Can you believe that another Thanksgiving is here at last? As we pause to reflect upon the past year in green design it’s clear that we have a lot to be thankful for – we’ve seen nations around the world say no to dirty power as they pursue renewable energy in innovative new ways, and we’ve watched automakers roll out green vehicles in record numbers. We’ve also seen amazing new examples of green architecture pop up around the world, and the list goes on – read on for our top things to be thankful for in 2011!
It’s been a banner year for green cars as nearly every major auto manufacturer has unveiled plans for a hybrid or electric vehicle – and we’ve got lots to look forward to in 2012. Next year the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt will be joined by the Tesla S, the Ford Focus EV, and the Fisker Karma, and we can’t wait to see that hot electric DeLorean hit the streets in 2013. We also saw an incredible crop of green vehicles pop up at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week, so make sure to check out our full coverage!
The past year has also seen a sea change in the world’s energy landscape as countries abandoned Nuclear Power in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan. So far we’ve seen the Japanese Prime Minister call for the complete phase out of nuclear power, we’ve seen Italians vote to end the use of the dirty energy source, and we’ve seen Germany and Italy cancel all future nuclear plans.
As nations around the world abandon nuclear energy we’ve seen incredible new renewable energy initiatives on the rise – and we’re particularly excited about the launch of Desertec’s Sahara Solar Project next year! The initiative will install a 500 MW concentrated solar power plant in Morocco, and if all goes well it will move on to erect 100 GW of csp plants throughout Northern Africa. That’s a massive goal, but consider that if just .3% of the Saharan Desert were tapped for solar energy, enough electricity would be generated to power all of Europe.
This year also saw the completion of a brand new section of New York City’s High Line – our favorite urban park! Phase two of this soaring sky park features a flying catwalk, a sun lawn for lounging, and a forested thicket in the middle of NYC. We’re such big fans that we even erected a Thanksgiving High Line tribute of our own using veggie sticks and mashed potatoes.
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Happy thanksgiving everyone – tell us what you’re thankful for in the comments below!
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