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  • • What Forests Can Do for You
    Tropical Forest Functions

    We present a graph from Biointegrity.net that shows the eight climate functions of a tropical forest.

    Click now to see the graph.

  • • Waste to Energy
    Waste to Energy
    Municipal Solid Waste,(MSW)

    It’s often called garbage, used to produce energy at waste-to-energy plants and at landfills in the United States.

    MSW contains:biomass, or biogenic (plant or animal products), materials such as paper, cardboard, food waste, grass clippings, leaves, wood, leather products nonbiomass combustible materials such as plastics and other synthetic materials made from petroleum noncombustible materials such as glass and metals.

  • • Greenest Cities Quiz
    Dedicated to Saving
    All Life on Earth

     With eco-minded government officials and residents, even a concrete jungle can be green. Discover which cities are really looking out for the planet.

    Click now to participate.

  • • World Wildlife Day
    Take the Greenest Cities Quiz

     On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March – the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973 – as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.

    The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar. World Wildlife Day has now become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.

    The day will be celebrated in 2020 under the theme "Sustaining all life on Earth", encompassing all wild animal and plant species as key components of the world's biodiversity. This aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goals 1, 12, 14 and 15, and their wide-ranging commitments on alleviating poverty, ensuring sustainable use of resources, and on conserving life both on land and below water to halt biodiversity loss.

  • • Earth Overshoot Day
    Was August 22, 2020

     Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.

    To include the impacts from the coronavirus pandemic this year, Global Footprint Network combined the most reliable data and formed the most reasonable assumptions to assess humanity’s current resource situation.

    Changes in carbon emissions, forest harvest, food demand, and other factors that could impact global biocapacity or the Ecological Footprint from January 1 to Earth Overshoot Day were evaluated. The main drivers were the carbon Footprint (reduced 14.5% from 2019) and the forest product Footprint (reduced 8.4% from 2019). Check out the highlights and/or the detailed research report explaining how the date of this event was calculated.

    Click for details (including a 7 min. video).

• 10 Apps for Green Living
• Organic Eating
• Carbon Footprint Reduction
• Sustainable Developement Goals
• Institute For Advanced
Sustainability Studies
  • • Sustainability Excellence Awards
    3rd Annual Awards for
    Excellence in Sustainability

    American Planning Assoc. The American Planning Association’s Sustainable Communities Division (SCD) announced the third annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability at the National Planning Conference in Phoenix, AZ. The awards honor project, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting and growing sustainable communities.

  • • Where Sustainability Happens
    Sources of Sustainability

     A list of the sustainability companies and places that you should know about…

  • • Great Environmental “APEEL”
    Sources of Sustainability

    Apeel Sciences We use our natural plant-based technologies to protect crops and harvested produce, helping to eliminate food spoilage and reduce reliance on chemicals.

    Our Purpose

    Accomplishing our mission means we will waste less food, water and energy, helping to preserve our natural ecosystems while creating economic opportunities for the 500 million small family farms worldwide.

    Our Vision

    In the future, less food will be wasted, we will use smarter, more natural methods for growing and protecting crops, and there will be an abundance of fresh food for everyone.

    Click for a website with much APEEL.

  • • Greening of the Desert Video
    The Greening of the Desert

     The farm has been surrounded by nearby fire, in the midst of historic, ongoing drought and heat, for months. You are, no doubt, familiar.

    Australia's drought fires are expected to continue into February or March. But Geoff's farm is doing pretty well. Largely because of these permaculture strategies:
    °Capture and store all rainwater
    °Plant fortifying trees and vegetation
    °Contour lands to direct moisture flows
    °Countour and enrich soils for soakage
    °Use soil ecosystem as the main moisture-storage facility

    Click now to watch video.

  • • IKEA's Sustainable Products
    From IKEA to to Your Home

    IKEA has become a household name because you can buy just about everything you need for your home there. Not only does this company make every piece of furniture you could want, IKEA actually makes many amazing sustainable products.

    Click now for the list.

Of Interest

  • Microbes and Solar Energy Could Make Make Foods Sustainable
    Microbes Could Produce 10 Times
    More Food than Plants, Researchers Find.

    June 23, 2021 (ZME Science) -Population growth and changes in the world’s dietary patterns are placing more and more stress on the environment. This means have to find new ways to feed the world without destroying the environment — and we have to do so sooner rather than later.

    For a team of researchers, a possible solution lies in microbial biomass cultivated to yield protein-rich feed and food supplements.

  • • How Sustainable is Your Business?
    The 10 Questions You Need to Answer

    June 18, 2021 (greener ideal) -Business sustainability has shifted from a mere talking point among executives to actionable to-do’s in offices.

    A past measure of “green business” was how fast executives could pontificate intelligently about sustainability matters, alas, that has changed.

    These days, customers, employees, investors, and other investors want to know, specifically, what you’re doing to create a greener business. You only need look at the activist investors pursuing bold green changes in today’s corporate sphere to appreciate the urgency.

  • • Students Can Go Green in College
    Here Are Four Ways
    to Make That Happen

    (greener ideal), May 21, 2021 -Modern students are ready to make ethical, organic, and environment-friendly product choices and they have a strong desire to live more sustainably than their parents do.

    Here are several ways how students can go green in college and start living in accordance with their values.

    1. Cook Fresh Meals

    2. Reduce digital carbon footprint

    3. Opt for reusable items

    4. Buy second-hand furniture

  • • Creating a Healthy Balcony Garden
    Don't Let Being an
    Apartment Dweller Stop You

    (greener ideal), May 21, 2021- When you think about gardening, you probably imagine a house with a huge garden in the back or front of it. And indeed, this is the most common picture people have in their minds when they imagine a garden.

    However, if you live in an apartment building, you might yearn for a piece of tranquility and nature in your flat. Even though many people think they cannot make their own garden while living in a flat, this is not true.

  • • Killing Weeds Without Harmful Chemicals
    Is the Thought of Spraying Florasulam and Glyphosate Around the Yard Abhorrent to You?

    Apr. 28, 2017 (greener ideal) -

    As an alternative, let’s look at 4 commonly practiced alternative methods. They’re not necessarily as fast-acting but are effective and completely safe — except for the weeds, of course.

    To learn what they are, click now.

  • • Toyota's Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered City of the Future
    Groundbreaking Planned in Early11
    2021 for 175-acre Woven City

    February, 2020 (FREIGHTWAVES) -Toyota Motor Corp. will build a 175-acre hydrogen fuel cell-powered city of the future at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan, populating it with employees and their families, retirees, scientists, and researchers, the automaker said at CES 2020.

    Called Woven City, the undertaking will be a fully connected ecosystem. The name harkens to Toyota’s early 20th-century origin as a manufacturer of automatic looms.

  • • The Future of Farming
    The Netherlands Has
    Become an Agricultural Giant

    Sept. 2017(National Geographic)-In a potato field near the Netherlands’ border with Belgium, Dutch farmer Jacob van den Borne is seated in the cabin of an immense harvester before an instrument panel worthy of the starship Enterprise.

    From his perch 10 feet above the ground, he’s monitoring two drones—a driverless tractor roaming the fields and a quadcopter in the air—that provide detailed readings on soil chemistry, water content, nutrients, and growth, measuring the progress of every plant down to the individual potato. Van den Borne’s production numbers testify to the power of this “precision farming,” as it’s known. The global average yield of potatoes per acre is about nine tons. Van den Borne’s fields reliably produce more than 20.

    Click now for the story
    and some fabulous photos.
  • • Ovo Vegetarian: Not Quite Vegan But Almost
    It's Mostly Vegetarian

    (greener ideal), Nov. 7, 2020 -Ovo-vegetarians are people who follow a vegetarian diet that also includes eggs and egg products such as mayonnaise.

    The ethical motivation for choosing ovo-vegetarianism, i.e., excluding dairy products from the diet, is usually based on the fact that the dairy industry resorts to extreme cruelty to sustain itself. Animals raised and maintained for milk are often kept in highly congested spaces that result in several animals dying or living with painful ailments.

    These animals are forced to be pregnant for as long as possible to procure milk from them, which means that the calves born out of these pregnancies don’t get access to their mother’s milk.

    Click now to become Vegywise.

  • • Healthy Eating Habits for Life
    Learn the 11 Secrets

    (greener ideal), -Oct. 10, 2020, If you’ve felt like healthy eating habits are out of reach, you’re not alone. A lot of the time we know the basics of eating well, but we fail to implement them.

    With that said, we’ve found eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard or restrictive!

    These simple tips will help you feel your best and still enjoy your favorite foods!

    Click now to see all eleven.

  • • A Miniature Fuel Cell That Works on Urine
    Urine Turned Into Sustainable
    Power Source For Electronic Devices

    April 18, 2016,(ScienceDaily) -Researchers at the University of Bath have developed an innovative miniature fuel cell that can generate electricity from urine, creating an affordable, renewable and carbon-neutral way of generating power.

    In the near future this device could provide a means of generating much needed electricity to remote areas at very little cost, each device costs just £1-£2. With growing global pressures to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and the associated greenhouse gas emissions, microbial fuel cells could be an exciting alternative.

  • • Does the World Have Enough Wood For Sustainability?
    Forest SOS: Earth's
    Green Lungs Disappear

    Jan. 5, 2020 (Deutsche Welle) -According to the latest figures from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), global forest production hit record levels in 2018. Up 11% on the year before.

