energy efficiency

Pomona College’s New Sustainable Art Hall Bonds the Creative Process with Surrounding Nature

Pomona College’s New Sustainable Art Hall Bonds the Creative Process with Surrounding Nature

The new 35,000-square-foot Studio Art Hall will be home to various disciplines of the art-making process and was built to provide a tranquil, collaborative atmosphere to explore new innovative ideas and

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Blue LED Inventors Win the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics

Blue LED Inventors Win the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three scientists for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” The

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A Reflection on Energy Justice Summer—The Fight Against Fracking in Pennsylvania

A Reflection on Energy Justice Summer—The Fight Against Fracking in Pennsylvania

Energy Justice Summer has come to an end, but our work against fracking and extreme shale gas extraction is still continuing. In the coming months, we'll be looking for more fellows to come to Susquehanna

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CBF’s Brock Environmental Center Will Soon Be the Most Sustainable Building in Virginia

CBF’s Brock Environmental Center Will Soon Be the Most Sustainable Building in Virginia

The 10,000-square-foot center is located on less than an acre of its 118-acre site of fragile marshland on the Lynnhaven River known as Pleasure House Point. The area was slated for an 1,100-home

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INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Computer equipment and residential electronics represent 15 percent of the energy that residents consume worldwide, and that number is expected to triple over the next couple of decades unless steps are

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6 Fun, Fantastic Bus Stops from Around the World

6 Fun, Fantastic Bus Stops from Around the World

Baltimore's Typographical Sculpture Bus Stop Designed by artist collective “mmmm…”, this unique bus stop is an experiment in typography and public art. Located on a Baltimore street, this design

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INTERVIEW: Tesla Climate Riders Drive 1,100 Miles to People’s Climate March

INTERVIEW: Tesla Climate Riders Drive 1,100 Miles to People’s Climate March

  A team of sustainability leaders from Orlando, Florida, drove a  Tesla Model S Sedan 1,100 miles to the People's Climate March in New York City to demonstrate that zero emission electric

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Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH ‘L-Zero’ Maglev Train

Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH ‘L-Zero’ Maglev Train

Japan invented high-speed rail (HSR) in 1964 with the Shinkansen bullet train - and now The Land of the Rising Sun is leading the way towards the next generation of fast trains with the first public test

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Hu2′s Fun Wall Stickers Gently Remind You to Turn Off Lights and Conserve Energy

Hu2′s Fun Wall Stickers Gently Remind You to Turn Off Lights and Conserve Energy

Is there someone in your household who just can't seem to remember to turn off the lights when they leave the room? Give them the gentle nudge they need by posting up a few of Hu2's clever wall decals.

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Angry Skies and a Dense Forest are No Match for this Sprawling Solar Array

Angry Skies and a Dense Forest are No Match for this Sprawling Solar Array

After receiving $400,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Wayne National Forest commissioned Third Sun Solar to install their 51.6 kW rooftop solar array on the building's

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The Passive House Standard Will Now Recognize Net Zero and Energy Plus Buildings

The Passive House Standard Will Now Recognize Net Zero and Energy Plus Buildings

The rigorous Passive House building standard just got a major update: It will now recognize net zero buildings and buildings that generate more energy than they consume as "Passive House Plus" and

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INFOGRAPHIC: 50 Ways Your Home Could Help Save the Earth

INFOGRAPHIC: 50 Ways Your Home Could Help Save the Earth

So you've already swapped out your incandescent bulbs for LEDs and installed a smart thermostat - what else can you do to green your home? Good to Be Home has you covered with a new infographic that shows

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Cool Chargeboard Juices Up Your Smartphone While You Skate

Cool Chargeboard Juices Up Your Smartphone While You Skate

Ever wished you could charge your iPhone while skateboarding? Now you can with Chargeboard, a fantastic new long board designed by Bjorn van den Hout. Unlike any other board on the market, Chargeboard

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Swing Time: Glowing LED Hammocks Change Color When You Move

