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 while reducing waste plastic. Using an industrial process called extrusion, Conceptos Plasticos uses multilayered plastics, mixtures of different plastics and rubber to make quality construction … Continue reading Man builds homes for the homeless from recycled plastic
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 existed that would warrant government intervention. In fact, according to a recent article in TIME Magazine, the USDA will buy the cheese from private inventories … Continue reading Government buys 11million pounds of surplus cheese
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 of Power. Recorded in 1974 and released in 1975, the song hit the airwaves at the height of the US oil energy crisis, during which … Continue reading Eco-Music Monday: Tower of Power “Only So Much Oil in the Ground”
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 also had an affinity for the color green. We often learn things about people after their passing that make us admire them just a little … Continue reading The Purple one Had a Green Side: Prince & Clean Energy
How does your ideal energy mix differ from the actual mix of energy sources your suppliers uses to power your home?
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 invested more than $31 billion to support a wide range of clean energy projects across the nation -- from investing in the smart grid and … Continue reading Update (Video): Recovery Act’s Clean Energy Revolution
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 developed and developing countries regarding who should be responsible for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and who suffers most when no one does. We then discussed … Continue reading That time I was on the radio talking about #ClimateJustice
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 building replaces the 11,000 square foot Sebastian Health Center constructed in 1958. The new health center becomes the university's first completely green building, achieving Silver certification … Continue reading Harmonizing Healthcare and Earthcare NCA&T Opens LEED Silver Building
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. At a more fundamental level, multifamily buildings represent some of our most energy-efficient residential structures. Studies show that residents of multifamily housing consume far less … Continue reading Making Apartments More Resilient Makes Sense, So Why Aren’t We?
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) Engineering students are organizing a statewide conference, “Sustainability in Transportation,” to be held Thursday September 26 at N.C. A&T. The full-day event is targeted to … Continue reading N.C. A&T engineering student groups organize conference on sustainability in transportation