower design would harness bolts of lighting to smash molecules of water into hydrogen and oxygen.

 

Could this be a future energy structure? Possibly. Just need to perfect nanotech and make it financily viable.

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Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC: Extreme Rain Storms in ...

Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC: Extreme Rain Storms in ... | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Green Infrastructure Provides Greater Resiliency to Mitigate Flooding. The kind of deluges that in recent years washed out Cedar Rapids, IA, forced the Army Corps of Engineers to intentionally blow up levees to save Cairo, IL, ...
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China Transportation Briefing: Filling the Finance Gap | TheCityFix

China Transportation Briefing: Filling the Finance Gap | TheCityFix | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

Our monthly China Transportation Briefing shares interesting news and noteworthy research related to China’s transportation and urban development. The goal is to help people who are interested in solving China’s urbanization and transportation problems understand relevant Chinese policies and trends.

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Extreme urbanism: live here at your peril | Sustainable Cities Collective

Extreme urbanism: live here at your peril | Sustainable Cities Collective | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
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Future of solar is bright - with subsidy reform

Future of solar is bright - with subsidy reform | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Are storm clouds gathering over the market for American solar power? Stiff international competition, cheap natural gas and expiring federal support cast a long shadow over the growing industry. Policies in California...
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Breakthrough CSP Desalination Plant in Cyprus

Breakthrough CSP Desalination Plant in Cyprus | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

Mirrors placed at strategic locations lead to reflection and the focus of sunbeams on a central receiver’s surface, thus generating CSP. The receiver stores the energy after converting it from solar to thermal. Water is converted to steam by this thermal energy and steam in turn generates electrical energy when passed through steam turbines.

Simultaneously, the excess energy is efficiently used for water desalination through evaporation. Had it not been for this newly developed efficient model in the energy field, the surplus energy which is now used to desalinate water would have gone down the drain.


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SpaceX delays first private launch to space station

SpaceX delays first private launch to space station | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
SpaceX has postponed by a week its bid to become the first private company to attempt to launch an unmanned cargo vessel to the International Space Station.
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Madison Childrens’ Museum | The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc.

Madison Childrens’ Museum | The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc. | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

The new Madison Children’s Museum demonstrates creative, cost-effective problem solving applied to the conversion of an existing office building into a dynamic museum-based learning environment.


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Clean-tech startup LightSail pulls in $37.3M from Bill Gates, Peter Thiel

Clean-tech startup LightSail pulls in $37.3M from Bill Gates, Peter Thiel | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
LightSail has earned some heavyweight support from both venture capital firms and angel investors, including Microsoft's cofounder Bill Gates.
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Gazit's Chaim Katzman: 'Our Strategy Is Long-term Ownership' - Knowledge@Wharton

Gazit's Chaim Katzman: 'Our Strategy Is Long-term Ownership' - Knowledge@Wharton | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Gazit's Chaim Katzman: 'Our Strategy Is Long-term Ownership' by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School.

 

Gazit Globe (usually called Gazit) is among the world's top real estate investment multinationals. Listed on the Tel Aviv stock exchange, the firm operates in some 20 countries and owns or operates 6.3 million square meters of space spread over more than 650 properties. In the U.S., Gazit's investment vehicles include Equity One, a real estate investment trust that focuses on high quality retail properties. Gazit's total asset value exceeds $15 billion. Chaim Katzman, Gazit's chairman and founder, spoke recently with Wharton real estate professor Peter Linneman and Knowledge@Wharton about the company's origins, strategy and his personal management philosophy.

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Virtual energy storage: Using buildings as batteries

Virtual energy storage: Using buildings as batteries | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

Thomas Edison once remarked “When we learn how to store electricity, we will cease being apes ourselves; until then we are tailless orangutans.” True to Edison’s insights, recent investment in battery banks, compressed air systems and ultra-capacitors show interest in solutions that improve energy storage technologies. Utilities and the venture capital (VC) community are spending vast sums in search of solutions to curb peak power loads and to address the intermittency of renewable power sources. Edison would likely view these expensive investments in hard storage technologies as noble but misguided efforts to transcend our collective simian roots.