    "We see an increasing demand for almost all of our products," says Göran Örlander, strategist at Södra, Sweden's largest association of forest owners. "The most obvious demand is for biofuels at the moment. Everybody wants to have biofuels to replace fossil fuels."

    The idea is that burning wood becomes close to carbon neutral if the forests from where it is taken are replenished at the same rate as they are felled for fuel.

  • • Here are 13 of the World’s Best New Green Hotels
    13 of the World’s Best
    New Green Hotels

    Feb. 12, 2020 (National Geographic) —as the scope of sustainable travel has grown, remote ecolodges have inspired new ways to tread lightly and care for local communities and the environment. The paradigm now embraces geothermal energy, upcycled furniture, and sourcing food directly from farms, initiatives found in lodgings that range from safari camps to urban hot spots.

    Big players in the hospitality world—such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, with the new LEED Gold-designed Lodge at Gulf State Park—are catching up with pioneers such as the award-winning Cayuga Collection, often using their scale to sway guests and staff to focus on responsible travel. Whether you’re headed to the backcountry or the big city, these new accommodations offer overnights that put sustainability in style.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • • How Can We Travel More Sustainably?
    Be a More Sustainable Traveler

    Jan. 2, 2020 (New York Times)-When thinking about how to reduce our individual carbon footprints, one of the simplest ways to cut back on emissions is to fly less often. But for those who want to see the world, there are ways to make trips more sustainable, including where you go, what you pack and how you decide to get there.

    As a general rule, the shorter the distance from home you travel, the lower your carbon footprint. But if you want to go farther, some destinations are more sustainable than others.

    Finding local adventures, such as walking in unexplored corners of your neighborhood or visiting museums in your city, is among the greenest forms of travel. If you want to venture just a little farther, consider driving a few hours to a beach or forest. Even a small adventure can feel a world away.

  • • How to Tackle the Population Problem
    Tackling the Population Problem

    Dec. 23, 2019 (Center for Biological Diversity)-Every day we add 227,000 more people to the planet — and the UN predicts that human population will surpass 11 billion by the end of the century. As the world's population grows, so do its demands for water, land, trees and fossil fuels — all of which come at a steep price for already endangered plants and animals.

    Unsustainable population growth and lack of access to reproductive health care also puts pressure on human communities, exacerbating food and water shortages, reducing resilience in the face of climate change, and making it harder for the most vulnerable communities to rise out of intergenerational poverty.

    We can reduce our own population and consumption to an ecologically sustainable level in ways that promote human rights; decrease poverty and overcrowding; raise our standard of living; and allow plants, animals and ecosystems to thrive.

  • • Myco Composite Packing Material
    It's C2C Gold Certified

    (EVOCATIVE DESIGN) —Patented from biomaterials utilizing mycelium as a self-assembling biological binder for hemp agricultural product.

    Among its features: Flame Resistance, Biodegradability and Water Resistance.

  • • Can We Collect Water From the Atmosphere?
    Lighting the Way to
    Harvest Water From Air

    July 29, 2018 (Phys.org)- A low-cost method for collecting water from the atmosphere could be used to provide potable water to dry, inland regions.

    Commonly available salts and sunlight can harvest water vapor from the air to provide potable water to arid and land-locked regions of the world.

    Many parts of the world, such as the sub-Saharan countries of Africa, have little or no access to surface water or ground-water supplies and often have to rely on the transportation of fresh water over long distances, which is costly and inefficient.

  • • What Menu of the Future?
    Insects, Weeds, and
    Bleeding Veggie Burgers

    National Geographic Peer into the future of what we eat, and you will encounter many questions about what will happen to our meals. As the world’s population climbs above 9 billion by mid-century, our food needs will grow by 70%.

    How do we meet them without mowing down every forest or without resorting to industrial agriculture, which the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has cited as the most significant contributor to climate change? How do we maintain soil health, and keep it from washing away, so that crops can thrive? These questions get into murky territory. But here’s one thing that’s clear: Dinner in 50 years won’t look much like dinner today.

  • • The Benefits of Vertical Farming
    Agriculture Reimagined

    (From intelligentgrowthsolutions.com)

    Grow Local, Globally,
    Better Quality,
    Saving Natural Resources,
    Declining Cost

    Click now for detailed explanations.

  • • How to Make Your Bathroom EcoConscious
    Guide to an Environmentally
    -Friendly Bathroom

    Greener Ideal, Dec. 1, 2018 - The bathroom is probably the most overlooked area of an eco-conscious home. The simplest measures can go a long way to reducing both water and energy wastage in the bathroom.

    The article focuses on nine points to bring your bathroom up to eco-friendly standards.

  • • What is Regenerative Agriculture?
    Why Regenerative Agriculture?
    Glad You Asked

    Regenerative Agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.

    Click now for more
    from Regeneration International.

  • • Beers That Won't 'Ale' the Planet
    After a Long Day of
    Fighting Climate Change,
    This Grain Is Ready For a Beer

    - National Beer Day is the day that brew-loving Americans raise a glass (or several) to commemorate when the sale of beer was legalized in the United States after 13 years of Prohibition. In honor of that occasion, we've picked six eco-friendly beers from our favorite sustainability-minded American brewing companies for you to enjoy. We promise they will make you hoppy!

    Click now to sip on this story.

  • • Plant-Based Diet Leads to Good Health
    The Power of Plant-Based Eating

    - A YouTube presentation by Dr. Joanne Kong on the benefits of plant eating,and the the dangers when we don’t.

    Removing animal consumption from our diet can not just save us, but our planet as well.

    Click now for the video.

  • • The Delta Works Project
    The Holland Delta Works Project

    The Delta Works, consisting of 13 sections, together form the largest flood protection system in the world and are definitely worth a visit. This imposing project, also referred to as one of the seven wonders of the world, illustrates how the Dutch deal with water. Furthermore, they lie in a gorgeous environment with wonderful beaches, beautiful nature and many culinary spots.

  • • Canning For the Climate
    Tips on Minimizing Food Waste

    Making small changes on where you source your food, planting a container or backyard garden, and learning to preserve the seasonal harvest can reduce the amount of carbon your household emits. You can also help reduce your carbon footprint by reducing waste of food at home and cutting the transportation emissions of your food by buying local.

  • • Cities 100 - Sectors, Cities and Solutions
    Cities 100 and What it All Means

    learn about the 100 solutions for climate actions in cities and the people behind the movement.

  • • Water from Desert Air
    New Solar-Powered Device Can Pull
    Water Straight From The Desert Air

    April 13, 2017 -You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity. The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day for every kilogram of spongelike absorber it contains, and researchers say future versions will be even better. That means homes in the driest parts of the world could soon have a solar-powered appliance capable of delivering all the water they need, offering relief to billions of people.

  • • Chefs Can Save the Bees
    Chefs and Restaurants
    Can Help Save the Bees

    Mar. 29, 2017 - Environment America gets that ”No Bees = No Food” is not a good idea.

  • • A Moore’s Law to Reduce CO2
    What If There Were a Moore’s
    Law for Reducing Carbon Emissions?

    Mar. 24, 2017 - Researchers hope that a simple rule could help governments around the world achieve the goal of zero emissions.

  • • Landscaping’s Price in Water Usage
    Outdoor Water Use
    in the United States

    WaterSense The average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day, and about 30% of that is devoted to outdoor uses. More than half of that outdoor water is used for watering lawns and gardens.

    Nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for almost 1/3 of all residential water use, totaling more than 7 billion gallons per day.

    Other residential outdoor uses include:
    washing automobiles, maintaining swimming pools, and cleaning sidewalks and driveways.

  • • Drinking Straws: Bamboo Can Replace Plastic
    A Sustainable Way
    to Make Drinking Straws

    Life Without Plastic-1 billion plastic, petroleum-based, non-biodegradable straws are used every day worldwide.

    These bamboo drinking straws are a fun and eco-friendly alternative to plastic that can be used with any beverage. The straws are made from real whole bamboo stalks – nothing re-compressed or processed. They are washable and reusable. Use a jar of warm water with soap to shake them clean, or clean with a pipe cleaner.

    A purchase of bamboo straws is a vote for sustainable materials. The straws come packaged in a bag that is made from plants that is compostable in commercial facilities, with a tag made from paper. Each straw is 10 inches in length. The straws can last for years and years when properly cared for.

  • • The Biodiversity Heritage Library
    The Biodiversity Heritage Library

    Feb. 5, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE)—The world’s “largest open-access digital library for biodiversity literature and archives” has made 55 million pages of literature and at least 150,000 illustrations open for the public to enjoy.

    Do you like life, science, cool art, or all three? Then the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BIH) has a treat for you. The BIH pools together diagrams, sketches, studies, and data pertaining to life on Earth from hundreds of thousands of journals and libraries, some of them from as far back as the 15th century. You can see it all, and download it all, without paying a dime.

  • • Something Good Out of Plastic Waste
    Turning Plastic Waste Into Green Energy

    Oct. 15, 2018,(The Conversation) -In the adventure classic Back to the Future, Emmett “Doc” Brown uses energy generated from rubbish to power his DeLorean time machine. But while a time machine may still be some way off, the prospect of using rubbish for fuel isn’t too far from reality. Plastics, in particular, contain mainly carbon and hydrogen, with similar energy content to conventional fuels such as diesel.

    Plastics are among the most valuable waste materials – although with the way people discard them, you probably wouldn’t know it. It’s possible to convert all plastics directly into useful forms of energy and chemicals for industry, using a process called “cold plasma pyrolysis”.

