How To Start a Creative Reuse Center: Learnings & Tips From 7 Centers

July 30, 2021 by  
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Swiss voters to decide on $2500/mo ‘unconditional basic income’ initiative this Sunday

June 2, 2016 by  
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Switzerland ’s proposed ‘ unconditional basic income ’ (UBI) could become an official policy as early as next week. On Sunday, voters will decide whether every Swiss man, woman, and child should receive a monthly no-questions-asked payment designed to help alleviate the stress of paying for basic needs. Campaigners for UBI have fought hard for several years to bring the question to the public, but analysts say it’s unlikely to pass. A recent poll showed 72 percent of voters are inclined to reject the proposal, following advice from the Swiss government and most of the country’s political parties. In an effort to rally support for the initiative, its campaigners hit people where they can feel it: their bank accounts. The campaign raised funds to hold a lottery of sorts, in which one citizen will be paid 2,500 Swiss Francs per month for a year—the amount proposed under the UBI policy. With a monthly check like that, supporters of the initiative argue that it would become much easier for Swiss citizens to have children, pursue higher education or job training, and it would diminish or potentially eliminate the need for some social programs geared toward low income residents. Related: Switzerland might pay all citizens a 2,500 Franc basic income every month The ballot measure for Sunday’s vote, if approved, would translate into a monthly payment of $2,500 for each adult citizen, as well as around $625 per month for each child. Foreign residents who have lived in Switzerland for more than five years would also be eligible for the payments, under the initiative. Finland and Holland are preparing to experiment with similar programs, and some cities in Canada and Spain are considering it as well. Imagine what your family could do, if you didn’t have to worry as much about paying for basic needs. Via Phys.org Images via Pixabay  and Peter Gronemann/Flickr

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LA port terminal to be first in the world powered by 100% renewable energy

June 2, 2016 by  
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The Port of Los Angeles is going green with plans to transition a 40-acre cargo terminal to solar power and other renewable sources. Construction will begin this June on the Pasha Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project that port officials said will be the world’s first marine terminal to generate all of its energy needs from renewables . The terminal will also be able to operate completely off the grid if necessary. The Port of Los Angeles is partnering with Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals L.P. on the $26.6 million project that is expected to take two years to complete. The California Air Resource Board awarded a $14.5 million grant for the project with Pasha contributing $11.4 million in cash and in-kind participation. “This is a Wright Brothers moment,” said Jeffrey Burgin, senior vice president of Pasha. “We’re going to be the proving ground to change the paradigm of how large industrial facilities can run on clean energy. We’re confident we can show this is absolutely attainable.” Related: Los Angeles will soon boast the largest electric vehicle fleet in the US A solar microgrid will include include a 1.03 megawatt photovoltaic rooftop array, a 2.6 megawatt-hour battery storage system, charging equipment and an energy management control system. The project will also include a vessel exhaust treatment system and nine zero emissions electric vehicles — four electrified yard tractors, two high-tonnage forklifts, two drayage trucks and an electric top handler. The environmentally friendly improvements are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3,200 tons per year; eliminate 56,000 pounds per year of diesel particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and other harmful emissions; and create the clean air equivalent of taking 14,100 cars off the road per day. + Port of Los Angeles Via Long Beach Press Telegram Lead image via Wikipedia ; graphic via Port of Los Angeles

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33 other U.S. cities have cheated water tests that detect lead

