San Franciscos rapid transit to run on 100% renewable energy

May 9, 2017 by  
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Commuters in the San Francisco area can feel even better about taking public transport to lower their carbon footprints , as the Bay Area’s Rapid Transit (BART) system will soon be powered by 100 percent renewable energy . Days ago, the BART board of directors passed an electrical portfolio policy that requires 50 percent of the organization’s power to be sourced from renewables by 2025. By 2045, the electric train system is expected to run on 100 percent renewable energy . As Digital Trends reports , this move has far-reaching implications for the entire region since BART consumes roughly 400,000 megawatt-hours annually – the equivalent of a small city like Alameda. “Every day, BART takes cars off the road and helps drive down our greenhouse gas emissions,” said BART Director Nick Josefowitz. “But especially now, BART and the Bay Area must shoulder even more responsibility to combat climate change. Even though BART is not required to comply with the state’s renewable energy standards, we have committed to purchasing 100 percent renewable electricity and taking a leadership role in decarbonizing our transportation sector.” Related: San Francisco bike shop lets you trade in car for e-bike The train system already runs on a variety of renewable energy sources, including solar, wind and small hydroelectric facilities. Additionally, carbon emissions have been cut by lowering the number of single occupant automobiles sitting in traffic on the Bay Bridge each morning. Sustainability Director Holly Gordon said of the progressive initiative, “We’re doing this to advance clean energy, but we’re also doing this because we think it is cost effective. We feel as though we can purchase clean energy while maintaining low and stable costs for the district as well.” BART may very well be the first electrified public transit system to commit to running on 100 percent renewable energy – at least in the US.  Via Digital Trends

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Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

September 9, 2014 by  
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Just when you thought Scandinavia couldn’t get any more eco-friendly, Helsinki ups the ante . The Finnish capital recently announced some major environmental initiatives aimed at making the city smarter and greener. The coolest of these may be the installation of a giant underwater reservoir tank built 100 yards below the city center to store 9 million gallons of cold lake water that will be used to cool homes connected to the city’s rapidly-expanding district cooling network . After the water circulates through the cooling system during the day, it’s cooled in the tank overnight using heat exchangers to prepare for its next run the following day. According to a City of Helsinki press release , this latest addition to the city’s smart cooling system means it now emits 80 percent less greenhouse gasses from cooling, compared to conventional cooling systems. Read the rest of Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: conservation , Eco , efficiency , environmental , Finland , friendly , gasses , green , greenhouse , Helsinki , Kalasatama , kutsuplus , public , renewable energy , tank , transit , water issues

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Tessellated Tree-Like Transportation Shelters Offer Unique Shade for Local College Students

February 25, 2014 by  
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When architects from Public: Architecture + Communication visited the University of British Columbia, they noticed a slight flaw in the campus’ urban design plan. Although the main university avenue was lined with beautiful trees, the bus stops were left as cold, barren concrete zones. They felt that these public spaces deserved to be equipped with functional nature-influenced transit shelters in order to give the campus a cohesively green urban aesthetic . Read the rest of Tessellated Tree-Like Transportation Shelters Offer Unique Shade for Local College Students Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bus shelter canopies , bus stop design , educational design , GLULAM Canopy , Public Architecture and Communication , transport design , Tree-Like Transit Shelters for UBC , University of British Columbia , Urban design , urban green space        

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MVRDV + ABOUTBLANK Design Expansive New Transit Hub and Archeo-Park for Yenikap? in Istanbul

May 8, 2012 by  
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PRODUCT REVIEW: Thumb-Lite is a Stick-on LED That Turns Anything into a Flashlight

May 8, 2012 by  
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Totally wireless, incredibly lightweight and smaller than a quarter, the Thumb-Lite is a stick-on LED that turns anything into a flashlight. If you’ve ever felt the frustration of searching for something inside your dark purse or fumbling with your keys because you couldn’t see the keyhole, this seemingly simple little gadget offers an easy solution. We recently had the chance to review the Thumb-Lite to see how it stacked up to its title as the world’s smallest and brightest stick-on LED . Read on to see what we thought. Read the rest of PRODUCT REVIEW: Thumb-Lite is a Stick-on LED That Turns Anything into a Flashlight Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , eco lighting , energy saving lights , green design , green light bulb , green lighting , LED , LED lighting , LED lights , LED thumb Light , LEDs , light emitting diode , smallest stick on led , stick on LED , thumb LED light , thumb light