  • • France Really Wants to Go Green
    France Passes Green Rooftop Law

    March 31, 2020,(AENews) -France keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have a huge environmental impact in urban centers.

    Every new commercial building in France must meet a new building requirement; the roof must be at least partially covered in either solar panels or plants. Environmental activists had originally called for all for all rooftops to be 100% green, but the Government limited the scope of the law to include commercial buildings only. In an effort to make it less onerous for businesses, the rooftops will also only have to be partially green. But better than nothing!

  • • The Disney Conservation Fund
    Protecting The Magic
    of Nature Together

    -Disney Conservation is committed to saving wildlife and building a global community inspired to protect the magic of nature together. Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed $100 million to support nonprofit organizations working with communities to save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet.

    Disney Conservation Team Wildlife leads best-in-class scientific programs to conserve wildlife in Disney’s backyard and beyond, connects people to build a network for nature, and cares for the planet through everyday actions.

  • • Thirst For Power: Watch the Documentary
    Thirst For Power: - The Documentary

    — Shown at several environmentally-focused film festivals in 2019.

    Water and energy are the two fundamental components of a society, and they areinterconnected. Thirst for Power, shot on location across France, California, and Texas, explores the history of civilization’s quest to procure abundant water and energy — from ancient Roman aqueducts in Europe to modern America’s vast hydroelectric infrastructure. The film explores our dependence on water for energy as well as vulnerabilities in our current systems. Changing the way we think about water and energy can secure the long-term sustainability of both precious resources.

    The documentary is adapted from Dr. Michael E. Webber’s book Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival. Combining anecdotes and personal stories with insights into the latest science of energy and water, both the book and the documentary identify a hopeful path toward wise long-range water-energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity.

  • • Lab Grown Meat - Good or Bad Thing?
    Critical Questions on Laboratory-
    Created Animal Product Alternatives

    -Most recently, significant investment has been made in the research and development of non-plant based products in an attempt to mimic animal-based products, ranging from animal tissue grown from animal cell cultures with animal serum, to proteins produced by genetically engineered algae and yeast.

    The makers of this new wave of products claim to minimize the environmental impact of industrial factory farming by replacing animal products with synthetic products; but these engineered substances may also be resource intensive in their use of energy and water, as well as using feedstocks, like sugar and methane, and chemicals. The new animal replacement products are being marketed or promoted as “clean meat,” “animal-free,”“plant-based” or “climate-friendly,” but with questionable substantiation.

    Click now to learn more on this
    subject from Friends of the Earth.

  • • Yes, It's Cricket to Eat Insects
    A Sustainable Method
    to Get Your Protein

    (EXO)- They make nutrient-dense real food bars, combining cricket flour protein, minimally processed. A healthful snack for pre or post exercise.

    Click now learn more, and
    maybe get some for yourself.
  • • Five Zero-Waste Cities?
    Cities Working Towards Zero Waste

    Oct. 12, 2019  (TIME)- Communities around the country are looking to recover the lost value in their waste streams. This is not limited to paper and plastics, but rather a comprehensive analysis of the most prominent landfill-bound items (including food waste and other organic materials). By implementing initiatives such as landfill bans, source separation incentives, and mandatory composting, these cities have been able to impact their waste diversion rates.

  • • The ™Apeel of Working With Nature
    Technology by nature

    Apeel Sciences- We’ve finally arrived at a new frontier where we can use natural materials and design principles to produce food in a way that works with nature — rather than against it. And it turns out, plants provide all the ingredients we need to keep produce at its best from vine to kitchen. Watch how Apeel keeps produce fresh at ambient temperatures.

    Click now to learn how your
    vegetables can have more appeal.

  • • The World’s Most Environment Friendly Airports
    The World’s Most
    Environmentally Friendly Airports

    Airport Technology -Airports are going green in response to increasing pressure regarding the aviation industry’s environmental impact. We locate the world’s most environmentally friendly airports and find out what elements of their design help them to offset carbon emissions.

    The aviation sector is facing increasing pressure to clean up its act when it comes to climate change, but gas-guzzling airplanes aren’t the only culprits. As airports expand, so too does their carbon footprint, with more energy required to power new terminals, ground transport vehicles and the creation of infrastructure. Building capacity for additional aircraft can also create a backlash amongst environmentalists – see, for example, the frenzy over a potential third runway at the UK’s Heathrow Airport.

  • • Reduce Your Lawn and Plant Native Species
    The Importance of Lawn Reduction

    National Wildlife Federation (NWF) -Traditional American landscaping focuses on maintaining a manicured green lawn. However, native trees, shrubs, ground cover, prairie or meadow patches, flower beds, and attractively mulched areas are better environmental choices, for people and wildlife

  • • Dubai: The Improbable Green City
    The World's Most
    Improbable Green City

    April 4, 2017 - To plunge headlong into the audacity of Dubai—the sprawling efflorescence of concrete, glass, and steel that has sprung up over the past three decades on the scorched sands of Arabia—you could start by going skiing.

    Smack in the middle of the flat city, the slope looks like a silver spaceship impaled in the ground floor of the Mall of the Emirates. Inside, you can window-shop at Prada, Dior, and Alexander McQueen before pushing through the glass doors of Ski Dubai. Passing a mural of the Alps, you zip up your parka, pull on your gloves. You begin to marvel then at what air-conditioning can do, when pushed to its limits.

    Click for a story you
    won't want to miss.

  • • Attainable Sustainable is Maintainable
    Self-reliance at Home

    The whole idea behind this site it that sustainability at some level is within our reach. Sure, we’ll all still have to buy things at the grocery store. And maybe some aspects of living a more self-reliant lifestyle just aren’t your cup of tea. But look around your home or your office. There’s so much room for improvement. And that’s what brought this website’s creators here.

  • • The World Needs More Toilets -But?
    The World Needs Toilets
    That Don't Need Flushing

    Mar. 21, 2017 - The invention of the flush toilet, or water closet, in 1596 ended open defecation and transferred excreta outside of homes for the first time. This was certainly a good thing in the short term, but today the flush toilet probably stands as one of the most unsustainable innovations in human history.

  • • Save the Earth - Cut Food Waste
    9 Food Waste Solutions That Are
    Basically Habits to Save the Earth

    Nov. 22, 2018 -The food waste problem has been in existence ever since technology allows us to produce more food than we actually need; and like many other environmental issues, it can’t be solved until every one of us gets involved.

    However, while the bad news is that we have created a real problem, the good news is it’s totally solvable and preventable with minimal efforts from the end consumers.

    Click to examine the
    facts from Greener Ideal.

  • • Energy Genrating Bacteria
    Bacteria Fed Synthetic
    Iron-containing Molecules
    Become Electrical Generators

    Feb. 9, 2017 -The bacterial world is rife with unusual talents, among them a knack for producing electricity. In the wild, 'electrogenic' bacteria generate current as part of their metabolism, and now researchers have found a way to confer that ability upon non-electrogenic bacteria. This technique could have applications for sustainable electricity generation and wastewater treatment.

  • • Not a House - But a Waternest
    The WaterNest: An
    Eco-Friendly Floating House

    April 2016 -Designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit.

    The 100 square meter residential units are made of up to 98% recycled materials; including the laminate timber and aluminum hull. Skylights, balconies and large windows encircle the dwelling, allowing for efficient lighting and beautiful waterfront views. . 60 sqm of photovoltaic panels embedded in the rooftop provide up to 4 kWp of internal electricity…

  • • Making Bathrooms Environmentally-Friendly
    Environmentally-Friendly Bathrooms

    Greener Ideal, Dec. 1 2018 -The bathroom is probably the most overlooked area of an eco-conscious home. The simplest measures can go a long way to reducing both water and energy wastage in the bathroom.

    Covered in this story:
    Shower over Bath
    Improve the Shower Head
    Flick the Lights
    Automatic Faucets
    Flushed Out
    Alternative Heat

  • • Utilities That Really Serve the Public
    What If Your Electric Utility
    Was a Benefit Corporation?

    Feb. 14, 2017 -In 2014, one electric utility in Vermont shuffled away from historic investor-owned electric utility trends. Green Mountain Power transformed itself into a B Corp, a designation that cements its commitment to sustainability, transparency and accountability. The certification, administered by nonprofit B Lab, mirrors legislation in most states allowing businesses to become “benefit corporations” that uphold similar goals.

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  • • The Environmental Benefits pf Walkable Cities
    The Can Benefit the Environment,
    the Economy, and Your Health

    July 8, 2021 (Climate Reality Project) - Imagine this: working, eating, learning, shopping, and relaxing all without ever having to sit behind a wheel of a car.

    For those living in many American cities, a walkable neighborhood like this seems out of reach. However, for city dwellers residing in Europe or Asia, strolling from place to place is a way of life. Why is that the case?

    The term “walkability” means exactly what it sounds like: how easy it is to travel around a neighborhood on your own two feet. Walk Score, a website that rates and ranks the walkability of cities, reports that 141 cities in the United States have an average score of 48 out of 100. On the other side of the world, 95% of Chinese cities achieved a Walk Score of 60 points or above.

  • • Vertical Gardens Can Help Reduce Our Stress Levels
    More Reasons to Be Around
    Nature As Much As We Can

    July 8, 2021 (ZME Science) -Vertical gardens set up on the exterior of buildings can reduce some of the stress levels caused by living in big cities, according to a new study. Researchers used virtual reality in over 100 people and found the vertical greenery has a stress-buffering effect.

