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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

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

Nearly 30% Of India’s Land Is Now Undergoing Desertification

Nearly 30% of India’s land is now undergoing desertification, primarily as a result of the land degradation accompanying overcultivation, overgrazing, deforestation, and the overexploitation of water resources in dryland regions, according to a new report from the Indian Space Research Organization. To put that in different terms, around 96 million hectares of land in India […]

August 29th

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

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

Inuit People & Greenpeace Demand #SolarNotSeismics

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Navigating through the icy waters of the Arctic, the Greenpeace ship “Arctic Sunrise” is delivering solar panels to the Inuit community of Clyde River, Nunavut. Delivering solar panels and a team to install the systems for the Clyde River community is Greenpeace’s way of offering a better solution to meet increasing […]

August 15th

Adobe – The ABCs of Green Building Materials

Originally published on GreenBuildingElements.com   Green building materials are as diverse as Earth itself. Some of the most sustainable materials on the planet are modern inventions, and some are as old as the hills, like adobe. Familiarizing yourself with the best green building materials will help ensure your environmentally friendly projects enjoy sustainable success. Over […]

August 12th

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

Going Solar Together at a Temple, Mosque & Church

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Interfaith solidarity in Malaysia’s culture is so strong it extends to providing free solar power, “regardless of creed or race.” A recent donation sees a Chinese temple, a Christian church, a Muslim mosque, and a Chinese primary school going solar together in the town of Kota Belud, Sabah. These four special […]

August 2nd

Navy Adds New DC Solar Facility in Virginia Beach

Entering into a 37-year agreement with Dominion Virginia Power, the Department of the Navy (DoN) recently announced plans for a 21 MW direct current, or DC solar facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Following closely on the heels of a 10-year purchase contract for 25 MW DC for Naval Station Norfolk, the new DC solar facility […]

August 1st

The Huge Environmental Costs of Pork

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Producing more than enough poop to fill over 15,000 Olympic-size swimming pools every year, hog facilities and other animal operations in North Carolina are placing an atrocious strain on the environment. A recent report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Waterkeeper Alliance (Waterkeepers) outlines the high environmental costs of […]

July 31st

Climate Change Deniers vs Climate Scientists – Who’s Right on Arctic Sea Ice?

In the never-ending non-contest between climate change deniers and climate scientists, there is plenty of gloating to go around. Tossing down the gauntlet once again, Peter Sinclair challenges Joe Bastardi, the King of Climate Change Deniers, to a six-year review of Bastardi’s 2010 prediction on Arctic sea ice behavior. Award-winning climate writer and videographer Sinclair […]

July 25th

Great Wind Energy Deals Are Swaying Major Players

In search of low-cost, fixed-rate electricity, great wind energy deals are swaying Fortune 500 companies and other major players to throw their money “into the wind.” Signing contracts for over 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity, big brands, high-tech companies, and other non-utility customers represented 52 percent of wind energy generating capacity in 2015. An Emerging […]

July 19th