California city on its way to becoming the first Zero Net Energy city in the U.S.

February 19, 2017 by  
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The city of Lancaster, California is one step closer to becoming a Zero Net Energy city – the very first in the U.S. The proposed ordinance, recently moved forward by the city council, will require all new homes to be equipped with solar panels or to take other steps toward energy mitigation. The end goal is to create a city with a truly sustainable future. “This is a great stride in Lancaster’s journey to become a Zero Net City,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris in a statement. “The Zero Net Energy Home Ordinance expands upon Lancaster’s residential solar ordinance so that new homes built in Lancaster now will not only be environmentally friendly, but have a zero net impact on our environment, while reducing energy costs for the homeowners.” Related: Lancaster, California to require all new homes to have solar panels The ZNE ordinance requires all new homes built in the year 2017 and beyond to choose one of three options for energy use: install photovoltaic panels to support two watts of energy for each square foot, pay mitigation fees that will result in a discount on the energy generation rate section of their bill, or select a combination of both options. The required feasibility study for the ordinance is already taking place, which is needed before receiving approval from the California Energy Commission . These processes are expected to be complete by the end of the year. Images via  Wikimedia

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Japanese fix massive city sinkhole within 48 hours

November 15, 2016 by  
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Within two days of swallowing a five-lane city street, a sinkhole in Fukuoka, Japan has been repaired – though, as the Guardian reports , the street’s re-opening was delayed several days for safety reasons. The sinkhole opened up on 8 November, and one week later, the street officially reopened to pedestrian and vehicular traffic with an apology from the city’s mayor. The 98-foot-long sinkhole in Fukoaka affected a sewage pipe, traffic lights, as well as utility pipes, all of which have been restored with fresh gas and power lines, the Guardian reports. Local press claim Fukuoka workers filled the urban cavity with 6,200 cubic meters of sand and cement, working around the clock to restore the busy thoroughfare. Related: Terrifying sinkhole swallows five-lane street in Japan Mayor Soichiro Takashima said the street is now 30 times stronger than it was before, adding that the city has assembled a panel of experts to determine what caused the sinkhole. Earlier reports placed blame on construction of new subway lines. “We’re very sorry for causing great trouble,” the mayor said, according to the Telegraph . “Sinkholes are common where the rock below the land surface is limestone, carbonate rock, salt beds, or rocks that can naturally be dissolved by groundwater circulating through them,” according to the USGS. Evaporite rocks, where sinkholes are commonly found, underlie up to 40 percent of US territory. Via The Guardian Images via Hideyuki Hongo, USGS

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How does a city like Los Angeles buy tech?

November 9, 2016 by  
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Mark Anthony Thomas, Director of the Mayor’s Operations Innovation Team for the City of Los Angeles (or the “O-Team”) sat down with GreenBiz Studio at VERGE 16. 

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UK government endorses controversial Heathrow airport expansion

October 25, 2016 by  
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The Heathrow Airport expansion may finally receive a green light to progress. After years of delays, the UK government endorsed a vision to add another runway to the airport in west London . A sixth terminal designed by Grimshaw Architects is also part of the expansion vision. In agreement with the Airports Commission’s recommendation, the UK government offered their endorsement of the Heathrow expansion over adding a second runway to Gatwick Airport south of London. The UK Department for Transport said the government’s decision would boost the economy, and the government said the project could create 77,000 jobs. They proposed a night flight ban and noise restrictions to combat noise pollution . Related: Exciting new designs for Heathrow Airport’s expansion unveiled Heathrow Airport had already chosen Grimshaw Architects as the designer for a sixth terminal, hoping to send the signal they would be ready to start the project once they obtained government approval. It was Heathrow’s opinion that after uncertainty following the vote to leave the European Union, the government could show confidence in the UK’s economy and future by expanding the airport. Grimshaw Architects says their vision for the new terminal is affordable and sustainable . But not everyone is thrilled with the decision to expand the airport. A new runway could bring in thousands more flights each year, increasing air and noise pollution in London according to Mayor Sadiq Khan. Green party co-leader Jonathan Bartley told The Guardian, “The decision to expand Heathrow tramples over the concerns of local people and puts a wrecking ball through the government’s claim to be concerned about climate change .” The village of Harmondsworth will be at least partly demolished to make room for the expansion, and residents feel upset and betrayed . Parliament will vote on the airport expansion next year or in 2018 and if granted approval the new runway could be completed in 2025. + Grimshaw Architects Via The Guardian Images via Grimshaw Architects

