Meet the ex-White House official growing the market for community power

September 15, 2016 by  
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Solar is at a pivotal point: How many people will get access? Enter Michelle Moore and Groundswell.

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Pine needle eyelashes, petal lipstick and other beauty tools from nature

September 2, 2016 by  
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In addition to flower plant petals, Murphy’s series includes an icicle beard, a thorn “grill”, pine needle eyelashes, and some mushroom body parts. Some images draw straightforward, satirical parallels between beauty products and natural materials, others blur the line between plant/human hybrid, and a mushroom augmentation suggests that if we really take in our consideration for nature, we acknowledge an expanded spectrum of gender, as well. Related: Amazing tree grows 40 different kinds of fruit The photos are fun and funky, celebrating natural forms while ironically commenting on beauty products (hopefully in a cruelty-free manner ). Check out the images for some truly perishable natural cosmetics.

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Renovated Jakarta home fights sultry summers with ventilation, green space and shade

September 2, 2016 by  
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Located in a surprisingly quiet neighborhood in midtown Jakarta, the existing L-shaped building presented a great starting point for creating an airy courtyard residence. The architects designed a transparent living room, dining area and kitchen on the first floor which offer views of the outdoor garden and the existing trees. The second floor houses a semi-public office space accessible via an outdoor spiral staircase. Built with reused materials , a see-through wooden surface is installed diagonally to create shade and accentuate the form of the house. Related: Curious Slanted House in Jakarta critiques establishment architecture In order to respond to the tropical weather conditions, the house features cross-ventilation and a large number of windows and doors that stay open throughout the day, while a vertical garden and wooden shade structure regulate thermal gain. + Wahana Architects Via Plataforma Arquitectura Photos by Fernando Gomulya

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New solar-powered Massachusetts college center is as green as a building can be

September 2, 2016 by  
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Kern Center functions as a hub for student life with a “community living room” and cafe, and it also serves as a welcome center for parents and staff. Floor-to-ceiling windows connect those inside with the trees and wildflower meadow outside. Two wings clad with stone add natural beauty to the center. The stone and wood utilized were sourced locally. According to Bruner/Cott, all the building materials are “Red List compliant” and they avoided products containing toxic chemicals. The building materials aren’t the only green aspects of the Kern Center. A rainwater harvesting system allows for net-zero water , and the roof is decked out with large solar arrays. Related: Pittsburgh’s net-zero Frick Environmental Center is designed to meet the world’s toughest green standards Kern Center also functions as a “learning and teaching laboratory.” Signs and tours allow those interested to learn more about the center’s sustainability features. According to Bruner/Cott’s statement on the project, “New classes are built around the teaching opportunities the living building makes available, inspiring the kind of inquiry and stewardship embodied in Hampshire’s philosophy of contributing to knowledge, justice, and positive change in the world.” In the words of Hampshire College, the Living Building Challenge is the ” world’s most advanced green building standard .” Should the Kern Center be certified, it will move Hampshire closer to its goal of going carbon-neutral in the next four years or less. + Bruner/Cott & Associates Images via Bruner/Cott & Associates

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Small (business) is beautiful: Michelle Veasey

August 31, 2012 by  
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The executive director of New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility talks about how regional companies can play a key sustainability role.  

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Solar Decathlon 2011: Team Appalachian

September 26, 2011 by  
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Michelle Kaufmann judged this year’s Solar Decathlon and here are some of the photos she took at the event which took place at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Live Now: Hundreds Risk Arrest at Ottawa Action To Sit-in Against Big Oil, Tar Sands

September 26, 2011 by  
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Self-Destructing Bacteria Heals Cracked Concrete

November 18, 2010 by  
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Photo by apasciuto Could self-healing concrete be the answer to keeping sidewalks and structures in tip top shape and shrink the carbon footprint of concrete production? It’s an issue we’ve brought up before, when Michelle Pelletier, a master’s degree candidate at University of Rhode Island, came up with a paint for concrete that helps it self-heal . Now there’s a new high-tech solution, using bacteria that comes complete with a self-destruct gene.

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EU Abandons Plans to Cut Critically Endangered Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas

November 18, 2010 by  
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Japan is the destination for the majority of the world’s bluefin tuna catch, photo: David Ooms / Creative Commons .

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The Arctic Refuge is Ready for a Real Commitment

November 18, 2010 by  
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Photo credit: Sierra Club In every relationship, there comes a time when you need to take the next big step.

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