Episode 89: Corporates grow onsite solar; what is ‘climate gentrification’?

August 18, 2017 by  
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In this week’s episode, Expedia takes a community approach to carbon offsets; an interview with Denver’s CSO; is alternative energy dead?

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Episode 89: Corporates grow onsite solar; what is ‘climate gentrification’?

August 18, 2017 by  
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In this week’s episode, Expedia takes a community approach to carbon offsets; an interview with Denver’s CSO; is alternative energy dead?

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Gorgeous billboards by street artist Kelsey Montague are being recycled into one-of-a-kind bags

July 19, 2017 by  
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Kelsey Montague  is best known for her murals of sprawling angel wings, flocks of dragonflies, and other flights of fancy. Now, fans will be able to tote her work wherever they roam. After a stint as a featured #ArtLives artist for Rareform —a company that turns billboards into one-of-a-kind bags and accessories—Montague will receive the label’s signature treatment. For two weeks, billboards promoting Montague’s work held court near the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the L.A. Forum on West Century Boulevard. After being taken down, the banners are being chopped up and remade into 50 backpacks, 130 tote bags, and 80 accessory bags. Once complete, the accessories will be available for sale at the IFF Shop in Montague’s native Denver, as well as online at www.rareform.com and www.kelseymontagueart.com . Related: New pollution-fighting billboards can purify 100,000 cubic meters of air every day “This type of event lets us revolutionize how people see outdoor advertisements and transforms art into new forms,” Rareform said on its blog . “Own a little piece of art that has seen the skyline of Los Angeles and has been viewed by millions.” Montague followed the footsteps of fellow artists Tyler Ramsey and Milton Glaser when she participated in Rareform’s third #ArtLives series in Los Angeles on June 26. + Kelsey Montague + Rareform

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Self driving semi-truck makes the first ever autonomous beer run

October 26, 2016 by  
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You can now buy beer shipped by a self-driving truck . Autonomous truck company Otto , which was founded by two former Google employees and has now joined with Uber , just made history with the ” world’s first shipment by a self-driving truck .” They transported 51,744 Budweiser beer cans around 120 miles through Colorado . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb0Kzb3haK8 An Otto truck ferried the beer from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, passing through the Denver downtown area on the way. A professional driver was present in the truck, but monitored the vehicle while in the sleeper berth rather than the driver’s seat. The truck was equipped with lidar sensors, radar, and cameras to navigate the Colorado roads, and steered, braked, and accelerated without any human help the whole trip. According to Otto, the state of Colorado offered full support for the venture. Related: Two ex-Google employees are turning existing trucks into autonomous vehicles According to an Otto blog post on the momentous drive, “When you’ll see a truck driving down the road with nobody in the front seat, you’ll know that it’s highly unlikely to get into a collision, drive aggressively, or waste a single drop of fuel.” Otto envisions their self-driving trucks could help drivers. In a blog post on joining Uber , they cited an article from The Atlantic that said about a third of 3.5 million U.S. truckers will face a serious accident during their careers. Also, turnover in the trucking industry is rapid; companies lose around 90 percent of drivers yearly as the drivers seek better opportunities. When Otto joined with Uber they hoped to create a freight network that would create such opportunities for drivers. Otto said, “Our self-driving trucks will allow drivers to rest while their truck is moving, and our platform will ensure drivers can easily find loads and are paid fairly…Self-driving trucks together with a marketplace create a virtuous cycle where everyone benefits.” + Otto Images via Otto and Otto Facebook

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A superbly stinky Corpse Flower is about to blossom in Denver for the first time in 15 years

August 19, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. A rare and quite extraordinary plant known as the Corpse Flower is about to blossom at the Denver Botanic Gardens, and will provide visitors with an odor that is reportedly akin to “rotting meat.” The plant originates from the rainforests of the island of Sumatra, Indonesia , and Denver’s 15-year-old specimen has never before blossomed—but once it does, it will be hard to miss, and won’t blossom again for another decade. Read the rest of A superbly stinky Corpse Flower is about to blossom in Denver for the first time in 15 years

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Midcentury modern ranch is renovated into a spacious energy-efficient home

August 14, 2015 by  
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Weed growers are a huge drag on Denver’s energy grid

July 9, 2015 by  
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The rise of legal marijuana in Denver may be bolstering the local economy, but meeting the demands is putting a strain on the local grid. With the pot business booming, the influx of growing facilities has spiked Denver ’s electricity use – and the business now uses 6-times as much energy as the pharmaceuticals industry. As the weed biz becomes legalized in more locales, if we want to curb the boom, growers need to turn to more energy efficient principles, like LED lighting and renewable energy providers. Read the rest of Weed growers are a huge drag on Denver’s energy grid Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: denver marijuana growth , eco design , Energy Consumption , green design , LED lights , legalized marijuana , sustainable design

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PalletFest is the Nation’s First Upcycling Festival Made Entirely From Shipping Pallets

October 10, 2014 by  
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A unique new festival is coming to Denver, Colorado this weekend – PalletFest is the nation’s first major upcycling festival, and it has been selected to be the city’s first certifiably green event. On October 10th and 11th attendees will get to explore a giant shipping pallet maze, see the first ever pallet build off, view sustainable living demos, watch an upcycled fashion show, and shop from numerous art vendors. Live musical entertainment will be on hand, along with professional parkour athletes on an upcycled obstacle course. Read the rest of PalletFest is the Nation’s First Upcycling Festival Made Entirely From Shipping Pallets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , colorado , Denver , Green Building , green design , Green Design Events , palletecture , PalletFest , reclaimed shipping pallet , shipping pallet , sustainable design , Sustainable Materials , upcycling festival

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SOM Unveils Sweeping Bus Concourse for Denver’s Redeveloped Union Station

May 13, 2014 by  
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Could a Newly Developed Magnetic Material Revolutionize Electronics?

March 4, 2014 by  
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This week at the American Physical Society meeting in Denver, engineers were introduced to a new magnetic material could revolutionize the electronics industry. Professor Ivan Schuller from the University of California, San Diego presented a highly sensitive bilayer of nickel and vanadium oxide that responds to a narrow range of temperatures. When heat is applied, the material’s magnetism can be controlled without using a magnetic field or heat-intensive layers. This is the first known material able to express such properties, and it could become a new resource for computer memory systems . Read the rest of Could a Newly Developed Magnetic Material Revolutionize Electronics? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: american physical society meeting , colorado , computer hard drive , data storage , Denver , electrical systems , electrical transformers , magnetic material , magnetic resistance , memory device , nickel , professor ivan schuller , univeristy of california san diego , vanadium oxide        

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