A new eco-minded neighborhood in Utah ski resort emphasizes land stewardship

August 6, 2019 by  
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On a Utah ski mountain, a new neighborhood is bucking the trend of gaudy, environmentally insensitive construction that has long dominated Mountain West resorts. For their first completed project in the United States, Canadian architecture firm MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple recently finished phase one of Horizon, the first pre-designed neighborhood on Powder Mountain, Utah. With eight cabins now complete, the village—which will consist of 30 cabins—has been designed to follow passive solar principles and to allow the majority of Powder Mountain to remain undeveloped as part of the project’s commitment to climate responsiveness and land stewardship. The Horizon village was created to serve as the “home base” for Summit Series , a startup for a conferences comparable to TED. Six years ago, the startup purchased Powder Mountain, the largest ski mountain in the U.S., for the purpose of making the site “an epicenter of innovation, culture, and thought leadership.” To translate the startup’s values of community, environmental responsibility, and social good into architecture, Summit Series tapped MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple to design a village with reduced site impact and an appearance that evokes the traditional mountain vernacular. Located at 9,000 feet elevation, Horizon will consist of 30 cabins of four different typologies ranging in size from 1,000 to 3,000 square feet, a series of strategically placed garages, and a communal lodge called the “Pioneer Cabin.” Every building will be elevated on steel stilts and oriented for optimal passive solar conditions. Moreover, thermal mass concrete flooring with hydronic in-floor heating will help keep energy costs down. Inspired by the region’s cedar-clad barns, the cabins will be wrapped in vertical shiplap cedar and topped with cedar-shingled roofs. Related: Affordable wooden cabin is precariously perched over a cliff in Nova Scotia “The theme and variation strategy, in combination with the dramatic topography, results in a neighborhood that has a powerful sense of both unity and variety,” says the project press release. “The dense neighborhood will allow the majority of Powder Mountain’s 11,500 acres to remain undeveloped, and conserved for future generations.” + MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Images by Doublespace Photography

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Lessons from Walmart and UPS on electrifying their fleets

October 17, 2018 by  
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It’s happening quickly, but the tipping point remains on the horizon.

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5 energy lessons from D.C.’s $7 billion mega-utility merger

April 5, 2016 by  
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The battle over the Pepco-Exelon Merger, which would create the nation’s largest utility, reveals more consolidation and rate fights and on the horizon.

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Why sustainability reporting is a key tool for savvy managers

April 5, 2016 by  
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The Dow Jones Sustainability Index provides one example of how digging for useful data and benchmarking performance can pay dividends.

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Local and State Governments Sue BP for Deepwater Horizon Clean Up Costs and Economic Losses

February 7, 2013 by  
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Last we heard from BP , the oil giant had agreed to pay $4.5 billion  in penalties for its role in the Deepwater Horizon blowout that spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for several months in 2010. But that could be just the beginning for BP, as the company has just been hit with a new $34 billion claim from local and state governments to account for economic losses related to the gusher. BP has already paid out about $58 billion for the environmental disaster, and the latest blow could bring that total above $90 billion. Read the rest of Local and State Governments Sue BP for Deepwater Horizon Clean Up Costs and Economic Losses Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP , bp fines , bp sued , british petroleum , deepwater horizon , environmental destruction , environmental disaster , gulf of mexico , oil spill , water pollution

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BP to Pay $4 Billion, Plead Guilty to Manslaughter as Deepwater Horizon Settlement is Finalized

January 30, 2013 by  
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A federal judge has approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty for manslaughter and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster . The oil giant could end up paying billions more for the environmental destruction that followed the 2010 catastrophe , which caused more than 200 million gallons of crude oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico causing massive harm to marine animals, birds and sea life while and polluting the shorelines of several states. Read the rest of BP to Pay $4 Billion, Plead Guilty to Manslaughter as Deepwater Horizon Settlement is Finalized Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bp oil spill , BP oil spill penalty , deepwater horizon oil spill , environmental destruction , Gulf Coast oil pollution , gulf of mexico disaster , national fish and wildlife foundation , offshore oil drilling , oil drilling , oil pollution , oil spill , U.S. Justice Department oil spill , U.S. National Academy of Sciences

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BP to Pay $4 Billion, Plead Guilty to Manslaughter as Deepwater Horizon Settlement is Finalized

January 30, 2013 by  
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A federal judge has approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty for manslaughter and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster . The oil giant could end up paying billions more for the environmental destruction that followed the 2010 catastrophe , which caused more than 200 million gallons of crude oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico causing massive harm to marine animals, birds and sea life while and polluting the shorelines of several states. Read the rest of BP to Pay $4 Billion, Plead Guilty to Manslaughter as Deepwater Horizon Settlement is Finalized Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bp oil spill , BP oil spill penalty , deepwater horizon oil spill , environmental destruction , Gulf Coast oil pollution , gulf of mexico disaster , national fish and wildlife foundation , offshore oil drilling , oil drilling , oil pollution , oil spill , U.S. Justice Department oil spill , U.S. National Academy of Sciences

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Transocean Pleads Guilty to Gulf Oil Spill and Agrees to Pay $1.4 Billion in Fines

January 3, 2013 by  
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The US Department of Justice announced today that Swiss company Transocean Ltd, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and sank in 2010, has agreed to pay $1.4 billion for the oil spill that spewed millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico . Under the settlement, the company will plead guilty to violating the Clean Water Act, and it will agree to pay $1 billion in civil penalties and $400 million in criminal fines. The announcement comes just six weeks after BP agreed to pay $4.5 billion in damages for the massive oil spill. Read the rest of Transocean Pleads Guilty to Gulf Oil Spill and Agrees to Pay $1.4 Billion in Fines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP , bp oil spill , deepwater horizon , Department of Justice , DoJ , environmental destruction , gulf of mexico , Gulf oil spill , gusher , oil spill , Transocean

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Enormous Underground River Discovered in the Amazon

August 26, 2011 by  
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Photo: EduardoDuarte / cc The sprawling Amazon rainforest is easily one of the most fascinating and mysterious regions on the planet, what with its dark, dense vegetation that stretches across the horizon like an unimaginable vast sea of green, home to an untold number of undiscovered species — but the depths of the Amazon’s secrets just got a whole lot deeper. According to a team of Brazilian scientists, over 2 miles beneath the region’s lush surface lies an enormous underground river which runs nearly the entire length of the Amazon river…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The Urinal of the Future Will Know Your Health, Makes Suggestions

August 3, 2011 by  
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Image credit Wired I love the Wired magazine series “Found ” which “represents our best guess at what lies over the horizon, from touchscreen windshields to organ farming.” They nailed it with this one, a “you-rinal” that analyzes your urine, determines the state of your health, and feeds appropriate google ads for just what you need to fix your physical and mental issues…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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