George Bandy on the genius and courage of dreaming

May 22, 2017 by  
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“Why are you in this line of work?” George Bandy Jr., vice president of sustainability at the Mohawk Group, asked the audience of sustainability professionals gathered at GreenBiz 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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This village in Arizona has a simple solution to light pollution

April 28, 2017 by  
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Residents of Arizona Sky Village abide by one simple rule: “Turn off your goddammed lights .” The 21-household community near Portal, Arizona is comprised of stargazers and astronomers, and almost every home has its own domed observatory. But some people also wonder if the small community could hold the secrets of fighting light pollution in America. In Arizona Sky Village, clear night skies are a major priority. There are no outdoor lights allowed, and every single window in every home must have blackout curtains. Nighttime driving isn’t forbidden, but it’s discouraged, and most residents are too busy gazing at the stars to drive anyway. Co-founder Jack Newton condensed it all into that one colorful rule: turn off those lights! Related: What City Skies Would Look Like Without Light Pollution Newton, who is nearly 75, said he spends “90 percent of my time up in my dome.” He’s made three supernova discoveries in 2017 alone, and the International Astronomical Union christened an asteroid 30840 Jackalice after him and his wife Alice. He doesn’t even own the largest telescope in the community; that honor goes to neighbor Rick Beno , who has a 24-inch telescope. Many residents once had scientific careers and now spend their retirement in Arizona Sky Village – like retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak – but Newton managed department stores during his career. Few Americans benefit from the starry skies of Arizona Sky Village. The American Astronomical Society says people have a universal right to starlight; but around 99 percent of Americans actually live with a constant sky glow, according to The Guardian. Light pollution isn’t just bad for stargazing; it could have an impact on health as well. Blue lights streaming from cellphones and laptops have led to insomnia in some users and evidence isn’t conclusive yet but some studies suggest changing the light and dark rhythms in our bodies could increase the risk of diabetes, obesity, and cancer. International Dark Sky Association astronomer John Barentine said in Arizona Sky Village, “the people are already practicing what we recommend.” Kitt Peak National Observatory director Lori Allen told The Guardian to help keep skies dark, “There are three simple things people can do. Shield their lights, dim their lights, and use the right color bulbs.” Via The Guardian Images via John Fowler on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Modpools turns shipping containers into amazing swimming pools

April 28, 2017 by  
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We’ve seen shipping containers transformed into homes , shops , and even urban farms – but Modpools gives these repurposed structures a whole new life as backyard swimming pools . Modpools are easy to install and transport, and they come with a series of cool features including heaters, jets, portholes, and LED mood lighting you can control with your smartphone. Modpools are available in 8′ x 20′ or 8′ x 40′ container sizes and they can be installed in no time. By adding a divider, users can even create a temporary or permanent hot tub section. These customizable all-in-one pool systems ship with ready-to-use, built-in pool equipment and a high-tech Ultraviolet system that keeps the water clean without the need for chemicals. Related: ScottWhitbyStudio transforms a shipping container into a pop-up cinema You can install Modpools above ground with raised decking, partially underground with retaining walls, or at ground level. This makes them versatile and easy to adapt to different topographies and backyard sizes. You can add a special touch to your prefab swimming pool by adding a window to the side of the shipping container. + Modpools Via Curbed

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Tiny modern cube home boasts spectacular desert views

April 13, 2017 by  
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If you’re a fan of desert living prepare to swoon over this cute compact abode in Arizona. Set on a 1.25-acre lot that backs up onto Tonto National Forest, this beautiful modern home spotted by Curbed boasts spectacular views of the desert. Built with large windows and a spacious patio to blur the line between indoor and outdoor living, this small yet mighty home is even up for sale—at $275,000. Clad in weathered corrugated steel , the cube-shaped home features a rusty red facade that complements the surrounding desert palette. Despite its small footprint of 529 square feet, the Arizona home has a spacious feel thanks to its large windows, high ceilings, and open-plan layout. The bedroom seamlessly flows into the living room and kitchen space with the bathroom and closet tucked into the sides. Related: Rammed Earth Desert Courtyard House Built From the Ground Upon Which it Sits in Arizona In addition to its weathered steel facade, the home embraces the desert landscape through the large windows, outdoor patio, and rooftop deck. Homeowners can enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the desert sunrises and sunsets and even take a dip into the outdoor soaking pool after a long day’s hike. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom home is currently up for sale on Estately for $275,000. + Estately Via Curbed Images via Estately

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Hot moments you missed at GreenBiz 17 in Phoenix

February 21, 2017 by  
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Nearly 1,000 souls — including executives from Amazon and Greenpeace — shared their sustainability visions in the Arizona desert at our annual namesake event.

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GM, Steelcase see a web of opportunity in the circular economy

February 21, 2017 by  
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The manufacturing giants talked creating jobs and cutting supply chain waste at the GreenBiz 17 conference in Phoenix.

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Chinese firms dominate top 200 clean energy moneymakers

February 21, 2017 by  
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China is playing a leading role in the corporate clean energy landscape, with almost the double number of U.S. companies in latest rankings .

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Food industry moves to remedy expiration dating games

February 21, 2017 by  
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In a bid to reduce food waste, two major industry associations have released new guidance to clarify food expiration dates.

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ENR2 is the largest project in Arizona to earn a LEED Platinum certification

September 21, 2016 by  
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The 151,000-square-foot ENR2 building is an addition to the UA campus with three other LEED-certified buildings – the Student Recreation Center expansion, the Árbol de la Vida Residence Hall and Likins Hall. It houses interactive and shared learning spaces, boosting productivity and collaboration. Related: University of Arizona’s Breakthrough Telescope Solar Panel Doubles Efficiency Thanks to an efficient water usage and rainwater harvesting system , the building reduced the amount of water used annually by 40 percent. It can capture up to 260,000 gallons of rainwater each year. A underground storage and filtration tank provides water for irrigation . Related: The Hestia Project Maps the Carbon Emissions of US Cities Down to Street Level “The LEED platinum certification for ENR2 is great news for those of us who teach or research on the environment because it shows that we try to practice what we preach in terms of workplace sustainability,” said Diana Liverman, co-director of the UA’s Institute of the Environment. + The University of Arizona Via UA News Photos by Liam Frederick

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Business growth in an era of water scarcity

September 1, 2016 by  
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Brad Colton, strategic projects at Marriott; Emilio Tenuta, expertise and innovation at EcoLab; and Libby Bernick, senior VP atTrucost share wisdom on water at GreenBiz 15 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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