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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

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

EV Summit Conversations — Clotheslines, Uber, Safety

The first day of the EV Summit in Florida was flowing with inspired conversations that extended far beyond the presentations. At lunch, Florida Solar Energy Center presenter Danny Parker talked about net zero impact and how much energy clothes dryers suck. I mentioned that I love clotheslines — I find them interesting, colorful, and fresh watching them flap in the breeze. Why on earth do we discourage the most bacteria-free means of drying our clothes in so many neighborhoods?

October 27th

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

Brooklyn’s Largest Church is Going Solar

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Founded in 1979, the Christian Cultural Center (CCC) is the largest church in Brooklyn. With over 37,000 members in its congregation, the CCC is the largest evangelical church in the New York region and one of the largest independent churches in the US. Sitting on an 11-acre sun-drenched campus, the CCC […]

September 23rd

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

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

An African Eco-Lodge “Touching the Earth Lightly”

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Constructed with an eagle’s loft in mind, a newly renovated eco-lodge in South Africa offers a bird’s-eye view from a well-feathered nest. Overlooking lush vistas of Kruger National Park wildlife refuge, the view is so vast you might easily be inspired to sing a hymn in praise of Creation. Singita Lebombo […]

August 18th

Top Prize Solar Bus Shelter Offers Rain Protection & More

Originally published on Green Building Elements. The greatly underestimated public bus shelter is the latest subject of a creative solar power makeover. When winners of a new competition were announced on June 30, 2016, an innovative new set of designs entered the high-tech highway to solar-powered shelters. With solar-powered glow-in-the-dark lighting, the top prize-winning bus […]

August 8th

Genuine & Buoyant EV Enthusiast Community

Originally published on CleanTechnica. The most genuine and buoyant EV enthusiast I’ve met (outside of a CleanTechnica person) pulled up next to me recently at an EV charger late one night in Fort Myers. Driving home that evening from out of town, I needed one last charge on the way. I had to find a bathroom. […]

April 15th

Use Of Energy Efficiency Programs Lowers Cost Of Clean Power Plan Compliance, According To Recent Studies

Energy efficiency programs are generally the lowest-cost strategy for remaining in compliance with Clean Power Plan requirements — that’s the primary finding of a number of recent studies on the subject from a number of different organizations and research bodies. Most of the states studied can actually achieve more than 50% of their emissions reductions […]

March 31st

DOE To Provide Over $9 Million In Funding For Indian & Alaska Native Community Clean Energy And Energy Efficiency Projects

In a boost for clean energy, the US Department of Energy will provide funding for 24 American Indian and Alaska Native communities to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects. In today’s press announcement, the DOE outlined plans to invest over $9 million in 16 facility- and community-scale energy projects in 24 tribal communities.  This represents a […]

March 22nd

That 5-Hour Nissan LEAF Trip

Originally published on CleanTechnica. “So, how do you like it?” I always respond, I love it. I have never driven a car that I appreciate so much — near as much. The drive, the ambiance, the adept maneuvering, and the entire 1-minute experience of plugging in to refuel at clean charge points. Never smelling gas […]

February 29th

Dispelling Charge Anxiety With The Nissan LEAF (Photos)

Originally published on CleanTechnica.com. Just before leasing a Nissan LEAF, a news item presented to me as credible from a TV news station stirred me up. I wanted to say, “Think of who sponsors such stories!” It is not community sponsored, that’s for sure. The report said that there are not enough EV chargers in my area […]

January 31st

Renault-Nissan Video On Record-Breaking EV Shuttles For COP21

Originally published on EV Obsession. In Paris, Renault-Nissan Alliance is providing official transport for the United Nation’s COP21. It is the largest fleet of electric vehicles for an international conference, with 200 EVs to transport delegates. 200 pure electric cars quietly, silently transporting people emissions-free to the annual summit that runs from November 30 to December 11. Now, […]

December 6th

What Causes Global Warming?

Droughts, lengthy hot spells, heavy downpours, floods, and other extreme weather events are occurring more frequently and intensely every year. Around the world, research teams are analyzing these trends, noting the changes in temperature, rainfall, ice mass, sea level, and many other variables recorded by weather measuring devices. The trends are undeniable: the Earth is […]

May 29th

German Inventor Upgrades Solar Storage Technology

Originally published on SolarLove.org Unhappy with any of the available methods of solar storage, a German inventor and engineer has put his favorite pastime of tinkering to good use. While others are attempting to build a better battery, Wolfram Walter is instead building a better way to use the batteries he already has. It’s not […]

May 21st

New Ink-Coated Window Shades Save Energy

A New Jersey firm has found a way to provide electronic energy-saving shading for windows at very little additional cost. Elliott Schlam, the principal of New Visual Media Group, says his firm has come up with a new take on the traditional window shade – a super-thin sheet of polymer film that’s installed inside insulating […]

May 20th

IKEA Sustainability Brings Largest Solar Rooftop In Kansas

Reinforcing its long-term commitment to sustainability and confidence in solar technology, IKEA officially plugged-in the largest rooftop solar array in Kansas. The huge solar array will support the recently opened 359,000 square-foot IKEA Merriam and its 1,200 parking spaces soaking up the rays on 19 acres along the eastern side of I-35 eight miles southwest […]

May 15th

Online Collaboration Technologies in Service of Global Good

Collaboration is a process during which individuals work together to achieve a certain goal. Online collaboration software connects people, encourages and establishes relations between employees, and creates trust between customers and companies while saving resources and working globally. Going Green and Saving Money All companies aim to improve business performance by lowering costs to improve […]

April 27th

10 Energy Saving Tips for Spring

Now that the flowers are beginning to bloom and warmer weather is on the way, there are some easy things anyone can do to save energy and money both around the house and at the office.  Here are 10 energy saving tips courtesy of the Department of Energy: 1. Service your air conditioner. Easy maintenance […]

April 6th

Si2 Pilots Do Yoga Inside Solar Plane

While flying around the world in a solar plane, Si2 Pilot Andre Borschberg relates, “Though the cockpit is not big enough, I still do yoga and meditation to keep fit, aware and awake.” Then, taking off once again in the Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), Andre Borschberg piloted the innovative solar plane on the next stage […]

March 30th

Bosch Building DC Microgrid at Honda Plant in California

With a proposed award from the California Energy Commission, Robert Bosch LLC plans to demonstrate the effectiveness of its renewable-based microgrid platform. The project aims to highlight the benefits and viability of a commercial-scale direct-current (DC) building grid, in comparison with conventional alternating-current (AC) grids. The DC building grid will consist of rooftop solar PV […]

March 25th