Is it time to say goodbye to the Green Power Partnership?

July 6, 2017 by  
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Trump’s administration wants to eliminate the program, along with other long-standing initiatives aimed at motivating energy efficiency and clean power investments.

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Volvo’s plan to kill gas engines tops off EV’s big makeover

July 6, 2017 by  
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With sleeker electric vehicles now tempting consumers over to the green side, expect more automakers to follow Volvo’s example.

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Futuristic solar fabric canopy reacts to heat, sunlight, and movement

June 28, 2017 by  
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MoMA PS1 just completed one of its most experimental and coolest installations to date. The Long Island City-based contemporary art museum wrapped up construction on Lumen, an immersive and interactive installation made with solar-active canopies that glow at night. Designed by Jenny Sabin Studio , Lumen reacts like a living entity to light, heat, and movement, creating different engaging environments from day to night. Set to open to the public Thursday, June 29, Lumen will be on view in MoMA’s PS1 courtyard during summer 2017. The futuristic canopy was selected as the winner of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s annual Young Architects Program that challenges emerging designers to create a temporary, outdoor installation addressing environmental issues and forward-thinking design. Jenny Sabin Studio designed Lumen with over a million yards of digitally knitted fiber made from recycled photo-luminescent textiles that absorb solar energy during the day and emit glowing hues of blue, pink, and purple at night. The cellular canopies are stretched overtop the courtyard and give the space an extraterrestrial vibe. Suspended from the canopy like stalactites are 250 tubular structures. A hundred robotically woven recycled spool stools are scattered throughout the courtyard like stalagmites. Related: Futuristic canopy made of knitted solar panels wins 2017 Young Architects Program at MoMA During the day, the canopy’s integrated misting system sprays water to cool visitors in hot weather. Lumen’s use of mist for cooling and its multicolored glowing backdrop at night creates a dynamic setting for the 20th season of Warm Up , MoMA PS1’s pioneering outdoor music series. MoMA PS1 writes: “Socially and environmentally responsive, Lumen’s adaptive architecture is inspired by collective levity, play, and interaction as the structure transforms throughout the day and night, responding to the density of bodies, heat, and sunlight. The result of collaboration across disciplines, Lumen applies insights and theories from biology, materials science, mathematics, and engineering—integrating high-performing, formfitting, and adaptive materials into a structure where code, pattern, human interaction, environment, geometry, and matter operate together.” + Jenny Sabin Studio Images by Pablo Enriquez

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You’ll never guess why Trump wants to scrap the Energy Star Program

May 2, 2017 by  
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We’re all familiar with the little blue star label on home appliances that tells us how much electricity it will use. The EPA’s Energy Star program is about as uncontroversial as they come: it is a win for consumers and saves billions of dollars. But for some reason, Trump wants to toss the program out. Why would he want to do a thing like that? It probably has nothing to do with the low Energy Star ratings his properties have… right? Beyond rating appliances, Energy Star rates commercial buildings in a voluntary scoring system. Coincidentally, Trump’s properties tend to rate lower than other comparable buildings. In fact, 11 out of 15 of his skyscrapers in New York, San Francisco and Chicago rate low. The Mayfair Hotel, for instance, has a rating of 1. On a scale of 1 to 100. Related: Trump is switching off the EPA’s invaluable public data service This is all speculation, of course. The program does have some critics, but given all the other promises Trump  made on the campaign trail, this seems like an unnecessary fight to pick. Ditching Energy Star will undoubtably help Trump, because investors and tenants usually take note of a building’s efficiency when decide to invest. It’s all just par for the course in Trump’s White House: another day, another grift. via Daily Kos and NPR lead image via Flickr

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Walking the Talk: WRI joins the CDP Supply Chain Program

July 1, 2015 by  
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The World Resources Institute hopes to engage with its suppliers around mitigating climate change by joining the CDP Supply Chain Program.

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GM intensifies Army’s hydrogen fuel cell research

October 3, 2013 by  
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The manufacturer expands U.S. Army program to test new durable hydrogen fuel cell materials and designs.

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Calif. Bill Calls for Single-Use Battery Recycling

March 6, 2013 by  
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A program would handle all non-rechargeable batteries sold in the state.

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Green Guru Gear Gives Trashed Sports Equipment New Life

March 6, 2013 by  
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The brand includes outdoor sports equipment and accessories made from old bike tires, climbing rope and wet suits. Earth911 sat down with one of the company’s founders to learn more about how two friends turned a passion for reducing waste into…

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The Ridge Road Residence Fuses Energy Efficiency and Contemporary Design in Australia

February 22, 2013 by  
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The Congo Street Initiative Revived a Downtrodden Dallas Neighborhood With Renovated Green Homes

February 22, 2013 by  
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