Jorge Chapa

 

After finishing his architecture degree at the University of Monterrey in 2001, he realized that he wanted to focus on sustainable architecture, and knew nothing about it. Foolishly thinking that it would become important in fifteen years time, he packed up his suitcases, left Mexico and headed for Australia, where he studied a Masters in Design Science at the University of Sydney. During his time in Sydney he worked as an ESD consultant and product assessor, looking at everything from the thermal performance of a building, to the environmental impacts of a particular product. Currently living in Sydney and working at the Green Building Council of Australia, he continues in his quest to learn what sustainability is and how to achieve it. He figures that it will take some time, but refuses to make any estimates.

Jorge Chapa
Scientists to Make Cows Fart Like Kangaroos to Cool the Planet

Scientists to Make Cows Fart Like Kangaroos to Cool the Planet

We're guessing that headline caught your attention! Cow farts are a source of greenhouse gases, while kangaroo farts are methane free thanks to a particular bacteria in their stomachs. Now, in

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Chocolate powered biodiesel

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Chocolate powered biodiesel

Chocolate is a guilty pleasure for some, but could soon prove highly nutritious -- for your car! Thanks to a process created by British company Ecotec, it is now possible to take waste chocolate

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Sydney’s New Years Eve Celebrations Go Green

Sydney’s New Years Eve Celebrations Go Green

You wouldn't normally associate any massive New Year's Eve city celebration with environmental sustainability, but that is precisely what the City of Sydney is trying to do with this years New

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Google Earth Shows Air Pollution!

Google Earth Shows Air Pollution!

Google Earth has always been a very cool way to see the world, and recently they have added some very green features including green buildings, and now the ability to visualize air pollution!

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Google Earth Features Green Buildings

Google Earth Features Green Buildings

Traveling around the United States to see the best green architecture might not be the most environmentally friendly option. So Buildinggreen.com, the Department of Energy, and Google have

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Tindo, the Solar-powered Bus!

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Tindo, the Solar-powered Bus!

Solar-powered mass transportation? It's no longer a dream! Tindo, a solar-powered electric bus, was introduced just last week in the city of Adelaide in Australia. The best part? It's free to

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Smart Car is Coming to the US in 2008!

Smart Car is Coming to the US in 2008!

The Smart Car is coming to the United States! And sooner than you might think... The little car that could, manufactured by Daimler, is expected to join the ranks of tiny eco-cars available in

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Steven Holl’s Proposal for the Hudson Yards

Steven Holl’s Proposal for the Hudson Yards

We can't help but love Steven Holl, so when we saw his design proposal for the Hudson Yards in NYC, we once again marveled at how good he is at creating responsible, human, and sustainable

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Thousands of Wind Farms to Power England

Thousands of Wind Farms to Power England

Still think wind power isn't mainstream? Think again. The United Kingdom's Energy Secretary John Hutton unveiled a set of proposals to encourage the uptake of offshore wind turbines in England.

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Smart Car Hits US in 2008!

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Smart Car Hits US in 2008!

The Smart Car is coming to the United States! And very soon too. The little car that could, manufactured by Daimler, is expected to join the ranks of available subcompact vehicles in the US in

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Underwater Ocean Turbines Will Generate Renewable Energy

Underwater Ocean Turbines Will Generate Renewable Energy

One the greatest untapped energy resources in the world is the motion of the ocean. And while floating wind turbines and wave-powered generators are being explored throughout the world, there

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WORLD’S LARGEST SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

WORLD’S LARGEST SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

A project for the world's largest sustainable region has been announced and is expected to include all the things that one would expect in a sustainable development: renewable energy,

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Australia Ratifies the Kyoto Protocol!

Australia Ratifies the Kyoto Protocol!

