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Living Building Challenge IRL

Last week was our penultimate topic week in the Sustainable Buildings class, and it was an important one:  we covered the Living Building Challenge, one of the “deepest green” sustainable building standards in the world.  It was even more appropriate a topic when you consider that it was started in our own backyard in conjunction […]

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On the future of ecocities

Interesting news today out of the United Arab Emirates, where Abu Dhabi has been trying to build the world’s first real “ecocity” from scratch in the 50,000 person Masdar.   Applied Materials last week announced the end of its SunFab solar business, thus effectively killing the manufacturing lines on which Masdar PV was relying.  This […]

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Colorado: “Neon” Green

While Portland is working towards being the greenest city in the country, and California is known for incorporating energy efficiency into its building codes, the real net-zero capital of the United States might soon be Colorado.   The Centennial State is no stranger to energy efficiency and renewable energy: the University of Colorado won the Solar […]

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…and I dropped the blogging ball! More about the Solar Decathlon…

Sorry for going on hiatus after my last post from DC about the Solar Decathlon.  The truth of the matter is that the weather was 100% miserable the entire time I was there, and I had not the time nor the space to blog:  my hands were numb and it was raining, thus making it […]

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Live from the National Mall…Team Germany FTW!

In a stunning surprise come-from-behind win, Team Germany took the top award at the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathalon this morning after winning the Net Metering category, upsetting the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who was in first place before the final winner was announced, and who ended up in second place. This is Team […]

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Going to the Solar Decathalon!

Happy Blog Action Day! The theme of Blog Action Day this year is “climate change”, which is pretty easy for me to tackle since I think about climate change a lot. As I write this I’m on my way to PDX to travel to Washington, DC to visit the Solar Decathalon. For those of you […]

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How much land do we need to power the world with the sun?

This is a question that I think about a lot, but fortunately someone else has already done the calculations for me!  Behold this graphic from the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), which projects how much of the Earth’s surface we would need to power the ENTIRE world… on solar power alone! The LAGI did this […]

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My new favorite eco-superhero :)

Jimmy Fallon – from Late Night on NBC – went to Comic Con in San Diego over the weekend, and he took with him an idea for a superhero that he had been hatching for, oh, 20 years.  Apparently his character was “learning karate at a strip mall” when there was an explosion and a […]

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The 29 most important pages of the Waxman-Markey climate bill

Ed Mazria is a bit of a legend in the Architecture and design community.  He’s been in practice forever; he wrote a big, fat book all about energy-saving passive design in the 70’s entitled The Passive Solar Energy Book; and he’s the driving force behind the organization known as Architecture 2030.   Basically, when Ed talks, […]

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Arthur stood me up…

…But as a President of Starbucks I’m sure he’s a busy guy. Here’s a few more photos before I head out for the day.

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