NYC’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral goes green with new geothermal plant

March 17, 2017 by  
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When St. Patrick’s Day revelers parade past St. Patrick’s Cathedral on NYC’s 5th Avenue today, they will be celebrating not just the patron saint of Ireland, but also a renewable energy future for the famous landmark. Last month, the Archdiocese of New York announced that the historic Saint Patrick’s cathedral activated a new geothermal heating and cooling system that will reduce the building’s energy consumption by more than 30 percent and reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 94,000 kilograms – an impressive feat for the largest Catholic Gothic cathedral in the United States. St. Patrick’s geothermal plant is part of the final phase of a four-year, $177 million renovation that has been overseen by the cathedral’s architectural design team of Murphy, Burnham, & Buttrick working in partnership with Landmark Facilities Group and PW Grosser. It is the institution’s first restoration in more than 70 years (it was dedicated in 1879). Related: Futuristic power plant complex generates clean power through wind, solar and geothermal energy The geothermal heating and cooling system consists of 10 wells in terraces flanking the north and south sides of the cathedral drilled through dense Manhattan schist (a coarse-grained metamorphic rock) to a depth of up to 2,250 feet. When fully activated, the plant will be able to generate 2.9 million BTUs per hour of air conditioning and 3.2 million BTUs per hour of heating through 76,000 square feet of space. While wind and solar grab a bigger share of the renewables market and garner more media attention, the potential for both geothermal electricity and heating is huge. The global geothermal power market is projected to more than double operating capacity to 32 gigawatts by the early 2030s, according to the US and Global Geothermal Power Production Report from the US Geothermal Energy Association. Currently only 6 to 7 percent of the world’s estimated geothermal potential is being harnessed. Related: Pope’s official encyclical: “a bold cultural revolution” can halt climate change The Archdiocese of New York and St. Patrick’s Cathedral are not as interested in tapping the geothermal market as they are in heeding the call of Pope Francis to protect the planet and conserve God’s creation as written in his 2015 encyclical on the environment , Laudato Si. “A consistent ethic of life does not compartmentalize these issues. It prioritizes life and the preservation of life at every level,” said Cathedral Rector Monsignor Robert T. Ritchie. “One of the most basic ways in which we are called to do so is through responsible stewardship of our natural resources.” Images via St. Patrick’s Cathedral , MBB and Local 3 IBEW

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7 unique Halloween costumes to spread environmental awareness

October 19, 2015 by  
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Highly poisonous yellow-bellied sea snake found in California for first time in 30 years

October 19, 2015 by  
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Here’s something else to add to the long list of unexpected side effects of global warming: an influx of highly poisonous snakes off the shores of California . Sounds like something out of a horror film, right? Instead, it’s one of those times when reality imitates art. The increasing warm waters caused by El Niño are bringing the venomous sea snakes to the West coast for the first time in 30 years. Read the rest of Highly poisonous yellow-bellied sea snake found in California for first time in 30 years

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BF+DA Positive Impact Awards honor Ecouterre managing editor Jasmin Malik Chua

October 19, 2015 by  
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We’re brimming with pride today as we announce that our very own Jasmin Malik Chua has been recognized with a Pratt Institute/BF+DA Positive Impact Award for her daily coverage of sustainability news as the managing editor of Inhabitat sister site Ecouterre.com . The BF+DA , a one-of-a-kind hub for ethical fashion entrepreneurs, will be honoring Jasmin and 14 other leaders who are paving the way for the future of fashion at a celebration of its one-year anniversary on November 16. The event will be open to the public so put on your (ethically made) dancing shoes and join in on the fun by getting your tickets here . + Pratt Institute/BF+DA Positive Impact Awards + Ecouterre .

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Pope Francis urges Americans to fight climate change in his first address to the country

September 23, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Pope Francis paid a visit to the White House today and, during his first ever address to the United States, he urged Americans to start acting on climate change with the sense of urgency that it deserves. “It seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation,” he said in a no-holds-barred speech. Later this week, Francis will take his message to Congress in a message that many expect will implore lawmakers to make meaningful steps to protect our “common home.” Read the rest of Pope Francis urges Americans to fight climate change in his first address to the country

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Pastor builds impressively detailed LEGO Vatican from over half a million bricks

September 20, 2015 by  
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A Philadelphia pastor is welcoming Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the city with a very special surprise. The Reverend Bob Simon of St. Catherine of Siena Church spent the past 10 months building an enormous LEGO replica of the Vatican . The work of art is incredibly detailed, and includes true-to-scale representation of everything from St. Mark’s Basilica and Square to the hordes of tourists. READ MORE>

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Pope Francis chastises Ecuador’s president in call for environmental protection

July 9, 2015 by  
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Ecuador is rich in natural resources and Pope Francis encouraged the country’s residents to keep it that way. Calling for the protection of the Amazon rain forest and indigenous people, Pope Francis said resisting short-term gain was essential. In so doing, he rebuked the current plans of Ecuador president Rafael Correa. Read the rest of Pope Francis chastises Ecuador’s president in call for environmental protection Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amazon oil exploration , amazon rainforest , ecuador , ecuador president rafael correa , environmental encyclical , oil expansion in amazon , Pope Francis , president correa

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Pope’s official encyclical: “a bold cultural revolution” can halt climate change

June 18, 2015 by  
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This morning, the Vatican released the official version of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change. The final draft skewers climate change skeptics and demands global cooperation of people and governments in order to take care of the Earth and the poor. Although the Vatican had warned earlier this week that the leaked draft did not represent the final version of the Pope’s missive, it seems now that the draft was highly accurate. Read the rest of Pope’s official encyclical: “a bold cultural revolution” can halt climate change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , combating climate change , encyclical , laudato si , papal document , papal encyclical , papal statement , Pope Francis , vatican , Vatican City

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Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document?

April 27, 2015 by  
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Can Pope Francis do what environmental movements like Earth Day and Greenpeace have failed to do—save the planet from human beings? Some pundits believe so. In early summer, Pope Francis is expected to release an historic document detailing the moral imperative to care for the Earth. Called an encyclical, the papal document is designed to convince the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and others that climate change is a real and present danger that humanity can help to prevent. What remains unclear, the Washington Post rightly points out, is how the pope plans to make the case without disturbing the long-held Catholic view of God’s omnipotence. Read the rest of Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catholic church , catholics , Climate Change , climate change agreement , COP 21 , encyclical , environmental ethics , global warming , historic document , integral ecology , morals , Paris , Pope Francis , religion and environment , theology

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Pope Francis announces that climate change is mostly man’s fault

January 15, 2015 by  
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Pope Francis made his clearest—and likely most divisive—statement on the environment Thursday, when he announced that man is primarily responsible for climate change. Speaking to reporters while en route to the Philippines he said “I don’t know if it is all (man’s fault) but the majority is, for the most part, it is man who continuously slaps down nature.” The Pope’s comments come as he prepares a long-awaited encyclical on the environment, which he hopes to publish in June ahead of U.N. climate talks in Paris. Read the rest of Pope Francis announces that climate change is mostly man’s fault Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catholic church vatican , Climate Change , encylical , Environment , global warming , moral argument , Paris , peru , Pope Francis , un climate talks

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