New Feyenoord sports center has a perforated facade made from weathered steel

June 1, 2017 by  
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A perforated weathered steel envelope shelters the interior of the new Feynoord Training Complex in Rotterdam , providing privacy and daylight for players and staff. Moederscheim Moonen Architects designed the complex as a new landmark for the city which will house various medical and wellness facilities, changing rooms for players, hospitality spaces and an auditorium. Offering facilities in line with the needs of a modern football club, the Feynoord Training Complex will be realized in a sub-area of the new Stadionpark district in Rotterdam as part of a larger masterplan . The building opens up towards two football pitches, while its rear facade “turns its back” to the public road. This provides privacy while enabling as much transparency and interaction as possible between the fields and the building. Related: Zigzagging Het Anker community center in the Netherlands is partially buried underground A sharply delineated facade doubles as a pronounced roof overhang . This element is made up of trapezium-shaped, expanded weathering steel panels with varying degrees of perforation . A red hue referencing the club’s distinctive colors reinforces the unique Feyenoord atmosphere. + Moederscheim Moonen Architects

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DoD wants to axe pollution with biodegradable seed-planting bullets

January 9, 2017 by  
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President-elect Donald Trump seems determined to fill his cabinet with climate change skeptics and deniers. But there’s one department Trump probably won’t attempt to sabotage: the Department of Defense (DoD). Now it appears that department’s fighting against the environmental wasteland Trump’s laboring to leave in his wake, with a call for scientists to develop biodegradable , seed-planting bullets. The DoD said the U.S. Army goes through hundreds of thousands of ammunition rounds at training ranges around the world. But bullet components don’t biodegrade for hundreds of years, and in the meantime can “corrode and pollute the soil and nearby water.” DoD also worries many civilians won’t be able to tell the training rounds apart from tactical rounds. So they came up with a vision for a rather peaceful solution: bullets that biodegrade and plant seeds as they go. Related: Climate change could cause “humanitarian crisis of epic proportions,” say military leaders The DoD is soliciting applications for contractors to develop “biodegradable training ammunition loaded with specialized seeds to grow environmentally beneficial plants that eliminate ammunition debris and contaminants” under the Small Business Innovation Research program. According to Gizmodo, the Army found materials like bamboo fiber could be utilized in biodegradable bullets. Also, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory has already developed bioengineered seeds that could be embedded into the biodegradable bullets. The seeds won’t germinate until many months after they’ve been in the ground. The defense department didn’t say what type of plants should be grown, but did say animals should be able to eat them without harm. They aim to eliminate environmental hazards with the biodegradable bullets, offering six references of different scientific articles that may help potential contractors in the development process. Those scientists interested in responding to DoD’s request have until February 8 to turn in applications. Via Gizmodo Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Wind power now runs all electric passenger trains in the Netherlands

January 9, 2017 by  
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All of the electric passenger trains running in the Netherlands are now powered entirely by wind . One year ahead of schedule, Dutch railway company NS announced its entire electric train fleet is running on 100-percent wind power as of January 1, 2017, ushering in a new era of green transportation . Renewable energy advocates hope the early success will inspire planners to incorporate wind-powered trains in other high-speed rail projects around the world, including some proposed in the United States. In late 2015, the Dutch government announced its goal to power the country’s electric trains entirely with wind power by 2018. However, early successes in rolling out the clean energy program resulted in 75 percent wind power for the trains in 2016, so the initiative made a final push and achieved 100 percent effect January 1, 2017. One of the Netherlands ’ largest railway companies, known as NS , partnered with the Eneco energy company in 2015 to funnel renewable energy into its fleet of electric trains, which carry 600,000 people per day. Related: All Netherlands Railways trains will be 100% wind powered by 2018 Electric trains on the NS use around 1.2 billion kWh of electricity a year, which is roughly the equivalent of all the households in the city of Amsterdam. Switching to a renewable source for the energy-hogging transportation will make a huge dent in the nation’s carbon footprint, which has already been shrinking over the years due to investments in renewable energy projects. The electricity used to power the Dutch trains comes from wind farms in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Finland, many of which were just recently built. Because some of those farms opened ahead of schedule, it became possible to move up the timeline for powering electric trains with clean energy. Via Clean Technica Images via Wikipedia ( 1 , 2 )

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World’s largest survival community comprises 575 off-grid doomsday bunkers

