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Ideas for Building Resilient Communities After Hurricane Sandy

Much of the landscape must be returned to its natural state, combined with distributed renewable energy and water.

 

"We ended the Dust Bowl by returning much of the landscape back to its native state and changing how we treated the land we continue to occupy. And we will end disasters like Hurricane Sandy the same way: taking as much of our coastline as possible back to its pre-settlement state as the least expensive way of protecting ourselves from a future of super storms, and rebuilding the rest in as resilient -- as temporary or as indestructible -- a way possible, with those living in harms way having to pay much more for public services as a result of that choice. It may not sound like a "Marshall Plan," but it may be the only plan that, in the end, works. "

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Has the term "sustainability" been coopted to mean: "sustaining industrial civilisation" business-as-usual?

Has the term "sustainability" been coopted to mean: "sustaining industrial civilisation" business-as-usual? | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

"Sustainability does not mean defending the non-human world from human expansion. Instead, it has come to mean sustaining human civilisation at the comfort level which the world's rich people feel is their right."


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The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) has been officially published! | BUILDUP

The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) has been officially published! | BUILDUP | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

La directiva para la eficiencia enegética fue publicada oficialmente el 14 de noviembre 2012 (aquí podeis encontrar la versión en inglés)


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You ar wellcome!
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Calif. to officially launch greenhouse gas system

Calif. to officially launch greenhouse gas system | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's largest greenhouse gas emitters will begin buying permits in a landmark "cap-and-trade" system designed to control emissions of heat-trapping gases and to spur investment in clean technologies.
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Keeping Singapore Green with Data and Design

Keeping Singapore Green with Data and Design | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

It is not simply a matter of city planning in the traditional sense. The very rhythm of Singapore is based on a marvelously efficient data collection process, which feeds the continuous refinement of urban planning. The Singaporean approach to analytical design contains important lessons, as statistics from the United Nations suggest 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. This kind of growth will put immense pressure on urban infrastructures, many of which are already archaic and crumbling.

 

The cultures of the Southeast Asian region have historically fueled many of the world’s innovations. Many of these advances are the result of the complex interactions between cultures and technology. As we move more deeply into the 21st century, the technology law of accelerating returns is more evident in Asia than in Europe or America. The rate of change in the way people live is increasing at an exponential rate each year in Asia.

 

Against this backdrop of continuous change driven by data collection technology, Singapore has implemented restoration of green space with astounding results.


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Valeria Fava's curator insight, February 6, 2013 5:21 AM

70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. This kind of growth will put immense pressure on urban infrastructures, many of which are already archaic and crumbling.

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Next Wave of Green Building Requirements Closing In | Breaking News | PE.com - Press-Enterprise

A state agency will begin requiring information from thousands of owners and operators of commercial buildings in the Inland area...

 

"Along with the typical financial and transaction disclosures during a lease or sale, building owners will soon need to provide the latest 12 months of energy-use information using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s online ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager."

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Sustainable Development Outlook

Sustainable Development Outlook | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
How far has the sustainable development movement come?

 

"Andy Gowder: There has been a remarkable change in public consciousness and expectations over the last two to five years with regard to sustainability."

 

"Margaret Cafarelli: We are doing a better job of educating people about sustainability, and it’s becoming more a part of people’s vernacular. "

 

"Judi Schweitzer: In California, the state’s Green Building Standards Code [CALGreen], which came out in 2010, is a significant step forward. There is also the California Public Utilities Commission’s Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, which has the goal that all new residential construction in California will be zero net energy by 2020 and all new commercial construction will be zero net energy by 2030."

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Pittsburgh: Steel Town Turned Green Town, USA | Earthtechling

Pittsburgh: Steel Town Turned Green Town, USA | Earthtechling | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
While other Rust Belt cities struggled through the recession, Pittsburgh has managed to keep building, and building green, while reclaiming its riverfronts.

 

"Pittsburgh also boasts the only convention center on the country with dual LEED certification: Gold for new construction and Platinum for operations."

 

"Plans are also in the works, closer to downtown, to turn the 28-acres site of the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins former arena, now demolished, into a sustainable neighborhood development incorporating 1,200 units of housing, office and retail space and parks, targeting LEED for Neighborhood Development certification."

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Gardens By The Bay: ‘World Building of the Year’

Gardens By The Bay: ‘World Building of the Year’ | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

Much of the environmental control is achieved through passive means, before resorting to less efficient, active systems such as air conditioning. Fresh air filters through a desiccant, then to conventional chillers. As the desiccant extracts moisture, it also cools the air inside. But to keep the desiccant functioning, energy is needed to remove the accumulated moisture. This is where sustainable technologies come in: An on-site biomass boiler—fueled entirely with green waste from the city’s national parks—and hot air collected from the top of the glasshouses provide sufficient energy to cool the conservatories.

