The Puerto Rico nursery still up and running thanks to solar power

October 4, 2017 by  
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Solar power is helping flower grower Hector Santiago get back on his feet in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated much of the United States territory’s electricity grid . Six years ago, he sank $300,000 into 244 solar panels , and said everyone told him he was crazy because of the cost. Today, he has power and is rebuilding his nursery. Santiago’s Cali Nurseries , which sells decorative plants and poinsettias to firms like Cosco and Walmart, suffered tremendous losses during the storm. Hurricane Maria damaged plants and greenhouses , ripping off roofs and flattening trees. Santiago told The Washington Post his losses amounted to an estimated $1.5 million. Related: Puerto Rico electricity crisis sparks interest in renewable energy But he’s been able to begin rebuilding his Barranquitas farm with the help of electricity thanks his investment in solar energy. The storm damaged 25 percent of the photovoltaic panels, but there’s still enough energy to start rebuilding his operation. The power allowed him to keep pumping water from wells, as the business’ 19 employees cleaned up and repotted plants. Santiago was unable to get back to his farm for five days following the hurricane, and when he finally returned he found his employees hard at work, as they had been since the first day. He told The Washington Post, “I just started crying, I choked up, when I saw them working like nothing had happened. They give me the strength to not give up and to do whatever I have to do to continue with my business.” The devastation in Puerto Rico has resulted in an increased interest in renewable energy . Solar installation firm owner Henry Pichardo, who works out of Bayamon, said Hurricane Maria could boost his business by 20 percent per year. He said he’s been flooded with inquiries after the storm. He told Reuters, “People are going to become more conscious of how they are living, and invest more in solar.” Via Reuters and The Washington Post Images via Hector Alejandro Santiago Rodriguez on Facebook and Cali Nurseries on Facebook

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Suga Architects unveil the gorgeous green-roofed Takano Nursery in Japan

June 11, 2015 by  
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Wood-Clad Fagerborg Kindergarten Offers a Stimulating Environment for Children in Norway

October 17, 2014 by  
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UID Architects’ New Tukusi Nursery School in Hiroshima is Shaped Like a Peanut

July 6, 2013 by  
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A peanut is a good metaphor for a protective shell that nurtures young life, so it makes sense that UID Architects chose to model the Tukusi Nursery School in Hiroshima after the shape of a peanut. The new structure features large curved walls with no sharp corners, and large windows that fill the learning space with natural light. The building is surrounded with a beautiful garden, where young children are encouraged to explore and connect with nature. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Daylighting , green architecture , green design , Hiroshima , nursery school , peanut-shaped school , Sustainable Building , Tsukushi Nursery School , UID Architects        

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Jean Carrière Nursery School in Nimes, France Receives Gold Label from Bâtiments Durables Méditerranéens

September 26, 2012 by  
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SUNHOUSE: Gorgeous Green-Roofed Nursery is a Daylit Haven for Bright Young Minds

October 2, 2011 by  
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Swedish Student Discovers a New Way To Purify Textile Effluent

October 1, 2011 by  
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Dying is one of the most environmentally destructive parts of textile production, sending hormone-disrupting chemicals into waterways in big textile-producing countries like China, India and Bangladesh. But what if tainted effluent from textile production could be purified, leaving nothing more than water for factories to discharge? That’s exactly the problem that Maria Jonstrup, a doctoral student in Biotechnology at Lund University in Sweden, has been working on, and she recently made a breakthrough that could prevent harmful chemicals from entering the environment. So far Jonstrup’s technique has only been tested in the lab, but she plans to test it at a factory in India. MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clean water , clothing production , eco textiles , Environment , Fashion , Maria Jonstrup , water purification

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Ideo Onesie’s for the Eco-Conscious Baby

December 14, 2009 by  
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Calling all eco-wannabe French- stylish babies – I’ve found the most fashion forward organic onesie’s on the market. Want to impress your fellow crawlers, nappers, criers and teether’s? Well, dress to impress with Ideo’s, a fair trade French brand, dazzling mix of onesie’s.

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