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Solar Power on Roseville civic campus?

Solar Power on Roseville civic campus?

It may be a way to save money on energy, but much remains unknown about the pros and cons of such a project. Roseville is thinking of turning City Hall into a power plant — and perhaps saving close to a million dollars in energy costs. But the issue now is caught up in a wider set of questions involving a potential facilities overhaul that could cost anywhere from $6 million to $14.5 million, at a time when Roseville schools are promoting a major facilities referendum of their own. The city is weighing a proposal to generate 450 kilowatts from…

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Net metering rules in Pennsylvania are challenged

Net metering rules in Pennsylvania are challenged

An Allegheny County solar developer is challenging the state Public Utility Commission’s authority to adopt new alternative energy regulations in a complaint filed this week in Commonwealth Court. David Hommrich of Green Tree, who is representing himself in the case, wants the court to declare that the agency has no authority to put limits on a clean energy incentive granted by the Legislature in 2007.

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Sustainable urban agrihood growing in Detroit

Sustainable urban agrihood growing in Detroit

This week, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) revealed its plans for the first Sustainable Urban Agrihood in the North End.

Wait, an agrihood? It’s an alternative neighborhood growth model, positioning agriculture as the centerpiece of a mixed-use development. There are some agrihoods around the country, but in rural areas. This is the first within a city.

MUFI’s agrihood spans three acres on Brush Street, a few blocks up from East Grand Boulevard. MUFI runs a successful two-acre garden, a 200-tree fruit orchard, and a children’s sensory garden. They provide free produce to the neighborhood, churches, food pantries, and more.

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Building Construction efficiency a priority for San Mateo

Building Construction efficiency a priority for San Mateo

The city of San Mateo adopts ordinance requiring solar and cool roof installation on new construction projects.
San Mateo, CA (October 5, 2016)… Energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a priority for the city of San Mateo. Starting January 1, 2017, San Mateo will require the installation of solar systems in all new construction projects. The city also requires cool roof installation on all new multi-family and commercial developments with low-sloped roofs.

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Booming Renewables

Booming Renewables

Buyer Beware. Falling costs and increasing adoption are wonderful news for clean energy, but now is not the time for celebration. A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy suggests that the costs of renewable technologies are tumbling, and with it their adoptions soaring. But despite the good news, we can’t become complacent.

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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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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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Virginia Building Codes for Green Buildings

Virginia Building Codes for Green Buildings

Looking for advice from people in Virginia about building codes. I’m trying to choose a county where I can start my own farm. I’d like to use traditional building methods – hay bales, earthship, sand bag type architecture, and cut my own lumber on site. Looking for 50+ acres. Please let me know where you’re from, and what kind of building codes there are!

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Abandoned Homes in Detroit Become Greenhouse

When steven mankouche first saw the house at 3347 Burnside Street in Detroit, in 2013, it was buckling and scarred with burn marks. An artist named Andy Malone, who lived nearby, had just purchased the lot for $500 and was hoping to find some way to bring it back to life. Mankouche, an architect, and his partner, Abigail Murray, a ceramicist, floated a proposal to do just that, by commandeering the house’s foundation and repurposing it as a sort of plant nursery.

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