America, you are on notice! Following the landslide election here in Australia held just last week, the new Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Kevin Rudd ratified the Kyoto Protocol as his

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NANOSOLAR: Thin, Flexible Solar-cell Coating

NANOSOLAR: Thin, Flexible Solar-cell Coating

To truly compete with coal, solar power needs to be at least as cheap or cheaper, something that is quite difficult to achieve today. Solar panels are big, clunky, heavy, require special

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Neil Young’s Classic Hybrid

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Neil Young’s Classic Hybrid

Classic cars are beautiful, extremely well-designed works of engineering, but, unfortunately, are also often gas guzzlers and heavy greenhouse-gas emitters because of their antiquated engines.

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Sydney’s EcoTaxi

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Sydney’s EcoTaxi

If you happen to be in Sydney, you might just get the opportunity to get a free taxi ride - in a Lexus hybrid EcoTaxi. No, it isn't a joke or a scam; rather, it is a sign of protest by the owner

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Canada’s Greenest Building?

Canada’s Greenest Building?

Green architecture seems to have taken the world by storm, and not a week goes by without a number of buildings making bold claims as to what their green credentials are. Not wanting to be left

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Honda FCX Clarity

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Honda FCX Clarity

While green seemed to be the color of the Los Angeles Auto Show, only a few new vehicles could truly live up to the label. One of those few vehicles was the FCX Clarity, a fuel-cell vehicle by

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: GE Evolution Hybrid

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: GE Evolution Hybrid

We've done bikes, cars, boats, and even planes here at Transportation Tuesday, but we never expected to see this one. As part of General Electric's ecomagination campaign, the engineers behind

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NYC Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Goes Green!

NYC Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Goes Green!

'Tis the season to be jolly, and if you happen to be in New York, green! This year New York's finest Christmas landmark is going green in the spirit of the Christmas season. For the first time

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Zero-Emission Research Station in Antarctica

Zero-Emission Research Station in Antarctica

If there is one place on our planet that can be said to be relatively free from human impact, that would probably be the Antarctic continent. With this in mind, the government of Belgium

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Global Warming Is Real and We Must Act Now!

Global Warming Is Real and We Must Act Now!

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific body established by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Program, just released its fourth

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Volkswagen Space Up!

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Volkswagen Space Up!

We last featured the Volkswagen Up! in our Frankfurt Motor Show wrap-up, but in the fast-paced field of green automotives, there's some new news to report. It's now known as the Volkswagen Space

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THE SOLARROLL: The Go-anywhere Solar Gadget Charger!

THE SOLARROLL: The Go-anywhere Solar Gadget Charger!

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Convertible Taj Kid’s Chair by Argington

Convertible Taj Kid’s Chair by Argington

Argington's Taj Chair is simple in form, highly functional, and supremely green, bringing great design to your tots' play rooms. Designed with longevity in mind by Jenny Argie and Andrew

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The VentureOne 3-Wheeled Hybrid Vehicle

The VentureOne 3-Wheeled Hybrid Vehicle

What's more in vogue than a 4-wheel hybrid? A 3-wheel sleek and sustainable three-wheeler with all the hybrid technologies. The VentureOne, from Venture Vehicles, is the latest to fit this mold

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Transportation Tuesday: MIT’s Stackable City Car

Transportation Tuesday: MIT’s Stackable City Car

While public transportation is a great green urban option, the "last mile" problem is a real shortcoming- referring to the conundrum of the extra distance from your bus or train stop to your

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Monitor Draws Zero Power on Standby

Monitor Draws Zero Power on Standby

Standby power is the bane of all electricity consumption. Essentially if there is a light coming out of a device, it is consuming power. It is such an important problem that the British

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New Process Turns Silicon Chips into Solar Panels

New Process Turns Silicon Chips into Solar Panels

There is plenty of waste in industrial processes, and the world of computer manufacturing is no exception. A prime example of this are the silicon wafers used as starting materials for the

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The $300 Green Linux PC from WalMart!

The $300 Green Linux PC from WalMart!

Fancy a lean green computing machine this holiday season? If all you need is the basics, check out the eco-friendly $300 dollar Everex's TC2502 gPC Ubuntu Linux PC- it's compact, cheap, and a

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