As mass timber takes off, how green is this new building material?

May 21, 2019 by  
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Climate-positive mass timber construction is on the rise — but will producing the new material outweigh its benefits?

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5 ways multi-use trail systems transform communities

May 21, 2019 by  
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Multi-use trails are an infrastructure asset for cities and communities — why aren’t we prioritizing them?

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Beautycounter’s Gregg Renfrew on putting truth back in beauty

March 13, 2019 by  
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Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including but not limited to asthma, cancer, and infertility) are on the rise and are due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it’s in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home. There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry.

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ASU’s Patricia Reiter: Announcement: The Sustainability Solutions Celebration

March 13, 2019 by  
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ASU, with the help of some special guests, previews the Sustainability Solutions Celebration, presented as part of the Sustainability Solutions Festival hosted by the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. From GreenBiz 19. 

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Fed By Threads’ Skya Nelson on creating a circular economy for clothing

March 13, 2019 by  
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Fixing fast fashion locally, ethically and sustainably.

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Solar Energy Batteries on the Rise

May 17, 2018 by  
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As the cost of batteries for solar energy drops and … The post Solar Energy Batteries on the Rise appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Net-zero prefab home stacks together and expands like childrens blocks

October 10, 2017 by  
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Wish you could expand the size of your home without breaking the bank? A group of architecture students from the University of California, Berkeley and University of Denver created RISE, an affordable and sustainable housing solution that lets you do just that. Conceived for urban infill lots, the adaptable and scalable solar-powered home stacks together like children’s blocks and can expand up to three stories with up to five units of multifamily living. RISE—which stands for Residential, Inviting, Stackable, Efficient—was designed specifically for Richmond, California, a coastal city struggling with a shortage of affordable, sustainable housing. Flexibility is key to the RISE design, which boasts customizable floor plans with moveable walls and windows to meet the needs of diverse occupants. The moveable walls, installed on a track system, can roll to the sides to transform three-quarters of the interior into an open-plan area or can be used to delineate multiple rooms. Transforming furniture and modular cabinetry support this versatile floor plan. Modular, prefabricated construction makes the home scalable and stackable, and gives homeowners the ability to transform their home from a single-story family unit into a multigenerational dwelling. The house can be constructed efficiently without specialized labor. Sustainability is also an important factor to RISE, which is designed to achieve net-zero energy consumption and is powered by solar energy. Daylighting and access to natural ventilation is optimized throughout the home, while wool insulation helps lock in stable and comfortable indoor temperatures. A green wall of moss covers the north facade. RISE was completed as University of California, Berkeley and University of Denver’s entry to the Solar Decathlon 2017 competition, after which the home will be donated to the Denver Habitat for Humanity, which will install it on a permanent lot and sell it to a family in need. Related: Transformable solar building changes shape to teach people how to live sustainably “At $200,000, a single RISE unit is less expensive than 72% of homes in the city,” wrote the students . “Whereas this fact is significant, what really increases the affordability of RISE is that five units can fit onto a single lot that traditionally would host just one home. The RISE home’s stacked design and large open roof-deck spaces allows greater density and a lower price point per unit while preserving the open feel of a neighborhood home, which residents both need and desire to build community. Though designed specifically for Richmond, this approach would translate well to other urban centers that currently face a shortage of affordable housing.” + Solar Decathlon Images via Mike Chino

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We will close the loop on waste by 2030

September 13, 2017 by  
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Closed Loop Partners finds the “take-make-waste” cycle giving way to a new model just as powerful as the rise of solar and wind energy.

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Episode 85: How AI may help sustainability; Keurig dives into recycling

July 21, 2017 by  
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In this week’s episode, the rise and fall of NRG’s green strategy, a chat with a biomimicry green guru and a visit to the ePrix.

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3 big winners of the new low-carbon age

December 17, 2015 by  
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The Paris Agreement signals the rise of an era of low-carbon technologies. While the biggest loser is an obvious mark, many businesses stand to gain.

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