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Germany, among other EU countries, is currently facing the problem of quickly finding adequate housing for refugees and asylum seekers that it has let across its borders. The modular houses, designed for this purpose by Architect and builder Werner Sobek, are a great example of the fact that refugee housing more >>
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While the idea of living mortgage-free and downsizing might not quite be mainstream yet, it has been getting more and more recognition and acceptance as a way of living. Will Hitchcock and Alyssa Pelletier of Outside Found represent a great example of two brave people who not only made it more >>
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
It’s been awhile since we’ve had news of homes being 3D printed, but now Russian engineer Nikita Chen-yun-tai has made quite a breakthrough. The 3D printer he designed has been used to print a home in just 24 hours. His company Apis Cor has successfully constructed a home that is more >>
Tue, Mar 21, 2017

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) unveiled the HX2, the latest development in the company’s electric site solution, at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2017. The prototype autonomous, battery-electric, load carrier is one element of an electric site research project that predicts up to a 95% reduction in carbon emissions and up to a 25% reduction more
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
The German plug-in car market registered 2,918 registrations, up 49% Year-on-Year, pulling the market share to a record 1.2%. The Renault Zoe was the leader in February, with 431 units, its best result in over a year, followed by the BMW i3 with 305 units. Two models took third place, the Kia more
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Buick announced that GM’s proven extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) technology, a new-generation of 1.0T/1.3T Ecotec engines and a nine-speed transmission will all be adopted in new or refreshed models launched in China this year. In the coming two years, Buick will also introduce plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles more
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Toyota Mirai trailblazing customers care about the air – their vehicle emits nothing but water vapor. Now, the fuel cell car’s newest campaign is blazing a trail with eco-billboard technology that will help Californians breathe even easier. The Toyota Mirai eco-billboard campaign, in coordination with Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, will help clear more
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

The Lakota phrase “Mní wičhóni,” or “Water is life,” has become a new national protest anthem. It was chanted by 5,000 marchers at the Native Nations March in Washington, D.C., on March 10, and during hundreds of protests across the United States in the last year. “Mní wičhóni” became the anthem more >>
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
The Lakota phrase “Mní wičhóni,” or “Water is life,” has become a new national protest anthem. It was chanted by 5,000 marchers at the Native Nations March in Washington, D.C., on March 10, and during hundreds of protests across the United States in the last year. “Mní wičhóni” became the anthem more >>
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
Within a day of Rex Tillerson’s swearing in as secretary of state, the State Department’s climate change website began to change. The changes signal a shift away from leading international climate actions that the Obama administration pursued and a pivot toward a more passive role. The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative more >>
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

Tesla's various solar roof products will become available for order for the first time starting in April, CEO Elon Musk revealed in a tweet yesterday Tesla Solar Roof Orders Starting In April (#ElonTweets) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email more >>
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
The still relatively secretive electric vehicle startup Rivian Automotive has been granted (providing certain employment benchmarks are met) $49.5 million in Edge tax credits in Illinois, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently announced Rivian Automotive (Stealth EV Startup) Granted $49.5 Million In Tax Credits From Illinois, Governor Announces was originally published on more >>
Sat, Mar 25, 2017


In 1979 president Jimmy Carter proposed an national energy policy and installed solar panels on the white house roof as a national symbol of the united states beginning to become energy efficient. [….more]


tsEnergy star was created in the early 1990’s as a joint venture between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the department of Energy. (DOE), Energy star’s primary focus is on improving energy performance and reducing green house gas emissions. [….more]


leedLeed founded in 1993 stands for leadership in energy and environmental design. Leed is a voluntary program and is administered through United states green building council (USGBC). USGBC is an international nonprofit that offers various types of green rating systems. One rating specifically designed and targeted for green neighborhoods. [….more]


fhb192xs024-01_med National green building standard. NGBS approved and debuted in 2009 more than 15 years later than energy star or leed certification.The NGBS is a collaboration between the National association of home builders (NAHB) and International code council. (ICC) [….more]


Earthcraft-Logo1Earthcraft is a voluntary program launched in 1999 which is a regional program for climate conditionstailored for the southeast united states. Earth craft certification is used from Virginia to Georgia. [….more]


Water-Sense-Label-mdWater sense®. Is an EPA voluntary program started in 2006, designed to improve water efficiency through consumer educational labeling. With an ever expanding array of products and services displaying the water sense label. Third party verification  and certifying to be a minimum of 20% more water efficient than conventional products without sacrificing consumer performance. In the near future water will become a scarce valuable resource, prices will rise, availability will be restricted, water efficiency will be measured, documented and a numerical water efficiency number from 1 to 100 will be applied to residential and commercial real estate. Nations will control water accessibility to the public at large!


