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Solar Ambitions: 6 Projects Powered By The Sun

Solar Ambitions: 6 Projects Powered By The Sun | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The city of London has covered the roof of its Blackfriar's Bridge (part of the Blackfriar's Railway Station) with 4,400 photovoltaic solar panels. The new solar array will have the capacity to convert enough solar energy to make 80,000 cups of tea a day. Since the energy created is entirely carbon free, the photovoltaic cells will reduce the station's carbon footprint by 511 tons, or an average of 89,000 car trips per year.

Solar arrays usually appear on the rooftops of buildings, or as part of large solar farms outside of cities–which makes the Blackfriar's Bridge all the more impressive. The project marks an ambitious effort to convert rail infrastructure—which itself consumes a sizable about of energy each year—to help solve the complex climate puzzle.

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Arianna Smith's curator insight, February 11, 2014 2:40 PM

Solar energy being used to dazzle the people. Not only does it look awesome but it's heading the world in the right direction. It's carbon free, which means it helps the environment. I'm  not entirely sure if it can generate a lot of energy, but it's defiantly a path I'm willing to follow. The buildings they created look like something out of a science fiction film! It's crazy. Not everyone nor every country has solar energy accessible to them(whether it's climate or price). But the people that can, should use it. I think this is a great way to showcase Solar Energy to the world.

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Designing a Built Environment Resilient to Climate Change

Designing a Built Environment Resilient to Climate Change | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Buildings, landscapes, infrastructure, and even entire cities can be designed to be more resilient to climate, environmental, and population changes, argued a high-profile panel at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) D.C.’s Design D.C. conference....
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Venus Huang's curator insight, April 22, 2013 9:01 AM

This article relates to the use of green innovations in infrastructure to increase resilience and enable houses to better adapt to climate change, creating an eco-friendly community. This is a useful resource for teachers to utilize and implement in the classroom, which will assist stage one students to understand the impacts of climate change and learn to become environmentally friendly. It demonstrates how “green innovations” could be embedded in buildings such as solar panels, portable hot water systems and window louvers. These sustainable energy sources are important knowledge for students, especially to acknowledge the positive impacts it could bring to our environment.

 

Delivering explicit teaching strategies is necessary to assist students’ learning of the concepts mentioned above. We as teachers can engage Stage 1 students in interactive activities such as designing an environmental friendly home in groups, delineate their ideas on paper and allow them to present their proposed ideas. This activity promotes a cooperative learning approach in which students work together to achieve or complete shared or common tasks. Cooperative learning is a ‘constructivist method for fostering cognitive process.” (McInerney, 2010, p.271) The use of language during student-student interaction is a critical factor in enhancing children’s thinking. When children argue their point of view with other children, verify it and criticize the opinions of others, they are engaging a variety of ideas from which to learn.

 

McInerney, D., & McInerney, V. (2010). Educational Psychology: Constructing Learning. Sydney: Pearson Education Australia. Gilbert.