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Growing your own shade and cooling systems with green roofs

An aerial view of the Jiutian International Square mall in Zhuzhou, Hunan province in China will reveal some interesting structures sprouting on its roof. Four two-story houses surrounded by living green gardens have been built on the mall’s roof. The villa-style houses, fully outfitted with electricity and plumbing, will serve as offices for mall employees. The structures, developed by local developer Zhuzhou Jiutian Real Estate. Read more..

‘Bicycle superhighways’ in Denmark encouraging less car use

Opened April this year, an 11-mile (17.7-kilometer) “bicycle superhighway” in Denmark hopes to further reduce the use of cars across the country, as part of a larger urban planning concept to make cities less car-dependent. The path is the first of 26 of such “superhighways” planned to be built around the country, according to a report from Ecocentric.

Studies find green labels increase value of California homes

Green home improvements can increase a property’s real estate value by an average of 9 percent, finds a California-based study released recently. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Los Angeles examined data on 1.6 million single-family homes sold between 2007 and 2012 in the California residential marketplace for an economic analysis of the value of green home labels.

Starbucks offering more earth-friendly hot-cup sleeve

Starbucks is now offering a new, “greener” hot-cup sleeve designed specifically to reduce the materials used in making them. “EarthSleeve” uses 34 percent less raw fiber and is made up of 85 percent post-consumer content. Starbucks worked with LBP Manufacturing and Henkel to design and produce the sleeve. “This product represents how the integration of our environmental values and collaboration with like-minded organizations can create significant impact,”

Empire State undergoing lighting controls overhaul

The Empire State Building is undertaking a wide array of renovations to enhance the energy efficiency measures across its 102-storey tenant spaces – including lighting controls improvement. Empire State will upgrade its lighting system with the installation of occupancy/vacancy sensors that switch the lights off when spaces are disused; daylight dimming controls that adjust light levels according to the available daylight; and wireless components that offer manageable retrofit and minimal interruptions.

County inmates in Maryland to live off of solar hot water technology

Inmates from an adult detention center in Maryland will be seeing another side to life inside a detention facility – the way of environment-friendly living with the use of solar technology.

The Frederick News-Post reports the Frederick County Adult Detention Center will install solar hot water panels on its roof, which will be mainly used for heating more than 2,500 gallons of water per day. Solar water heating system is reportedly three to four times as efficient as solar electric technology. Meanwhile, the detainees are among the county’s largest users of hot water.

The Future of Aeronautics - Designed by Shabtai Hirshberg

According to current predictions we will be having a 100% increase in flights by the end of 2030. Airlines are also well aware of the rising prices of fuel, and according to an estimate most of them will cut back the luxuries and increase passenger capacities since the business is becoming less profitable.

The new designed Shabtai Hirshberg commercial plane fits perfect in these circumstances since it reduces the fuel cost by 30%. This newly designed aircraft can also be landed on water as well as land. The streamlined shaped body and great efficiency of features makes it a brilliant choice for future. The designer has ambitiously worked with aeronautical engineers to come up with optimized use of technology, material, propulsion and other features

It’s more than just recycling. part iii.

Green Food Project urges sustainable food production in the U.K.

Food and agriculture sectors in the United Kingdom can improve their energy and water efficiency, boost crop yields and develop sustainable food technologies, according to a new report on how the country can create an environmentally sustainable food industry.