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Engineering a sustainable society

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In a world that is characterised by economic challenges, climate change, globalisation, overpopulation and a quest for resources, sustainable solutions that meet the needs of today without compromising tomorrow are highly in demand.
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US moves to push global trade deal on green goods - Phys.org

US moves to push global trade deal on green goods - Phys.org | Sustainable Engineering | Scoop.it
The United States said Friday it was planning to begin negotiations with other leading trading countries for a deal to cut tariffs for green goods like solar panels.
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By eliminating expensive tariffs on green technologies we are making it  economically viable to upgrade to these new more environmentally friendly technology. definitely a step in the right direction

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Researchers Develop Tiny, Efficient LEDs - Buildings

Researchers Develop Tiny, Efficient LEDs - Buildings | Sustainable Engineering | Scoop.it
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Such thin and foldable LEDs are critical for future portable and integrated electronic devices," says Xiaodong Xu, a UW assistant professor in materials science and engineering and in physics.
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A brilliant example of small and efficient technology. hopefully everyone will soon be using such efficient  technology

 

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Visions of a Sustainable World

This 10 minute video presents highlights of an interview with Dr. Paul Raskin about his views on the pathways necessary to achieve a sustainable planetary ci...
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By analyzing possible future situations we can try and create a more environmentally sustainable future, but it will only be possible if we all work together, especially as engineers

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Green Building Takes Off | Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Green Building Takes Off | Climate Denial Crock of the Week | Sustainable Engineering | Scoop.it
Green Buildings which use 70 to 80 percent less energy than normal construction, or are even "net energy positive", producing more than they use - are part of a 100 billion dollar global industry, expected to double in the next ...
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This is definitely pointing us in the right direction

 

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McDonald's Definition of "Sustainable": Brought to You by the Beef Industry - Mother Jones

McDonald's Definition of "Sustainable": Brought to You by the Beef Industry - Mother Jones | Sustainable Engineering | Scoop.it
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McDonald's Definition of "Sustainable": Brought to You by the Beef Industry
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In January, McDonald's announced that it will begin the transition to sustainable beef in 2016.
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This is a perfect example of how we may have come far, but there is still a long way to go before we reach a point where we have become truly sustainable.

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This Lisbon Home Has A Green Facade That “Breathes”

This Lisbon Home Has A Green Facade That “Breathes” | Sustainable Engineering | Scoop.it

Sustainability in architecture reveals itself in many forms, some more subtle or hidden than others. It’s much more complicated an issue than just green lawning your building, but sometimes that’s just what you need to get your message across.


The House in Travessa do Patrocínio by RA\\ does just that. The narrow townhouse is situated in the center of Lisbon, in a neighborhood with little access to green spaces. To compensate for this, the architects draped the house with lush green facades that cover 100 square-meters of wall space.

The facades are integral components to the architecture, and are planted with approximately 4,500 plants sourced from 25 different local varieties, all of which require little maintenance. The result is a vertical garden that functions as an urban “lung” within the pavement-heavy area, helping to rid the residential street of excess noise, carbon, and other pollutants floating about.

Though small and humble in proportion,  the architects hope that the house is an “example of sustainability for the city of Lisbon,” a new urban model applicable at all scales of building.


Via Lauren Moss
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A beautiful example of a home that is embracing sustainable engineering and something that we should all be trying to do.

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, March 25, 2013 12:07 PM

The footprint of this home is relatively modest, the green statment it makes is bold and beautiful. The green wall the architects say functions as an urban “lung” within the pavement-heavy area, helping to rid the residential street of excess noise, carbon, and other pollutants floating about. Read on....

Mary H Goudie's curator insight, August 26, 2013 12:53 PM

Just round the corner from my apartment in Campo de Ourique, one of this city's little inner residential villages! I check out the progress of the vertical plantation once in a while and wish I could have my apartment clad in the same. Come up & see it for yourselves - just grab a 28 or 25 antique tram, both pass right below my window.