Biden expected to cancel Keystone XL project on first day in office

January 19, 2021 by  
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Sources close to the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden indicate that he plans to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline project on his first day in office. Such reports have been causing unrest in Canada, with some leaders warning that if the project is canceled, there could be a diplomatic row between the two countries. According to a  report published  by Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC), the words “Rescind Keystone XL pipeline permit” appear on Biden’s to-do list on his first day in office. The Keystone XL pipeline project was proposed to develop a pipeline that would move oil from Canada to Nebraska. But since the start, the project has been opposed by environmentalists, leading to several revisions. Opponents of the project say that the pipeline will be a major contributor to climate change and may show the country’s unwillingness to move away from an oil-based economy. Related: Federal judge blocks the Keystone XL Pipeline According to Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., Kirsten Hillman, the project would be beneficial to both the U.S. and Canada. Hillman said that she will continue to promote the project so long as it offers benefits for both countries. “There is no better partner for the U.S. on climate action than Canada as we work together for green transition,” Hillman said in a statement. According to Alberta Premier Jason Kennedy, canceling the project would kill jobs and weaken U.S. security, because the country would have to depend on OPEC oil imports. However, those opposed to the project have said that Alberta, the source of the oil , would be the biggest beneficiary in the project and that the pipeline would worsen climate change. In Canada, construction is underway, with the international border crossing already complete. The company in charge of the project, TC Energy Corp., has claimed that it will achieve net-zero emissions by 2023. However, critics do not subscribe to the narrative, given that the pipeline itself will be supplying oil. The project was approved in 2017 by the outgoing President Donald Trump . However, the pipeline had initially been rejected by the former U.S. President Barack Obama. Following its approval in 2017, various environmental groups moved to court, slowing the progress of the project in the U.S. Via Reuters and CBC Image via Chesapeake Climate

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French housing project I Park has a double-skinned green facade

November 12, 2020 by  
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Located in Montpellier, a historic city near the south of France on the Mediterranean Sea, “I Park” is a housing project with a plant-covered facade that catches the eye even from afar. Developed across the street from the city’s new town hall, the building was designed by NBJ Architectes and completed in 2019. I Park features eight levels of variable layers and 4,000 square meters of space, constituting an urban build front in a dividing line with the busy street. Right next to the project’s site sits a public park that offers unobstructed views of green spaces and a river to the inhabitants. To allow for a distance between the public and private spaces, a landscape band adjoins the project site as well. Related: Architects envision a green, solar-powered skyscraper While the base of the building is treated with stamped concrete, the body of the project is made up on a unified double-facade . This facade consists of two skins to help air flow and support ventilation of the intermediate cavity, while also allowing adaptability to each orientation in connection with the direct environment. The designers came up with a unique composition for the urban facade, a sequence of three structures that interconnect with each other to form a single entity. Strategically placed planter boxes line the front, appearing to climb up the face of the building and scatter throughout the remaining sides sporadically. Trees and green spaces are included on the roof as well, though not as prevalent as the facade. The reflective glass on the neighboring building adds a special aspect to the project by projecting light onto the plants; the green facade and mirrored cladding seem to play off each other to represent the discrepancy between nature and the city. According to the architects, the project will also serve as a base for research and experimentation on Mediterranean climate living conditions. + NBJ Architectes Photography by photoarchitecture via v2com

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‘LEED for sustainable purchasing’ to help corporate buyers

July 24, 2013 by  
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Need help with buying green? The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council aims to provide your company's go-to guide.

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Siemens launches smart city in Vienna

July 24, 2013 by  
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Located in the Aspern district in Vienna, the project will connect building systems with intelligent power grids and ICT technologies that interact.

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70,000 Reused Bottle Caps Unite Maasai Community

April 12, 2013 by  
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On the surface, the Greystone Learning Center in Loita Hills, Kenya is an architectural triumph, blending traditional art, culture and design with modern construction. But the project’s dazzling impact only grows with closer examination, as more…

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Shipping Crates Become Detroit Garden Beds

August 6, 2012 by  
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Locally grown food and garden reuse might not typically be ideas associated with a car brand, but on August 1, General Motors unveiled a community garden that promotes just that. For the project, dubbed the “Cadillac Urban Gardens on Merritt,” GM…

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SolarCity Army Project Marches On Minus Fed Backing

November 30, 2011 by  
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Although a planned project to put solar on 160,000 military houses was nearly derailed by Solyndra’s collapse, SolarCity and Bank of America Merrill Lynch announced today they will continue with a scaled-down version of the project.

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Businesses Work to Turn Government Rhetoric Into Action at COP17

November 30, 2011 by  
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As the COP17 negotations continue their slow progress at the UN climate summit, the business community is ready to act now, and a new business-focused coalition aims to help companies as well as governments take meaningful action on climate change.

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Cisco’s Packaging Diet: Just How Sustainable is It?

October 11, 2011 by  
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Eighteen months after I first profiled Cisco’s efforts to cut their packaging waste — and save big bucks in the process — I got a chance to see if the project is thriving or struggling.

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PepsiCo Could Be ‘Fossil Fuel Free’ by 2023

January 19, 2011 by  
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The company’s ‘Path to Zero’ program delivers significant cuts in its water and power consumption; also included in the project are shifts to renewable, recyclable or biodegradable packaging.

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