5 buildings on this Missouri campus just achieved LEED Platinum

October 8, 2020 by  
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The Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri has just reached a major sustainable building milestone. This year, five separate buildings on the campus achieved LEED Platinum certifications, making it the only higher education institution to do so in 2020. The new accolades bring the total number of buildings with LEED Platinum designation to seven on the Danforth Campus. According to the school, the university’s green building design is part of an overall sustainability masterplan that aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels through a combination of onsite energy efficiency and renewable energy. Related: LEED Platinum Sonoma Academy building takes cues from California’s landscape Four of the buildings can attribute their sustainable features to the East End Transformation, a $360 million reimagination project; the fifth building, January Hall, celebrates the heritage of a structure originally built in 1922 with a green renovation to upgrade environmental performance. This January Hall project went a step further by becoming certified under LEED v4, a brand new version of the sustainable rating system. The East End Transformation includes buildings designed to be 30% more efficient than standard structures, with heat recovery chillers to harvest waste heat, a living wall and a green roof over an underground garage. Additionally, the park’s landscape features rain gardens with bio-retention and diverse, native plants and trees. The school encourages low-carbon transportation methods with new pathways and a bike commuter facility that holds showers, lockers and electric vehicle charging stations. Thanks to envelope improvements, including a second layer of interior glazing to windows, wall insulation and additional roof insulation, January Hall has already achieved a 35% increase in energy savings compared to similar projects. Construction materials and finishes were selected based on environmental reporting and eco-friendly sourcing, while over 60% of the furniture and paneling in the hall’s East Asian Library was either preserved or reused to help minimize the project’s carbon footprint. + Washington University in St. Louis Images via Washington University in St. Louis

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New Swedish grocery to price goods based on carbon footprint

October 8, 2020 by  
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Felix, a Swedish food brand, has opened a climate-conscious store that will guide buyers to make informed decisions when purchasing food items. In the newly opened store, items are priced based on their carbon footprint . To help buyers understand the impact of their choices on the environment, products in The Climate Store will be bought using carbon equivalents currency (CO2e). The store has allocated each customer a weekly budget of 18.9kg CO2e. This means that customers will have to choose foods carefully, avoiding options with higher carbon footprints to avoid blowing their budgets. Pricing foods based on their climate impact shows the difference between plant-based foods and animal-derived foods. Many of the foods that we consume are greatly contributing to the pollution of the environment. Although many people would love to make a difference by avoiding such foods, it’s not always clear which items are worse for the planet. Food production is responsible for about one-quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. If customers can be aware of the foods that contribute most carbon, they can make decisions that will help reduce these emissions . Related: Precycle, a zero-waste grocery story, opens in Brooklyn “It will be exciting to see how customers react to trading with the CO2e currency and see if they manage to stay within their weekly budget,” Thomas Sjöberg, marketing manager for Felix, said. “I think it will be an eye-opener for many to see how certain choices affect what [they] can afford to get in the same lunch bag.” The opening of The Climate Store is just one part of the brand’s long-term sustainability plan. Felix intends to implement comprehensive features that will help its customers make informed choices when purchasing. Come this fall, the brand will be adding labels to all its products to indicate their impact on the environment. Felix expects such labels to help customers reduce the use of environmentally impactful products and increase the intake of plant-based products. Via VegNews and New Food Image via Pixabay

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5 energy policies Florida could embrace to add 135,000 jobs

March 19, 2019 by  
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From standards to codes to benchmarking, these programs could grow workforces and energy savings.

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Creating a truly green building may be harder than rocket science

September 11, 2017 by  
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Promised energy savings in buildings don’t deliver. The problem is inept modeling systems that fail to capture how buildings really work.

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Why Sun Chemical sees solar as part of its cost-reduction strategy

March 7, 2017 by  
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Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, recently added another healthy dose of renewable energy to its portfolio.The company has announced the signing of a 20-year solar power purchase agreement (PPA) that will allow its client, Sun Chemical, to cut electricity costs at its Carlstadt, N.J., production facility by roughly $400,000. This extends the energy savings the company has realized through its partnership with Schneider, which runs into the millions.

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How Lockheed Martin helped green the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua

September 18, 2015 by  
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This energy savings project achieved deep energy savings despite a lack of local incentives. Next up: a net-zero project.

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10 new transportation tools that will change how you move

September 18, 2015 by  
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Going beyond Lyft and Uber.

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3D-printed “Cool Brick” cools a room using only water

February 3, 2015 by  
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Emerging Objects , frontrunners in the 3D printing industry, has developed a 3D-printed ceramic “Cool Brick” that uses nothing but water to cool homes in hot, dry climates. This is the first project of its kind, now on exhibit in San Francisco, and it demonstrates technology that could make a radical change to home energy use in arid regions. Read the rest of 3D-printed “Cool Brick” cools a room using only water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D , 3D printing , ceramic bricks , cooling , cost-savings , eco-friendly , Emerging Objects , Energy Savings , evaporative cooling , heat , humidity , passive cooling , water issues

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Will Google launch a ride-share app using self-driving cabs?

February 3, 2015 by  
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Uber has been getting into a lot of trouble lately, but nothing the company has faced to this point will be as ferocious as the competition the taxi-like service could get from Google in the coming years. Google is reportedly making quiet preparations for its own ride-sharing service, an anonymous source told Bloomberg . Read the rest of Will Google launch a ride-share app using self-driving cabs? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anonymous source , autonomous cars , autonomous vehicles , bloomberg , David Drummond , driverless cars , Google , mobile app , ride-hailing , ride-sharing , San Francisco , Uber , Uber board of directors

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INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Ultra-Efficient Homes of the Future

November 18, 2014 by  
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Resources are dwindling, prices are rising, and energy efficiency has never been more important. Commercial buildings have long been designed with conservation in mind: Taiwan’s national stadium is covered almost entirely with solar panels , and the CaixaForum Museum in Madrid boasts a living wall of 15,000 plants. However, with the world’s population predicted to exceed 8 billion by 2050, architects are turning their green design skills to residential homes. Potential structures range from ancient mudbrick domes, to space-age Earthships . Some designs are more viable than others, but the Big Deal team have identified five of the most promising candidates. For a glimpse of the future, check out their infographic below. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Ultra-Efficient Homes of the Future Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Big Deal , building materials , earth-sheltered home , earthship , Energy Savings , green alternative building materials , green building materials , green flooring , green home , green insulation , green structural components , infographic , passive solar , reader submitted content , Straw Bale , Superadobe , sustainable home , This is the Big Deal

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