    Rapid urbanization has been associated with decreased nature exposure and increased environmental stressors like traffic noise and pollution. Considering that nature can combat stress and promote wellbeing, there have been tremendous interests and collective efforts across the globe to increase green space, with examples ranging from Europe to China.

  • • The Most Sustainable Foods – From Seaweed to Venison
    Eating this Food to Save the World

    June 29, 2021 (The Guardian) -Was ever a word so misused as “sustainable”? “Healthy” comes close, and indeed the two are often bandied around together, in trite “good for you, good for the planet” taglines that often appear on foods which are anything but.

    The question of what we should eat to help combat climate change and environmental degradation has never been more important – nor so confusing. In July, the government will publish its National Food Strategy, based on a year-long independent review, which should shed some light on the matter. In the meantime, there are some foods which, with caveats, you can scoff with a clear conscience.

  • • Microbes and Solar Energy Could Make Make Foods Sustainable
    Microbes Could Produce 10 Times
    More Food than Plants, Researchers Find.

    June 23, 2021 (ZME Science) -Population growth and changes in the world’s dietary patterns are placing more and more stress on the environment. This means have to find new ways to feed the world without destroying the environment — and we have to do so sooner rather than later.

    For a team of researchers, a possible solution lies in microbial biomass cultivated to yield protein-rich feed and food supplements.

  • • Benefits of Restoring Land Around Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
    It Would Free Up Millions of Acres
    of Forests, Farmlands and Grasslands

    June 8, 2021 (THE CONVERSATION)-President Biden’s infrastructure plan proposes to spend US$16 billion plugging old oil and gas wells and cleaning up abandoned mines. But there’s no authoritative measure of how many of these sites exist across the nation.

    A recent study sought to account for every oil and gas well site in the lower 48 states that was eligible for restoration – meaning that the well no longer was producing oil or gas, and there were no other active wells using that site. More than 430,000 old well sites, with associated infrastructure such as access roads, storage areas and fluid tanks.

  • • Plant-Based Leather Bags
    Leather's Version of the Impossible

    June 4, 2021 (INHABITAT), -Leather is at the top of the toxic list when it comes to manufacturing practices for textiles. Plus, traditional leather is not an acceptable option for animal-lovers. Synthetic leather alternatives have not been particularly Earth-friendly, either. Miomojo, a premier Italian fashion brand, set out to change all that with vegan leather bags made from sustainable and natural materials.

    The article includes a slideshow.

  • • Sustainabile Swimwear Is Here
    The Goal: Produce High-Quality
    Swimwear that is Kind to the Planet
    and to the People Who Wear it

    (INHABITAT), June 3, 2021 - Called the Feminine Energy Collection, the entire process puts sustainability at the forefront of every decision. Where many fashion manufacturers pollute with dyes, MOMMA uses options that are non-toxic and OEKO-TEX certified. For shipping, the company wraps swimsuits in biodegradable plastic. The tissue and even the stickers are recyclable.

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  • • How Would You Like That House Printed?
    3D Printing: The Next
    Big Thing in Sustainable Housing

    June 2, 2021 (greener ideal), -Unbeknownst to many, this relatively new technology is slowly changing the face of construction. You may have heard how 3D printing has been used in several fields, including the healthcare and manufacturing industries. However, it is now making a foray into the construction industry.

    3D printing is putting a new face to buildings as we see them. It has been touted as a game-changer as far as affordable and sustainable housing is concerned.

    Picture this: How about having your house built in as little as two days instead of the endless weeks or months that come with traditional building techniques. And it is not just any house but a modern and contemporary one for a lot less money. All it takes is simply selecting a design and pushing print.

  • • Why Your Grass Shouldn’t Always Be Greener
    There's a Brilliance to Brown Lawns

    (The Guardian), June 2, 2021 - Watering a lawn can use as much water in an hour as a person uses in a week. With the climate heating, England could face water shortages in as few as 25 years. Not spraying away hundreds of litres of the stuff on your lawn seems like a fantastic place to start.

    You could let your lawn grow out a little. Even slightly longer grass is terrific for pollinators, plant diversity and absorbing greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, if you disturb your grass by mowing it, you are wildly increasing the likelihood of pest and weed invasions.

  • • Sunscreen is the Enemy of Corals
    We're Inching Closer to a Remedy

    (ZME Science), May 28, 2021 -New research is paving the way towards new, more efficient sunscreen — one that won’t damage corals, to boot.

    Most commercially available brands of sunscreen sold today (around 80%) use oxybenzone to block UV rays. However, we know that oxybenzone is quite damaging to coral reefs, and several local and national governments have already banned its use and that of its derivatives in order to protect marine ecosystems. Which is all well and good, but it also means that we need a replacement.

  • • Berlin Lawmakers Get a New Green Workspace
    This Coincides With the
    Rise of Eco-politics in Europe

    May 31, 2021 (Bloomberg CityLab), -On a site steeped in history a few hundred meters from the Reichstag in central Berlin, an office building is rapidly taking shape that handily symbolizes how climate protection has come to dominate the political narrative ahead of September’s election.

    The modular Luisenblock West, which will provide working space for Germany’s Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, is mostly wooden beyond a reinforced concrete core. The individual units that make up the bulk of the building are assembled at a site in the east of the city and designed to reduce carbon footprint by capturing thousands of tons of carbon dioxide.

  • • Spending 0.1% of Global GDP Would Avoid Ecosystems Collapse
    It's a Small Price to
    Pay to Protect Nature

    (ZME Science), May 28, 2021 -Tackling the interlinked climate, biodiversity, and land degradation crises requires the world to quadruple its annual investment in nature conservation, according to a UN report. This would mean spending 0.1% of the global GDP every year to restore forests, manage pollution, and protect natural areas and ecosystem services.

    The State of Finance for Nature report, produced by the UN Environment Program (UNEP), the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative (ELD), found that a total investment of $8.1 trillion was required between now and 2050 to maintain the natural habitants that are vital to human civilization.

  • • Fakin' That Bacon With Seaweed
    A Side of Crisp Seaweed

    May 18, 2021(National Geographic), - Aquaculturists in Oregon are developing a specialty food industry centered on a marine alga that’s been called “the most productive protein source on Earth,” “the superfood of the future,” and—intriguing to many people—“bacon of the sea.”

    Dulse (rhymes with “pulse”) is a seaweed found in the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Northern Europeans have eaten it for centuries; most Americans haven’t tried it or even heard of it.

    Oregon State University researchers patented a strain that can be grown in tanks on land using only seawater and sunlight—all while absorbing carbon dioxide in the course of photosynthesis. As a food product, dulse’s benefits are several. It grows rapidly. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and protein.

  • • The FarmBot is Here
    Open-source Robots Can Now
    Grow a Small Farm For You

    May 12, 2021 (ZME Science) -If you’ve always wanted to grow your own fruits and veggies but could never quite make the time for it — technology is here to rescue you.

    At first glance, technology and farming don’t go hand in hand, but that’s old school thinking. In this day and age, technology and farming are a perfect match. With cheap sensors, simple phone apps, and available equipment, you can build your very own farming robot.

  • • Informing Sustainable Development
    Reported by the Electric
    Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    May 11, 2021 (Energy Central) -Building on over a decade of sustainability research, the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI’s) Strategic Sustainability Science Programhelps integrate a sustainability mindset throughout electric power companies to enable a more sustainable economy throughout the communities they serve.

    The program focuses on developing tools and resources that serve as the tactical building blocks of a sustainability strategy and driving engagement with other corporate departments and stakeholder organizations.

  • • Conservation Efforts Can Help Forests Regrow Naturally
    Overall Though, Deforestation Rates Remain High Throughout the World.

    May 11, 2021 (ZME Science) -With millions of hectares of forest disappearing every year, conservationists are putting a larger emphasis on forest regeneration – an approach through which natural forests are allowed or encouraged to recover under their own steam.

    The efforts seem to be paying off. Almost 59 million hectares of forests have already grown back worldwide since 2000, according to a new study — an area larger than the surface of Spain. The regrown forest area is estimated to store almost 5.9 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is good news amid the global climate crisis.

  • • Air Conditioners Could Be a New Water Source
    Companies and Cities Reusing
    the Condensation From Air
    Conditioners to Water Plants,
    Flush Toilets and More

    May 11, 2021 (Bloomberg CityLab), -In the coastal city of Herzliya, Israel, not far from parched mountains and box canyons of the Negev Desert, air conditioners cool 46,000 square meters of glassy Microsoft Corp. office space.

    Like any air conditioning system, this one produces a byproduct: water. But instead of draining this water, called condensate, Microsoft reuses it to irrigate the campus’s landscaping and help cool the building. The tech giant uses similar systems in its offices in Twycross, U.K., and Hyderabad, India.

  • • How Operas Are Going Green
    Some Houses Have Found
    Ways to Make Their Spaces
    More Environmentally Sustainable

    May 10, 2021 (National Geographic) -The coronavirus pandemic has challenged day-to-day norms in the opera industry. But while addressing those challenges, some houses have found new ways to tackle another crisis with potentially broader implications: climate change.

    One of them is La Scala, in Milan, which will install solar panels on the roof of its new office tower in December 2022 while further digitizing operations to cut back on an estimated 10 tons of paper per year. The house has reduced carbon emissions by over 630 tons since 2010 through a partnership with the energy company , which has been illuminating the theater since 1883 and now provides LED bulbs and smart lighting.