 

“The result is not an experimental building, but its ventilation strategy has an experimental component,” Finch said. “In a globalized environment, there is so much interest in how we deal with density and this combination of urbanism with a garden that is both an attraction and nature is a wonderful solution. If they can cool these glasshouses through natural cooling, we should ask why it can’t be done in other buildings?”


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Stacy Mata's curator insight, March 8, 2016 8:34 AM
I mean can anything get better than a flower dome?!? Well at first I though no, but it be actually seeing the flowers in the building thriving in its natural habitat. But, hey, this is a stride towards conservation, awareness and beauty. All things we need in the world, oh, and passive design of course!
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John Hoffman, Creator of Energy Star Program, Dies at 62 | oregonlive.com

"Hoffman, who began working at EPA in 1978, devised the Energy Star program in 1992 after discovering that colleagues were wasting significant amounts of energy when away from their computers. He thought computers and printers should have a "sleep" mode to save energy when not in use."

 

"Working with information technology companies through public-private partnerships, Hoffman promoted the development of technologies to conserve energy. He and his staff also designed a labeling program to encourage consumers to buy eco-friendly products to reduce the amount of chlorofluorocarbon compounds in the atmosphere."

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$84 Billion in Green Building Residential Opportunities

$84 Billion in Green Building Residential Opportunities | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
While conditions in residential construction throughout many parts of the world may be challenging right now, those seeking long term growth opportunities need look no further than the green building and energy efficient housing sector.
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Earth Rangers LEED by Example

Earth Rangers LEED by Example | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

The Earth Rangers Centre has earned LEED Platinum status, with the building driving home the importance of environmental responsibility.

 

"The Earth Rangers Centre, a children’s conservation and biodiversity education centre in Woodbridge, Ontario..."

 

"Gaining a score of 92 out of a possible 110 points under the rating system, the implementation of new technologies has led to the centre recycling more than 1.5 million of water annually. It also relies completely on renewable energy sources and diverts 80 per cent of its waste from landfill."

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GSA Tests Energy-Slashing Technologies To Deploy In 10,000 Federal Buildings - Forbes

GSA Tests Energy-Slashing Technologies To Deploy In 10,000 Federal Buildings - Forbes | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
Fleeting scandal aside, the General Services Administration quietly continues to root out government waste and save taxpayer dollars.

 

"What’s next?"

 

"Wireless lighting controls, LED luminaires, window film, solar thermal collectors, and landscape irrigations controls are among the dozen technologies the GSA plans to test this year. (More information about the technologies selected for testing in FY 2012 is available at the following pages: building envelope, HVAC/energy management, lighting, on-site power generation, and water.)"

 

"A solicitation for submissions of building technologies to be tested under the GSA’s Green Proving Ground program in FY 2013 will be posted at the agency’s website in the coming weeks."

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Will New York build $6 BILLION sea barriers to shield itself from another Superstorm Sandy?

Will New York build $6 BILLION sea barriers to shield itself from another Superstorm Sandy? | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
The vast destruction wreaked by the storm surge in New York could have been prevented with a sea barrier of the type that protects major cities in Europe, some scientists and engineers say.

 

Is such a sea barrier capable of withstanding Hurricane sea surges on the US East Coast?

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Saudi Arabia among the least energy efficient

Kingdom s energy consumption will double by 2030 if hydrocarbon use continues at current levels...
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Energy efficiency could replace 22 UK power stations

BusinessGreen: Government launches wide-ranging energy efficiency strategy including £39m pot for research into changing behaviour...

 

"The strategy identifies four significant barriers that have consistently hampered energy efficiency improvements: an underdeveloped market; lack of information on energy efficiency; misaligned financial incentives, which mean the person who is responsible for making improvements does not always receive the benefits of their actions; and the hassle of installing efficiency measures."

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Global Energy System 'Unsustainable', Climate Heating - IEA - Forbes

Global Energy System 'Unsustainable', Climate Heating - IEA - Forbes | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
International Energy Agency says global energy system no long sustainable.

 

“Our analysis shows that in the absence of a concerted policy push, two-thirds of the economically viable potential to improve energy efficiency will remain unrealized through to 2035. Action to improve energy efficiency could delay the complete ‘lock-in’ of the allowable emissions of carbon dioxide under a 2oC trajectory – which is currently set to happen in 2017 – until 2022, buying time to secure a much-needed global climate agreement,” said Fatih Birol, IEA Chief Economist and the WEO’s lead author."

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Australia: Alinta seeks $65m from Federal Government for solar thermal plant at Port Augusta in South Australia | Beyond Zero Emissions

Australia: Alinta seeks $65m from Federal Government for solar thermal plant at Port Augusta in South Australia | Beyond Zero Emissions | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

Alinta chief executive Jeff Dimery said the company wants to press ahead with an economic study into setting up a solar thermal plant adjacent to its Northern Power Station, but the project would not work without government help.

