Category: North America

Seattle’s Amazon Botanical Spheres

Seattle’s Amazon Botanical Spheres

  Tech industries are expressing themselves through buildings. Amazon’s real estate director said “We wanted to do something that was not only great for employees, but for the city as whole.” On Amazon’s new $4 Billion urban campus, they built 3 interconnected spheres with trees, waterfalls, and treehouses. To bring this project to life, a full time horticulturist, Ron Gagliardo, […]

Splashiest Exhibit at Art Basel Miami is about Climate Change

Splashiest Exhibit at Art Basel Miami is about Climate Change

  At this year’s Art Basel Miami, Lars Jan created the Holoscenes exhibit regarding climate change. It consists of a 3,500-gallon Plexiglas tank that slowly fills with water with a women inside. Twelve tons of water are pumped into the tank over the course of a minute. The woman is holding a basket of persimmons, until it floats out of her hands, […]

Tragically Beautiful Exhibit Shows How Our Oceans Suffer

Tragically Beautiful Exhibit Shows How Our Oceans Suffer

  In Hawaii, “Never turn your back on the ocean” is a common adage — a warning for anyone who visits the beach. But when Sophie Thomas, a London-based designer, visited the remote Kamilo Beach on Hawaii’s Big Island in 2014, the phrase took on new meaning. Thomas couldn’t keep her eyes off the devastatingly littered shores. Thomas’s exhibit was […]

ToxicSites.us to Locate Superfund

ToxicSites.us to Locate Superfund

  Superfund sites are hazardous waste sites, and you probably don’t want to raise your kids or park your bounce house near them unless you’re pro-cancer. The first — and most famous — Superfund site was Love Canal, a neighborhood in Niagara Falls, N.Y., where 22,000 tons of toxic waste were buried by Hooker Chemical Company and caused illnesses, miscarriages, […]

Hidden West Village Rooftop

Hidden West Village Rooftop

  It’s been a winning week for the Village’s rooftops. First, a glorious, coveted cabin poised high above East 13th Street came to market, and now, Gothamist relays word of a bucolic rooftop cottage replete with porch and lawn at 719 Greenwhich Street. Color us jealous. The cottage belongs to David Puchkoff and Eileen Stukane, who live on the top […]

New York’s “Big U” Climate Change Risk

New York’s “Big U” Climate Change Risk

  New York City, with a population fast approaching 9 million and vast cultural, historical, and financial resources, is fast approaching the danger zone for climate change. The city sits on a “Big U” shaped waterfront property. The OECD ranked New York City among the 10 cities most vulnerable to rising sea levels with 2.9 million people and $2.1 trillion […]

A Rescue Package for the Ocean

A Rescue Package for the Ocean

  The Global Ocean Commission, co-chaired by Jose Maria Figueres, has issued a groundbreaking new report that charts a course forward in our effort to protect this beautiful ecosystem. In September this year, the United Nations will begin discussing the future of the high seas and how they should be governed. We are polluting and depleting the ocean at a […]

Canada Post Plans to End Home Deliveries Within 5 Years

Canada Post Plans to End Home Deliveries Within 5 Years

  Canada Post Corp. is one of the many postal agencies facing future financial losses as people abandon traditional mail to electronic communication. However, there still is a need to post offices especially as online shopping sales are increasing. Governments realize to avoid the post office turning into a burden for customers and taxpayers, they must make some changes. To […]

Largest NYC Solar Farm: Staten Island’s Freshkills Park

Largest NYC Solar Farm: Staten Island’s Freshkills Park

  New York’s landfill-turned-green space is getting the city’s largest solar array, a 10 megawatt system that will sit on 47 acres of Freshkills Park. Renewable energy was always part of the plan for the 2,200-acre site, and the city released an RFP for operators in March 2012. The new array in Staten Island, to be built and run by […]

Las Vegas Venetian Hotel goes LED

Las Vegas Venetian Hotel goes LED

  Las Vegas has installed 42,000 new LED streetlights and is saving $2 million a year on reduced electricity bills and maintenance costs. The $2 million in annual savings goes to a special revenue fund to finance other green projects, including a 300 kW solar installation and renovation of a million square feet of public buildings to higher energy efficiency […]

Exhibit at Empire State Building

Exhibit at Empire State Building

  The Empire State Building had a $20 million award-winning energy retrofit project that was announced in April 2009, it’s quickly becoming a sustainability icon as well. Tomark this important process, which will reduce energy costs by $4.4 million, a sustainability exhibit was opened in the building’s second floor Visitor’s Center in 2010. Recently, the exhibit unveiled numerous audio-visual enhancements […]

Dolphin Carries Dead Calf on Her Back

Dolphin Carries Dead Calf on Her Back

  Whale watchers in Dana Point, Calif., witnessed an unexpected display on Tuesday when they saw a female dolphin carrying her dead calf on her back, according to KTLA-TV.Passengers aboard Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari saw the dolphin with something on her back supported by her dorsal fin, and before long identified it as a dolphin calf. “The […]

Earth Hour 2013, 6 Year Anniversary

Earth Hour 2013, 6 Year Anniversary

  Tonight, at 8:30 pm local time, houses and commercial buildings all over the world suddenly went dark. No, it’s not a global power outage, it’s Earth Hour! Started in 2007, this annual event has become a worldwide phenomenon, educating people about the threat of climate change, and encouraging a commitment to more sustainable behavior. In a message to the […]

Brookline, MA Banning Styrofoam December 2013

Brookline, MA Banning Styrofoam December 2013

  The town of Brookline, MA voted this month to impose a ban on polystyrene and other plastic bags starting December 2013. Styrofoam is made with petroleum, which is a non-sustainable resource. Additionally, petroleum production creates heavy pollution. 57 chemical by-products released during the creation of Styrofoam. This not only pollutes the air, but also produces loads of liquid and […]

Billionaire Buys Hawaii’s Lanai Island to Turn into Eco-Paradise

Billionaire Buys Hawaii’s Lanai Island to Turn into Eco-Paradise

  Oracle‘s CEO, Larry Ellison,  wants to turn Hawaii’s Lanai Island into a haven for sustainable technology.  He intents to turn it into an eco-paradise filled with electric cars, organic farms, and plenty of solar power.  Ellison bought 98% of the 141-square-mile Lanai from billionaire David Murdock in June, reportedly for around $500 million. The Lanai holdings include two resorts and golf […]