  • • The New Menu at Eleven Madison Park Will Be Meatless
    The NY Restaurant Will Cut Out
    Meat and Seafood When it Reopens

    May 3, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward) -Last summer, the chef Daniel Humm made a promise to himself. If he was going to reopen Eleven Madison Park, the Manhattan restaurant that has been called the best in the world, he was not going to return to importing caviar and braising celery root in pigs’ bladders.

    On Monday, Mr. Humm announced that his restaurant, closed since last March by the pandemic, would reopen with a plant-based menu. It marks a striking departure for one of the most lavishly praised American restaurants of the past 20 years.

  • • 9 Sustainable Travel Alternatives
    Reducing Your Travel
    Environmental Footprint

    Apr. 28, 2021 (greener ideal) -More and more people are aware of the impact of their choices on the environment. And the easiest and best solution for reversing climate change is to adopt habits that are Eco-friendlier and more sustainable.

  • • The Greenest Destination In New York City
    It's Brooklyn Bridge Park

    Apr. 27, 2021 (AENews)-New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge Park is getting even greener with the addition of a solar powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station – the first of its kind in New York City. Brooklyn Bridge Park has already added a number of green areas with lush grass, making it a great spot for both locals and tourists to enjoy the fabulous view of Manhattan and this EV charging station is the latest and unique green energy addition. The station will likely reduce the carbon emission inside the park to a great extent.

  • • Must Trees be Used to Make Paper?
    There Are Alternatives

    Apr. 26, 2021 (THE CONVERSATION)-Paper is an important part of modern life. People use it in school, at work, to make artwork and books, to wrap presents and much more.

    Trees are the most common ingredient for paper these days, but people have been taking notes and creating artworks for a very long time using lots of other kinds of surfaces and materials.

  • • Can Veganism Save the Planet?
    Yes, But It Will Need a Little Help

    Apr. 25, 2021 (The Guardian)-The UK business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, is considering a “full vegan diet” to help tackle climate change, saying people will need to make lifestyle changes if the government is to meet its new emissions target of a 78% reduction on 1990 levels by 2035.

    But how much difference would it make if everyone turned to a plant-based diet? Experts say changing the way we eat is necessary for the future of the planet but that government policy is needed alongside this. If politicians are serious about wanting dietary changes, they also need to incentivise it, scientists and writers add.

  • • Turning an Industrial Site Into a Thriving, Green Community
    ZIBI Is the Masterplanned
    Community to Get it Done

    Apr. 22, 2021 (INHABITAT), -One town square in Ottawa is transforming its industrial beginnings into a new, green future. This square, part of a larger, masterplanned community called Zibi, will become a mixed-use development offering both residential and commercial spaces, a huge change from the centuries-old industrial past that has been a hallmark of the area.

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  • • Fully Charged - The Sustainable City
    Lessons from The Sustainable
    City in Dubai

    Apr. 20, 2021 (greener ideal), -Building sustainable cities -an 18-minute video you are sure to appreciate.

  • • 8 Simple Sustainability Tips for Millennials
    Millenials - a Key Element in Our Society

    Apr 15, 2021 (greener ideal)-Millennials are arguably the most globally-aware generation ever.

    20- to 30-somethings are plugged into the news, opinions, and cultural movements that affect people from across the planet through social media in ways that we’ve never seen before.

    They can clearly see the consequences of bad business practices, oppressive governments, and terrorist agendas, making them more emotional and vocal about many issues, including environmental causes.

  • • Fins Would Pay More for Sustainably Produced Food
    Time to Say Goodbye to Mono-cultures
    and Encourage Crop Diversification

    Apr. 14, 2021 (ZME Science) -If the environment isn’t being polluted and soils aren’t being damaged in its production, consumers in Finland would be OK to pay extra for food, according to a new study. Researchers found that 79% of households there are willing to pay extra for food produced using cropping diversification and other sustainable agricultural practices.

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  • • 6 Vegetable Planting Tips for Beginners
    Information Worth Knowing

    Apr. 10, 2021 (greener ideal) -To learn what they are, click now.

  • • How a Tiny Grain Could Change the Way Humanity Eats
    Call It the Rice of the Sea

    Apr. 9, 2021 (The Guardian),Growing up in southern Spain, Ángel León paid little attention to the meadows of seagrass that fringed the turquoise waters near his home, their slender blades grazing him as he swam in the Bay of Cádiz.

    It was only decades later – as he was fast becoming known as one of the country’s most innovative chefs – that he noticed something he had missed in previous encounters with Zostera marina: a clutch of tiny green grains clinging to the base of the eelgrass.

  • • Flushing Out Hope in an Unexpected Place: The Toilet
    A New Book Shows How Reimagined
    Toilets Will Allow Humans to Use Pee
    and Poop as Natural Resources

    Apr. 6, 2021 (Science News) -Everyone poops. But not everyone has a safe, sanitary place to do it. What’s more, existing wastewater treatments consume tons of water and energy while flushing away materials that could make fertilizers, fuels and other products.

    “We can do better,” science journalist Chelsea Wald writes in Pipe Dreams, which recounts how scientists, entrepreneurs and activists are coming up with creative ways to make bathrooms more available and sustainable.

  • • Living the Life in a Waternest
    The Eco-Friendlt Floating Home

    Apr. 2, 2021 (AENews)-Designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit.

    The 100 square meter residential units are made of up to 98% recycled materials; including the laminate timber and aluminum hull. Skylights, balconies and large windows encircle the dwelling, allowing for efficient lighting and beautiful waterfront views. 60 sqm of photovoltaic panels embedded in the rooftop provide up to 4 kWp of internal electricity.

    A sophisticated system of natural micro-ventilation and air conditioning classifies it as a low-consumption residential habitat. Scroll down for more photos.

    The article contains beautiful images and graphs.

  • • Greenhouse Plants Grow Just Fine
    With Semi-Transparent Solar Cells
    Solar cells and Greenhouses Work
    Better than Researchers Thought

    Mar. 23, 2021 (ZME Science) -Greenhouse farming could soon become much more climate-friendly thanks to the use of solar cells to obtain electricity to regulate temperature. A new study found that greenhouses equipped with renewable energy can generate clean electricity without affecting the growth or health of the plants inside, opening the way for a new type of greenhouse.

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  • • Can We Turn the Sanai Desert Green?
    Our Biggest Challenge?
    Lack of Imagination

    Mar. 23, 2021 (The Guardian) -Flying into Egypt in early February to make the most important presentation of his life, Ties van der Hoeven prepared by listening to the podcast 13 Minutes To The Moon – the story of how Nasa accomplished the lunar landings. The mission he was discussing with the Egyptian government was more earthbound in nature, but every bit as ambitious. It could even represent a giant leap for mankind.

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  • • There's a Simple Way to Make Our Cities Greener
    That Wrecking Ball
    Mustn't Always be the Answer

    Mar. 20, 2021 (The Guardian) -This week the highest honor in the architecture world was awarded to a pair of Parisian designers better known for revitalizing existing buildings than creating new ones.

    The Pritzker Prize, which includes a $100,000 jackpot, went to Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, whose most impressive projects – the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, upgrading three social housing blocks in Bordeaux, and the extension of a Dunkirk warehouse to form an arts complex – are all refurbishments..

  • • Climate Rise
    Virtual Rally for
    Solidarity and Sustainability

    Mar. 15, 2021 (Climate Ride) -Welcome to the 2021 edition of our inclusive virtual event! Let's rise together for our local communities by harnessing the creativity and kindness of the Climate Ride community. Join Climate Rise, the virtual rally for our planet!

    Show your solidarity with our fellow humans and nonprofits by taking on your own unique and creative challenge in April. You can celebrate Earth Day with a planet-loving project like cleaning up a local trailhead or challenge yourself to ride, run, bake, or learn a new song! Take a day to walk a hundred laps around your garden or spend a week volunteering – the challenge is up to you! Use it to raise funds and get the word out that the climate crisis is on-going and the need for action is more urgent than ever.

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  • • Turning Cheap Plastics into Sustainable Fabrics
    We Need as Many Ways to
    Rid Ourselves of Plastic as Possible

    Mar. 15, 2021 (ZME Science) -Every year, the textile industry produces 62 million tons of fabrics. It’s one of the most polluting industries on Earth, second only to the oil and gas industry, using massive amounts of water and generating a lot of waste in the process. But it could become a bit more sustainable by incorporating plastic and using it as fabrics.

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  • • DOE Releases Intent for Sustainable
    Transportation Tech Funding
    Part of the Sane Environmental
    Policies of the New Administration

    Mar. 12, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has shared that it has three funding opportunities for sustainable transportation technologies coming this spring.

    These funding opportunities are looking for innovative research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) in the pursuit of technologies that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the highest source of emission in the United Stated: the transportation sector.

  • • Making Our Tires More Sustainable
    Could Rubber From
    Dandelions Do the Trick?

    Mar. 10, 2021 (Deutsche Welle) -In 1931, Soviet scientists were on the hunt for a natural source of rubber that would help the USSR become self-sufficient in key materials.

    They scoured the vast and various territories of the Soviet Union and tested over 1,000 different species looking for an alternative to the South American rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensi. Eventually, on the steppes of Kazakhstan, they found one.

    By 1941, the Russian dandelion, Taraxacum koksaghyz, supplied 30% of the USSR's rubber. During the Second World War, shortages of Havea rubber prompted other countries, including the United States, Britain and Germany, to begin cultivating dandelion rubber.

