Author: Aisha Abdelhamid

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EcoJustice Expected To Rise Under Donald Trump

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Creation Care leaders are predicting the coming Trump presidency will prompt more ecojustice activism, including non-violent civil disobedience, within US faith communities. Writing for Baptist News, Jeff Brumley states that “Faith-based protests of pipeline projects, global warming and other environmental causes won’t just be for the hard core anymore, thanks to […]

January 5th

Calatrava’s Iconic Sundial Bridge was Spawned by Salmon

Originally published on Green Building Elements Spawned by the need to protect a seemingly insignificant patch of gravel, not many folks know that Redding’s iconic Sundial Bridge rose as a result of an eco-challenge surmountable only by architect Santiago Calatrava’s sensitive and innovative expertise. Abandoned since the long-gone days of mining in Redding, California, submerged […]

December 19th

Solarize with Faith Program is Energizing Connecticut

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org A community outreach program in Connecticut called Solarize with Faith is helping faith group members display their creation care by putting solar on their roofs. Their beautiful motto? “Stewardship in our hearts. Solar on our roofs.” What is Solarize With Faith? “Sparked” by the Connecticut Green Bank, Solarize with Faith is […]

December 15th

Hogwarts School (aka Gloucester Cathedral in UK) Goes Solar

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Formally blessed and sanctified, 150 solar panels forming a 38 kW array have been pressed into religious service at the iconic Gloucester Cathedral in Gloucestershire, England. Dubbed the oldest cathedral in the world to install solar panels, the new photovoltaic system will help reduce the ancient cathedral’s energy costs by 25%. […]

December 5th

Why Not Celebrate #GivingTuesday by Planting Trees?

In direct response to over-the-top consumer spending “holidays” like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday offers an excellent opportunity to help support our valiant non-profit organizations and our overburdened Earth. Why not celebrate #GivingTuesday by planting trees? Partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation, Home Care Assistance has announced it will plant 5,000 new trees in […]

November 29th

#NoDAPL – Pray for the Water Protectors & Sign the IPL Petition

Originally published on Edenkeeper.org Violence is escalating against the Water Protectors of the Standing Rock Sioux. On Sunday night, November 20th, temperatures were below freezing when peaceful protesters were fired on with water cannons, tear gas, and rubber bullets. We need to act now to help support their peaceful, unarmed efforts to protect their sacred […]

November 28th

Masdar City Enters Exciting Phase 2!

Originally published on Green Building Elements The fascinating cleantech evolution of Masdar City continues! Pushing the limits of urban design and community building, Masdar City is pressing forward in its pioneering quest for the highest quality of life with the lowest carbon footprint. Setting a new international precedent for sustainable urban planning, Boston-based CBT is […]

November 18th

Dear God, is Oil a Blessing or a Curse?

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org By calling on Oklahomans to pray for oil, Governor Mary Fallin has stretched the limits of my patience and perhaps a little bit of my better judgment. Governor Fallin would have us all believe that it’s been a really tough year for the oil industry. In fact, it’s been so bad […]

October 24th

Cellulose Insulation – The ABCs of Green Building Materials

Originally published on Green Building Elements Made from consumer paper products, cellulose insulation typically contains about 85 percent recycled content. Using this green building material can effectively lower the carbon footprint of your home or business property. Essentially, this is because cellulose insulation is plant cell matter that is still storing the carbon sequestered when […]

October 21st

Canada Tops Out World’s Tallest Wood-Frame Building

Originally published on Green Building Elements Celebrating the tallest wood-frame building of its kind anywhere in the world, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr recently attended the “topping out” ceremony of the Brock Commons Residence. The new University of British Columbia student housing tower rises 18 stories to reach a stunning 178.8 feet (53 […]

October 19th

Masdar City: A Test Bed for Sustainable Urban Living

Originally published on Green Building Elements Sweltering in the hot desert sun, Masdar City sits under a global microscope at the nexus of rising clean technology and the development of sustainable urban life in the glaring light of climate change. Conceived on a zero-moisture stretch of barren desert sand in Abu Dhabi, UAE, the zero-carbon, […]

October 17th

Moapa Paiute Indians Harnessing Sun’s Energy in Nevada

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Celebrating Native American self-resilience via energy harnessed from the sun, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently green-lighted the third utility-scale solar project on Tribal lands of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians. Joining with Tribal leaders and First Solar representatives on reservation lands about 40 miles northeast of Las Vega, Secretary […]

October 14th

Brush & Wattle — The ABCs of Green Building Materials

Originally published on Green Building Elements The age-old construction techniques employed in traditional brush and wattle structures are time-tested and worthy of great respect. “Touching the Earth lightly,” these techniques are both low-impact on the natural environment and highly sustainable, employing the most natural and abundant of green building materials. Brush, referring to tree branches, […]

October 3rd

Stylish Sustainability: New Student Village in Trondheim

Originally published on Green Building Elements Meaning more than just focusing on the environment, sustainability also means creating a sense of place and belonging. Interpreting this philosophy brilliantly, MDH Arkitekter has nearly completed Moholt 50|50, an award-winning university student village in Trondheim, Norway. Envisioned as a community-focused commercial district featuring distinctive Scandinavian aesthetics, MDH Arkitekter’s […]

September 21st

First Atlantic Ocean Marine Monument Designated by USA

Permanently protecting nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains, the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean was designated by President Barack Obama on September 15, 2016. Formed millions of years ago by extinct volcanoes and sediment erosion, seamounts and sea canyons are some of the oldest and most mysterious locations on […]

September 21st

DARPA’s New Construction Materials… that Self-Repair?

