IBM is becoming gradually more involved in the world of clean tech, so it’s not surprising that their third annual "IBM Next Five in Five" includes a mention of solar power. The list includes five innovations that will change the way people work, live, and play over the next five years. Accordingly, IBM thinks energy saving solar technology will be built into asphalt, paint, and windows. Basically, with the advent of thin-film solar cells and advances in technology, everything everywhere will have solar cells and harvest energy. And the technology to do so will be affordable, too.
Maybe Samsø started a trend in becoming a net exporter of renewable energy because it appears that the Vatican is thinking about doing something similar. The curvaceous roof of Paul VI Audience Hall, a building that's located right by the famous St. Peter's Basilica, has been topped with 2,400 photovoltaic panels to source energy for lighting, heat, and air conditioning.
I am very excited to let you all know that Benjamin Moore’s newest line of eco-friendly paint, Natura, offers no volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). Volatile organic compounds are the chemicals, usually found in paint, that toxify your indoor air quality. I’ve been waiting for this day because while other no-VOC paints are available on the market, I don’t think that you can beat the quality of Benjamin Moore.
It's been another record breaking month here at Jetson Green and we're excited to welcome all the new readers. Greenbuild 2008 was incredible and inspiring: In the future, we plan to speak more on issues of biomimicry and social equity in green building. In the meantime, we've linked to our main articles from last month and organized them below. There's tons of innovation in green prefab and home design, but there's also a lot going on with green innovation and products — if you missed any, make sure to take a gander.
- Green projects may have an edge in getting funding.
- Sustainable building is a necessity, not a trend.
- Green homes: solar energy versus energy efficiency.
- Green nightclub trend hits New York.
- Sometimes green buildings may not be healthy buildings.
- Will Obama’s stimulus plan spur green jobs in U.S.?
- Upstate NY office makes more energy than it takes.
Hope you’re all enjoying this fine autumn holiday and hanging with friends and family. Not to get all historical and such, but Thanksgiving has some interesting roots. It’s my understanding that the holiday we now recognize harkens back to when the colonists and natives got together and had a meal of thanks in celebration for the harvest. Imagine all the work and sweat and travail that went into the harvest. Imagine those years when the harvest was slim. When the harvest was abundant. Life is crazy like that.
I certainly have nothing to complain about and want to shout out to you for your readership, comments, emails, and friendship. Let’s turn this thing up another notch over the next year and meet back. And just so you know, posting on this end is going to be a bit slower because I’m with family and, well, wireless internet is sort of non-existent.
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