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New Technology Pipes Daylight into Windowless Rooms

New Technology Pipes Daylight into Windowless Rooms | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
An innovative technology from a recent South Korean and British joint venture promises to deliver natural daylight to windowless spaces through a series of high-tech pipes, without heat gain or los...
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Rethink Business - Join the circular economy revolution

Rethink Business er et dansk initiativ, der tager lederskab i at skabe den revolution, der skal til for at imødegå de ressourceudfordringer og miljøproblemer...
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Google and Landsat Create Time-Lapse Videos Showing 40 Years of Environmental Destruction in the Amazon

Google and Landsat Create Time-Lapse Videos Showing 40 Years of Environmental Destruction in the Amazon | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Landsat and Google Earth Engine collaborate to create time-lapse videos from over 40 years of data collection.
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Why Investors Care about Sustainability — and What Managers Should Do about It

Why Investors Care about Sustainability — and What Managers Should Do about It | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

NBS Thought Leaders offer guidance on sustainable business models for the 21st century. Thought Leaders are leading academics and practitioners: world experts on sustainability issues.


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Bootleg Bâtard: Building community by nourishing neighbors

Bootleg Bâtard: Building community by nourishing neighbors | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

I was so glad to see this project reach it's funding goal (and then some) recently on Kickstarter. In just three weeks 125 people pitched in "to turn Bootleg Batard from an idea into a community of caring, sharing, inspiration and excitement".   With their first goal met, Melina Kelson and Pete Podolsky are now able to begin building "a traditional oven and helping to forge a community centered on naturally good, real food."

 

<snip> "Five years ago, Melina Kelson and Pete Podolsky dug up the sod around their small, suburban Skokie, Illinois, home and transformed it into organic, edible landscaping. Since then, they have watched their garden (featured in Chicago Magazine) become a place where the community unites.

 

Friends of all ages pitch in to help turn the soil, pull weeds, plant and harvest the bounty. Since then, friends and neighborhood “farm hands” are invited back for canning parties and to share and celebrate the harvest each year. Strangers and neighbors ask questions about planting gardens of their own. They share ideas and frequently taste (and bring home) delicious, wholesome varieties of produce and plants they may not have known about before. Neighborhood school kids tour the garden and local scout groups help harvest food to donate to area food banks."

 

Click through to learn more about this wonderful project.

 

-- Sue.


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Breakthrough Energy Movement

Breakthrough Energy Movement | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"We are holding an international conference this November, with top researchers, inventors, business leaders and policy makers. The program will cover the past, present and future in breakthrough energy technologies. This conference is meant to serve as an evolutionary catalyst to initiate a global movement to unite, take action and FREE THE ENERGY."

 

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If Your Neighbor Has Solar Panels, You’re More Likely To Go Solar (Solar Power Is Contagious)

If Your Neighbor Has Solar Panels, You’re More Likely To Go Solar (Solar Power Is Contagious) | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
 
Someone is considerably more likely to install solar panels on their home if others in their area have already installed them, according to new research from Yale and New York University.
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Levi Strauss Using Reycled Plastic in Latest Denim Collection

Levi Strauss Using Reycled Plastic in Latest Denim Collection | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

 
"The denim will include PET plastic and other polyethylene terephthalate materials, such as brown beer bottles and black food trays that have been collected by local recycling programs across the US."

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Housing+ by C. F. Møller Architects: Zero-energy design

Housing+ by C. F. Møller Architects: Zero-energy design | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

C. F. Møller Architects have designed a proposal for the pilot-project Housing+, for 60 zero-energy housing units on the Aalborg Waterfront. The design adhered to stringent energy goals through a combination of architectural design and user-focused technical innovation.

The Housing+ concept sets the ambitious target of a zero-energy housing scheme, which also includes the tenant’s primary household energy consumption. The complex will thus be 100% relying on renewables.

Central to the concept is the use of integrated energy-design to generate the concept of tomorrow’s housing, producing more energy than it consumes. This is achieved by optimizing the inherent passive gains of the main volume, and shaping it to take advantage of the orientation and potential for active solar energy-collection.

 

Visit the link for more images and details on this contemporary, green design that incorporates solar, passive strategies, and on-site renewable energy.


Via Lauren Moss, Territori, association concert urbain, João Greno Brogueira
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A More Exciting Design For Wind Power

A More Exciting Design For Wind Power | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
It may be full of potential, but wind power is still a young industry with many design challenges that prevent it from scaling up.
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Brilliant for smaller applications but can it match a conventional 3MW capity blade turbine? 

 

 

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German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

The future of solar power is about to get a little brighter with new developments in black silicon, a material that can absorb almost the entire spectrum of light – including infrared. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institutein Germany were recently able to double the efficiency of black silicon solar cells, and the team is also hoping to combine a conventional panel (which can only capture three quarters of the spectrum) with black silicon to create a super-efficient cell that can harness the the full power of the sun.