Originally published on Green Building Elements Opening up a new field of design for construction technology, the US Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is envisioning futuristic materials that repair themselves. Recently launching the Engineered Living Materials (ELM) program, DARPA’s goal is to create a whole new class of construction materials. Imagine engineering […]

September 19th

US Lutherans Divesting from Fossil Fuels!

Originally published on EdenKeeper Committed to working towards a sustainable future, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is divesting from its fossil fuel investments! A majority of the 900 voting members approved this historic resolution at its 2016 Churchwide Assembly on August 13. Rev. Barbara Rossing, a professor at the Lutheran School of Theology […]

September 16th

Blocks – The ABCs of Green Building Materials

Originally published on Green Building Elements Blocks used for residential and commercial construction employ a wide variety of green building materials in their composition. The most popular and commonly used is the standard hollow concrete block, but there are many variations in shape, weight, and composition. Sand, cement, gravel, and water are the most commonly […]

September 15th

Morocco’s Mosques are ALL Transitioning to Solar Power

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org With the first phase deadline set for 2019, Morocco has launched an ambitious “Energy Efficiency in Mosques” program aiming to provide solar power for all the mosques in the kingdom. By switching to energy-saving LED lighting, solar water heating, and rooftop solar PV electricity generation, significant savings are anticipated for the […]

September 14th

Greening the Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org The Hajj season of 2016 is underway in Saudi Arabia and the world’s attention is finely tuned to the environmental impacts of four million pilgrims converging on Mecca. The pilgrimage crowd is phenomenal and attempts to “green” the hajj, as we’ll cover in this update, are continuously improving and as innovative […]

September 13th

Meet Einstein, a New IoT Tool for Smart Commercial Buildings

Originally published on Green Building Elements Artificial intelligence company Verdigris has just announced the debut of “Einstein,” a next-generation Internet of Things (IoT) smart energy management solution. This latest IoT energy management platform from Verdigris is designed to be “the easiest most-scalable connected sensor for complex enterprise facilities.” Using innovative smart sensor and metering technology, […]

September 12th

Nearest Earth-Like Planet “Only 20 Years Away”

Stephen Hawking, Mark Zuckerberg, and Yuri Milner must be overjoyed with the latest exciting discovery of an Earth-like planet in the Alpha Centauri solar system. Orbiting Proxima Centauri, one of three suns in Alpha Centauri, the newly discovered “Proxima b” is being hailed as the nearest Earth-like planet ever found. Luckily for Hawking and his […]

September 6th

Alaska’s Inupiat Climate Refugees Need a New Home

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Retreating onto the uncharted territory of today’s “climate refugees,” the entire indigenous community of Shishmaref, Alaska, is losing the land under its feet. Shishmaref has a population of around 600 members of the Native American Inupiat Tribe, located on Sarichef, a tiny island north of the Bering Strait. For over 400 […]

September 5th

Native Americans Standing Up Against Dakota Access Pipeline

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org   Holding down two fronts in the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Native Americans and supporters are swelling in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, and outside a courthouse in Washington, D.C. Joining several hundred members of North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in D.C., actors Susan Sarandon, Shailene Woodley, and Riley […]

August 30th

Bamboo – The ABCs of Green Building Materials

Originally published on GreenBuildingElements.com Bamboo is a truly remarkable green building material. It’s twice as strong as concrete and slightly stronger than steel. It’s also a renewable resource that needs little energy to grow, prevents soil erosion, provides biomass, offers wildlife refuge, and produces a healthy food supply for both wildlife and humans. Offering significant […]

August 29th

US EIA: Natural Gas CO2 Emissions are Exceeding Coal Emissions

For the first time since 1972, energy-associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal are dropping below natural gas CO2 emissions. The US Energy Information Agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook reports that energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas are expected to be 10 percent higher than coal emissions for 2016. This is a classic case of […]

August 26th

Unitarians Sue for Religious Liberty to Use Solar Panels

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org First Parish Unitarians are crying ‘foul’ over a recent denial to allow solar panels on the rooftop of their iconic church in Bedford, Massachusetts. Declaring the Historic District Commission’s (HDC) decision was “legally untenable, unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious,” the congregation has filed a suit against the Town of Bedford. Specifically pointing […]

August 23rd

Aluminum – The ABCs of Green Building Materials

Originally published on GreenBuildingElements.com Used in a wide variety of ways in the building construction market, aluminum is a very versatile green building material, especially when it’s recycled. Everything from huge external building structures to delicate window blinds can be manufactured from this light weight, durable, and corrosion-resistant metal. Doors, windows, and awnings are popular […]

August 19th