HOK designs aquaponics facility to alleviate Kansas Citys food desert

June 18, 2018 by  
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Nonprofit Nile Valley Aquaponics is raising fish in a Kansas City food desert—and they’re creating jobs, providing healthy food and promoting sustainable urban farming in the process. To help the nonprofit lead the community to greener and healthier living, American architecture and engineering firm HOK designed the Nile Valley Aquaponics Facility, which could double the annual harvest to 50,000 pounds of fish and 70,000 pounds of vegetables. The building would be constructed using sustainable building methods and feature resource-saving systems such as rainwater cisterns and a wind turbine. Designed to cover a 0.7-acre lot, the Nile Valley Aquaponics Facility aims to expand the nonprofit’s food production capacity and introduce additional eco-friendly farming features. Aquaponics is a closed-loop system for raising mercury-free fish in tandem with vegetables. The urban farming effort not only gives the community greater access to fresh produce and fish, but also provides low-income youth with economic and educational opportunities through jobs, lessons, field trips and mentoring. The new facility would include two new greenhouses that could increase the output of fish from 25,000 to 50,000 pounds and the production of vegetables from 35,000 to 75,000 pounds. A third greenhouse would be used for education. “Designed as a modern kit of parts, the new greenhouses will be constructed with economical, sustainable and easily procurable materials to promote the use of this model in other cities,” says HOK. Related: New Orleans golf course transformed into city’s biggest urban farm with an Eco-Campus The grounds would also include a community event space, marketplace for selling food and packaged goods, a chicken coop and run, beehives, rainwater collection cisterns, solar panels, a wind turbine and community-raised garden beds. The facility is designed to use zero pesticides and 90 percent less water than traditional farming. Nile Valley Aquaponics’ new brand identity, designed by Barkley, is woven into the facility through high-impact graphics that showcase the nonprofit’s mission. The projected fundraising goal for the Nile Valley Aquaponics Facility is $1 million. + HOK Images by HOK

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Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth

February 21, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif , afghanistan , Andreas Schutzenberger , Architecture , containerized Education Centre , educational center afghanistan , international skateboarding NGO , long-term sustainability , shipping container design , shipping containers , skateboarding , skateboarding center afghanistan , Skateistan Mazar-e-Sharif (MeS) Facility , Skateistan.org , Sustainable Materials        

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Vietnamese Kindergarten Feeds 500 Students With Rooftop Vegetable Garden!

August 25, 2013 by  
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Respect for the environment and the skills needed for self-sufficiency must be taught at a young age. In addition to “reading, writing, and arithmetic,” why not also teach kids how to grow their own food in an eco-friendly way? That’s the philosophy behind The Farming Kindergarden , a Vietnamese school that is installing a massive rooftop garden in order to teach children the basics of raising their own fresh food. Maintaining the garden teaches children valuable skills, and helps provide meals for both students and faculty. Designed by Vo Trong Nghia architecture firm, the facility also includes water recycling,  solar  water heating, pc-concrete louver for shading and more green features designed to inspired young students to care about the planet. Click through to see more pictures of this amazing living roof! Read More >> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green roofs , green schools , kindergarten , living roofs , rooftop gardens , schools , vegetable gardens , Vietnam        

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Dow Solar Shingles Finally Hitting U.S. Markets

October 24, 2011 by  
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We wrote about the lovely solar roof shingles introduced by Dow Solar a couple of years ago and now they’re finally going to be available to the masses.  The solar shingles look amazingly like traditional roof shingles and fully replace traditional shingles on the home while generating electricity. The shingles use thin-film solar cells, which are less efficient than the silicon cells in conventional solar panels, but actually much more durable.  The first state where these shingles will be widely available is Colorado, with large quantities coming to a dozen other states by the end of 2012. The solar roof shingles have an efficiency of about 10 percent, but if you cover your whole roof in them, you’re still looking at a nice power pay-off.  Another bonus is that solar panels of any type keep areas under where they’re installed cooler, which means you’ll need less electricity for cooling anyways. Dow has partnered with major home building company D.R. Horton to build homes outfitted three kilowatts of their solar shingles.  The homes will be large ones — ranging from 2,205 to 4,115 square feet — and will start at $485,950.  On the green jobs front, Dow is building these shingles in a Midland, Michigan plant and says the facility will create 1,275 jobs by 2015. via CNET

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Toys "R" Us Facility Getting Largest Solar Rooftop in U.S.

May 11, 2011 by  
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A Toys “R” Us distribution facility in New Jersey will soon be home to the largest solar rooftop installation in the country.  The huge installation will feature 37,000 solar panels producing 5.38 MW of power. Toys “R” Us has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Constellation Energy Group — the builders of the project — and will meet 72 percent of the facility’s energy needs with the solar power system.  The facility’s carbon footprint will be reduced by 4,569 tons.

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The EPA’s Odd Choice for a New Regional HQ

April 20, 2011 by  
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What was the EPA thinking when it decided to relocate its regional headquarters from a transit-rich location in downtown Kansas to a suburban site that could almost triple the carbon emissions associated with the facility?

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US Interior Department Reconsidering Hydropower

April 12, 2011 by  
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Hydropower is getting fresh consideration from the US Department of the Interior.

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BNY Mellon’s Energy Star Data Center Saves Millions in Energy Costs

January 19, 2011 by  
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In the past five years, the facility outside Pittsburgh has saved 80 million kilowatts of energy use, trimming $7.5 million from the bank’s energy bills, and is in the process of getting LEED certification as well.

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SF Giants’ Recycling Program Scores a Home Run, City Says

October 11, 2010 by  
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AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, diverted 1,750 tons of throwaways from landfill last year, bringing the facility’s recycling rate to 75 percent.

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Abu Dhabi Media Zone to generate renewable energy through its façade

September 1, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable development to generate renewable solar energy. Bernard Tschumi Architects have re-imagined their master plan for the new Abu Dhabi Media Zone , by incorporating several environmentally-friendly features that help reduce the overall energy consumption of the facility. The architectural team planned to orient the towers north-south instead of east-west, which helped streamline the silhouette from the water and allows maximizes sun exposure to the east and west façades.

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