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Protected mangroves off the coast of Miami razed for a boat show

June 30, 2015 by  
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Wetlands and mangroves along much of the Gulf Coast are vital coastal ecosystems that also defend against sea level rise and storm surges . For decades these wetlands have been under attack from coastal development and the oil and gas industry, which is why large swathes are now protected. All of this makes it all the more baffling that a private contractor has destroyed a 300-foot stretch of mangrove trees near Miami as part of preparations for the 2016 Miami International Boat Show , yet Mayor Tomas Regalado appears largely unconcerned. Read the rest of Protected mangroves off the coast of Miami razed for a boat show Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bay biscayne , envrionmental destruction , florida keys , hurricane season , international boat show , miami marine stadium , protected mangroves , sea level rise , wetlands destruction , wetlands ecosystem , wetlands loss

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Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

April 15, 2015 by  
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At Meet the Media Guru this year, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde presented the “Smog free project”, an “electronic vacuum cleaner” that could potentially suck up urban smog . According to Roosegaarde, the brilliant design could be ready to go as soon as 2016. The cleaner works by using copper coils to create an electrostatic field that pulls smog particles from the air, and Roosegaarde is already in talks with the mayor of Beijing to put the machine in a city park to give city dwellers fresh air. The innovative solution could be instrumental in addressing the city’s air pollution issues . Read the rest of Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , air purifier , Beijing smog , chinese smog vacuum , Daan Roosegaarde , dutch vacuum cleaner cleans up china’s smog , eco design , electronic air vacuum cleaner , green design , sustainable design , vacuum cleaner sucks up chinese smog

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London mayor approves Europes first bike superhighway

February 2, 2015 by  
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Europe’s longest segregated (protected) bike lane was approved by the mayor of London this week — and it will guarantee bike riders a safe ride through the city east to west. A north-south route is also under consideration, marking a huge step forward for London commuters. Read the rest of London mayor approves Europes first bike superhighway Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike commuting , bike superhighway , Boris Johnson , england bike highway , england bike riding , london bike commuting , london bike highway approved , london bike riding , london bike road , london bike superhighway , mayor approves london bike superhighway , Peter Walker

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L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of buildings

December 16, 2014 by  
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti just unveiled an unprecedented plan to retrofit LA to deal with what some scientists say could be the next “Big One” – a massive earthquake that could open California’s San Andreas Fault. According to scientists, there’s a 46 percent chance of 7.5 or larger quake in the Southern California area in the next 30 years. Read the rest of L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of buildings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building code , California earthquake , earthquake , la earthquake retrofits , Los Angeles , los angeles earthquake , los angeles earthquake retrofits , magniture 7.5 earthquake , northridge earthquake , San Andreas fault , the big one

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Paris Officials Veto Herzog & de Meuron’s Triangle Skyscraper

November 20, 2014 by  
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Parisian city council officials have voted against Herzog & de Mueron ’s Tour Triangle, a proposed  triangular skyscraper  that would be the French capital’s third largest structure. Deeming the 180 meter tower too modern for the Parisian skyline, the city’s Mayor Anne Hidalgo says that the fight is not over, and is urging a second vote. Tour Triangle, which was first proposed in 2008, would create 3,000 jobs as well as 85,000 square meters of office space spread vertically . Read the rest of Paris Officials Veto Herzog & de Meuron’s Triangle Skyscraper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , Herzog & De Meuron , Mayor Anne Hidalgo , sustainable design , Tour Triangle , triangular architecture , triangular skyscraper

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Acid Rain is Turning Canada’s Lakes Into Jelly

November 20, 2014 by  
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You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that acid rain is a monumental problem, but these days, the consequences of industrialization are beyond anything we could have imagined. Witness Canada’s jelly lakes: thanks to acid rain, several of Canada’s water bodies are now turning into a gelatinous mess. Read the rest of Acid Rain is Turning Canada’s Lakes Into Jelly Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acid rain , Acid Rain Canada , Acid Rain US , calcium plankton , Cambridge University , Canada gelatinous lakes , Canada jelly lakes , Canada Jelly water , Canada lakes , Climate Change , climate change acid rain , environmental study , gelatinous lakes , gelatinous plankton , jelly plankton

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