Sitting at home in the summer heat, your mind may start to wander to that fancy new air conditioner. But when it comes to making your house comfortable and sustainable, prevention is better than cure. By prevention we mean simple
CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2) Carbon dioxide is an odorless gas and a minor constituent of the air we breathe. It comprises only .03 % (300 parts per million, or PPM) of the atmosphere but is vitally important to all life on
If you’re a keen gardener, why not save money by making your own compost? It’s an easy process and apart from taking the time to use the correct raw materials and giving your compost a fork over regularly, there is
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.
Using a simple membrane extract from spinach leaves, researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a bio-photo-electro-chemical (BPEC) cell that produces electricity and hydrogen from water using sunlight. The raw material of the device is water, and its
Scientists reveal which species act as air filters. Research have revealed popular plants may absorb toxins from the air. Their leaves remove volatile organic compounds released around them. Some plants are better at leeching the compounds from the environment. Bromeliads were seen to remove the VOCs from their living space
Itâ€™s finally time for Grow Calgary to plant seeds. Delayed over a year from itâ€™s June 2014 construction date, the earthship green house is finally breaking ground again, to grow crops year-round and support more than 20 social agencies and
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
like it even has to?!??!? California just became the fourth state to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries. Itâ€™s Now Legal to Share Seeds in California. Free seed libraries, swaps, and exchanges increase access to local food and can play a large role in both expanding and preserving biodiversity. Yet for almost 80 years, these non-commercial operations have been running afoul of the law.
Local volunteers hard at work on building a self-sustaining greenhouse out of donated and up-cycled materials. There’s a building northwest of Edmonton which, as it stands, might not look like much, but it’s the groundwork for some lofty green goals.