March 08 2013

A Comparative Look at Austin’s Most Creatively Sustainable Homes

March 8th, 2013Posted by 

KRDB, the architects of the Sol community in East Austin, utilized creative solutions to design homes that address multiple facets of sustainability. Affordability is innate in the Zero-Net Energy homes; the carefully considered designs reduced initial costs, and utility costs are lessened due to their energy efficiency achieved through some unexpected methods listed below. Highly energy efficient […]

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February 22 2013

Five Surprising Facts about Wind Energy Production in Texas

February 22nd, 2013Posted by 

“Texas leads the country for installed wind power, and is one of the largest wind energy producers in the world.” – Terrence Henry, As Tax Credit Hangs in the Balance, Texas Sets Another Wind Record As the environmental harm caused by the use of coal as the main source of electricity production becomes more and […]

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February 21 2013

“Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life:” Milan Expo 2015

February 21st, 2013Posted by 

The Universal Expo is coming to Milan in 2015, and construction is already underway for the major six-month event. The Universal Expo occurs only every five years, and encompasses a “universal” theme that is global in nature. This convention’s theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” in which sustainable development regarding food supply and […]

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February 20 2013

Energy Production & Safety: Explosions at the Richmond, California Chevron Refinery

February 20th, 2013Posted by 

Everyday, urban residents around the world use energy without giving much thought as to where it comes from, how it is produced, and how safe it is to produce it. But on January 31, 2013, a series of explosions at the Richmond Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California raised important urban planning questions regarding the location […]

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February 19 2013

Fracking in Northern Ireland: Is it Sustainable for All?

February 19th, 2013Posted by 

The process of shale gas exhaustion, fracking, has been used since the late 1940s to help get “that last bit” of conventional oil and gas out of the ground. Conventional means that it is easy to get out, not tightly trapped between, or in the rocks, which is essentially the definition of unconventional oil and […]

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February 04 2013

A New Page in the Book of Greek Railways?

February 4th, 2013Posted by 

As Greece faces an economic recession, the country’s creditors have asked the government to move ahead with the privatization of major companies. It is believed that this process will offer the country economic sustainability. OSE, the Greek company in charge of railway transport, is one of these major companies. The solution suggested by the Greek government, […]

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February 04 2013

Certifiably Sustainable Neighborhoods: LEED for Neighborhood Development

February 4th, 2013Posted by 

Is sustainability measurable? The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) certainly thinks so, and they are working hard to provide professionals working within the development community a framework to bring sustainability to the neighborhood level. The USGBC has been using its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System since 1998 to provide […]

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January 23 2013

Do Environmentally Friendly Hospitals Increase Patient Welfare?

January 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Across the country hospitals are going green with the goal of creating healthier environments for patients and communities. The Penn State Hershey Medical Center is joining in on these green endeavors by committing to working towards LEED certification on all new building projects. The recent construction on the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital exemplifies this […]

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January 14 2013

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) First to Achieve Gold STARS Sustainability Rating

January 14th, 2013Posted by 

UCSD, a public research university overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, California, is being called The Living Lab, a model of sustainability in education, research, and university operations. Home to 29,000 students, it is one of the most environmentally progressive campuses in North America, reflected in its landscape and buildings, services and management, curricula, […]

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December 26 2012

Pennsylvania Counties Lack a Voice in Local Drilling Decisions

December 26th, 2012Posted by 

In 2012 Pennsylvania passed Act 13, an act which mandated that local governments must allow drilling in all zoning districts and cannot ban or restrict gas development. Act 13 limits local government control and allows only individuals who own land and mineral rights in counties to participate in drilling decisions that will affect their communities. […]

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December 19 2012

Opportunities in Planning for Sustainable Energy and Water Use

December 19th, 2012Posted by 

Globally, energy and water use are in a highly interdependent power play. When we grapple for solutions for one issue, it can often offset benefits for the other. There are several opportunities that, internationally, we are not sufficiently exploiting in order to reduce our consumption, while producing sustainable energy and water sources. 1. Access or […]

