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Beirut’s ABC Mall Solar Roof

Beirut’s ABC Mall Solar Roof

    ABC Achrafieh, the most beautiful mall in Beirut, is turning into the most eco-friendly one by installing the largest private photovoltaic plant in Lebanon on ABC’s rooftop. The installation will cover up to 4,000 m2 and will provide a capacity of 0.45 MW that is enough to power ABC department store, the equivalent of feeding up to 500 […]

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 […]

London Green Bridge Approved

London Green Bridge Approved

  Last year, the fabulous actor and green activist Joanna Lumley teamed up with the Pretty Terrific architect Thomas Heatherwick to imagine a gorgeous pedestrian bridge across the Thames in London. This November, the pedestrian Garden bridge spanning London’s River Thames won local-government approval. In the Guardian the bridge is described as “It will be like a tiara on the […]

Levi’s Field of Jeans To Promote Recycling

Levi’s Field of Jeans To Promote Recycling

  In an effort to promote recycling, Levi Strauss & Co. started a drive that brought in 18,850 pairs of jeans. The event known as “Field of Dreams” is meant to show the impact of throwing clothes in a landfill versus recycling. The collected jeans weighted 24,000 pounds. They were put on display at the 49ers football stadium by a […]

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 […]

Southwest Airlines Upcycles 80,000 Leather Seats Into Shoes, Bags, Balls

Southwest Airlines Upcycles 80,000 Leather Seats Into Shoes, Bags, Balls

  Southwest Airlines will lighten its 737-700 aircrafts by over 600 pounds by replacing its leather covered seats with lighter material. The change was aimed at reducing weight – 600 lbs per plane – and thus fuel. The airline, having cracked the top 100 in Newsweek’s annual green company rankings this year didn’t want to throw away the 80,000 leather seat coverings in […]

Yingli Solar at World Cup 2014

Yingli Solar at World Cup 2014

  Yingli who? If you watched the World Cup 2014, you would have seen Yingli Solar ads, one of the 12 companies advertising at the World Cup. FIFA made over $1 billion from ads, $70m of directly from Yingli. Additionally, Yingli placed 1,500 solar panels encircling the World Cup stadium in Maracana, Brazil. As the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer […]

Copenhagen’s Bike Increase Jumped 5% to 41%

Copenhagen’s Bike Increase Jumped 5% to 41%

  Copenhagen is known to have more bikes than people. Last year, bike usage increased by 5% due to 17 large Metro construction sites in the city that make driving unpleasant. Increased bike usage was not deliberate, it became the preferred option when driving due to construction became inconvenient. Lesson learned is that there is a more effective way to […]

Ecosphere Shipping Containers Turned into Solar Stations

Ecosphere Shipping Containers Turned into Solar Stations

  Ecosphere Technologies designed a mobile solar station that can be installed anywhere in the world. It can create and store energy with a wireless connectivity toa range of 30 miles. The pop-up panels provide 400% more energy than solar panels on the roof with a maximum of 15 kilowatts. This station in many situations including military, humanitarian or disaster […]

Primark Dress Includes Worker’s Cry For Help

Primark Dress Includes Worker’s Cry For Help

  Mysterious messages about working conditions discovered in a store remind us that textile industry standards have changed little since the Rana Plaza disaster. Two Swansea shoppers have come forward saying they found extra labels sewn into items bought last year. “Forced to work exhausting hours” read the first; “Degrading sweatshop conditions” says the latest, pictured in the 25 June […]

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 […]

Farm Bill Winners and Losers

Farm Bill Winners and Losers

  The long-stalled farm bill, which represents nearly $1 trillion in spending over the next 10 years and passed on a rare bipartisan vote, 68 to 32, produced clear winners and losers. Over all, farmers fared far better than the poor. The nearly 1,000-page among other things expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over a decade and created […]

Apple Solar Patents

Apple Solar Patents

  Apple appears to be creating a new device that can let natural light in and absorb the energy via solar cells in the devices. The key component in the patent is Smart Glass, or electrochromic glass. Acting like sunglasses, the glass can fluctuate its translucency to filter in light. The idea is to have a layer of photovoltaic cells […]

Solar Glass Orb Phone Charger

Solar Glass Orb Phone Charger

  Beta.ey is a spherical glass solar phone charger and atmospheric lamp. German architect André Broessel of Rawlemon has designed a solar cell phone charger and atmospheric lamp that follows the sun’s path to allow for maximum powering up. The Beta.ey is mounted on a dual axis tracking system and is small enough to fit on a regular desk. It […]

Stella McCartney Uses Sustainable Wool for 2014 Pre-Fall Collection

Stella McCartney Uses Sustainable Wool for 2014 Pre-Fall Collection

  Stella McCartney’s 2014 Pre-Fall collection at the Harold Pratt House introduced McCartney’s sustainable wool partnership with the Nature Conservancy and Ovis XXI, through which her tailoring and knitwear will use wool from the sheep of Patagonia, South America produced in accordance with the conservancy’s new sustainability standards. Its aim to prevent overgrazing in a bid to preserve grasslands in […]