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Studio Souffle Creates Cushy Portable Spaces That Can Be Inflated Almost Anywhere

May 8, 2012 by  
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Here’s a great way to start enjoying more of your daily activities al fresco . Custom designed and handcrafted by Studio Souffle , these amazing inflatable structures are portable designs that can be popped up just about anywhere. There really are no limits to these distinctive structures, which can be used as everything from creative offices to movie theaters to quiet retreats. + Studio Souffle The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: flat pack architecture , gaia hannan , inflatable architecture , inflatable furniture , inflatable office , pop up architecture , portable architecture , portable housing , portable office , studio souffle

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Manhattan’s Oculus-Topped Fulton Street Transit Center to be Completed in 2014

January 6, 2012 by  
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Grimshaw Architects recently announced that construction is set to resume on Manhattan’s dazzling daylit Fulton Street Transit Center after a lengthy delay due to budget cuts. The shining four-story structure is topped with a gigantic oculus that floods the interior with daylight, reducing the amount of energy consumed by artificial lighting. The center, which is set to be completed in 2014 , will host a retail center and will provide access to 12 subway lines and the World Trade Center PATH station. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Corbin Building , eco design , Financial DIstrict , Fulton Street Transit Center , green design , lower Manhattan , MTA , oculus , PATH Train , Subway station , sustainable design

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Lexus Unveils LF-LC Luxury Hybrid Sports Coupe Concept Car Before Detroit Auto Show

January 6, 2012 by  
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Lexus just released the first photos of its hot new LF-LC Hybrid sports coupe a week before its official unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show . While details of what exactly is under the hood have not yet been released, Lexus has announced that the vehicle is a concept exercise in the future of the brand’s luxury hybrid design. Part stylish sports car and part streamlined sedan, the four-seater definitely takes Lexus a step beyond standard hybrid aesthetics. Read the rest of Lexus Unveils LF-LC Luxury Hybrid Sports Coupe Concept Car Before Detroit Auto Show Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: auto shows , autos , cars , detroit auto show , green auto show , green cars , green lexus , green transportation , hybrid cars , hybrid lexus , lexus concept cars , lexus conept hybrid , lexus lf-lc , lexus lf-lc hybrid , luxury autos , luxury hybrids

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1200 Bicycles Create Cavern at Taipei Art Museum

November 18, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design & Transit & Auto . ] A crystalline sculpture of 1200 suspended bicycles stretches from floor to ceiling at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, seats and pedals removed, the frames welded together into one massive structure. This installation is the work of artist Ai Weiwei as part of an exhibit entitled “Ai Weiwei, Absent.” Named by the British magazine Art Review as the most powerful artist of 2011, Ai can’t even be present at his own art exhibition. Known for works that critique Chinese social change, Ai was detained in April as part of China’s crackdown on activists and is currently prohibited from leaving Beijing. In a pamphlet for the show, he writes that his inability to attend the show “is part of my art, my portfolio and my cultural state.” Ai states that his ‘Forever Bicycles’ is “a moving abstract shape that symbolizes the way in which the social environment in China is changing.” Whether bicycles are a positive or negative symbol to the artist is unclear, but observers have their own theories, seeing messages of the power of the people, of independence, but also of facelessness and lack of personal identity in a Communist nation. The exhibition, which includes other installations, photography, sculpture and videos by Ai, will be on display at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum until January 29, 2012. Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: Women at War: Reclaimed Bunker Turned Museum Graduate student Charlotte Wilson imagines a thoughtful reuse for an old bunker: a war museum that brings visitors to a platform with a view of the sea. Click Here to Read More »» 3 Brilliant Ways to Create Recycled Marine Habitats Adaptive reuse is usually used to refer to buildlings that are converted for humans … but what about ones that are made into new homes for marine life? 7 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» Cycle Crazy: 14 Smart & Stylish Bike Storage Solutions As bicycles grow in popularity – especially in cities – bike storage solutions, from wall hooks to public racks, are getting more innovative and functional. 1 Comment – Click Here to Read More »» [ By Steph in Art & Design & Transit & Auto . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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"Seat Savers" Are Best (and Grossest) Idea For Riding Public Transit

October 13, 2011 by  
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Photo with permission from Kelsey Avers They go utterly against etiquette for riding muni, but these seat savers have something wonderfully tempting about them when you really just want some space on the bus. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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