RESNET_HERS_Index_Logo2HERS score/index, home energy rating system (HERS) created in 1995 by third party non profit residential energy services network (resnet).  The HERS score  is nationally recognized by the federal government,environmental protection agency (EPA) and the mortgage industry. The Hers score is a numeric numeral that directly translates into the energy efficiency of the selected inspected home. The trained and certified ecorater inspects the home and benchmarks the home against a reference home. A computer model of a home that is the same shape and size. [….more]


netzerocertificationLaunched in late 2006 the Living building challenge substantially raises the green bar and offers a rigorous net zero building certification. Net zero green certification is rapidly becoming  the future of  green building. Net zero is located on the extreme end of green building scale. Net zero is defined as either a residential or commercial building structure which produces all the energy that is consumed on an annual basis within the certified building. There are currently three levels of net zero certification. Full certification, petal recognition, and net zero energy  building certification. [….more]


well_logoWell Building Standard®:(IWBI) The certified well standard, administered by Delos living, debuted in 2014. The well standard focuses on the indoor environment containments  to improve health and wellness for all occupants. People send 90% of their time indoors and are adversely effected by indoor pollutants such as: carbon monoxide, mold, radon, VOC’s, particulates, and a host of other pollutants. Proper ventilation and filtration is the key to cleansing the indoor air environment. The wellness standard contains seven concepts that effect human occupants. Mind, fitness, comfort, light, air, water and nourishment.

Tesla’s Model 3 Is Coming. Here’s What We Know Now
The latest news comes from a six second video on Elon Musk's Twitter feed. The post Tesla’s Model 3 Is Coming. Here’s What We Know Now appeared first on WIRED. more >>
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
YouTube’s Ad Problems Finally Blow Up in Google’s Face
Brands boycotted Google this past week when they learned their ads were appearing on hateful videos. The pressure could finally force the company to change. The post YouTube’s Ad Problems Finally Blow Up in Google’s Face appeared first on WIRED. more >>
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
Space Photos of the Week: Codependent Spiral Galaxies Dunno Who They Are Anymore
An up-close of Mars dunes, dwarf planets, and a massive protostar from this week in space. The post Space Photos of the Week: Codependent Spiral Galaxies Dunno Who They Are Anymore appeared first on WIRED. more >>
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

This week’s top climate change stories. Sign up to have our newsletter sent to your inbox The post Weekly wrap: Kenya faces climate-linked drought emergency appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. more >>
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
As Trump reverses the US climate stance, Germany touts its "Energiewende" as a matter of national pride - regardless of who wins the upcoming election The post In Germany, a clean energy shift is politics-as-usual appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. more >>
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

Economists have found a relatively cheap and easy way to make a significant improvement on standardized test scores. more >>
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Homebush Bay 10Best Editors Friday, March 24th, 2017 more >>
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
This European Music Center Might Surprise You This European city enjoys a rich musical heritage rivaling just about any other city in Europe. From The Beatles to the brand new Elbphilharmonie concert hall, this city loves its music. Lydia Schrandt Friday, March 24th, 2017 more >>
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Mule deer in Boise. Photo © Matt Miller
You’re watching a deer out your window as it munches on your shrubs. You reach for the camera, but when you look back, the deer takes a few steps and falls over, dead. Far-fetched? No. That scene has been repeated too many times near my Idaho home this winter. The culprit? Japanese more >>
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
Glenn takes a break from the saddle with Gyp, his trusty border pup as the herd picks their way across Bear Basin. Photo © Melanie Elzinga
Natalie and I were not hitting it off. In fact, I had become convinced she was trying to kill me. I’m a non-confrontational person, and I don’t like it when someone’s not my friend. But in this case, our rocky relationship was especially alarming: Natalie was an 1200-pound quarter horse, and more >>
Tue, Mar 21, 2017

We’re in the Wild West when it comes to blockchain technology for the electric grid. But Steve Davis, founder and CEO of Oxygen Initiative, has a vision of where we’re headed — and it’s big. more >>
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
As India’s summer intensifies, many states are already in the midst of a drought—and the hottest days have yet to arrive. At the same time, water-intensive agriculture, rapid urban expansion, increases in industrial activity and growing energy production are driving the country’s water demand upward. More than half of India more >>
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

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Community initiatives constitute a crucial component of the transformation taking place in Detroit, which has seen its fair share of difficulties following deindustrialization. And the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) is one of them. The all-volunteer non-profit based in Detroit’s North End neighborhood is using agriculture as a platform to more >>
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
The CEO of a large industrial company recently described the Trump administration as “the most pro-business since the Founding Fathers.” It’s a popular perception in the business community, with or without the hyperbole, and the stock market is reacting accordingly. While some might be enthused by the potential for corporate more >>
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Food waste is increasingly garnering attention from governments, businesses and private individuals as its impact on both environmental health, food security as well as bottom lines — companies that invest in reducing food waste can expect a 14:1 ROI — are increasingly researched and understood. Now, a new pilot project more >>
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