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
The World’s First Garbage Powered Garbage Truck

The World’s First Garbage Powered Garbage Truck

Generating energy from waste may seem like a dream, but one British borough recently announced that they have come as close to closing that loop as anyone in the world. Kirklees Council has

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Samsung Releases Solar Powered Phone!

Samsung Releases Solar Powered Phone!

Green Gadget fans have been waiting for the holy green grail of gadgets for awhile now: the solar-powered mobile phone. And now it seems that Samsung has finally delivered on this promise with

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BG’s C100 Electric Vehicle Cleared for Production

BG’s C100 Electric Vehicle Cleared for Production

The trend towards smaller, energy-efficient electric vehicles has created a market that is quickly being filled by young startups. Enter BG Automotive Group, which has recently announced that

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Hyper-Modified AeroCivic Gets 95 MPG

Hyper-Modified AeroCivic Gets 95 MPG

If you ever happened to see the AeroCivic on the road, you'd be forgiven for wondering how such an odd-looking vehicle can even move. What you wouldn't know is that Mike Turner's hyper-modified

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Yves Béhar Unveils the World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle

Yves Béhar Unveils the World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle

Just yesterday Yves Béhar unveiled the Mission One, the world's fastest electric production motorcycle. The fantastic looking bike is the brainchild of Mission Motors and Fuseproject, and is

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BMW’s Green Supercar Revealed

BMW’s Green Supercar Revealed

The race for the green supercar is on, and BMW is itching to become a key player. In a push to roll out a green vehicle, BMW recently revealed the BMW Z10 ED, a ultra-efficient 400 horsepower

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Oslo Buses to run on Poo Power!

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Oslo Buses to run on Poo Power!

Rather than let all their sewage go to waste, the city of Oslo recently announced that it plans to cut carbon emissions by converting 80 public buses to run on biomethane generated from raw

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MOS Architects’ Eco-Huts Win PS1 Design Competition

MOS Architects’ Eco-Huts Win PS1 Design Competition

There are a number of annual events that we follow here at Inhabitat, but few are as exciting as the unveiling of the P.S.1 Young Architects Program winner. The combination of ephemeral

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Whisky Power! Distillery Unveils Scotch Green Power

Whisky Power! Distillery Unveils Scotch Green Power

We pretty sure that the expression “drunk on power” was never meant to be taken this literally. Recently the Rothes consortium of whisky and scotch distillers announced that they

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Smallest Tesla Vehicle Ever

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Smallest Tesla Vehicle Ever

Finally, a Tesla that anyone can afford! Every once in a while we like to showcase some of the quirkier elements of our transportation culture, and recently Hot Wheels decided to get into the

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Aptera Rolls Out First 2e Pre-Production Model

Aptera Rolls Out First 2e Pre-Production Model

Recently Aptera announced that they have rolled out the first pre-production model of their eagerly anticipated 2e. The sleek electric vehicle features an incredibly strong and aerodynamic body,

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AERO EV: Fastest Electric Car Specs Revealed!

AERO EV: Fastest Electric Car Specs Revealed!

Shelby Supercars first raised eyebrows several months ago with claims of building “the first 100% Green Supercar to achieve speeds never before seen”. Well, it seems like those details are

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Madrid Breaks Ground on a Cylindrical Green Superstructure

Madrid Breaks Ground on a Cylindrical Green Superstructure

Recently Mansilla + Tunon Architects broke ground on a stunning new project that will introduce an iconic green superstructure to Madrid's skyline. The International Convention Center (CICCM)

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Alcatraz Launches Sun and Wind Powered Hybrid Boat

Alcatraz Launches Sun and Wind Powered Hybrid Boat

1.4 million people visit San Francisco's Alcatraz Island each year, which adds up to a considerable carbon footprint when you factor in all of the gallons of fuel used to power those ferries. To

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GREEN APPLE: An Eco Vehicle That Cleans the Air

GREEN APPLE: An Eco Vehicle That Cleans the Air

Recently the Local Motors competition unveiled a fresh crop of incredible concept cars, and we were particularly impressed with the sleek NYC-centric Green Apple vehicle. A green machine that

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The Cadillac Converj Revealed!