Via Adela Ciurea, João Greno Brogueira
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Cutting Red Tape to Make Solar Faster, Cheaper and Easier to Install

Cutting Red Tape to Make Solar Faster, Cheaper and Easier to Install | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"...a recent report by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory indicates that lower soft costs are not just a result of aggressive federal-level policy support. In reality, Germany’s low costs are the product of a mature market for solar and they point to a direction of where we need to go."

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Vertical sustainability: Moveable ‘green walls’ | Sustainable Cities Collective

Vertical sustainability: Moveable ‘green walls’  | Sustainable Cities Collective | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
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Strong potential growth for storage, distributed generation and microgrids

Strong potential growth for storage, distributed generation and microgrids | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
IEEE announced today the release of a new report that they commissioned.
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First website for crowdfunding for alternative energy funds

First website for crowdfunding for alternative energy funds | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Examiner.comFirst website for crowdfunding for alternative energy fundsExaminer.com23, 2012, Solar Love reported that the first crowdfunding website for renewable energy site, Sunny Crowd, is now up.

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Waste-to-Energy: Green Power Generation

Waste-to-Energy: Green Power Generation | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

Waste-to-energy (WTE) is the process of creating energy in the form of electricity or heat from the incineration of a waste source. But how does the process generate green power?

A form of energy recovery, such processes produce electricity directly through combustion or produce a combustible fuel commodity.

 

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Vila Alstrup in Demark: energy-plus design

Vila Alstrup in Demark: energy-plus design | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

The house on the shore with a view of the Wadden Sea is an energy-plus house, which means that it produces more electricity and heat than it uses.


This was achieved without compromising on the exclusive qualities of a large home, including panoramic sea-views. The architecture uses clear and simple expression, open and transparent to the sea and more closed and private towards the neighbors. The unusual geometry of the volume is combined with a calm and unpretentious detailing, and a restrained material palette.

Designed with ‘passive house’ principles, the home is compact in form, with large windows facing the view to the south-west, to make optimal passive use of the sun’s heat. The angle also respects the shoreline protection zone, creating a triangular floor plan. The sloping roof is angled to optimize the performance of the solar heating cells. Passive solar heat gain is absorbed and accumulated in the interior concrete walls and floor slabs, while the south-west facing balcony and overhangs shade the facades and control the amount of seasonal solar energy. The balcony is a free-standing concrete slab completely eliminating any cold-bridging to the interior...

 

Read more about this contemporary and contextual green design at the article link...


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Sweden wants Norway's trash (and lots of it)

Sweden wants Norway's trash (and lots of it) | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Sweden is hungry for trash and has turned to Norway for an offer it would find hard to refuse, no pun intended. Sweden is asking its neighbor for trash. Sweden's success is Sweden's problem.
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Butterfly Wings Inspire Holographic Solar Panel Coatings

Butterfly Wings Inspire Holographic Solar Panel Coatings | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
The iridescent material is water-resistant which can improve the output of solar panels by keeping them clean and dry.
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An Infographic Breakdown Of The World’s Greenest Cities

An Infographic Breakdown Of The World’s Greenest Cities | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"In each of these cities, there are notable statistics worth mentioning. Amsterdam has one bike for every 0.73 people, Copenhagen has legislation requiring all new buildings to have green roofs (this will add 5,000 square meters of vegetation), and only 44% of New Yorkers own a car, compared to 95% of Americans overall."

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Saudi Arabia to Transition to 100% Renewables

Saudi Arabia to Transition to 100% Renewables | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Comments by Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud hint at an interesting oil end game for oil producing nations, in an all renewable energy future.
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How to double the power of solar panels | KurzweilAI

How to double the power of solar panels | KurzweilAI | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Solar collectors: A micrograph shows silicon nanowires produced by Bandgap Engineering. They can help a solar cell absorb more light.
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A Gorgeous Exploration Of The New Visual Language Of Sustainability

A Gorgeous Exploration Of The New Visual Language Of Sustainability | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

For all its good intentions, the environmental movement has historically been plagued by aesthetic ineptitude.

AN : As the TED Talks exhibit on the integration of Technology, Entertainmernt and Design, the overlap of design principles to technology goes a long way to communicating the message, importance, implications and impact of the technology. Great thought provoking short piece from the FastCoExist publication which Sustain Our Earth scooped on their site.

 

http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680671/a-gorgeous-exploration-of-the-new-visual-language-of-sustainability#1

 


Via SustainOurEarth, Arno Neumann, Stephane Bilodeau
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New off-grid PV concepts unveiled

New off-grid PV concepts unveiled | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Although off-grid photovoltaic technology still represents a relatively small market segment in the solar industry, for many, the technology has become vitally important.

"The pyramid-shaped power structures found in nearly every company across the globe are no longer able to appropriately respond to the demands of an ever more complex world, he maintained. Thus the authority to make decisions should no longer be provided solely to bosses or department managers, but rather to teams that more or less democratically reach decisions within the group."

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