  • • The Food Sector's Climate Footprint
    Our Food Habits
    are Largely Unsustainable

    Mar. 10, 2021 (ZME Science) -From its production to its consumption, the food we eat is one of the biggest contributors to the climate crisis, a new study has shown. Researchers in Europe have found that more than a third (34%) of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions are generated by food systems – mainly because of deforestation, fertilizer use, distribution, and waste.

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  • • More than 900,000 Tons of Food are Thrown Away Every Year
    This Could Curb Global Deforestation

    Mar. 5, 2021 (ZME Science) -Between food wasted in homes, restaurants, and shops, 17% of all food is dumped every year, reaching over 900,000 tons, according to a UN report. But the real scale of the problem could be even larger, as some food is also lost on farms and supply chains – indicating that overall a third of the food produced never ends up on our plates.

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  • • Wood Can Now Be Lab-Grown
    This Could Curb Global Deforestation

    Mar. 5, 2021 (ZME Science) -You’ve probably heard about lab-grown meat, sparing animals from slaughter, and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Well, it turns out this isn’t the only thing researchers are trying to recreate at a laboratory. A team at MIT in the United States is already working on “growing” wood without relying on sunlight or even soil.

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  • • Cactus Pear: Drought-Tolerant
    Crop for Sustainable Fuel and Food
    Could It Become a Major Crop
    Like Soybeans and Corn and Help
    Provide a Biofuel Source, and
    a Sustainable Food and Forage Crop?

    Mar. 5, 2021 (ENN Network) -According to a recently published study, researchers believe the plant, with its high heat tolerance and low water use, may be able to provide fuel and food in places that previously haven’t been able to grow much in the way of sustainable crops.

    Global climate change models predict that long-term drought events will increase in duration and intensity, resulting in both higher temperatures and lower levels of available water. Many crops, such as rice, corn and soybeans, have an upper temperature limit, and other traditional crops, such as alfalfa, require more water than what might be available in the future.

  • • Sustainable Buildings Inspired By Nature
    There are 14 Examples in this Article

    Mar. 3, 2021 (Deutsche Welle) -Architects and designers have looked to nature for centuries — from Stonehenge to Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium. Known as biomimicry, the practice integrates sustainable natural solutions into our built environment.

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  • • Wild Boars Are Actually Helping Forest Biodiversity
    Some Forests Have Strong
    Allies in Wild Boars

    Mar. 3, 2021 (ZME Science) -Usually tagged as ecosystem destroyers, wild boars can actually help foster biodiverse rainforests in their native habitats, according to a new study. Researchers found that the wild boars in Malaysian rainforests are critical to maintaining diverse and balanced tree communities – all thanks to the beneficial effects of the nesting practices of the boars.

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  • • The Meat Industry's Threat From Plant Based Equivelents
    When the Meat Industry
    Suffers, the Environment Wins
    -- and So Does Our Health.

    Feb. 25, 2021 (ZME Science) -There’s no denying that the first plant-based meat alternatives used to taste like cardboard. There’s no denying that some still do. But increasingly, meat alternatives are becoming tastier and meat-like.

    Consumers have reacted to this. A meatless burger may have sounded extreme a few years ago, but it’s not becoming more and more common — even among non-vegetarians.

  • • Using Food Waste to Produce Biofuels
    A Global Problem,
    Focused On Developed Countries

    Feb. 25, 2021 (ZME Science) -Developed countries (and the US especially) wastes an enormous amount of food. Now, a group of researchers has found a possible solution, developing technologies that can convert food waste into renewable fuel that could be used to power vehicles while tackling greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • • Technologies Poised to Change Food and the Planet
    Agriculture’s Impact on the
    Planet is Massive and Relentless.

    Feb. 20, 2021 (ZME Science) - Roughly 40 per cent of the Earth’s suitable land surface is used for cropland and grazing. The number of domestic animals far outweighs remaining wild populations. Every day, more primary forest falls against a tide of crops and pasture and each year an area as large as the United Kingdom is lost. If humanity is to have a hope of addressing climate change, we must reimagine farming.

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  • • A Futuristic Solar-Powered Oasis
    The Hyperloop Desert Campus

    Feb. 22, 2021 ( INHABITAT ) -Begum Aydinoglu of Pada Labs, Mariana Custodio Dos Santos and Juan Carlos Naranjo have been recognized among the 30 finalist teams for their Hyperloop Desert Campusdesign, a competition entry for a futuristic Hyperloop test center in last summer’s Young Architects Competitions (YAC).

    The competition brief challenged designers to create an eye-catching building in the Mojave Desert in Nevada that would not only help advance one of the most futuristic means of transit but also serve as a “sanctuary of science.” In response, the trio of designers created a visually striking proposal that focuses on resilience in terms of environmental sustainability, future-proofing and knowledge sharing.

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  • • Is a World Without Trash Possible?
    A Circular Economy Would Do the Trick

    Feb. `18, 2021 (National Geographic),by Robert Kunzig -In Amsterdam I met a man who revealed to me the hidden currents of our lives—the massive flows of raw materials and products deployed, to such wonderful and damaging effect, by 7.7 billion humans. Our shared metabolism, you might say. It was a crisp fall morning, and I was sitting in a magnificent old brick pile on the Oosterpark, a palace of curved corridors and grand staircases and useless turrets.

    A century ago, when the Dutch were still extracting coffee, oil, and rubber from their colony in Indonesia, this building had been erected as a colonial research institute. Now it houses assorted do-gooder organizations. The one Marc de Wit works for is called Circle Economy, and it’s part of a buzzing international movement that aims to reform how we’ve done just about everything for the past two centuries—since the rise of the steam engine, “if you need to pinpoint a time,” de Wit said.

  • • Sustainable O utdoor Architecture
    Green Spaces Galore!

    Feb. 18, 2021 ( INHABITAT ) -Slideshows tell stories about what can be done with those beautiful designs.

  • • Coca Cola's Recycled Plastic Bottle Rollout
    The Bottles Will Cut the Soda Giant’s
    Use of New Plastic By More than 20%

    Feb. 9, 2021 (The Hill) - The soda giant, which is considered one of the world’s top plastic polluters, on Tuesday announced it will be rolling out a new 13.2-ounce bottle made from 100% recycled plastic material starting this month in select states in the Northeast, Florida and California, before launching nationwide over the summer.

  • • Sweden is Taking Back Parking Spaces To Improve Urban Living
    An Experiment With the
    ‘One-Minute City’ Gives
    Priority to Pedestrians and Cyclists

    Feb. 8, 2021 (The Guardian) -It was a couple of parking spaces a few days ago. But now the area outside Malin Henriksson Talcoth’s gourmet sausage shop in Gothenburg has a bench, a picnic table and racks for cycles and e-scooters. It also has people talking, eating and enjoying themselves. Let's not let subzero temperatures stand in the way.

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  • • A LEED Gold-targeted Office
    This Office Will
    Enhance Worker Wellbeing

    Feb. 5, 2021 (INHABITAT)- Milan-based firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel (ACPV) has unveiled plans for the sustainable renovation of energy company Enel’s historic Rome headquarters. Guided by innovative and sustainable principles, the redesign will cover a total surface area of approximately 80,000 square meters and infuse workspaces with natural light and greenery to enhance workers’ physical and mental health. The modern, light-filled offices will follow bioclimatic and biophilic principles with the goal of achieving both the LEED and WELL certifications at Gold level.

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  • • How Would You Like Your House Printed?
    The First 3D Printed House
    in the US is Now Officially on Sale

    Jan. 29, 2021 (ZME Science)-A company has listed what is reported to be the first 3D printed house in the United States. The property, built by SQ4D and located in Long Island, New York, has received a certificate of occupancy and is already listed on MLS for sale as new construction for $299,999 – which the company claims is 50% cheaper than regular new homes in the area.

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  • • The Golden Rules of Reforestation
    Can We Follow Them?

    Jan. 26, 2021 (ZME Science)- A group of UK scientists has set out ten “golden rules” for reforestation, in response to some counterproductive large-scale tree-planting schemes. The list shows how forests can be restored with the triple benefit of maximizing carbon capture, recovering ecosystems, and helping people’s livelihoods.

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  • • Fashion Trends Are Often Recycled
    Now More Clothing Can Be, Too

    Jan. 26, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward)- This article is part of our new series, Currents, which examines how rapid advances in technology are transforming our lives.

    Sustainability in the fashion industry was once the focus of only a handful of designers like Stella McCartney and outdoor gear companies such as Patagonia.

  • • Composting Humans (Not What You Think)
    First Human-Composting Funeral Home
    in the U.S., is Now Open for Business

    Jan. 24, 2021 (The Columbian)-Somewhere in Kent, Washington, tucked anonymously into acres of warehouses and light-industrial workshops, the first full-service human-composting funeral home in the United States is operational.

    After nearly a decade of planning, research and fundraising — not to mention a successful campaign to change state law — Recompose is finally converting people into soil.

    Outside, the entrance to Recompose looks like most of its neighbors — just another unit in a tall, almost block-sized building with plain metal siding and big, roll-up warehouse doors. But inside, it feels like an environmentalist’s version of a sleek, futuristic spaceship: spare, calm, utilitarian, with silvery ductwork above, a few soil-working tools (shovels, rakes, pitchforks) on racks, bags of tightly packaged straw neatly stacked on shelves, fern-green walls, potted plants of various sizes.

