Nature-inspired gallery celebrates Taiwans aboriginal cultures with cargotecture

March 31, 2017 by  
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A shimmering wave-like roof mirroring the Pacific Ocean tops this stunning new structure that celebrates Taiwan’s aboriginal cultures with eco-friendly construction. Bio-architecture Formosana recently completed the Taitung Aboriginal Gallery, a 1,921-square-meter exhibition center that draws inspiration from nature just as the architects of Austronesian culture did for centuries. With Taitung’s rich and varied landscapes as well as its seven different aboriginal tribes, the architects drew on a wealth of cultural and environmental resources for their design. The Taitung Aboriginal Gallery was created to celebrate the artistic and nature-inspired architectural elements of Austronesian culture. Thus, the architects created a large steel-framed roof with an undulating shape that mimics the topography and ocean, and is decorated with diamond shapes that symbolize the eyes of the ancestral spirits. The shape allows for access to natural light and ventilation throughout the building while providing much needed shade and cooling from the tropical sun. The sloped sides also facilitate collection of rainwater , which is stored in five small ponds in the plaza. Related: Mecanoo wins competition to design the Tainan Public Library with natural materials As an island with several major ports, Taiwan collects approximately 10,000 shipping containers from the ocean every year. The architects recycled a number of the containers into rooms within the Taitung Aboriginal Gallery. The repurposed and repainted shipping containers are individually air-conditioned and serve as aboriginal handicraft shops. “In Taitung’s tropical climate, individualized air conditioning reduces the refrigerating ton by 50%, and the electricity use by 60%,” write the architects. + Bio-architecture Formosana Via ArchDaily Images by Lucas K. Doolan

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Why I used crowdfunding to bring a truckload of plastic trash to Stockholm

March 23, 2017 by  
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It’s one thing to read about huge plastic gyres in the middle of the Pacific. It’s another thing to stare the actual plastic in the face.

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China drives toward sustainable freight policies

March 23, 2017 by  
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Transportation experts are studying a range of options, from new low-emissions zones to better methods of transferring cargo from ships to railways to trucks.

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CEOs spill their sustainability secrets

March 11, 2017 by  
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Execs from Dow, Pacific Seafood and more share success strategies like nixing food and packaging waste — and the trials that come with it.

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Lessons from California’s drought

September 1, 2016 by  
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Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute and Felicia Marcus, CA State Water Resources Board speak on a panel at VERGE 15 in Santa Clara.Check out GreenBiz’s next event: VERGE 16, Sept. 19-22 2016 in Santa Clara, CA.

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‘Water Guru’ Peter Gleick on the new role of business

August 30, 2016 by  
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Peter Gleick is the co-founder of the Pacific Institute which conducts research and policy analysis at the intersection of water systems, climate risk and sustainable development. He discusses how companies can engage in more sustainable water use and accountability, and the role of technology in providing a solution our worsening water woes at VERGE 15. 

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14 Pacific island nations considering world’s first ban on fossil fuels

July 15, 2016 by  
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14 Pacific island nations are currently considering the world’s first ban on fossil fuels. The measure is part of a climate treaty that would embrace the historic Paris climate deal and design a roadmap to meet the international goals. The proposed agreement up for discussion at the annual leaders’ summit of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) would ban new coal mines, create targets for renewable energy growth, and set limits for temperature increases. Insiders are optimistic that the treaty will progress, as national leaders have so far responded positively. “They seemed convinced that this is an avenue where the Pacific could again show or build on the moral and political leadership that they’ve shown earlier in their efforts to tackle climate change,” Mahendra Kumar, climate change adviser to PIDF, told The Guardian . Kumar said the treaty, written by a group of non-governmental organizations called the Pacific Island Climate Action Network (PICAN), will undergo several rounds of consultations leading to a report at next year’s summit. The earliest the climate treaty would go into effect, according to Kumar, is 2018. Related: Fiji is the first country in the world to ratify the Paris climate agreement Fiji ’s leadership established the PIDF in 2013, purposely excluding Australia and New Zealand, reportedly because those two nations (which belong to the older Pacific Islands Forum) tried to sabotage PIDF’s first meeting. The newer group embraces the ambitious 1.5C target set in Paris and seeks to ban new coal mines , as well as guarantee “universal access” to clean energy by 2030. The proposed treaty would also set up a “Pacific framework for renewable energy ” to that end, as well as establish a fund to compensate communities that have suffered the consequences of continued climate change. + Pacific Island Climate Action Network Via The Guardian Images via Wikipedia (1, 2, 3 ) and PICAN

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Bringing Smarter Power to the Pacific

July 7, 2016 by  
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On how Sunergise is helping some of the most vulnerable communities attain energy sustainability through innovative business models to corporate customers and enabling energy access in the Pacific.

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Total solar eclipse will sweep across Southeast Asia and Pacific today

March 8, 2016 by  
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Get your glasses ready, because in the wee  hours of March 8th , the moon is set to pass in front of the sun, causing a total solar eclipse . Sadly, if you’re not located in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Borneo, or the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you’re going to miss out on the full effect. Bu other areas of Southeast and East Asia will still be treated to a partial eclipse, along with some parts of Australia and even Hawaii. If you’re located elsewhere in the world, not to worry – the Exploratorium will be live-streaming the eclipse on their website. Read the rest of Total solar eclipse will sweep across Southeast Asia and Pacific today

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Top 5 most valuable (and least valuable) projects for adding value to your home

March 8, 2016 by  
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If you’re looking for ways to boost the value of your home, you should know that not all investments are made equal. Luckily, Half Price Shutters created an infographic that details the five most valuable home improvement projects, as well as the five least valuable projects. The infographic not only explains why certain investments are better than others, but also includes the expected ROI of each project and as well as helpful tips to consider. The list is also rounded out by some eco-friendly recommendations, like energy-efficient windows , which offer great estimated return on investments. Read the rest of Top 5 most valuable (and least valuable) projects for adding value to your home

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