[RSS Readers – Click to View] This video was just uploaded yesterday and it’s nice to hear Ed Mazria explain Architecture 2030 in his own words. We’re talking about the architecture and building community response to climate change. You’ll remember that Mazria garnered mainstream media attention last year with the insightful, poignant phrase, "If you want to stop global warming, stop coal." As Mazria explains in the video, there are a few ways to stop coal … watch and enjoy the weekend.
You’ve probably heard of Treasure Island, the entirely man-made island that was formerly a Naval base. It was decommissioned several years ago, but San Francisco wants to bring it back to life. The city has held hundreds of meetings to determine the future of the 400-acre Superfund site, and they’ve got a plan: Treasure Island will become a testbed for the newest ideas in energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, and low-impact living.
It’s been an incredible year in green news, and coverage on the environment seems to increase every week. Below, you will find links from the last year that I think are important. Unfortunately, tons of good stories didn’t make the cut because the links were broken and I couldn’t find an adequate replacement. Regardless, 2007 has been a great year, don’t you think? Collectively, we’re taking big steps to respect the environment. Republicans, Democrats, businesses, individuals, etc. Everyone wants to do their part. And even if you don’t click all, er, 151 links below, scan the titles as a reminder of what has been accomplished. Let’s keep the momentum in 2008.
Tom Konrad is an Analyst at Alternative Energy Stocks, where he writes about investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency companies. This article is a guest post for Jetson Green.
The December 6 Technology Quarterly from The Economist profiles a Dutch office building that is both heated and cooled using heat (or cold) from the asphalt of the road outside the building, as opposed to the more conventional use of solar thermal panels on the building’s roof. The article optimistically ends:
The result is cheap heating in winter and cheap cooling in summer. And there is a bonus. Summer heating softens asphalt, making it easier for heavy traffic to damage the road surface. Dr de Bondt’s system not only saves electricity, but also saves the road. Expect to see more examples of it, in other countries, soon.
I mentioned Nanosolar back in August because I found an excellent video about the company — they’re poised to dramatically flip this solar industry inside out. Today comes news that they shipped their first product and received an actual revenue check. This is a big deal. Thin film solar is incredible because it can be used more flexibly and produced at a much lower cost.
Their powersheet product was recognized by Popular Science as 2007 Innovation of the Year. Now that the product is a reality, we’re going to see some craziness. They’ve accomplished a slew of world’s firsts (below) and decided to auction off an early batch of product on eBay. Unfortunately, that’s all you’re likely to get because they’re sold out for the next 12 months! Better start your orders now.