Obama orders federal agencies to cut emissions by 40 percent

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President Barack Obama has thrown down the gauntlet on climate change once again. On Thursday the President issued an executive order that requires federal agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 2008 levels over the next ten years.

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Aljoud Lootah's Oru origami furniture is made from teak, felt and copper

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95 local students envision awesome features for NYC's underground Lowline park (PHOTOS)

by , 03/24/15
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SOM reveals design for new sustainable capital city in Egypt

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Haptic Architects' Highlevel Road two timber extensions will change color over time

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VIDEO: Clever woman lives, works and sleeps in a tiny space the same size as her bed

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BP is the latest company to ditch ALEC

by , 03/23/15
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Following in the footsteps of major companies like eBay, Google, Microsoft and AOL, oil giant BP has announced that it is leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) behind. In a statement released today, the company said that they had chosen not to renew their membership. BP declined to say why they were leaving ALEC, but many companies have opted to leave recently as a result of the council’s controversial stance on climate change.

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Coy Yiontis Architects use bold geometry to extend a Victorian home

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NASA to test insane 18-motor electric plane concept

by , 03/23/15

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NASA is quietly working on an ambitious plan to help a “significant portion” of the aircraft industry transition to electric propulsion within the next decade. It’s a noble—and challenging—endeavor that has the potential to significantly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Now, the Agency has begun testing an electric plane concept that uses Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology (LEAPTech). It could transform aviation, but on the face of it, it’s really rather peculiar.

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NexusHaus is an affordable, plus-energy house built for the 2015 Solar Decathlon

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Barcelona’s greenest bridge will be made from smog-eating, glow-in-the-dark concrete

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Philips to install LED streetlights in Poland for a 70 percent energy savings

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Philips Lighting just announced that they were selected to conduct a massive overhaul of over 5,000 streetlights in Poland’s historic “floating garden” city of Szczecin. The city plans to replace over half its streetlights with LEDs, which will be connected through a remote management system to control brightness and provide automatic alerts as to when bulbs must be replaced. All told, the LEDs will provide energy savings of 70 percent, and reduce the city’s costs by EUR 360,000 (just shy of $400k) each year.

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Artist Ren Ri works with honeybees to create gorgeous wax maps of the world

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This virtual mouse brain could help end animal testing forever

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Animal testing is a much-maligned practice in the development of medicines and cosmetics, but many companies are hanging on to lab mice because they lack an adequate alternative. But now, researchers at the Human Brain Project have developed a simulated mouse that can help us learn the results of animal testing without actually harming any living creatures. This virtual mouse could help save hundreds of thousands of rodent lives, specifically by replacing live mice in medical testing arenas.

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Kazuteru Matumura renovated an old townhouse in Osaka using curtains instead of walls

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Join the IIDA NY Chapter’s 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction benefiting Be Original Americas

Join the IIDA NY Chapter’s 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction…

Join the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) New York Chapter this Wednesday, March 25th for their 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction! Taking over the Open House Gallery…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Ten tips to save you 25,000 gallons of water

INFOGRAPHIC: Ten tips to save you 25,000 gallons of water

With World Water Day this Sunday, it's the perfect time to consider all the small changes you can make to be water smart. For instance, if every American home replaced their old toilets…

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India's "Water Gandhi" harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into…

By using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting, Rajendra Singh is bringing about massive change to drought-stricken areas of India. 30 years ago, Singh visited Rajasthan--one of the…

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Nueva School in California explores architecture's role in learning

Nueva School in California explores architecture's role in learning

The Nueva School is part of a mixed-use development in San Mateo, California, and was designed in order to connect students to a complex world around them. The architects are aiming for…

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6 heartwarming ways that 3D printing has helped animals

6 heartwarming ways that 3D printing has helped animals

The popularity of 3D printing has exploded within the past couple of years, and one of the most revolutionary uses for it has been that of prosthetics. But humans aren’t the only ones…

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