 

Mr Dimery argues other either unproven or much more expensive technologies, such as geothermal energy and rooftop solar panels, have been heavily supported by state and federal governments and it was time for proven solar thermal technology to get a look-in.

 

The $65 million would account for about a third of the expected $200 million cost of building a 40-50 megawatt solar thermal plant at Port Augusta.

 

The plant would complement the Northern Power Station, which burns coal from Leigh Creek, both extending the life of the Leigh Creek coal resource and ensuring jobs for the local community.

 

Mr Dimery said unlike geothermal power, which is yet to demonstrate its commercial viability, solar thermal is currently in use around the world.

 

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Building Owners ‘Slow Energy Retrofits’

Building Owners ‘Slow Energy Retrofits’ | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

US building owners are scaling back the pace of energy-efficiency upgrades, according to the latest Global Sustainability Perspective report from Jones Lang LaSalle.

 

"Owners favor less expensive projects such as lighting retrofits and temperature controls, rather than HVAC upgrades that would save more energy but be less visible to tenants, says Dan Probst, chairman of energy and sustainability services at Jones Lang LaSalle."

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Sustainability benchmarks cast light, shadow

Sustainability benchmarks cast light, shadow | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

ANAHEIM, Calif. — For growers, measuring the benefits and costs of sustainable practices is a process that somehow manages to be both reassuring and threatening — and something that must be addressed by suppliers to Wal-Mart, which plans to roll...

 

But Mark Gale, president of Charleston Orwig, said growers fear the information will be turned against them.

 

“As soon as they start sharing it with Wal-Mart or McDonald’s, the next step will be the buyer forcing measurement down on growers in ways they can’t deal with,” he said.

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".... asked why growers, some who have long histories as suppliers, shouldn’t be taken at face value as protectors of natural resources and the matter dropped.

 

“The reality is we’re going to be held more and more accountable for the way we produce food,” Pezzini said. “Like the food safety issue, I’d rather be in there creating something than having it handed to me.” "

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SF Mayor Lee Announces Moscone Center Achieves LEED Gold : California Newswire

SF Mayor Lee Announces Moscone Center Achieves LEED Gold : California Newswire | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mayor Edwin M. Lee on Monday announced that the Moscone Center has received LEED Gold certification, the first convention center on the West Coast to attain the green building honor.

 

"Mayor Lee also introduced preliminary legislation to establish the Moscone Expansion District, increasing hotel room taxes to help pay for the Moscone Convention Center’s expansion, which will add more than 200,000 square feet of underground and aboveground convention and meeting space. The proposed approximately $500 million expansion will create about 3,420 new jobs and generate $700 million in revenue for the first seven years, and projects hotel occupancy will increase to an average of 87.6 percent. "

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Why Renewable Energy is a Gateway to Social and Economic Development | Earth & Industry

Why Renewable Energy is a Gateway to Social and Economic Development | Earth & Industry | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
How does access to sustainable modern energy services for more than 1 billion people act as an integral catalyst to overcoming poverty in developing nations?

 

“Sustainable energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, social equity, and a climate and environment that enables the world to thrive.”

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Solar Energy | October 17, 2012 | GlobalSpec Events

Solar Energy | October 17, 2012 | GlobalSpec Events | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
Solar Energy Trade Show Preview Video.Join GlobalSpec for FREE online event October 17,2012...

 

"Join key manufacturers and industry professionals from around the globe at GlobalSpec's Solar Energy event. Explore the latest developments in photovoltaic and solar thermal systems; learn of developments in concentrating solar power; examine new applications for passive solar."

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IKEA Plugs-In Georgia’s Largest Private Solar Rooftop Array on Savannah Distribution Center

IKEA Plugs-In Georgia’s Largest Private Solar Rooftop Array on Savannah Distribution Center | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it
Surpasses 75 Percent U.S. Solar Presence IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its distribution center near Savannah, Georgia – the state’s largest private solar...
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Sustainable Design in New GSA Courthouse Reduces Energy Use by 45 percent | Correctional News

Sustainable Design in New GSA Courthouse Reduces Energy Use by 45 percent | Correctional News | Green & Sustainable News | Scoop.it

"BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The new high-performance, sustainable U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) federal courthouse officially opened as city leaders, and members of the judiciary gathered and toured the new facility."

"GSA was appropriated $5.5 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to convert existing federal buildings into high-performance green buildings, and construct new energy-efficient federal buildings, courthouses and land ports of entry."

 

"The federal courthouse had a great impact on the community during its construction. More than 650 jobs were created and construction crews spent up to $200,000 per month in the local community."

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