The Cadillac Converj Revealed!

This year's Detroit Motor Show has proven to be an exciting affair, with many major auto manufacturers unveiling plug-in electric and fuel-efficient vehicles. Not willing to be showed up by the

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San Jose Installs First Electric Vehicle Chargepoint

San Jose Installs First Electric Vehicle Chargepoint

As electric vehicle charging stations sweep the nation it's tremendously exciting to see the sparks that may spread into the massive uptake of plug-in vehicles. In the latest ev infrastructure

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Solar Powered Moof Bike Lights the Way

Solar Powered Moof Bike Lights the Way

The Moof bike by Amsterdam-based designer Ties Carlier features a striking tubular form that certainly draws one's eye, but what really caught our attention was their smart solution to a rather

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Mark Sanders’ Elegantly Folding Swivel Mode Bicycle

Mark Sanders’ Elegantly Folding Swivel Mode Bicycle

Amongst all the hoopla at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, we were pleasantly surprised to see a gorgeous foldable bicycle with no electronic components soaking up the spotlight. Mark

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Chrysler 200C EV Revealed

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Chrysler 200C EV Revealed

It is not often that surprises happen in the age of the Internet, but somehow Chrysler managed to keep a brand new electric vehicle under the radar until yesterday! During their presentation of

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CES 2009: Owikits 6-in-1 Solar Toy Building Kit

CES 2009: Owikits 6-in-1 Solar Toy Building Kit

From tiny hydrogen powered vehicles to pint-size solar powered cars, we love seeing toys that put renewable energy into growing kids hands. Thus we were excited to see this 6-in-1 Solar

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The 8-wheeled Electric Eliica

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The 8-wheeled Electric Eliica

If there's one thing that we never expected to see, it's the sight of an 8-wheeled electric vehicle attempting to break the land speed record. But that is exactly what the Eliica is attempting

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TOP TEN GREEN TRANSPORTATION TRENDS OF 2008

TOP TEN GREEN TRANSPORTATION TRENDS OF 2008

2008 has been an incredible year for green transportation as the world's automakers made strident efforts to green their production lines, cities decided that it's time to give our car-centric

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London Unveils Sleek Zero-Emission Double Decker Buses

London Unveils Sleek Zero-Emission Double Decker Buses

Recently the London Transportation Department held a contest to redesign the iconic Double Decker bus, and we're excited to announce the winning entry by renowned architects Foster + Partners!

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Ford Fusion Hybrid

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Ford Fusion Hybrid

Ford recently revealed an ambitious plan to offer an entire lineup of fuel-efficient vehicles, and their opening foray will be an impressive mid-sized sedan that they hope will be a

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Researchers Roll Out Energy Generating Roads

Researchers Roll Out Energy Generating Roads

Engineers at Innowattech in Israel recently created a new type of road that generates electricity as vehicles pass over it! The supercharged surface is embedded with piezoelectric crystals,

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Greentainer Eco-fied Container Architecture!

PREFAB FRIDAY: Greentainer Eco-fied Container Architecture!

Re-using existing resources and a fabulous design sense combine to create this versatile and easily adaptable piece of container architecture, the Greentainer Project in Gandino, Italy. The

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Meraki Rolls Out Solar-Powered Wifi Repeaters

Meraki Rolls Out Solar-Powered Wifi Repeaters

Fans of Meraki's innovative approach to accessible wifi will be excited to know that they recently unveiled a solar-powered wifi repeater capable of providing people in remote locations with

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Energy-Generating Floors to Power Tokyo Subways

Energy-Generating Floors to Power Tokyo Subways

When the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) decided to invest in alternative energy sources, it only had to look to its users for the perfect source of energy. Recently the company decided to

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The World’s First Energy-Generating Revolving Door

The World’s First Energy-Generating Revolving Door

Harvesting the kinetic energy generated by crowds of people is one of our favorite approaches to renewable energy. Recently Netherlands-based Natuurcafé La Port installed an energy generator in

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