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What Your Brand Colors Say About Your Business? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What Your Brand Colors Say About Your Business? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Branding is important for every business. A study of the world’s top 100 brands (determined by brand value) analyzed each brand’s logo and found the following in this infographic created with Marketo.

 

Studies have shown that a product’s color influences 60 to 80 percent of a customer’s purchasing decision, meaning color can make or break a product.

 

Color is the first thing a consumer will notice about your logo.

 

What do the brand colors mean?

Red – Red evokes a passionate and visceral response. Popular brands with red logos are Coca-cola, Shell, Xerox, Canon, Lego, Toyota, Oracle, TESCO.
Purple – Sophisticated yet mysterious. Popular brands with purple logos are FedEx and Yahoo!
Blue – Most popular choice for a brand color. Social networking giants are dominantly colored with blue like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Green – Synonymous to calm, freshness and health. Popular brands with green logos are Starbucks and TicTac.
Yellow – Communicates hope and optimism. Popular brands with yellow logos are Ferrari, Cat, DHL and Good Year.
Brown – Speaks of earthly simplicity as well as strength and durability. Popular brands with brown logo is Louis Vuitton.
Black – Used by companies to boast classic sophistication. Popular brands that use the color black for their logos are Apple, IBM, Microsoft, L’Oreal, Zara.

 

Full graphic here: http://ijustdid.org/2012/07/what-do-brand-colors-mean


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Very Insightful look into how different colours affect the way consumers look at a brand's logo and how it alters how they identify the brand.  Brand logo's and the  colour scheme are just as important as the brand name. There must be a balance between making a brand attractive and unique whilst still enabling consumers to quickly identify what the brand is. Blue is a dominant colour in social networking brand logo's. This can be seen in Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. A strong Brand logo and Brand name leads to stronger brand image and awareness. 

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Transition to green economy could yield up to 60 million jobs, ILO says

Transition to green economy could yield up to 60 million jobs, ILO says | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

The transformation to a greener economy could generate 15 to 60 million additional jobs globally over the next two decades and lift tens of millions of workers out of poverty, according to a new report led by the Green Jobs Initiative. The study “Working towards sustainable development: Opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economy” says that these gains will depend on whether the right set of policies are put in place.

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Seattle takes greener approach to sewer overflows - Seattle Post Intelligencer

Seattle takes greener approach to sewer overflows - Seattle Post Intelligencer | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Seattle takes greener approach to sewer overflowsSeattle Post IntelligencerThe US Environmental Protection Agency is promoting the environmental tools known as green infrastructure, and cities such as Portland, Ore., Kansas City, Mo., and Philadelphia...
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New Report: Transport Determines Housing Affordability | TheCityFix

New Report: Transport Determines Housing Affordability | TheCityFix | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

The District of Columbia Office of Planning, in cooperation with the Chicago-based Center for Neighborhood Technology, released a study that found transportation costs range from $8,500 to $25,000 per household in the D.C. region. The report, ”H+T in DC: Housing + Transportation Affordability in Washington, DC,” investigates how neighborhood characteristics, such as proximity to jobs and access to transit, vary across the region and affect household transportation costs.

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Home builder offers vegetable gardens as options.

Home builder offers vegetable gardens as options. | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

A developer is giving new homeowners a chance to choose vegetable garden options when they pick out their homes in one of Makakilo's newest developments - Kahiwelo.


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Italy's Ferrari of the railways gets off to a flying start

Italy's Ferrari of the railways gets off to a flying start | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
The new Italo – the first privately operated high-speed train in Europe – is a train like no other, claims Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, chairman of Ferrari and boss of NTV, the firm challenging the state service...
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Equity Crowdfunding Infographic | crowdfunder.com

Equity Crowdfunding Infographic | crowdfunder.com | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Take an inside look at the fascinating data on the What, When and How of Equity Crowdfunding...
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Shareable: Hack The Law

Shareable: Hack The Law | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

On Sunday, April 15, Brooklyn Law School's Incubator and Policy Clinic (BLIP) hosted its first "Legal Hackathon." Describing lawyers as "traditionally conservative wallflowers and naysayers," Jonathan Askin, the founder of the BLIP Clinic, urged the crowd of lawyers, law students, coders, and entrepreneurs to join a "common mission to apply the law to pave the way for technological, civic, social, and cultural progress."

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