January 9, 2017 by  
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Will the end of the world arrive with the next economic collapse, nuclear war, or presidential inauguration? Thinking it best to be prepared, Vivos has taken readiness to new extremes with their 575-bunker Vivos xPoint community in South Dakota . It will cost preppers $25,000 to lease an off-grid bunker in a high-security area, combined with a $1,000 per year ground lease for 99 years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn0229zWnos Vivos converted an old army munitions depot, where the Army stored ammunition and bombs from 1942 to 1967, into a refuge where around 5,000 people can survive in case of a devastating catastrophe or zombie apocalypse. The hardened concrete bunkers are located south of Edgemont in South Dakota, and Vivos boasts the community is around 100 miles from “the nearest known military nuclear targets.” Just to be safe, each bunker can reportedly endure a 500,000-pound internal blast. Related: Worried About the End of the World? Buy a Stylish Vivos Bunker Berms cover each bunker. Inside, residents obtain water via two wells, stored in reinforced concrete tanks. Outfitting the bunker is up to the lessee; they can hire contractors or purchase a turnkey shelter from Vivos. The company says residents can choose geothermal heating, solar or wind to provide backup power for a generator, or even a nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) air filtration system. Vivos hopes to add a general store, shooting range, hydroponic gardens, medical clinic, horse stables, classroom, and members-only restaurant, among other planned amenities. Why stop at just one bunker? The company suggests preppers could even secure more shelters to store their art or wine collection, car, or horses. With 1,800 to 2,400 square feet of interior floor space, the bunkers can accommodate 10 to 20 people for a whole year. No one lives in Vivos xPoint just yet, according to Business Insider , but the group is taking reservations. For $5,000 and a background check, people can apply to live in what Vivos describes as “the place you will want to be when the SHTF!” And if South Dakota isn’t your kind of place, Vivos offers communities in Indiana or Europe as well. + Vivos Images via Vivos

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Bouldering walls cover this tiny home built for adventure lovers

January 9, 2017 by  
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When Mississippi couple Breck and Kelsey sought to adopt life on the road with a tiny house on wheels, they asked Tiny Heirloom to design a dream home that epitomized their passion for adventure and love of rock climbing. The Portland-based luxury tiny homebuilder responded with the Tiny Adventure Home, a towable custom-build clad in real bouldering walls . Covered in colorful holds, the impressive bouldering walls run the length of the house and offer a rugged contrast to the chic and modern interior. Like its name implies, the Tiny Adventure Home fully embraces nature, from its timber-dominant materials palette to its large side window that opens like a garage door, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living. The operable window also offers access to the bouldering wall, made up of modular Rockwerx panels. The house, which has the footprint of a double-axle 28-foot-long trailer, can be towed with a pickup truck . Related: Tiny Heirloom’s luxury micro homes let you live large in small spaces The contemporary interior is beautifully detailed with luxury fittings. A galley kitchen with a four-burner stove, range hood, oven, full-sized sink, and full-sized fridge with freezer is located in the center of the home opposite the large window. A dining area made up of a long table and two benches sits six is located on one end of the home, while a cozy office space is located on the loft area above. On the opposite end of the house is a loft bedroom with a double bed stacked above the bathroom. + Tiny Heirloom Via New Atlas Images via Tiny Heirloom

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The iPotty Uses iPad to Entertain Tots While Potty Training

January 10, 2013 by  
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New York-based CTA digital featured their latest product for children, the iPotty at CES 2013 in this BBC video . Armed with a built-in removable stand for an iPad, the iPotty is to help entertain children while they learn to potty train. Whether you think this would be a great help to keep a tot still for potty-training or think it’s ridiculous that technology is involved with bathroom business, we want to hear your thoughts. Tell us what you think after the jump ! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aap , american adacemy of pediatrics , CES 2013 , children and technology , cta digital , iPad , ipotty , New York. , parenting , potty training

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The Unreasonable Institute Helps High-Impact Social Entrepreneurs Take Flight

