Man builds homes for the homeless from recycled plastic

I felt this was a worthwhile business venture to share. Concepts Plastics, founded by Oscar Andres Mendez Gerardino, is a Colombian enterprise that aims to replace informal settlements with decent housing … Continue reading Man builds homes for the homeless from recycled plastic

Government buys 11million pounds of surplus cheese

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will buy $20 million of cheese currently in surplus on the market. I’ll be honest, I had no idea such a market or surplus … Continue reading Government buys 11million pounds of surplus cheese

Eco-Music Monday: Tower of Power “Only So Much Oil in the Ground”

Here’s the next installment of Eco-Music Monday. Only So Much Oil in the Ground was the lead track on the Urban Renewal album by American R&B-based horn section and band, Tower … Continue reading Eco-Music Monday: Tower of Power “Only So Much Oil in the Ground”

The Purple one Had a Green Side: Prince & Clean Energy

An anonymous $50,000 check marked the start of Prince’s donations to climate change and clean energy causes. I had no idea that the artist so fondly associated with the color purple … Continue reading The Purple one Had a Green Side: Prince & Clean Energy

Update (Video): Recovery Act’s Clean Energy Revolution

In February 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as, ARRA, the Recovery Act, or simply the stimulus). Through the Recovery Act, the Energy Department … Continue reading Update (Video): Recovery Act’s Clean Energy Revolution

That time I was on the radio talking about #ClimateJustice

Last October I was invited to join the It’s Hot in Here radio team on WCBN 88.3 FM-Ann Arbor for a discussion about climate justice. The show kicked off discussing the disparities between … Continue reading That time I was on the radio talking about #ClimateJustice

Harmonizing Healthcare and Earthcare NCA&T Opens LEED Silver Building

Integrating healthcare and “earthcare”, today, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (NCA&T) State University cuts the ribbon on its “greenest” campus building. The two-story, state of the art, 27,548 square foot … Continue reading Harmonizing Healthcare and Earthcare NCA&T Opens LEED Silver Building

Making Apartments More Resilient Makes Sense, So Why Aren’t We?

If Superstorm Sandy taught us anything, it’s that we need housing that can withstand natural disasters. But resiliency efforts often focus on detached, single-family houses and ignore larger multifamily dwellings. … Continue reading Making Apartments More Resilient Makes Sense, So Why Aren’t We?

N.C. A&T engineering student groups organize conference on sustainability in transportation

This post makes me proud as a former chapter president of ASCE and member of ITE at A&T during undergrad. Way to go Aggies! – – – (from Aggie Research) … Continue reading N.C. A&T engineering student groups organize conference on sustainability in transportation

Starbucks “recycled” store coming to Kansas City Metro

Kansas City suburb, Overland Park, Kansas, will soon be home to a new Starbucks — but this one is different. It will be the first store in the area built … Continue reading Starbucks “recycled” store coming to Kansas City Metro