Swing Time: Glowing LED Hammocks Change Color When You Move

Swing Time (2014) - short from HYA on Vimeo. ‘Swing Time’ is located in Boston, between the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and D Street.  It consists of 20 circular glowing hammocks that

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British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship in Kamloops, BC;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield Earthship, the home

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EnGo Public Charging Station is Powered by Kinetic Tiles and Solar Panels in Missouri

EnGo Public Charging Station is Powered by Kinetic Tiles and Solar Panels in Missouri

NYC-based tech startup Volta Group has just installed its first EnGo public charging station that powers mobile devices with a clean energy combo of kinetic tiles and solar panels. Students at Webster

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Breakthrough Extracts Hydrogen from Water 30 Times Faster

Breakthrough Extracts Hydrogen from Water 30 Times Faster

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have made an exciting clean energy production breakthrough: they've discovered a new method for extracting hydrogen from water that is not only safer than current

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Traffic Lights of the Future Will Predict and React to Traffic in Real-Time

Traffic Lights of the Future Will Predict and React to Traffic in Real-Time

Traffic lights haven’t changed much over the years. We’ve added cameras here and sensors there, but the basic concept is the same. Now, traffic engineers across the country are working with traffic

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Amazing Technology Can Print a Solar Cell Every Two Seconds!

Amazing Technology Can Print a Solar Cell Every Two Seconds!

A consortium from Australia's CSIRO and Melbourne and Monash Universities just announced that its printable solar cells are on the verge of commercialization. The technology uses a specially developed

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This Family is e-Biking 6200 Miles Across the US to Set a World Record!

This Family is e-Biking 6200 Miles Across the US to Set a World Record!

How do you top crossing the Americas by car with the entire family in tow? If you are the Camper Clan family, you do it by setting a Guinness World Record by traveling 6,200 miles across the the United

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Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Inspired by the affordability of the material, Bilbao decided to build the walls using rammed earth in order to provide the home with optimal temperature control through its thermal mass properties. In

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Brilliant Pascal Stool Lights Up When You Sit on it!

Brilliant Pascal Stool Lights Up When You Sit on it!

Looking for a perfect energy-efficient gift for that special bookworm in your life? Well, you're in luck because New Zealand industrial designer Holly Bradshaw-Clegg's light-up Pascal Stool is perhaps the

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Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

This 1,000 sq ft desert oasis is the first prototype for a new flat-pack, prefab line of homes that minimize transportation and promote sustainability. Its shape was inspired by Le Corbusier’s

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How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

Polly Guth, Stonelea's 87-year-old owner, hired H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture to renovate the 10,000 square-foot home, and the transformation has been extraordinary. Built in 1870, the New Hampshire

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7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition

7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition

It hurts to say it, but summer’s almost over. Soon students around the world are going to be heading back to the accidentally-nod-off-while-studying sleep schedules and caffeine addictions commonly

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Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound

Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound

Imagine walking down Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan while the sounds of the city surround you: the cabbie is honking his horn, the store owner is blasting music, and construction workers are

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Dept. of Public Health Deliberately Silenced Citizens Calling about Fracking

Dept. of Public Health Deliberately Silenced Citizens Calling about Fracking

NPR recently covered a story about two former Pennsylvania Department of Public Health employees who said they were told to keep their mouths shut when people called in about fracking and related

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Airtight Leeuw House Requires Almost No Energy for Heating

Airtight Leeuw House Requires Almost No Energy for Heating

To take advantage of solar gains, the architects installed triple-glazed windows on both the Leeuw House's south and west facades, and left the north facade mostly closed. The glazing is slightly set back

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China to Ban Burning Coal in Beijing by 2020

China to Ban Burning Coal in Beijing by 2020

When it comes to China’s pollution problem, it seems like it’s one step forward and two steps back. China just announced plans to ban coal use in Beijing by 2020, citing the fuel source as a major

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Scientists Create Cheap, Efficient Spray-On Solar Cells

Scientists Create Cheap, Efficient Spray-On Solar Cells

For the first time, scientists have figured out a way to create efficient, affordable spray-on solar cells. While the concept itself isn’t something new, spray-on technology in the past has been so

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