This high school in California embodies sustainability at every possible level

June 28, 2017 by  
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The new Center for Environmental Studies (CES) at Bishop O’Dowd high school in California is one of the greenest classrooms we’ve ever seen. Siegel & Strain Architects designed the building to support sustainability at every level while providing a flexible space for learning. It paid off – the classroom has achieved both Zero Net Energy and LEED Platinum certification. The new facility is located at Bishop O’Dowd, a college preparatory high school in the Oakland Hills in California . Its goal is to prepare students for careers in renewable energy, resource management and environmental engineering and inspire them to become innovators in tackling environmental challenges. Related: Sprout Space is an Award-Winning Prefab Modular Classroom by Perkins + Will Passive design strategies minimize the building’s energy use. A deep overhang and low-emissivity dual glazing protect south-facing clerestory windows from unwanted solar gain , while a large porch wraps around the building and shades its west side. Related: Project FROG’s Zero Energy Modular Classrooms Rainwater is collected in a series of large cisterns for use in toilets and irrigation, while low-flow water fixtures reduce the use of potable water by 60% over USGCB-estimated baseline water usage for a building of similar type and size. In order to create a healthy environment, the architects used natural, non-toxic, renewable, recycled and environmentally friendly building materials. + Bishop O’Dowd High School + Siegel & Strain Architects Photos by David Wakely

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Koch-backed group distributes 25,000 insane climate change conspiracy booklets

April 12, 2017 by  
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The climate change deniers at the Koch brothers-backed Heartland Institute have apparently mailed a lengthy report challenging established climate science to 25,000 educators across the nation. The report, entitled “Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming,” has been challenged as climate “propaganda” by the National Science Teachers Association . The goal of the Heartland Institute’s campaign is to continue to mail out the 135-page report until it reaches the hands of 200,000 teachers across the country. If you’d like to read the report, it’s available freely online , but here are a few of the highlights. The report opens by arguing that the science of climate change “is not settled,” despite the fact that multiple studies have found the vast majority of scientists agree that human-caused global warming is real and a serious threat. Study after study has shown that 97% of researchers surveyed are in consensus on this. Related: Fossil fuel-funded study attempts to deny the human causes of climate change It also bashes the science of climate models, claiming that because the certain aspects of the climate are not completely understood, that it’s impossible to predict how global temperatures will change over time. Over at Gizmodo , climate scientist Patrick Brown of the Carnegie Institution for Science explains, “Scientists are constantly working to try to improve these models and reduce uncertainty. This is all done openly and honestly in the peer-reviewed literature.” There’s a lot more inaccurate information packed into this report, including the claim that changing global temperatures are all just part of Earth’s “natural variability” and that global warming could be caused by the sun instead of CO2 emissions (in case it needs to be said, this is not true ). The authors even go so far as to claim that evidence of climate change is “unreliable” and that there’s no proven correlation between melting sea ice and rising temperatures. Related: Americans don’t trust climate change science because of fossil fuel industry’s disinformation Finally, it closes with conspiracy theories claiming that climate scientists are corrupt and driven by a political agenda rather than accurate science. That’s rich coming from an organization backed by fossil fuel companies like Exxonmobil , although perhaps not terribly surprising. While science teachers who receive the booklet will be able to easily see through the flimsy reasoning and distorted facts, it’s troubling to think of other educators or students who might stumble across the publication without the background to analyze its credibility. That’s why educational organizations are encouraging teachers who receive the report in the mail to toss it straight into the trash . Via Gizmodo Images via Wikimedia Commons and Knitty Marie

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New lush green "ground floor" to welcome Tel Aviv University students by 2019

September 14, 2016 by  
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The split level design of the Lorry Lokey building integrates nature in a number of inventive ways. As the outdoor ‘ground floor’ serves as a shaded, verdant connection hub between buildings, this open plan will also maximize ventilation from Mediterranean prevailing winds. As cool air currents enter the ground level they will pass through the raised mass and up its internal patios, creating a natural cooling effect . RELATED: Israel’s greenest building produces more energy than it consumes While the upper floors of Lorry Lokey will house offices with mountainous views, the lower floors will be reserved for large classrooms, the auditorium, and additional study spaces accessible from both the landscaped ground floor and gardens. The lush ground level will serve as an interconnection between adjacent buildings, a meeting hub and “watering hole,” boasting a café/canteen for the entire campus to utilize. This integration of the landscape not only reduces the overall massing of the building, but also encourages students to be more in touch with their natural surroundings. Beneath the ground floor will be two partially underground levels that are completely thermally insulated and filled with the natural light from sunken courtyards and skylights. The strategically low position of these floors prevents harsh direct sunlight from entering the building. When some air conditioning is required in Israel’s most hot and humid summer months, a large field of solar panels on the green roof will help to compensate for those energy needs. Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture plans to complete the Lorry Lokey building by 2019. + Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture