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December 06 2012

Coping with Coal: Life after the Fisk and Crawford Coal Plants

December 6th, 2012Posted by 

In September, two coal-burning power plants on the Southwest side of Chicago closed down operations, leaving the nearby communities with the pressing question of how best to re-use the combined 132 acres.  The Fisk and Crawford coal plants have been decommissioned by their owner Midwest Generation in response to increasing pressure from community groups and […]

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November 21 2012

Middelgrunden Wind Power Plant, Copenhagen: Major Player in the 40% Share of Annual Energy Consumption

November 21st, 2012Posted by 

Given the disappointing situation of nuclear energy stations and their hazardous accidents, nations like Denmark have strictly excluded nuclear use as part of their strategy for producing electricity. This has increased aspiring concepts like alternative energy farms: socially and environmentally-harmless frameworks. Autonomous giant structures that coordinate their moves with nature’s rhythm, the wind power plants […]

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October 25 2012

Ten Steps for Developing the World’s Greenest City

October 25th, 2012Posted by 

What does it take to become the world’s greenest city? Officials in Canada’s west coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia think they have the answer and plan to achieve this status by 2020. Using a variety of transportation measures, building codes, and urban design techniques, Vancouver is set to lead the world in sustainable living. […]

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August 07 2012

How to Flourish in the Biodiesel Industry: A Day at Piedmont Biofuels

August 7th, 2012Posted by 

In July 2012, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan gleefully snipped the official ribbon at the Piedmont Biofuels ribbon-cutting ceremony, signifying the well-proven commercial viability of the plant’s innovative biodiesel brewing process. Just about two years ago, the triumph of this successful biofuels company was made possible by a $1.2 million United States Department of Energy […]

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July 24 2012

A Pragmatic Interpretation of Foucault’s Biopower

July 24th, 2012Posted by 

Michel Foucault (October 1926- June 1984) was a French philosopher and activist, pivotal in the conception of contemporary postmodern theory. They are bred in the suburbs, and then sent to school. They attend Duke University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. They are pumped with pertinent education, and then are […]

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July 16 2012

Towards Green Public Buildings in Turkey: 100 Public Buildings Project

July 16th, 2012Posted by 

Since 2000, important developments have occurred regarding energy efficiency and sustainability in contemporary buildings in Turkey. Initially, energy efficiency had become an issue attracting the attention of private sector. This issue is now being considered by the government; thus, new laws and regulations have entered into force in order to decrease energy consumption and to […]

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July 02 2012

Mamak Landfill Waste Management Project: Ankara, Turkey

July 2nd, 2012Posted by 

Landfills within metropolitans create serious problems both because of environmental pollution and the large areas they cover in city territories. Today, several methods have been developed with the purpose of rehabilitating such areas. In Turkey, ITC Invest Trading & Consulting AG was the first company putting such applications into practice on behalf of the Ankara […]

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March 21 2012

Efficiency of Solar Panel’s in Arizona’s Deserts

March 21st, 2012Posted by 

Tempe, Arizona gets 211 sunny days every year. Arizona is 113,990 sq mi. The sun emits 12.2 trillion watt-hours per square mile per year of solar energy. So, the total solar energy possibly gained in Arizona is 1,390,678 trillion watt-hours, which is roughly equivalent to 1, 390 terawatt-hours. World energy consumption in 2008 was 19,000 […]

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January 20 2012

Barriers to Green Building in New York City, New York

January 20th, 2012Posted by 

Considering New York City, New York (NYC) contains 5.2 billion ft2 of built space parceled out among a million buildings, and that the building sector emits 79% of the city’s greenhouse gases, the importance of sustainability in its built environment is paramount. The Bloomberg administration’s 2007 PlaNYC effort, a comprehensive plan for the City’s largest issues […]

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