Partnership looking at sustainable construction

Northern Saskatchewan residents should re-think how they build and operate their homes. That’s the message coming out of the Prince Albert Model Forest board meeting. The non-profit organization is dedicated to finding and building sustainable communities while protecting Saskatchewan’s forests. With that in mind they invited local resident Thomas Porter to give a presentation to […]

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World Economic Forum session set for Lake Louise

Alberta will co-host a World Economic Forum regional meeting on energy, climate change and innovation in Lake Louise from April 24 to 25, but opposition critics are skeptical about how useful it will be. Premier Alison Redford said Tuesday the event will bring together more than 100 global leaders to draft an action plan on […]

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High mortality rate linked to environmental pollution in Sudan

The Sudanese Ministry of Health warned that figures show high mortality rates resulting from the deterioration of the of the environment. The ministry acknowledged that Sudan has become among the leading nations that suffer from environmental degradation and air pollution along with huge problems in drinking water. The director of the Department of Environmental Health […]

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American Vanadium Bets Big on Better Batteries

Better batteries are crucial to a global low carbon transition, whether it is to improve the range of electric cars or store electricity generated by solar panels and wind farms. But the challenge faced by those trying to develop cost effective batteries with ever greater power density has to date been limited by both chemistry […]

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Swedish city builds ‘passive houses’ as part of ambitious CO2 reduction targets

The past three winters have been bitterly cold in the southern Swedish town of Växjö. But despite lacking radiators, residents in two new city-funded highrises haven’t suffered because their homes are built in passive-house style. “Taking this route works very well for us as a municipality, since we want to become CO2-neutral, and homes account […]

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New Green Hyper-Efficient Servers for Data Centers

Cleantech Server line literally pays for itself by reducing server power, cooling, space, weight, water and carbon footprints by up to 80 percent. In response to a growing energy consumption and sustainability crisis in data centers globally, Cleantech IT innovations company Servergy, Inc. has delivered to market its Cleantech Server® line, a new clean and […]

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Top Secret Pacific Trade Agreement to Sacrifice Wildlife and Environment

Environmental groups have blasted draft text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) released yesterday by WikiLeaks as potentially devastating to the environment and wildlife. The massive 12-nation free trade agreement has been negotiated in secret now for almost four years, and the information release by WikiLeaks shows that key environmental safeguards in the agreement are being […]

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Gates letter challenges three development ‘myths’

Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates have used the sixth annual letter from their foundation to tackle what they see as development myths undermining efforts to save lives and cut poverty. The founders of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, take on three such myths: that poor countries are doomed to stay poor, that foreign aid […]

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Westpac crowned world’s most sustainable company

Speaking from Davos, Switzerland where Prime Minister Tony Abbott will give a speech tonight, Westpac chief Gail Kelly welcomed the global recognition and said the bank had focused on ensuring social, environmental and economic responsibility was key to its culture. “It is wonderful recognition of the work of our people to help create a sustainable […]

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The World’s Most Sustainable Companies Of 2014

Australian corporation Westpac Banking is the most sustainable company on earth this year, according to a new ranking from Corporate Knights. But what does sustainability mean, exactly? Doug Morrow, vice president of research at Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media company, says it’s a multifaceted concept. “On the one hand, it means doing more with less; […]

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Siemens opens new regional headquarters at Masdar City

Siemens, the global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering operating in the energy, infrastructure, industry and healthcare sectors, today inaugurated its new Middle East headquarters at Masdar City – Abu Dhabi’s low-carbon, sustainable city – where Siemens is an anchor tenant. The Siemens building has been designed with sustainable materials and energy efficient technologies, making […]

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Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility

While the initial investment in infrastructure and technology for renewables may be high, the long-term benefits to our environment and well-being far outweigh these costs. Sustainability is not just about adopting the latest energy-efficient technologies or turning to renewable sources of power. Sustainability is the responsibility of every individual, every day. It is about changing […]

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Balfour Beatty commits to DOE Better Buildings Challenge to Reduce Energy

Company will leverage solar energy and green building initiatives to reduce energy consumption 20% across its housing portfolio. Balfour Beatty Communities, LLC, a leading provider of property management, development and related real estate services for the multifamily, military, and student housing markets, today announced its participation in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge, […]

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Global Renewable Energy Share to Double By 2030

The global energy share can reach and exceed 30 per cent by 2030, while energy efficiency and improved energy access can advance the share of renewables in the global energy mix to as much as 36pc, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said in a report on Monday. The report, “Remap 2030” maps out a […]

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Self-Repairing Concrete Could Be The Future Of Green Building

Soon, home builders may be growing their own insulation right in the walls of the home. And bricks could grow in a mold rather than bake in a kiln. Manufacturing traditional construction products like bricks and insulation consumes a lot of resources. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that residential and commercial building contributes up […]

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Buy Green. Sell Stranded.

One of the hard truths about climate change solutions—whether they’re solar panels, protective sea walls, or carbon-sucking golf balls—is that somebody has to pay for them. This week the United Nations’ climate chief, Christiana Figueres, told Climate Desk that global investment in clean-energy technologies needs to reach $1 trillion per year by 2030 (a little […]

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Green building guru David Gottfried sells green home

How difficult is it to make a neglected 1915 home a green gem? In a forthcoming memoir, a green building guru describes how such a renovation can be stressful, costly and prolonged. David Gottfried wanted to “walk the talk” so about 15 years after co-founding the private U.S. Green Building Council, he set out to […]

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$41 Million for Renewable Energy Projects To Isolated Areas

More than $41 million in concessional loans for renewable energy projects will be provided to Republic of Ecuador, Sierra Leone, the Maldives, Mauritania, Samoa, and Mali by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). “IRENA and ADFD selected projects bring power to isolated off-grid populations, in some cases […]

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Going Green Means Making Green for One Fort Mill Company

Old water bottle may be sitting on a palette off Pleasant Road, or an Australia-bound shipping lane for cotton ginning season. Or, it’s bundling newspapers together or measuring out brick or wood. At least what’s left of it. Samuel Strapping Systems opened a Fort Mill plant in 1996. The maker of polyester strapping now has […]

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Passive Solar Design Ideal for Coronado Climate (San Diego County)

Thinking of renovating your house, or are you interested in a total knock down and rebuild? Have you thought about passive solar design? Those not yet au fait with passive solar design may automatically think of solar panels on residential roof tops or Earthship monstrosities made from mud and recycled tires, located in the American […]

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