  • • Award-Winning Home With
    Stunning Views From an Old Water Tow er
    That Water Tower Was Built
    Over 100 Years Ago

    Jan. 22, 2021(INHABITAT),-Seven years after purchasing the water tower next to their childhood home, cousins Ruud Visser and Fumi Hoshino of RV Architectuur have successfully transformed the century-old structure in Nieuw Lekkerland into a stunning home for their families.

    Built on a relatively modest budget by their own hands, the adaptive reuse project has also been awarded the Dutch Watertowerprize 2020, an annual award that honors the owners of the best transformed water tower. The transformed tower now houses a shared double-height garden as well as two dwellings on the top floors that overlook stunning views of the river De Lek and the Dutch polder landscape.

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  • • Grow Your Own Bike Helmet
    Mycelium Will Do the Trick

    Jan. 20, 2021(INHABITAT),-Designers are increasingly turning to alternatives to plastic, and one popular replacement comes from fungus. Experts are experimenting with mycelium for everything from construction materials to fashion and now sporting equipment, such as bicycle helmets. A new project allows the consumer to ‘Grow It Yourself’ to avoid plastic without sacrificing durability.

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  • • Gothenburg, Sweden Develops
    World’s First Zero-Emissions Zone
    Gothenburg Could Become One
    of the World’s Largest-Scale Testing
    Grounds For Zero-Emission Technologies

    Jan. 20, 2021(INHABITAT),-The Swedish city of Gothenburg is developing the world’s first large-scale zero-emissions city zone. In collaboration with Volvo Cars, Gothenburg’s Green City Zone initiative will be open to economic activities, allowing people to participate in businesses while supporting a sustainable environment.

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  • • A New Role For the Champs Élysées
    The Avenue Has Been Clogged With Tourists and Heavy Traffic

    Jan. 19, 2021(ZME Science)-The Champs-Élysées, one of the most famous avenues in Paris, is set to be given a full makeover to transform it into what Mayor Anne Hidalgo says will be an extraordinary garden. The project will cost over €250 million (USD300 million) and comes after years of complaints by Parisians over the growing crowds and noise pollution in the area.

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  • • Turning our Cities into Treetopias
    The Urban Forest of the Future

    Jan. 15, 2021(ZME Science)-The 21st century is the urban century. It has been forecast that urban areas across the world will have expanded by more than 2.5 billion people by 2050.

    The scale and speed of urbanization has created significant environmental and health problems for urban dwellers. These problems are often made worse by a lack of contact with the natural world.

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    the story and some beautiful images.
  • •  Your Daily Coffee Consumption Has a Big Climate Cost
    Here’s How to Rreduce it by 77%

    Jan. 7, 2021(ZME Science)-Coffee, our essential ally for many rough mornings, has a hidden environmental cost that is contributing to the world’s climate crisis, a new study showed. Still, there are plenty of ways to address this challenge that could bring coffee’s emissions down up to 77%, from shipping the beans with cargo ships to using more renewable energy in the process.

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  • • It's Veganuary: Start the New Year Off Right
    Here's How You Can Do Your
    Bit for the Planet this Month

    (ZME Science), Jan. 5, 2021, -It’s the start of the new year and you probably set yourself a list of goals to meet through the next 12 months, from doing more exercise to learning a new language. Veganuary, a global NGO, is encouraging people to take on a specific goal – adopting a plant-based lifestyle throughout the entire month of January.

    The organizers have been running the campaign since 2014, and the number of people that take on the challenge has kept on growing. So far, more than 440,000 from around the world have registered this year, breaking last year’s record of 400,000. Still, they predict even more people will join, likely reaching 500,000.

    The Vegan Society, a UK charity promoting a plant-based lifestyle, defines veganism as a “way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose”. This is mean it’s not just about diet, it’s a much broader concept that ties into different lifestyle choices.

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  • • Termites on the Menu
    Protecting South Africa’s Edible Insects

    (Deutsche Welle), Dec 30, 2020, -Standing underneath a big mango tree in Mopye, a village in north eastern South Africa, Martin Boima is snacking on crunchy dried termites. He’s been eating the insects, known locally as "makeke," since he was a little boy, coaxing them out of their mounds with long strips of grass and drying or frying them.

    Today he is handing out homemade termite protein bars, available in cheese or chocolate flavor, to an excited village crowd. It is part of a series of taste tests he is running through his new insect-based foods business.

    He is joined by Bronwyn Egan, a zoologist from the South African University of Limpopo, who shares his fascination for edible insects -on a culinary and an academic level. For the last two years, she has worked closely with Boima and other locals, collecting both their knowledge of nutritious critters, as well as actual specimens.

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  • • An Eco-conscious Urban Park Renovation
    The Sustainable Outdoors

    (INHABITAT), Dec. 24, 2020 - Community gathering spaces for indoor and outdoor use are central to the idea of shared land. As such, parks should be structured to maximize these benefits, though sometimes this comes at the cost of the surrounding landscape. However, the new Urban Park and Environmental Interpretation Center in construction for the Portuguese city of Oliveira de Azeméis offers over roughly 12 acres of public-use area designed with special consideration for the ecosystem.

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Organics Map
Campbell’s used a marketing spin to point out that seven out of the 10 cities are
(conveniently) located in cold-weather markets where hot organic soup will be in high
demand, but it’s also worth noting that half of the cities are listed among the richest cities
in America—a reminder that financial restrictions limit access to organic foods.

So did your city make the cut? Here are the top 10 most organic cities in America:

Portland, OR
San Francisco, CA
Providence, RI
Sacramento, CA
Minneapolis, MN
Boston, MA
Seattle, WA
Austin, TX
Philadelphia, PA
Washington, DC.
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5 Gyres

Did you know that in the past decade, more and more personal c• 5 Gyres Logoare products sold in around the world contain micro-plastic particles employed as exfoliants?

These tiny plastic beads are washed directly down the drain and into our water systems, where they harm our waterways and the animals that live there.


Reduce Your Junk Mail
Reclaim your mailbox! - Stop junk mail — the impact of 41pounds.org
stops your junk mail and catalogs — protecting the environment.

Junk mail wastes an incredible amount of natural resources and contributes to global warming.


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By 2020, Aruba's Smart Island Strategy will transition the island to 100% renewable energy, increase housing choices and neighborhood quality, strengthen social cohesion, reduce traffic congestion and improve mobility, reduce obesity and improve public health, improve water conservation, and diversify an expanding island economy.

Azotic Technologies

The future in sustainable nitrogen

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Azotic Technologies specialises in natural nitrogen which helps address the problem of nitrogen pollution.
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With approximately 700 brands of bottled water available in stores, it can be tempting for consumers to opt for packaged water instead of more environmentally-conscious choices.

Canon's Environment-friendly Approach

Read all about Canon's environmental activities through the product life-cycle:

Corporate Accountability International

Check out their 'Think Outside the Bottle' campaign, which will ween us off our destructve thirst for bottled water, when you can carry your own refillable container.
It's much cheaper for you, and far better for the environment

Davies & Company

A Comprehensive Website Created by a Consulting Forester to Provide Complete Forest and Forestry Information for Western Massachusetts and the World.


Dow Chemical

Sugar Cane
The company will produce plastics from sugar cane, rivaling the petrochemical producers. It is building the world's largest faclity employing this methodology in Brazil, where sugar cane has long been a source for bio fuels.

The project will begin with the construction of a 240-million-liter ethanol plant, a joint venture with Mitsui, that is set to begin later this year. By the beginning of next year, Dow will finish engineering plans for facilities that will convert that ethanol into hundreds of thousands of metric tons of polyethylene, the world's most widely used plastic.

Earth Action Network (EAN)

A non-profit, environmental/social justice organization dedicated to promoting the healing of our society and our planet. It was founded in 1989.

Earth Pledge

Earth Pledge
Promotes sustainable development by identifying and implementing innovative technologies that balance human and natural systems. delivering viable, replicable models to government, industry, and communities nationwide

Ecovative Mushroom Packaging

Ecovative Mushroom Packaging
Performs like foam -a high-performance alternative to molded or fabricated EPS, EPP, EPE and more.

Renewable, natural, home-compostable -delight your customers with environmentally responsible packaging.

Cost competitive  -healthy for the planet and your budget
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Environmental Defense Fund

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Thousands of species risk extinction from disappearing habitat, changing ecosystems and acidifying oceans. According to the IPCC, climate change will put some 20% to 30% of species globally at increasingly high risk of extinction, possibly by 2100.

Florida Power & Light

Just click on the logo to watch a video on what FPL is doing for sustainability, and job growth in Florida.



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The world's smallest laptop adaptor. • Read the article.

Forestry Degree.NET

Promoting Forest and Woodland Conservation

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Forests and woodlands provide a great deal of economic value by filtering the water and air we breathe, providing habitat for creatures that are vital to the continued balance of the ecosystem, and providing the raw materials for wood and paper, which are integral to the manufacturing of many products.

Conserving and maintaining healthy forests and woodlands is in the best interest of anyone working in the field of forestry, or any field that depends on forests, such as:
• Forestry, agroforestry, and land management
• Logging and timber industries
• Construction

Learn more by clicking on the logo.

Genesis Farm

Genesis Farm
Attempts to address the basic issues of our time in concert with other people. It was founded to make this land and its facilities available to all people of good will.

Here we raise serious questions about the global crises and evoke the rich spiritual insights that are already within the hearts of all people.

Global Ecovillage Network

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GEN offers inspiring examples of how people and communities can live healthy, cooperative, genuinely happy and meaningful lifestyles --- beacons of hope that help in the transition to a more sustainable future on Earth.

