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Jun 01, 2020

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Living Building Challenge-targeted Watershed improves Seattles water quality

Jun 1, 2020: Watershed aggressively reduces its energy and water usage compared to conventional construction of the same size.

States sue over Trump administration's fuel efficiency rollback

Jun 1, 2020: Twenty-three states and Washington, D.C. have sued the Trump administration over rollbacks in fuel-efficiency standards, citing poor science and threats to public health.

Qatar to create 16 sustainable floating hotels for World Cup

Jun 1, 2020: As construction of the Lusail International Stadium continues, Qatar, the country set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is also beginning to address the impending question of crowd accommodation. The massive number of fans traveling to the Middle East to enjoy the soccer competition will need a place to stay.

Smart windows that self-illuminate on rainy days

May 29, 2020: A research team develops self-powering, color-changing humidity sensors. Applicable to various fields including smart windows, health care and safety management.

Green design and history meld at unique Delas Frres Winery

May 29, 2020: A recent passion project with a dedication to earth-friendly practices resulted in the conversion of a historical landscape into the Delas Frères Winery in the Rhone Valley, France.

New rules allow hunting of Alaskan bear cubs and wolf pups

May 29, 2020: The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are easing hunting rules on some of Alaska's national preserves and at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Conservation groups have criticized the new rules as cruel and extreme.

These prefab micro-apartments are made of shipping containers

May 29, 2020: Thanks to Containerwerk, a local building firm that specializes in upgrading used shipping containers with a new and unique insulation process, the My Home housing project offers a sustainable alternative to traditional building techniques.

Robert De Niro and partners to open a garden hotel in Poland

May 29, 2020: If a glimpse into history is on your bucket list, a stay at the soon-to-open Nobu hotel in Poland can help put a check in that column.

GoSun Flow is a portable water purifier and sanitation station powered by solar

May 28, 2020: The GoSun Flow portable solar sink and shower couldn’t have come at a better time.

Why are toothbrushes so hard to recycle?

May 28, 2020: Dentists tell us to use three or four toothbrushes per year, but most end up in landfills. How can we recycle or reuse our best tools for dental health?

UK residents enjoying record low emissions

May 28, 2020: By now, almost everybody has heard about record low CO2 emissions brought on by coronavirus lockdowns. But new data shows not only that the U.K.'s emissions are the lowest they've been since the 1920s, but there's reason to hope they might not shoot back up to pre-pandemic rates as soon as life returns to quasi-normal.

New map exposes secrets of Antarctica's green snow

May 28, 2020: Antarctica’s peculiar green snow is spreading.

Solar One’s Green Design Lab Helps NYC STEM Teachers Transition to Virtual Learning During the Pandemic

May 28, 2020: Nearly 100 New York City Schoolteachers have been able to continue offering quality STEM education to over 6,000 students through innovative virtual learning resources created by the Green Design Lab (GDL), a program of NYC nonprofit Solar One. Since the closure of New York City……

UNStudio to transform Gyeongdo Island into a sustainable tourism destination

May 28, 2020: The project celebrates the island's natural beauty.

Airy Santa Monica Canyon home embraces views of nature and art

May 27, 2020: Reclaimed materials, a world-class art collection and an indoor/outdoor lifestyle combine in this recently completed Los Angeles residence designed by Santa Monica-based firm Conner + Perry Architects. Built for Los Angeles natives, this luxurious four-bedroom family home with large windows and a natural material palette was thoughtfully inserted into a wooded Santa Monica Canyon.

Italy's Relaunch Decree helps homeowners install solar photovoltaic systems for free

May 27, 2020: Relaunch Decree offers homeowners in Italy free solar power systems.

An abandoned Chinese village is reborn as an interactive art destination

May 27, 2020: The recently completed Holland-Dafang Creative Village transformed a dilapidated village into a new hub for the arts.

Green-roofed villa blends into a Costa Rican jungle landscape

May 27, 2020: Hidden in the lush mountains of Costa Rica is Atelier Villa, a green-roofed residence that opens up to gorgeous surroundings.

"Wither" artistically represents deforestation in the Amazon

May 27, 2020: While all eyes are on the national and international headlines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears no one is watching and protecting the rainforest, which is experiencing a "newly deforested area" that is "71% larger" than previous records, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Babylon Bridge features hanging gardens over the Seine

May 26, 2020: Inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the proposed bridge would be covered with greenery on multiple levels.

LEED Platinum-certified Half Moon Bay Library targets net-zero energy

May 26, 2020: At three times the size of its predecessor with a recently minted LEED Platinum certification, California’s Half Moon Bay Library is an impressive community resource in more ways than one.

Heatherwick Studio completes nature-filled EDEN apartments in Singapore

May 26, 2020: Greenery spills down the sides of EDEN, a nature-filled apartment building in the historic Newton district of Singapore.

Montreal unveils plans for award-winning Biodiversity Corridor

May 26, 2020: Following decades of car-oriented growth that replaced swaths of greenery with asphalt, the city of Montreal is attempting to bring nature back.

Designers propose sustainable housing in response to COVID-19 lifestyle changes

May 26, 2020: In response to how COVID-19 continues to reshape our lives, Studio BELEM proposes a live/work housing scheme.

