Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy satellite view (Modis)

Hurricane Sandy¬†was a tropical hurricane that formed over the Caribbean and tracked north. It made landfall on the New Jersey south coast at Atlantic City, south of New York at approximately 20:00 (8pm) Monday 29 October 2012 EDT (11:00am Tuesday 30 October 2012 AEST). The storm has been assessed at three times the size of Cyclone… Continue reading Hurricane Sandy

Loading

Empire State Building green retrofit

NYC Empire State Building. Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NYC_Empire_State_Building.jpg

Photo credit: Daniel Schwen The Empire State Building is undergoing a green retrofit to convert into an “eco-friendly” skyscraper. Many older tall city buildings have poor energy and sustainability ratings; it is hoped that this retrofit will provide a template for others to follow. The Clinton Climate Initiative is a partner in the project Summary of retrofits “Every… Continue reading Empire State Building green retrofit

Loading

New York

New York panorama. Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Assemblage.jpg

New York City, credit B.KERR New York City has set an ambitious plan to go green. It’s called PLANYC 2020. In December 2006, Mayor Michael R. Bloombert challenged New Yorkers to generate ideas of achieving 10 key goals for the city’s sustainable future. New Yorkers in all five boroughs responded, with the result being the release of PLANYC… Continue reading New York

Loading

La Casa Verde

La Casa Verde, San Francisco

La Casa Verde, situated in San Francisco’s Mission District, is built with sustainable materials and uses renewable sources of energy. This is one of the first homes in the U.S. to achieve certification through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ratings. Owner Robin Wilson Meridian Builders Location Mission District, San Francisco, California Country United States… Continue reading La Casa Verde

Loading

Millerton round house

Millerton round house in winter

Owners Yosh and Nili Schulman Location Millerton, New York State Country United States Type New construction House size Medium Summary of house features Energy efficiency The house is 60% more energy efficient than comparable homes Green building materials External links

Loading

LEED

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and provides a suite of standards for… Continue reading LEED

Loading

Large scale solar power

Parabolic troughs in concentrating solar power plant

Large scale solar power produces large quantities of energy from commercial scale facilities using technologies such as: Wikipedia links

Loading

Million solar roofs initiative

The Million Solar Roofs Intiative (MSRI) is an initiative in the United States to install solar panels on roofs to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear power. Established in 1997 as a national global climate change initiative, the MSRI is steadily gathering momentum toward its goal of seeing that 1,000,000 new solar energy systems are installed… Continue reading Million solar roofs initiative

Loading

Paso Robles house

Paso Robles house solar panels. Credit: Mike Brown

Owners Michael Brown Location Paso Robles, California Country United States Type Sustainable renovation project Owner Web Site www.mike-land.com Owner contact Mike Brown mwbrown42 @ gmail.com Summary of house features Updates We bought this 1670 sq ft, single-story house in June 2007 in Paso Robles California, in the heart of the Central Coast wine region. One… Continue reading Paso Robles house

Loading