October 4, 2011 by  
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There is a growing consensus that entrepreneurs will be the force behind economic, social and environmental development this century.  There are hundreds of thousands of budding entrepreneurs with world-changing ideas that need the right platform and training to take off. An organization called the Unreasonable Institute aims to help these audacious gen-next entrepreneurs take flight! Are you convinced your venture will forever change the world? Then you have until November 1o to apply to The Unreasonable Institute! Unreasonable Institute Model What is the Unreasonable Institute? The Unreasonable Institute is a mentorship-driven program that arms for-profit enterprises creating solutions to the world’s biggest social and environmental problems with the resources they need to do so. Fundamentally, the Institute helps build stronger, more financially sustainable businesses that can be scaled to impact millions of lives. They are arming the entrepreneurs who can take on the world’s major issues with the mentorship, capital, and network to make it happen. How is it done? Each year, the organization picks  25 entrepreneurs  from every corner of the globe to live under the same roof for six weeks in Boulder, Colorado. These entrepreneurs receive training and build long-term relationships with  50 world-class mentors , ranging from the co-founder of Google.org, to the CTO of HP amongst others. In the process, they also form relationships and build their businesses with  20 investment funds , receive legal advice & design consulting, and pitch to hundreds of potential investors and partners. Applications are now being accepted through November 1o, 2011 for the class of 2012! Check out this 3-minute trailer to get an inside peak and read on to learn how it works! How are the Finalists or Fellows Chosen? Of course you have to go through the application and interview process where the top 50 applicants are chosen based on their venture plan, impact, marketability etc. But the way the final 25 are picked in Step 3 is the interesting part… The finalist Marketplace or Step 3 of the selection process is the most challenging round of selection and the most rigorous test of entrepreneurial ability.  The cost  of attending the Unreasonable Institute is $10,000, but the applicants, or their teams, are not allowed to pay for it. Instead, the Finalists are given 50 days to raise the $10,000 in small increments on the Finalist Marketplace. The first 25 Finalists to do so will be deemed Unreasonable Fellows and attend the 2012 Institute. The final test also takes care of the “rich uncle problem” by capping the amount individuals can donate. This levels the playing field for applicants with fewer wealthy connections willing to donate large sums of money. Read more about the finalist marketplace here . Want to learn more? Get a glimpse of what a summer at the Unreasonable Institute is all about by watching the 2011 Unreasonable Fellows go from arrival to graduation on the 7-part web series on  Unreasonable.tv ! Start with  Episode 1 here. The Unreasonable Institute is made up of a dynamic group of young people who call themselves the Unreasonable Team ! Teju Ravilochan, co-founder of the Institute, sums it up, I want to live in a world where every human being can be the master of their own fate, unbound by the chains of poverty, oppression, or injustice. To me entrepreneurship, coming from French for “to taking into one’s own hands” gets at that fundamental human drive to rule our destinies. And when that drive is combined to empower others to do the same, I believe no force can be more powerful. The program has helped 50 entrepreneurs through its 2010 and 2011 programs and is trailblazing towards the next 25 in 2012. Are you one? You have until November 10th to apply.

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4 Tips for Starting a Solar Retail Business

August 1, 2011 by  
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In April 2011, solar energy officially became the fastest growing industry in the United States. In a time when most industries are experiencing snail-like growth or even losing momentum, this is significant news. If you’re an entrepreneur looking stake your claim on the ground floor of what is poised to be an extremely profitable industry, now is the time to think about how you can become not only a supporter of solar but a retailer as well. Here are some tips for getting the training and support you need to start a successful business in the solar industry: Assess Your Expertise : Certain careers provide a solid foundation on which to build a solar business. Electricians, roofers, HVAC and general contractors all have skill-sets that are appropriate for the home solar industry, especially installation. But don’t worry; if you don’t have a background in these trades, there are still ways to create a viable solar business. Research the Opportunities : Installing panels isn’t the only way to create a successful solar business. There is a growing need for companies to connect consumers with solar financing options and solar leasing opportunities. The industry also needs professionals who can market and sell panels, leases, and maintenance packages. Consider A Franchise : If you don’t have an MBA and aren’t sure that you’re ready to create a business plan from scratch, there’s no reason why you can’t build upon a foundation that’s already in place. Solar Universe is a company that’s building a franchise of solar installers across North America. The system provides opportunity to get started in solar, and develop your own business with the benefits of a proven business model, national brand and corporate support system. Get Trained : No matter what aspect of solar energy you want to address with your business, it’s important to seek out a training program that will increase your awareness of industry trends, new technologies, and sales strategies that work. AEE Solar is a wholesale distributor of solar technology. To support those that would like to become dealers of their products, AEE provides national, regional and local solar training classes for all levels of entrepreneurs. These online, classroom, and hands-on trainings help new retailers stay up to date on the latest technologies, tax incentives, products, and government regulations.   Related Posts: How to Lease Your Roof to Make Passive Solar Income   Lorna Li is the Editor-in-Chief of Green Marketing TV , Entrepreneurs for a Change , and Lifestyle Design Artist . She specializes in Internet marketing for socially responsible business and enjoys writing about green business, social enterprise, and location independent lifestyle. Follow @lornali. Image Credit: Flickr – walmartcorporate  

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Rising Sun Energy Center: Opening Doors to Greener Horizons

March 12, 2011 by  
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This series is made possible by energy-efficiency specialists WellHome and their Home Weatherization Giveaway Sweepstakes. Take a quick visual quiz of your home’s energy use to see your potential yearly savings. Hurry! For your shot at a grand prize of $2500 in energy efficiency upgrades, enter by March 20! Image Credit: Rising Sun Energy Center It’s not everyday you hear: “Sign up for a paid summer job and learn about energy efficiency” “Give us a call this summer and we will slash your energy bills.

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New York Jets installs largest photovoltaic system at its training center

September 30, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor : New York Jets training center installs 3,000 solar panels to generate solar energy. “We are proud to be green in color and also in deed”. This is how Thad Sheely, the New York Jets executive vice president of finance and stadium development expressed the team’s excitement over the largest photovoltaic system installed at any National Football League team headquarters

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