Episode 156: To B or not to B? A bold experiment in reusable consumer packaging

January 25, 2019 by  
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This week, words of wisdom from Danone’s chief sustainability officer, TerraCycle founder Tom Szaky, Marsh & McLennan risk specialist Richard Smith-Bingham and Unilever R&D chief David Blanchard.

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The Cocoon Smart Home will harvest rainwater, solar energy and organic veggies in the Caribbean

May 17, 2018 by  
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This self-sufficient home topped with a soaring cocoon -like structure envisions new heights of off-grid living. The Cocoon Smart Home, designed by  Richard’s Architecture + Design (RA+D), will be the first  Minergie -ECO certified building in the  Dominican Republic . With solar panels , a geothermal system and rainwater harvesting, this Santo Domingo home fully embraces sustainable design. RA+D wanted to design the ideal automated house that contributes to the health of its inhabitants and the surrounding environment . Multiple sources of clean energy will power the Cocoon Smart Home, including solar, residential wind turbines and a geothermal system. The five-bedroom home will also be equipped with a Viessmann fuel cell heater that uses hydrogen — RA+D says this will be the first one in the Caribbean. Battery storage keeps LED lighting and a water heating system running, and excess power can be rerouted to the public grid or utilized to charge electric cars. Related: Futuristic power plant concept generates clean power through wind, solar and geothermal energy An organic vertical garden , framed with glass and steel cables, comprises the cocoon of the building and allows plenty of natural light into the home. RA+D included cross ventilation, tilted louvers and strategic landscaping to mitigate heat. Cocoon Smart Home employs rainwater harvesting and boasts an on-site water treatment plant. With rainwater collectors and water purification systems, residents will be able to obtain clean drinking water. There’s even enough water and power for food production — RA+D said there is potential for gardens or greenhouses to thrive here. The goal of the home’s interior is to connect its inhabitants to nature. An open floor plan, natural limestone floors and fir and ash wood walls, floors, ceilings and furniture blend together in what the firm calls a Caribbean-chic aesthetic. “Each of these systems working harmoniously in this house represents a historic achievement for this landmark project,” said Kyle Hubert, part of the RA+D design team. “We feel confident that these synergized renewable energy technologies, along with energetically self-sustainable organic food production and water sourcing, will begin a new paradigm for private residency development, moving from smart homes to smart neighborhoods and cities.” Hubert said Cocoon Smart Home is currently under construction. + Richard’s Architecture + Design Images via Richard Moreta Castillo

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Insane new flying Iron Man suit will be 3D-printed

August 9, 2017 by  
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Hold onto your seats Marvel fans and tech enthusiasts. Before you know it, a real-life “Iron Man” suit will be on the market — and yes, it can fly. Developed by Richard Browning, the co-founder of start-up company Gravity , the jet engine-powered flying suit was designed to “re-imagine manned flight.” With two engine arm configurations that weigh up to 90 pounds and a temperature threshold of 700°C (1292°F), the highly-anticipated invention will also feature wings. And did we mention it will be 3D-printed? The Gravity jet engine-powered flying suit was unveiled at Comic-Con in San Diego, CA, where Browning dished details to Tested’s Adam Savage. The newest version of the suit is comprised of four arm-loaded thrusters and an additional jet pack that is strapped to the user’s back. As noted above, two engine arm configurations can reach temperatures of 700°C (1292°F). 3D Printing Industry reports that if handled responsibly, the rockets aren’t as dangerous as they first might seem. This is because the heat is quickly dispersed by the air which, in turn, reduces the risk of one’s boots or sneakers catching on fire. Browning explained that the movement of the suit is controlled by a very “intuitive” system. For instance, minor movements of the arms determine the direction and height by altering the jet’s vector. It helps that a DAQRI augmented reality (AR) helmet with a heads-up display is connected. Not only does the AR helmet monitor the suit’s performance, it shows the data of speed and altitude in real-time, eliminating the need to check one’s wrist. Browning flew the suit at Comic-Con, wowing comic fans and technology entrepreneurs . He was reportedly able to fly at a speed up to 45/50 mph. Right now, between seven and eight different versions of the suit are in development; modifications will affect the functionality and appearance of the suit. “We are working on a whole bunch of adaptations with the manufacturer,” said Browning “to make [the engines ] much more fit for what we’re now using them for, because clearly they weren’t designed for this.” Related: Stunning Europe Building facade shows off the beauty of 3D printing in Amsterdam The most exciting part of the next-generation suit is that it will be 3D-printed and will feature temperature proof, one-piece aluminum housing for the thrusters. Because the control modules are in need of improvements, the engine configuration will also be changed. Finally, wings will be added to the suit to change the pattern of flight from vertical to airfoil. I’m quite excited about that, Browning said. “We’ve fully CADed up a beautiful, organic inspired housing, and that’s being 3D printed now.” No further information has yet been obtained about the potential cost or release date of the real-life Iron Man suit. However, in the past, Browning informed interested buyers that a custom-built suit should cost approximately $250,000. + Gravity  Via 3D Printing Industry Images via Gravity  

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Episode 62: Where are we now? Adobe on hope in the Trump era

February 3, 2017 by  
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On this week’s episode: We talk about the findings of our State of Green Business report 2017; Richard Eidlin from ASBC and Vince Digneo of Adobe let us in on their plans for navigating our new political reality.

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Bill Gates, allies launch $1 billion Breakthrough Energy Ventures

December 12, 2016 by  
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A year on from the Paris pledge to step up clean energy investment, billionaires Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Jack Ma and Vinod Khosla are backing this new fund.

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Here’s a master plan for 1.5 degrees

December 12, 2016 by  
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Achievable, market-driven transformative solutions to combat the worst effects of climate change.

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New technology reduces water use by up to 80 percent

December 9, 2016 by  
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Sponsored: Johnson Controls’ BlueStream hybrid cooling technology could end up being a cooling tower’s best friend.

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Carbon War Room’s Peter Boyd on the ‘entrepreneurial NGO’

August 7, 2015 by  
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After working with Richard Branson to launch Carbon War Room, energy and tech industry veteran Peter Boyd shares what he’s learned about pioneering new sustainability models.

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Street Smarts: 5 Simple Ways For Kids To Experience Nature In The City

June 12, 2015 by  
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In this era of armchair diagnostics and Google MD, it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that a term has been coined to describe the ever-increasing gulf between children and the natural world. “Nature deficit disorder” a term first used by Richard…

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3XN’s Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable Housing to Denmark

September 1, 2014 by  
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