Biden unveils $2 trillion infrastructure and green economy plan

April 2, 2021 by  
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President Joe Biden has unveiled a $2.2 trillion masterplan that will see investments in infrastructure and job creation for Americans. The plan is designed to reshape the economy by investing in infrastructure and social support. If the plan is fully implemented, it will be the largest U.S. domestic investment in many years. The investment will have far-reaching effects in reshaping energy policy and turning away from greenhouse gases to green energy. The plan seeks to repair roads and bridges, boost public transit projects, replace all lead pipes to improve water systems, expand electric vehicles and invest in other renewable energy infrastructure. Related: Study finds US tap water is contaminated with dangerous chemicals While unveiling the plan, President Biden has tried to remain focused on the economic positives while still introducing the climatic aspects of the project. Besides infrastructure development, the plan will work to to slash greenhouse gases , address racial inequalities and generate well-paying jobs. The biggest concern over this ambitious climate plan has been the cost of the entire project. Opponents of the green economy have been adamant that if such a plan is implemented, it will come at a painful economic cost. However, President Biden and climate experts argue that global warming would be more costly in the long run. Several studies have indicated that climate change will cost nations more in the future. A 2018 Federal Climate Report disclosed that the U.S. would lose 10% of its GDP to climate change if things continue as usual. “If we act now, in 50 years people are going to look back and say, this was the moment that America won the future,” President Biden said. The Biden administration plans to raise the corporate tax rate to 28% in a bid to raise funds for the project. Other funding sources that the government is considering include increasing tax on U.S. multinational corporations and eliminating the no-tax rule for U.S. companies on their first 10% of returns when locating investments in other countries. Via USA Today and Axios Image via Maarten van den Heuvel

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LEED-Platinum Knight Cancer Research Building champions team science

April 2, 2021 by  
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In Portland’s South Waterfront, the Knight Cancer Research Building at Oregon Health & Science University is using a “team science” approach to help scientists and researchers find cures to cancer. Designed by Seattle-based design firm SRG Partnership , the cancer research facility features wellness-focused workspaces that encourage collaboration and innovation across different disciplines. As a beacon of sustainability, the building has also been certified LEED Platinum for its use of non-toxic, Red List-free materials and for achieving 38% greater energy efficiency and 68% reduced water use as compared to standard lab buildings.  Home to over 600 employees from different scientific disciplines, the 320,000-square-foot Knight Cancer Research Building includes seven stories of wet labs, computational biology facilities, research core services, a 300-seat auditorium, a conference center, ground-floor retail and underground parking for 77 cars. Two floors of the building are also occupied by the Center for Early Detection Research, the first large-scale early cancer detection program of its kind. The research facility is strategically located at the heart of a pedestrian-oriented hub easily accessible by multi-modal transit. Related: A LEED Gold-targeted office will enhance worker wellbeing To promote cross-disciplinary research, the building’s research floors follow an open neighborhood concept where team spaces are shared, visibility and collegiality is enhanced with glass partitions, laboratories follow non-hierarchical design and wet and dry labs are placed side by side. The architects have also inserted diverse gathering spaces throughout the building for spontaneous interactions that include a central kitchen, an auditorium , a social lounge and a rooftop terrace as well as other informal seating areas and social hubs. Floor-to-ceiling glazing floods the building with natural light while a sawtooth-shaped configuration of windows along the south elevation frames views of the Willamette River and Tilikum Bridge. Balconies and outdoor terraces further the building’s indoor-to-outdoor connections. The Knight Cancer Research Building was designed entirely with BIM to optimize energy-efficient operations.  + SRG Partnership Photography by Brad Feinknop Photography and Christian Columbres Photography via SRG Partnership

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This will be the largest CLT affordable housing complex in the Netherlands

April 2, 2021 by  
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Rotterdam-based architecture office Powerhouse Company has unveiled designs for Valckensteyn, a circular and sustainable building expected to become the largest timber-built affordable housing complex in the Netherlands. Commissioned by housing corporation Woonstad Rotterdam, the pioneering, 12-story project will feature 11 stories built of cross-laminated timber without the use of adhesives to allow the building to be demounted and reassembled elsewhere as needed. Proposed for the post-war Rotterdam neighborhood of Pendrecht, the 40-meter-tall Valckensteyn will occupy the site of a residential complex that was demolished a decade ago. Due to Valckensteyn’s relatively lightweight timber build as compared to steel-and-concrete construction, the architects will be able to repurpose the old building’s foundations — a sustainable design decision that helps to significantly reduce the project’s carbon footprint . Related: Self-sufficient floating office building for GCA will take anchor in Rotterdam For stability, the affordable housing complex will comprise a concrete ground floor and core. The ground-floor lobby will be clad in travertine — a post-war material with strong ties to the neighborhood — and house a large, inviting space with what the architects hope will be “the most beautiful bicycle storage in Rotterdam.” Cross-laminated timber construction will be exposed in the above floors, where all 82 homes will enjoy connections to the outdoors via floor-to-ceiling windows and timber-clad, west-facing balconies. A lush landscaping plan designed by LAP Landscape & Urban Design will surround the building and stimulate biodiversity. The carpark will also integrate cement-free paving stones and water filtration systems to take on the appearance of a “green carpet.” “With project Valckensteyn, Woonstad set out the challenge to develop a responsible and sustainable housing supply for middle-income families,” said Robbert Groeneveld, senior project manager at Woonstad Rotterdam. “The desire of Woonstad for a wooden building has been developed into an integrated design where sustainability, housing comfort and nature inclusivity come together.” Construction on Valckensteyn is expected to start in January 2022. + Powerhouse Company Images via Powerhouse Company

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Earth911 Reader: Ice Catastrophes, Plastic-Choked Rivers and the Pivot to the Green Economy

January 30, 2021 by  
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Earth911 Interview: Talking 2021 Global Climate Progress with The Economist’s Catherine Brahic

December 28, 2020 by  
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Growth in US green economy dwarfs that of fossil fuel industry

November 4, 2019 by  
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Data shows the green economy grew by over $60 billion per year between 2013 and 2016.

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The need-to-know business guide to the COP24 Katowice deal

December 26, 2018 by  
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UN climate summits can seem removed from the real world of business, but it was important for the green economy — here’s why.

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The business of clean energy equity for all

October 9, 2018 by  
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Here are three ways to advance a inclusive, green economy.

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Can hydrogen cut energy costs for extractive industries?

October 9, 2018 by  
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As an emissions-free fuel, it’s already been used in new mining processing, fuel cell vehicles and electricity generation.

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Safe, efficient self-driving cars could block walkable, livable communities

October 9, 2018 by  
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Are two of our major environmental goals at odds?

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