Off-grid bamboo bungalow embraces nature in Thailand

May 25, 2020: Set approximately 1,200 meters above sea level in a rural area, the remote property has no electricity, water supply or even other buildings nearby. As a result, the architects created TREE Sukkasem VILLA, a self-sustaining home that combines traditional Thai design and contemporary elements.

Geothermal-powered dorm minimizes its carbon footprint in Quebec

May 25, 2020: The new dorm complements the boarding school's existing architecture while raising the bar for sustainable design.

How to make vegetable broth with scraps to reduce food waste

May 22, 2020: Get ready to make flavorful, comforting recipes with this tutorial on how to make your own broth to reduce food waste.

Migrating monarch butterflies get the right-of-way in new agreement

May 22, 2020: A new nationwide right-of-way agreement aims to protect migrating monarch butterflies.

U.S. rabbit populations contend with lethal virus, RHDV2

May 22, 2020: Wildlife officials recently announced outbreaks of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2 (RHDV2) ravaging Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and California. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) deems RHDV2 as seriously contagious and nearly always fatal amongst domestic and wild rabbit species and their close relatives, hares and pikas.

Ancient Mayan-inspired Casa Merida operates off the grid in Mexico

May 22, 2020: The self-sufficient Casa Merida stays naturally cool, unlike its neighbors that rely heavily on AC.

LEED-seeking apartments house formerly homeless families in San Francisco

May 22, 2020: The development is not only a champion of humanitarian architecture but also embodies sustainable principles including high-density living and energy-efficient design.

Next-generation solar cells pass strict international tests

May 21, 2020: A cost-effective method to stabilise perovskite solar cells could soon see them become commercially viable.

Tiny minimalist cabin in the Pyrenees uses natural materials

May 21, 2020: Don't let the simple aesthetic of this cabin fool you! The Weekend Shelter by Agora Arquitectura conceals a powerhouse of passive design.

Crowds fill national park for Yellowstone reopening

May 21, 2020: As visitors poured in on May 18, cars with license plates from all over the country filled parking lots and hardly a mask was in sight.

US renewables hit milestone in surpassing coal output

May 21, 2020: Both the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysts (IEEFA) have revealed that, from March 25th through May 3rd, utility-scale solar, wind and hydropower collectively generated more electricity than coal! This record 40-day timespan has edged over 2019's run of 38 days when U.S. renewables first beat coal last year.

Architects design COVID-19 mobile testing labs for underserved communities

May 21, 2020: Perkins and Will is teaming up with multiple designers to find ways to reuse buses as mobile testing labs.

AKA Patagonia pays tribute to the Chilean landscape with low-impact construction

May 21, 2020: The hotel boasts views of volcanoes, mountains and glaciers.

Novel device harnesses shadows to generate electricity

May 21, 2020: Researchers have created a device called a 'shadow-effect energy generator' that makes use of the contrast in illumination between lit and shadowed areas to generate electricity. This novel concept opens up new approaches in harnessing indoor lighting conditions to power electronics.

Charles Library boasts one of Pennsylvania's largest green roofs

May 20, 2020: Designed by Snøhetta, the new Charles Library at Temple University features one of Pennsylvania's largest green roofs at 47,300 square feet.

Modernist, off-grid home in Los Angeles features a huge green roof

May 20, 2020: New York-based Marc Thorpe Design has brought its savvy architectural talents to the City of Angels in the form of a beautiful, off-grid home set in the Hollywood Hills.

3D-printed system speeds up solar cell testing from hours to minutes

May 20, 2020: Tests on new designs for next-gen solar cells can now be done in minutes instead of days thanks to a new system.

Rare blue bee spotted in Florida

May 20, 2020: While most Americans have been inside watching Netflix and cultivating sourdough starter, Chase Kimmel has scoured the Central Florida sand dunes for the blue calamintha bee.

Self-sustaining retreat in Idaho is the perfect social distancing getaway

May 20, 2020: This base camp for outdoor adventures has become a welcome getaway during these uncertain times.

Work from home in style in these slippers made of natural and recycled materials

May 20, 2020: Spending a lot of time at home? Give your feet a little support and style with these vegan leather slippers.

'Hovering' gardens passively cool this energy-efficient home

May 19, 2020: This contemporary home is defined by its hanging gardens.

London creates massive car-free zones as the city reopens

May 19, 2020: How do you simultaneously discourage people from riding public transportation, avoid automobile gridlock and maintain social distancing? By designating bike- and pedestrian-only streets.

Now is the best time to build a home you never want to leave

May 19, 2020: After spending months at home, now is the perfect time to get started on your dream home.

CX Landscape proposes futuristic coastal park in response to climate change

May 19, 2020: This linear park is designed to defend itself against rising sea levels.

When Manhattan Was Mannahatta

May 19, 2020: Before the first Dutch colonists sailed through the Narrows into New York Harbor, Manhattan was still what the Lenape, who had already lived here for centuries, called Mannahatta. Times Square was a forest with a beaver pond. The Jacob K. Javits Federal Building, at Foley……

Disney releases retro tees using bottles from the parks

May 19, 2020: Get your Disney characters delivered retro style and made from recycled materials. The line is a partnership with Unifi, a leader in the recycled fibers game.