3 reasons why you have to pull everyone together for green shipping

March 7, 2017 by  
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Collaboration is the key to how BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group is making headway in lowering the environmental impacts of shipping.

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Pass offsets onto consumers? It works for Amazon, Netflix and Uber

December 7, 2016 by  
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A new study shows that online consumers want environmentally friendly options.

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The most environmentally-friendly choice you can make could be to not have kids

August 27, 2016 by  
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We are all about finding new and effective ways to lessen your impact on the planet, but a new movement suggests that perhaps the smartest thing you can do for the planet is to not have kids. Known as the “small-family ethic,” the movement suggests that having one kid fewer is the most Earth-friendly move you can make.

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Newly-discovered world’s oldest sewing needle wasn’t made by Homo sapiens

August 27, 2016 by  
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Russian archaeologists just found what might be the world’s oldest intact sewing needle. The needle was crafted from a large bird bone and is at least 50,000 years old. But the incredible discovery might not have been crafted by Homo sapiens .

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Beautiful timber office sequesters carbon in Austria

August 19, 2016 by  
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Located in Mödling, Austria, 52 Cubic Wood is mostly clad in vertical strips of timber carefully crafted and joined together. In addition to its beautiful appearance, timber was chosen over concrete and steel because of its advantage as a “carbon sink” thanks to trees’ absorption of carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. That carbon is not released until the timber decomposes or is burnt. Aside from the timber cladding, a mirrored facade partially covers the ground level. The angled mirrors reflect the foliage of the outdoor gardens. Large windows also frame views of the outdoor landscape and bring in natural light to illuminate the interior. Related: World’s tallest hybrid timber tower by Shigeru Ban coming to Vancouver The office spaces span two floors and are similarly clad in light-colored wooden surfaces and complemented with timber furnishings. “52 cubic wood – produces carbohydrate (glucose) from carbon dioxide CO2 (which equates to 260.000km by car) with the help of the sun,” write the architects. “Additionally oxygen is released in the form of breathable air for 100 years per person. This happens interference-free without waste and emissions, it‘s quiet and fully automatic. This is the beauty of the factory called ‘The forest’.” + JOSEP + Atelier Gerhard Haumer Via ArchDaily Images via JOSEP , © Bernhard Fiedler

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How America’s dirtiest city in 1969 became one of the greenest

August 19, 2016 by  
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One of America’s dirtiest cities has completely altered its legacy as one of the country’s greenest. Over the last few decades, Chattanooga, Tennessee has been transformed from a smog-filled city named America’s dirtiest in 1969 to a clean livable community. A pioneer in green urban policy, the Chattanooga city government has enacted a series of bold sustainability policies, through which its citizens enjoy the benefits of a clean environment and cutting-edge clean technology. Chattanooga in its current green renaissance is far from its 20th century form. In 1969, the EPA declared Chattanooga to be the dirtiest city in the United States after identifying high levels of ozone, particulates and other toxic substances in the local air. This prompted some serious soul-searching. “There was a huge push to turn the city around and make it inviting,” says Andrew Griffin Frye, an engineer at the Tennessee Valley Authority . The first major move towards a better city came in 1992 with the introduction of free, all-electric shuttle buses in the downtown area. The electric shuttle system serves 1,000,000 passengers per year and has helped to reduce the area’s congestion and air pollution . Related: 1920’s Grocery Store Renovated Into an Energy-Efficient Home in Chattanooga In 2012, the city opened its bike-sharing system, Bike Chattanooga, which currently consists of 300 bikes at 33 stations. Other cities, including much-promoted bike haven Portland, Oregon, have consulted with Chattanooga in creating their own bike-share system. Chattanooga’s latest venture is its soon-to-open electric car-sharing program, which will feature twenty Nissan Leafs by the end of the summer. These electric cars will be powered by three new solar power generation sites. This clean energy is then sent to the car charging lot, where owners of electric vehicles may also charge their vehicles for free. To combat air pollution, the city has decommissioned all but five of its coal plants. In 2014, Chattanooga was recognized as one of the top 15 Americans cities for air quality improvement. The clean air complements the region’s natural beauty of rolling hills, scenic valleys, and mountainous wilderness. Other American cities could learn much from Chattanooga’s trailblazing work to build a more sustainable, healthy urban environment. Via Good Images via Wikipedia  and Woody Hibbard

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Pittsburghs net-zero Frick Environmental Center is designed to meet the worlds toughest green standards

August 3, 2016 by  
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Created as a joint venture between the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy , the FEC is a welcome facility, education center, and gateway to the 644-acre Frick Park. The center will serve as a “living laboratory” offering hands-on environmental education to a projected 20,000 K-12 students along with hundreds of thousands of expected visitors each year. Its fully equipped classrooms, galleries, offices, and public spaces will help carry out the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s award-winning programs that include the restoration of the park’s ecological and historical landscape. Related: Pittsburgh’s Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water The FEC boasts an impressive array of sustainable features and will achieve net zero energy and water thanks to efficient systems such as ground-source heat pumps, radiant floors, a photovoltaic array , and a reclaimed water system that will capture and filter stormwater for reuse in irrigation and other non-potable uses. All the building materials came from a 1,200-mile radius of the site to minimize the FEC’s carbon footprint. To support the local economy, subcontractors and tradespeople were hired in the Allegheny County-Western Pennsylvania region. The FEC will host their first public celebration on Saturday, September 10. The building will be free and open to the public during park hours. The Living Building Challenge certification is targeted for Spring 2018. + Frick Environmental Center + Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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Why sending an email can increase your carbon footprint

July 12, 2016 by  
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Your carbon footprint is greater than just the fossil fuels burned in traveling and construction—it encompasses your digital activities too. As if spam emails weren’t bad enough, Fuel Fighter points out how an action as seemingly innocuous as a Google search could add to your carbon footprint. Data centers , which are the engines of the Internet, require massive amounts of energy to run and, according to Gartner, are said to account for almost a quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions. Fuel Fighter created an infographic to break down the carbon footprint of the digital age, from emails to streaming Netflix, as well as interesting stats on the energy it takes to power the Internet and what some companies are doing to offset their global footprint. + Fuel Fighter

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Mysterious Fahouse is a modern version of a fairy tale cottage

July 12, 2016 by  
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The house has an interesting graphic quality, with its black exterior and simple shape, highlighting the difference between dark and light. Despite its imposing appearance, the house actually blends well within its surroundings. The space offers a variety elements that merge the indoors and out, such as large glass walls Related: Stealth Barn is a Striking, Shadowy Guest House in the Cambridgeshire Fens The architects worked closely with the clients to capture the playfulness of the relationship between the parents and the kids. A promenade running along the blind wall of the first volume leads to a terrace sheltered under a large cantilever . The main entrance leads into a vibrant lobby, while the large glass walls extend the main living spaces far beyond the physical boundary of the house. Two bunk beds occupy the kids’ room, which is a playful nest in one peak of the house, with a few stairs leading to the second peak where parents’ bedrooms are located. The rooms feel like they are nestled high in the treetops. In this way, both volumes reference natural environments, from animal lairs in the lower floor of the home, to bird nests in the second level. + Jean Verville architecte Via v2com Photos by Maxime Brouillet

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Meet the man ramping up renewables at Salesforce

July 7, 2016 by  
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How companies are collaborating to shrink the Internet’s carbon footprint.

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