Germany’s Allianz Insurance Company Wins the Country’s 2014 Green Roof Prize

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The oldest green roof Association in the world, FBB (Fachvereiningung für Bauwerksbegruenung e.V.), has awarded a prize for Green Roof of the Year 2014 to a 30-year-old green roof atop the Allianz Insurance Company in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1981, Allianz decided to build their local headquarters in the heart of Stuttgart, and its green roof was designed and created by a team consisting of Jörg Breuning, CEO at Green Roof Service LLC/Green Roof Technology , architecture firm Brümmendorf, Müller, Murr, Reichmann, and landscape architect Prof. Hans Luz. The team worked together to lower the environmental footprint of the building by utilizing porous pavements for the  green roofs . 30 years later, the greenery is still growing strong , and is a model inspiration for similar buildings around the world. + Green Roof  Service LLC The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Allianz Insurance Company , germany , Germany green roof , Germany green roofs , green roof , green roof of the year , Green Roof of the Year 2014 , Green Roof Service , green roofs , living roof , stuttgart

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The World’s Tallest Vertical Garden Lives and Breathes in Sydney

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New Biomass Plant for the UK Looks Like a Giant Green Volcano

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Ai Weiwei’s Spectacular Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

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California Just Signed the Nation’s First State-Level Plastic Bag Ban Into Law!

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California Governor Jerry Brown just signed the nation’s first state-level ban on plastic bags into law! Several cities across the United States have already outlawed plastic grocery bags, but this is the first time a bag ban has been signed into law on the state level. The new measure is a big step forward for waste reduction and the preservation of the environment, and it sends a clear signal to consumers and manufacturers about the consequences of using non-renewable materials for packaging. Read the rest of California Just Signed the Nation’s First State-Level Plastic Bag Ban Into Law! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California green law , California plastic bags , Californians Against Waste , multiple-use bags , plastic bag ban , plastic grocery bags , plastic waste , single use plastic bags , unrecyclable material

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Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

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WWF Report: Wild Vertebrate Populations Have Dropped 52% Since 1970

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The World Wildlife Fund ‘s annual Living Planet Report surveys over 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The 2014 report has just been released and it shows populations of wild vertebrate species declined 52 percent between 1970 and 2010. The report points the finger at habitat loss and destruction and the exploitation of animal populations as the primary causes of the die-off. The effects of climate change are also having a significant impact and are anticipated to have an even greater impact in the future. While the WWF admits the report “is not for the faint-hearted,” they hope that the information will prove useful so “humanity can make better choices that translate into clear benefits for ecology, society and the economy today and in the long term.” Read the rest of WWF Report: Wild Vertebrate Populations Have Dropped 52% Since 1970 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “World Wildlife Fund” , 2014 , 52% wild vertebrate animals lost since 1970 , Climate Change , habitat loss , Living Planet Report , Pollution , population crash , population decline , report , species extinction , vertebrate , wwf

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Zinc-Clad Leaning House Tilts Upwards to Let in Buckets of Sunlight

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Canadian Teen Finds a Way to Scrub Toxic Tar Sands Using 5th Grade Science

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Canada’s Hayley Todesco has developed a method to speed up the detoxification of oil sands tailings ponds using 5th grade science. The 18-year-old Google Science Fair 2014 finalist won a $25,000 scholarship for her idea, which involves using sand filters to accelerate the biodegradation of toxic naphthenic acids. Read the rest of Canadian Teen Finds a Way to Scrub Toxic Tar Sands Using 5th Grade Science Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 Stockholm Junior Water Prize , 5th grade science , biodegrade oil sands , Canadian teen , environmental hazard , Google , Google Science Fair , hayley todesco , oil sands , oil sands tailings , oil spill , oilsands , sand filters , tailing ponds

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INFOGRAPHIC: Learn How to Defend Yourself Against Harmful Chemicals Hidden in Your Home

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Did you know that dangerous toxins are hidden in many of our everyday household objects? We all want to feel safe in our homes , but studies have shown that prolonged exposure to these hidden, but pervasive chemicals can cause hormone disruption or even increase the risk of cancer. To help you protect your body and home, Body Logic MD compiled a tidy infographic of some of the leading offenders and how best to avoid these harmful toxins. + Body Logic MD Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Learn How to Defend Yourself Against Harmful Chemicals Hidden in Your Home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Body Logic MD , chemicals in home , household toxins , infographic , toxic chemicals , toxins

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