Infographic: Water & Global Climate Crisis — What Can You Do?

March 20, 2020 by  
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Earth911 Inspiration: What Kind of Difference Will You Make?

March 20, 2020 by  
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Renowned scientist and conservationist Jane Goodall reminds us that we … The post Earth911 Inspiration: What Kind of Difference Will You Make? appeared first on Earth911.com.

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The Expandable House helps adapt to rapid urbanization

March 5, 2020 by  
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Singapore-based design firm  Urban-Rural Systems  has developed an innovative housing prototype that fights urban sprawl while simultaneously providing better infrastructure for rural-to-urban migrants. Implemented in phases, the project recently completed its second phase this year in Indonesia with the construction of its first Expandable House prototype. True to its name, the dwelling can be flexibly expanded to increase its built area from a single-story, 36-square-meter unit to a three-story, 108-square-meter  mixed-use  building equipped with sustainable decentralized systems such as rainwater harvesting and photovoltaic systems.  The Expandable House (“‘rumah tambah’ in Bahasa Indonesia, or ‘rubah’ for short”) targets rapidly urbanizing regions on the fringes of cities and towns. As the designers explained in a project statement, these are regions where the impact of rapid urbanization “is most directly felt: where land is still relatively cheap, new industrial jobs are springing up, rural migrants often first arrive in the city, and infrastructure is often inadequate to support them.” Additionally, the designers said, “The expandable house tries to respond to this dynamic situation by allowing the dwelling to be flexibly configured around the fluctuating patterns of resource consumption and expenditure, or metabolism, of its residents.” To meet these needs, the Expandable House features a roof that can be raised as well as a floor and foundations strong enough to support up to three floors. This model not only allows for flexible financing — owners can expand their home from a single-story unit to a multi-story unit as needed — but also encourages vertical growth to reduce urban sprawl. The adaptable housing system also incorporates  rainwater  and solar harvesting systems, passive design principles, on-site sewage systems, as well as food production systems to promote self-sufficiency and small-scale business growth.  Related: Passive solar school in Indonesia celebrates the natural landscape Developed in three phases, the Expandable House project began with the Phase 1 design at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. Phase 2 oversaw construction of the prototype in  Indonesia  that began in 2018, with the first floor of 36 square meters, and concluded earlier this year after all three floors were built along with the technical systems, including rainwater harvesting and photovoltaics. Phase 3 will involve piloting the Expandable House on a larger-scale in a project dubbed Tropical Town, also in Indonesia.  + Urban-Rural Systems (URS) Images © Carlina Teteris

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Step up for Earth Day 2020

February 11, 2020 by  
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Why I’m backing Earth Day again this year, and why you should, too.

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Be more ambitious with the SDGs — for the world and business

February 11, 2020 by  
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Creating a more inclusive and just economy starts by closing the gender gap.

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Salesforce: Why corporate sustainability must change

February 10, 2020 by  
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This article originally appeared on the Salesforce corporate blog. 2019 was another year in which natural disasters occurred with unnatural (or at least unprecedented) force and frequency.

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The transformation of energy technology: learnings from CES 2020

January 20, 2020 by  
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Sponsored: Sustainability was a critical component of the innovative technologies shared at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Here are three takeaways.

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It’s time for Silicon Valley to start buying electric commuter buses

January 14, 2020 by  
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Many big Bay Area companies such as Facebook and Genentech use large fleets of private commuter buses. This year more of these vehicles will run on batteries.

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It’s time for Silicon Valley to start buying electric commuter buses

January 14, 2020 by  
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Earth911 Podast: Make 2020 the Year of Greener You

January 13, 2020 by  
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Happy New Year, Earthlings! Join the Earth911 team as they … The post Earth911 Podast: Make 2020 the Year of Greener You appeared first on Earth911.com.

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