June 2, 2016 by  
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The Guardian performed its own investigation into U.S. water testing practices and revealed startling results. Out of 43 cities east of the Mississippi, 33 from 17 states used shoddy methods to avoid detecting lead in their water. 21 cities used the same practices as Flint , which ultimately led to criminal charges. It’s not only small cities utilizing shady means, but big ones like Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The Guardian tried to obtain “water testing documents” from 81 cities and 43 offered information. The tricks used by officials include practices such as removing aerators, pre-flushing pipes, and running water slowly. All these practices potentially reduce the amount of lead that shows up in water samples. Sometimes officials didn’t test water in what they determined were “high-risk homes.” Related: BREAKING: What Flint officials knew about the poisoned water, and when In Michigan and New Hampshire, departments allowed employees to re-sample and toss out “results with high lead levels.” In Chicago and Philadelphia, officials requested that employees “test water safety in their own homes.” Some cities, citing security risk concerns, said they didn’t know where lead pipes were or didn’t conduct testing in the mandatory amount of homes with lead pipes. As a result of Flint’s water crisis , made possible because of similarly deceptive water-testing procedures, thousands of children may experience developmental issues. Studies have shown that even small amounts of lead are “associated” with behavioral and developmental issues. Mere exposure to lead is “linked” to an inclination “to commit violent crimes.” Scientist Marc Edwards , who was instrumental in shining a light on the Flint water crisis, told the Guardian, “They make lead in water low when collecting samples for EPA compliance, even as it poisons kids who drink the water. Clearly, the cheating and lax enforcement are needlessly harming children all over the United States. If they cannot be trusted to protect little kids from lead in drinking water, what on Earth can they be trusted with? Who amongst us is safe?” Via The Guardian Images via Pixabay and Pexels

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Studio Formafantasma Creates Mind-Blowing Objects from Mt. Etna’s Volcanic Lava

April 24, 2014 by  
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Studio Formafantasma is more focused on the materials that go into their work than the form or function it will ultimately take. This has led to projects that make use of organic resins in place of plastics , hand-crafted leather , and now basaltic lava taken from two of the last active volcanoes in Europe. The De Natura Fossilium line includes beautifully carved clocks, tables, stools, glasses, tableware, and textiles, some of which are even made from a lava-based glass. Read the rest of Studio Formafantasma Creates Mind-Blowing Objects from Mt. Etna’s Volcanic Lava Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , De Natura Fossilium by De Natura Fossilium , De Natura Fossilium made from material collected at Europe’s last two active volcanos. Studio Formafantasma use igneous rock to create unique pieces of art , hand-blown glass artwork made from the volcanic rocks of Mt Etna , MT. Etna , obsidian mirror by Studio Formafantasma , Studio Formafantasma , Studio Formafantasma create beautiful art from volcanic lava , Studio Formafantasma experiment with volcanic fiber to create hand-woven wall art , volcanic lava art

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Solar Power is Now as Cheap as Buying From the Grid – in Europe

April 24, 2014 by  
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Although solar power’s return on investment has been debated endlessly, it now looks like the renewable energy source has finally become as cheap as buying off the grid – at least in some European countries. Renewable energy consulting firm Eclareon just released a report confirming that the price of solar power in Germany, Italy and Spain has finally reached what is referred to as “grid parity.” While grid parity has quite a few variables, it means that, over the course of the equipment’s lifetime, the total cost of installing solar panels is now on par with the costs associated with buying from the country’s grid system. Read the rest of Solar Power is Now as Cheap as Buying From the Grid – in Europe Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , current news on solar energy , grid parity , grid parity in europe , home solar installation , renewable energy in europe , renewable energy news , solar panels , solar power costs , solar power installation

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Murtada Alkabi Develops a Brilliant Wind Harvesting Facade for Coastal Urban Buildings

April 24, 2014 by  
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Wind turbines are rarely designed for cities-they are loud, affect views, and buildings tend to block the winds anyway. Eager to find an aesthetically-pleasing solution for harvesting wind energy in urban environments, TU Delf student Murtada Alkabi designed a panel wind harvesting façade system suitable for buildings located on the coast. It goes to show that wind power can be integrated into architecture without making it look ugly. Read the rest of Murtada Alkabi Develops a Brilliant Wind Harvesting Facade for Coastal Urban Buildings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “sustainable architecture” , “wind power” , green architecture , low carbon footprint , low electricity bills , Murtada Alkabi TU Delft , Murtada Alkabi wind farm , renewable energy , renewables , student projects , TU Deft student project , wind harvesting facade , wind turbines

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Gearless Checks Out the Tesla Model S (Video)

April 22, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Gearless When I wrote about Robert Llewellyn’s experiment with fast electric vehicle charging , one commenter rather uncharitably argued that this was “why entertainers should not do science reporting and green web sites should not parrot the poorly thought out entertainment.” Sure, Robert’s Gearless online show , like its predecessor Carpool… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Cool Spokeless Bike Prototype by Yale Mechanical Engineering Students

February 17, 2010 by  
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