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Month: November 2016

University of Pennsylvania’s New College House targets LEED

University of Pennsylvania’s New College House targets LEED

The University of Pennsylvania is welcoming students to its newest campus building—the LEED Silver-seeking New College House. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, the energy-efficient building is the school’s first purpose-built college house that will bring together undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff in a shared community. The sustainable structure and site is topped with a series of green roofs as part of the University’s new environmentally friendly standards that require new Penn buildings meet LEED Silver standards or higher.

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Obama Legacy: Subtle & Effective Energy, Pollution changes

Obama Legacy: Subtle & Effective Energy, Pollution changes

HANGZHOU, China (AP) — Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the United States has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its energy during Barack Obama’s presidency, slicing the nation’s output of polluting gases that are warming Earth. As politicians tangled in the U.S. and on the world stage, the U.S. slowly but surely moved away from emissions-spewing coal and toward cleaner fuels like natural gas, nuclear, wind and solar. The shift has put the U.S. closer to achieving the goal Obama set to cut emissions by more than a quarter over the next…

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The future of residential solar power

The future of residential solar power

Electric cars, the hyperloop, space travel: Tesla’s Elon Musk, master of futuristic technologies, always has a plan. But speculation about the company’s recent $2.8 billion purchase of SolarCity, the green energy behemoth building a massive solar panel factory in Buffalo, New York, suggest that while Musk has compelling visions for the future, even he may not have a handle on a technology seen as a key part of the future of sustainable energy. A midcentury creation, modern solar power has repeatedly been championed as a solution to our energy woes. But especially in the United States, the technology has never lived up to…

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Watersheds are the priority for ‘Great Cities’

The world’s great cities could hold the key to the prosperity of the human race. Yet a comprehensive new study points to a worrying trend: The water they need to grow is getting more expensive, because they’re failing to protect the nature that purifies it. Cities are amazing engines of productivity. As the hubs of our modern societies, they mix together people with a diversity of skills and create fertile ground for learning and invention. In many respects, bigger tends to be better. Larger cities have more patents and inventions per person, and achieve better energy and resource efficiency thanks…

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Tesla’s ‘World’s Best’ Solar Panel wont be easy

Tesla’s ‘World’s Best’ Solar Panel wont be easy

Making the World’s Best Solar Panel Won’t Be Easy for Tesla. Elon Musk claims Tesla will make the most efficient mass-produced solar panels ever, and do it cheap. But many who have come before him have failed in the attempt — and for good reason. The joint Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA)/SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY) conference call Monday night gave us a peek at what Tesla wants to do with solar panels and the solar roof long-term. And there’s one puzzling piece investors should scrutinize more closely.

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Why We Should All Live in Earthships

Why We Should All Live in Earthships

Over the years, as I’ve become more and more in touch with the ways of green and natural living, I’ve started to become more aware of the things in my home that aren’t quite what they could be. We rent now for a variety of reasons, but one reason I’m grateful for that is because we’ll have the opportunity to build the house of our dreams when we’re ready. Researching the best ways to build that dream home is something I’ve developed quite a passion for. During my research, I stumbled upon a concept that I find pretty fascinating: Earthships.

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