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Eco-friendly school is a beacon of hope for one of the poorest neighborhoods in East Baltimore

March 21, 2016 by  
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Humble fish farmer feeds over 1 million kids each and every school day

June 9, 2015 by  
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Scotland native Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow launched a charity organization nearly 13 years ago that is now feeding one million of the world’s poorest children , each and every school day. Mary’s Meals has grown into an international charity, helping children in 12 countries, and the program’s founder says it was relatively simple to do. But, MacFarlane-Barrow asks, who will feed the other 57 million hungry children? Read the rest of Humble fish farmer feeds over 1 million kids each and every school day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: charities that help poor children , charities that provide meals , Charity Organizations , feeding children in Malawi , feeding poor children , magnus macfarlane-barrow , mary’s meals , scottish fish farmer

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Sono Architects’ Mountain-View House boasts stunning views of the Austrian Alps

June 9, 2015 by  
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Cyclone Pam tears through South Pacific; Vanuatu reports catastrophic damage, Kiribati flooded

March 16, 2015 by  
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Photo © Humans of Vanuatu Cyclone Pam, a 168mph storm which hit the South Pacific Friday and Saturday (March 13-14th), has been described as a ‘worst case scenario’ for the archipelago of Vanuatu. The storm lingered over the region for some 24 hours with the force of a category 5 storm. Vanuatu’s President Baldwin Lonsdale told media that the storm has “wiped out” all recent development and that “everything” will have to be rebuilt, while humanitarian aid is desperately and urgently needed. The low-lying island nation of Kiribati , which has already experienced devastating flooding in recent weeks is also reported to have sustained significant damage. Read the rest of Cyclone Pam tears through South Pacific; Vanuatu reports catastrophic damage, Kiribati flooded Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aid work , australia , category 5 , cyclone pam , Disaster Relief , flooding , hospitals , housing , humanitarian , New Zealand , port-vila , schools , south pacific , storm , vanuatu

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Vietnamese Kindergarten Feeds 500 Students With Rooftop Vegetable Garden!

August 25, 2013 by  
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Respect for the environment and the skills needed for self-sufficiency must be taught at a young age. In addition to “reading, writing, and arithmetic,” why not also teach kids how to grow their own food in an eco-friendly way? That’s the philosophy behind The Farming Kindergarden , a Vietnamese school that is installing a massive rooftop garden in order to teach children the basics of raising their own fresh food. Maintaining the garden teaches children valuable skills, and helps provide meals for both students and faculty. Designed by Vo Trong Nghia architecture firm, the facility also includes water recycling,  solar  water heating, pc-concrete louver for shading and more green features designed to inspired young students to care about the planet. Click through to see more pictures of this amazing living roof! Read More >> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green roofs , green schools , kindergarten , living roofs , rooftop gardens , schools , vegetable gardens , Vietnam        

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INTERVIEW: Eric Mandu on Turning Aquaponic Gardens into an Internet Connected Resource

August 23, 2013 by  
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Kijani Grows Will Bring Small, Internet Connected Aquaponics Gardens to Schools

August 20, 2013 by  
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Aquaponics systems have grown in popularity over the years and they’re currently one of the most common urban farming techniques. But while closed loop gardens—including the one you see above —are becoming dime a dozen, Eric Mandu is creating smart, internet-connected gardens. Mandu is also the founder of Kijani Grows , an Oakland-based startup that not only builds gardens but is also developing a suite of programs to benefits schools and communities. Read the rest of Kijani Grows Will Bring Small, Internet Connected Aquaponics Gardens to Schools Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Steel , aquaponics , biomimicry , education , Environment , environmental science , fish , Kijani Grows , oxygen , plants , schools , symbiosis , Urban Farming , West Oakland        

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