We foster a culture of mutual respect, sharing, inclusiveness, positive intent, and fair energy exchange.
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GMZ Energy

GMZ Energy
GMZ Energy specializes in ThermoVoltaics; economically viable energy solutions based on direct heat to electricity conversion.

It's one of the 10 companies General Electric is funding through it's venture capital partners program, to promote alternative energy and energy efficiency. • Read all about it.


Google Environment
Company Statement: Clean and affordable energy is a growing need for our company, so we’re excited about launching RE&D

Its' a strategic initiative whose mission is to develop electricity from renewable sources cheaper than electricity produced from coal. Initially, this project to create renewable energy cheaper than coal will focus on advanced solar thermal power, wind power technologies, and enhanced geothermal systems – but we’ll explore other potential breakthrough technologies too.

GreenWave Reality

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Consumer friendly lighting platform utilizes NXP’s JenNet-IP Internet-based wireless technology. Click the image for more on this new technology.

Historic Eco-friendly Village

Mike and Lizzie Thrasher discovered the 100-year-old Island City of Anna Maria in 2005 on a vacation. Since then they have spent most of t• Anna Maria Sustainable Villagehe past five years developing seven luxury vacation villas under the Pineapplefish name.

They have also begun to invest in Pine Avenue – ‘Main Street’ for Anna Maria City, where they are looking to restore and renew some of the historic island cottages and group them into a Green Village. More by clicking on the logo

Innovate Us

(How Much Energy
Does the Sun Generate?)

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The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System. It is almost perfectly spherical and consists of hot plasma (state of matter) interwoven with magnetic fields. It has a diameter of about 1,392,000 km, about 109 times that of Earth, and its mass (about 330,000 times that of Earth) accounts for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System.

Scientists calculate our Sun and solar system formed at the same time - a whopping 4.56 billion years ago. Sun's average distance from Earth is 150 million kilometers (93 million miles).Sun is made of gas. Sun will shine as it is for about another 3 to 5 billion years! It will then evolve into a Red Giant over a few more billion years. Scientists arrive at this estimate by calculating how fast the hydrogen in the Sun's core is being converted to helium. Approximately 37% of our Sun's hydrogen has been used since it formed four and a half billion years ago. Every second, the Sun produces 400 trillion watts, which is the same amount of energy as about a trillion 1 megaton bombs!

That's a lot of enrgy we could be using.

IKEA - All About Sustainability

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From IKEA's Chief Sustainability Officer, Steve Howard: To us it’s about taking care of people and the planet – from tackling the problem of children living in poverty to creating renewable energy.

You can see evidence of this work through innovative IOur co-workers, suppliers and partners have been working on these issues and more for a while. KEA products and solutions, and through the way we do business. If we all take small actions, we can all contribute to big results.
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Just Food

Just Food
It's s a non-profit organization that works to develop a just and sustainable food system in the New York City region. We do this by fostering new marketing and food-growing opportunities that address the needs of regional, rural family farms, NYC community gardeners, and NYC communities.

Luxe Living

Luxe Living Building
Sexy city views, rooftop yoga, and a luxury movie theater make the Allston Green District the hottest new rental complex in the city. Add in the fact that all the buildings will be LEED-certified and the appeal becomes that much greater.

Boston was the first city in the nation to adopt Green Building Zoning in 2007, which called for reduced emissions from privately owned buildings.

It also required all buildings of more than 50,000 square feet to adhere to the US Green Building Council’s LEED certification standards.

Now Back Bay-based The Mount Vernon Company is leading the way for sustainable housing and living with the introduction of the Allston Green District. Working in cooperation with the city, the company is building and managing more than 500 sustainable studios, one-, and two-bedroom units, including 200 existing apartments in the district. Read more at

Mother Nature Network

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Get involved. Go to their website to see how you can have an impact on your community.

MIT Technology Review

MIT Tech Review
Most Innovative Companies for 2019. Takes you to a list of top energy innovators, the technologies used, and why they were selected.
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NextEra Energy

Next Era
NextEra Energy, Inc. is a leading clean energy company with consolidated revenues of approximately $17.5 billion and approximately 14,300 employees in 27 states and Canada as of year-end 2015, as well as approximately 45,000 megawatts of generating capacity, which includes megawatts associated with noncontrolling interests related to NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP) as of April 2016.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA)

It's an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability.

Pervious Concrete Pavement

Perviuos Concrete
It's a unique and effective means to address important environmental issues and support green, sustainable growth. By capturing stormwater and allowing it to seep into the ground, porous concrete is instrumental in recharging groundwater, reducing stormwater runoff, and meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stormwater regulations. Click the icon to read more.

Planet Forward

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Planet Forward, a project of the Center for Innovative Media at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, teaches, celebrates, and rewards environmental storytelling by college students. It is the premier engagement tool for GW’s many sustainability initiatives.

Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno formed Planet Forward in 2009 to empower new voices and lead a global conversation on the planet’s future.

You can learn more about Planet Forward by clcking on the logo.

Post Carbon Institute

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Founded in 2003, Post Carbon Institute is leading the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world.

They provide individuals, communities, businesses, and governments with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated economic, energy, environmental, and equity crises that define the 21st century. They envision a world of resilient communities and re-localized economies that thrive within ecological bounds.
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Project Frog
High tech design, low tech assembly. While products may have improved in the last 100 years, the process to deliver a building is nearly identical. Project Frog's mission is to change all that.

It's one of the 10 companies General Electric is funding through it's venture capital partners program, to promote alternative energy and energy efficiency.
• Read all about it.

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Renewable Oil -

for fuel, for food, for life™

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Solazyme makes oil.

Their unique technology transforms low-cost plant sugars into high-value renewable oils that our world so urgently needs.
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Rocky Mountain Institute

Directs environmentally responsible investors to specialists who can offer guidance to the companies with the fitting profile.

The Sahara Forest Project

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Using what is in abundance to produce that which is not. Click on the icon for the full story along with some very informative videos.

Solar Electric Light Fund

SELF's mission is to design and implement solar energy solutions to assist the 1.5 billion people living in energy poverty with their economic, educational, health care and agricultural development.

Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 20 countries and pioneered unique applications of solar power such as for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rainforest, online learning in South Africa and microenterprise development in Nigeria.

Star Island Resort

Stars Island
- The Bahamas - Make your next vacation a green one at this carbon neutral, LEED certified resort. Their energy requirements are supplied by solar panels and wind . Truly a vacation without Eco guilt.

The Story of Stuff

It's a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.
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Sustainable Cities

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Intelligent traffic solutions, green buildings, wastewater management, and smart grid infrastructure are just a few of the technologies helping to steer today’s urbanization toward sustainability.

The challenges presented by sustainable urban development are immense. In 2010, 82% of Americans lived in cities; by 2050 it will be 90%. Cities are responsible for around two thirds of the energy used, 60 percent of all water consumed and 70 percent of all greenhouse gases produced worldwide. Sustainable cities are looking at ways to improve their infrastructures to become more environmentally friendly, increase the quality of life for their residents, and cut costs at the same time.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Because Every Planet Needs One
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It is a fail-safe seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time — and the challenge of natural or man-made disasters. The Seed Vault represents the world’s largest collection of crop diversity.
Click on the image for an interactive visit.

Synthetic Genomics -The Global Challenge:

Sustainably meeting the increasing demand for critical resources

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The world facies increasingly difficult challenges today. Population growth resulting in the growing demand for critical resources such as energy, clean water, food and medicine are taxing our fragile planet. To fulfill these needs we need disruptive technologies.

We believe genomic advances offer the world viable, sustainable alternatives. Synthetic Genomics is creating genomic-driven commercial solutions to revolutionize many industries. Theystarted by focusing on energy, and imagine a future where science could be used to produce a variety of products, from synthetically derived vaccines to prevent human diseases to efficient cost effective ways to create clean drinking water.

UPS Innovative Fleets & Facilities

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From retrofitting aircraft with advanced technology and fuel-efficient engines that reduce noise...to developing a powerful computer network that efficiently dispatches their vehicles...to using alternative fuels to run them...these are just some of the ways UPS isensuring the long term viability of our company for our customers, employees, shareholders and communities.

UPS collaborates with manufacturers, government and non-profit organizations to promote sustainable product transportation.

UPS is a charter member of the EPA Smartway Transport Program, a voluntary partnership to reduce freight and fleet sector energy consumption, pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. In 2008, UPS became the first shipping company to join the EPA's Climate Leaders program. Climate Leaders is an industry/government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies.


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WindAid is a social entrepreneurship project that provides wind turbines to communities in Peru who are in need of electricity and light.

Volunteers who join our WindAid placement program get to build and install a wind turbine in just five weeks. It is the financial contribution and work of the volunteers during the WindAid program that covers the cost of the wind turbine and installation such that the completed wind turbine is presented to the recipient community for free.


Cell phones, game controllers, laptops, mobile robots, even electric vehicles capable of re-charging themselves without ever being plugged in! Flat screen TV’s and digital picture frames that hang on the wall—without requiring a wire and plug for power.

Their technology will deliver power ranging from milliwatts to kilowatts.

It's one of the 10 companies General Electric is funding through it's venture capital partners program, to promote alternative energy and energy efficiency. Read all about it.

World Environment Day

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The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. This is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted.This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.

Worldwatch Institute

WorldWatch Institute
Their work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society—and how to achieve it.

We think this is one of the most egregious sources of plastic pollution, and need your help to ban these products from commerce completely.
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