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Oakland towards Circular Metabolism and Zero Waste

Oakland towards Circular Metabolism and Zero Waste

Like an economy, a city is more or less a human body: it has inputs, outputs, and a central, circular flow. Its metabolism is measured by whether it processes its resources in a linear or circular manner. This is how Anna Leidreiter (Policy Officer for Climate and Energy at the World Future Council Foundation in Hamburg)...

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Posted by - 08/6/2012 - In Watch Round-up

Beyond Capturing Carbon: CO2 as a resource

Beyond Capturing Carbon: CO2 as a resource

Michael Braungart and Douglas Mulhall, authors of Cradle to Cradle: Criteria for the Built Environment, paint a very pessimistic future for carbon management. Cancun and Durban have both produced few results, and Canada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol has put the treaty out of its misery. No formal agreements on...

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Posted by - 07/12/2012 - In Cover, Watch Round-up

Convincing the Rest of Portland to Buy a Bike

Convincing the Rest of Portland to Buy a Bike

Portland is well-known for being a progressive, green city, as seen in shows such as Portlandia. It boasts several parks, responsible businesses and an excellent public transportation system. The trains and trams are regularly praised, and up to 15% of Portlanders use their bikes and the public trails daily. However, the...

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Posted by - 07/2/2012 - In Cover, Watch Round-up

From Private to Public in Nairobi’s Green Roof Usage

From Private to Public in Nairobi’s Green Roof Usage

Sustainable construction usually begins with public or non-profit initiatives (as Terristorias covered with its report about Ecobatiment) and is then geared towards private investments and projects. However, in Nairobi the green building movement began with Coca-Cola. In 2008, the East African Coca-Cola company built its...

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Posted by - 06/25/2012 - In Watch Round-up

Upgrading the Empire State Building: a success story for energy efficiency

Upgrading the Empire State Building: a success story for energy efficiency

In 2009, the Empire State Building underwent a two-year retrofit of its 6,500 windows and upgraded its automated energy system. The glazed windows will reduce heating costs and the monitoring systems better measure CO2 and temperature in small sections of the tower. The contractors, Johnson Controls Incorporated, promised 20%...

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Posted by - 06/18/2012 - In Cover, Watch Round-up

Inner-city brownfield sites use solar energy to finance their cleanup

Inner-city brownfield sites use solar energy to finance their cleanup

At the National Brownfields Conference – an event that focuses on solutions for environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment of urban wastelands – Chicago, Philadelphia and New York presented their innovative projects regarding the exploitation of contaminated urban wastelands. All three shared one common aim: to...

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Posted by - 06/12/2012 - In Watch Round-up

Combining Sustainability and Esthetics: no compromises in the Sheikh Zayed Learning Center

Combining Sustainability and Esthetics: no compromises in the Sheikh Zayed Learning Center

The Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort is a theme park (including a desert zoo dedicated to preserving Arabian wildlife. The establishment offers standard animal exhibits and tours, but wanted a dedicated space to the history and culture surrounding the Arabian desert. This pedagogical interest led to the creation of the Sheikh...

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Posted by - 06/6/2012 - In Cover, Watch Round-up

Can The Construction Industry Be Carbon Neutral By 2030?

Can The Construction Industry Be Carbon Neutral By 2030?

This question was asked by the U.S.-based Architecture 2030 firm when it realized the construction industry had the tools, talent pool and technology to achieve this. Its founder, Edward Mazria, started the 2030 Challenge as a response. It establishes the following targets: all new buildings in 2020 will have only 20% of their...

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Posted by - 06/1/2012 - In Watch Round-up

Hanover Messe: Metropolitan Solutions to Energy Issues

<em>Hanover Messe</em>: Metropolitan Solutions to Energy Issues

Hanover Messe 2012 is a long-running German convention dedicated to showcasing industrial technology and solutions to environmental and energy problems. An ever-growing problem was highlighted in this year’s “Metropolitan Solutions” section: how is it possible to maintain both high rates of urbanization and responsible...

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Posted by - 05/31/2012 - In Watch Round-up

They divided their Energy bill by 10!

They divided their Energy bill by 10!

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Posted by - 05/29/2012 - In Watch Round-up