General Motors wins cost savings with wind power

December 15, 2017 by  
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Car manufacturer General Motors (GM) is gone with the wind for all of its cost-saving benefits. “It provides economic certainty to electricity forecasts,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM’s manager of global renewable energy strategy, as well as savings over the years. Threlkeld discusses the path to fulfilling GM’s RE100 commitment to become 100 percent powered by renewable energy, including two deals to source wind power from Ohio and Illinois, respectively. 

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What to Do with Old License Plates

April 24, 2017 by  
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I recently came across some old license plates that we’ve accumulated over the years. While license plates can be recycled, ours have lived in a box. Curious about other options for them, I began to look up ideas for what to do with old license…

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Why We Should All Live in Earthships

November 2, 2016 by  
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Over the years, as I’ve become more and more in touch with the ways of green and natural living, I’ve started to become more aware of the things in my home that aren’t quite what they could be. We rent now for a variety of reasons, but one reason…

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How Sweden recycles 99 percent of its waste

August 29, 2016 by  
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Sweden is already an environmental leader with its electric roads and plans to be 100% fossil fuel-free by 2050, but they’re not stopping there. The trailblazing Scandinavian nation also recycles 99 percent of its waste , with only a measly 1 percent going to landfills. A process called waste-to-energy generates sustainable electricity from the country’s garbage. Of the Sweden’s 4.4 million tons of household waste produced annually, 2.2 million tons are converted into energy using waste-to-energy (WTE), according to Global Citizen . Garbage that is sorted for WTE plants is burned to produce steam, which is then used to spin turbines and generate electricity. Sweden is so proficient at its waste management practices that it actually imports 800,000 tons of rubbish from nearby countries to its 32 WTE plants. Related: Sweden plans to import 800,000 tons of garbage each year The system depends on residents responsibly in handling their trash, which has become more commonplace over the years. Citizens sort their garbage to go to recycling facilities or WTE plants, resulting in the impressive 99 percent recycled waste statistic nationwide. If the country keeps it up, they could achieve the label of zero waste by the year 2020. Meanwhile, the U.S. sends 55 percent of its waste to landfills each year. Via Global Citizen Images via Pixabay ( 1 , 2 )

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Building green and building profits

November 7, 2015 by  
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The U.S. Green Building Council has shown, over the years, that seeking profit and seeking sustainability can be one and the same thing.

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6 Awesome Ways To Upcycle Old Books

July 21, 2015 by  
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Whether you are a book nerd or just seem to have collected stacks of novels over the years, it can be difficult to know what to do with all those books. Sure, there are many different ways you can display your favorite pieces of literature…

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The Energy Conservation Lists Are Not Complete!

July 1, 2015 by  
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Most of us have seen or read them – energy conservation lists.  But, do you conserve energy by doing things that you don’t read about in all those lists on how to conserve? Over the years my wife and I have made an effort to use those lists as a…

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Is BEHA the Greenest Plane, or a Kitchen Sink?

December 5, 2014 by  
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Most people thought the triplane was a relic of the past, an ungainly aircraft from the early days, left behind as more modern designs came to the fore.  But the triplane could be getting another lease on life if the Kickstarter campaign by Faradair Aerospace Limited is successful. The BEHA (which stands for Bio-Electric Hybrid Aircraft) is an odd looking design which seems to have everything but the kitchen sink thrown at it.  The design is intended to be a six-seat aircraft with “sports car feel,” with an emphasis on safety.  The cabin is intended to have Formula 1 style crash protection as well as a ballistic parachute recovery fail-safe system.  The electric fans and ducted propeller, along with the lift from three wings, are intended to provide for exceptionally quiet flight. Bio-Electric Hybrid refers to the combination of propulsion systems being used.  This project combines a biodiesel engine (to generate electricity and to run a large ducted pusher propeller at the back) along with twin electric fan motors.  The plane will take off and land using the electric motors, and the biodiesel engine and pusher propeller are for in-flight recharging and aiding in cross-country cruising. But wait, like the late-night commercials say, There’s More! The triple wing provides greater lift for the plane.  It also provides more top surface area for solar panels.  Yes, this plane also has solar panels on all three wings, as well as the fuselage and on top of the duct surrounding the pusher propeller in back.  The solar panels “are not the primary power source for the electric motors, but simply additional trickle charge capability.” Does all of this unusual gear really make it a green aircraft?  Lots of aircraft have tested biofuels , and the performance has been pretty much uniformly acceptable.  Solar panels on the wings are part of the Solar Impulse , but that is a very specialized, purpose-built craft that does use its solar panels to power the craft.  Ducted fans and electric engines are being used in other applications.  Even whole-airplane parachutes are not new.  Does putting all these features together make a very green vehicle, or is it just a rough patchwork of other concepts all put together in a single vehicle? EcoGeeks like us have been intrigued by a host of other unusual aircraft concepts over the years. Certainly other pioneering vehicles seemed ungainly at first.  Whether the BEHA rises to become a star will remain to be seen. Link: Faradair Kickstarter

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How Big Is Your Home? See How Your Space Compares to Those Around the World

April 30, 2013 by  
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Graham Hill’s flat is 420 square-feet , HGTV’s smart home is 2,400 square-feet and Al Gore’s home is quite a bit bigger. But just how big is the average home these days, and how big does it need to be? When you compare average new home size around the world, you see pretty quickly that one man’s home really is another man’s castle. The disparity in the figures begs a question: When do we have enough space? As home sizes have swelled over the years a growing number of people are asking whether less can actually be more. Are we finally reaching a point where people want better spaces, rather than simply bigger spaces? Check out the graphic above to gain some perspective, and find out more over at  Shrink That Footprint . + Shrink That Footprint The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: average home size , average house size , average square footage house china , average square footage house US , average square footage house worldwide , big home        

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BSR Conference 2012 New York

September 6, 2012 by  
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The BSR Conference 2012 will help companies create lasting change over the years to come. Bringing together a global community of more than 1,000 leaders from business, civil society, and the public sector, the annual BSR Conference is one of the world’s largest and most influential events devoted to sustainable business. Our 20th anniversary Conference agenda will provide the inspiration, networking, and practical learning to fast forward your progress toward a just and sustainable world.

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