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YouTube Visual of New York City's greenhouse gas emissions (powerful, compelling!)

New York City releases a visual of a year's worth of carbon emissions (mostly from buildings).  This is a must-watch YouTube piece.  "Published on Oct 19, 2012 by CarbonVisuals
In 2010 (the latest year for which we had data) New York City added 54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (equivalent) to the atmosphere, but that number means little to most people because few of us have a sense of scale for atmospheric pollution.

Carbon Visuals (http://www.carbonvisuals.com) and the Environmental Defense Fund wanted to make those emissions feel a bit more real - the total emissions and the rate of emission. Designed to engage the 'person on the street', this version is exploratory and still work in progress.

NYC carbon footprint:
54,349,650 million tons a year = 148,903 tons a day = 6,204 tons an hour = 1.72 tons a second
Emissions in 2010 were 12% less than 2005 emissions. The City of New York is on track to reduce emissions by 30% by 2017 - an ambitious target.
For a set of stills from this movie, see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonquilt/sets/72157631827283027/
For more information see:
http://www.carbonvisuals.com/work/new-yorks-carbon-emissions-in-real-time

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Sustainability explained through animation

Watch this short animated movie explaining sustainability created for RealEyes by Igloo Animations...

 


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World’s first renewable energy atlas goes online

World’s first renewable energy atlas goes online | Sustainability in Class | Scoop.it
International Renewable Energy Agency has launched the first ever online Global Atlas of renewable energy resources.
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Innovation + Sustainability at Marthashof Urban Village, Berlin

Innovation + Sustainability at Marthashof Urban Village, Berlin | Sustainability in Class | Scoop.it

In Marthashof ecological living is defined by geothermal energy, a wood-pellet heating system and rainwater recovery. Geothermal energy can be used to both heat and cool, and the heating systems in Marthashof’s residential and commercial units are also designed to create extra warmth during the colder months. Green spaces represent around 30 percent of the total surface area in Marthashof Urban Village and are maintained using rainwater that has been stored in underground cisterns.

The sustainability concept doesn’t end there: Highly efficient building insulation, integrated heat exchangers to control the ventilation of living spaces, minimized thermal bridges and a generous green roof terrace make the Marthashof Urban Village, built by Stofanel Investment AG, a trail-blazing project.

In December 2011, the Stofanel Project Marthashof Urban Village in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg won the eco-immobilienawardberlin 2011. This new immobilienawardberlin award is dedicated to sustainable building and was bestowed for the first time in 2011. Previously it had been awarded biannually in the areas of residential and office construction, retail and specialist real estate...


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MAD unveils plans for towering village in the mountains

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MAD has unveiled plans for a towering village of apartment blocks beside the Huangshan Mountains in eastern China.
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