Saint-Gobain has sponsored 7 student teams in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 challenge.
The aim of this international academic architectural competition was to improve education and research in the fields of sustainable architecture and solar energy. This year, 20 student teams representing 41 universities from 16 countries and three continents have presented full-scale prototypes of the sustainable, comfortable, innovative and affordable solar energy houses they designed.
Take a look at the top contenders:
Sri Lanka – formerly Ceylon. Geographically and historically significant for a period spanning over 3000 years. Not often on the front pages of the US or even the European newspapers recently. Diverse culturally, linguistically and religiously. Deep traditions and tales of both prosperity & poverty. Ever evolving with the rest of our spinning planet…
(take note of the many joint agencies in the city of Columbo and beyond mentioned in the article – all united in a vision of cleaner, greener planning and viability)
If you’ve read the children’s tale of Jack, the Giant Killer and his adventures scaling the beanstalk (or some version of this story that has been handed down in a non-US culture), you know that climbing high can have its rewards and its challenges. Vertical farms may bring a new language to farming around the globe – as we climb ever higher to feed our expanding world population.
Vertical farming is a way in which smaller spaces can be used to produce quantities of produce and plant life that plots of land don’t allow for in crowded or urban areas. “Simply put, vertical farming means using a multi-level building, preferably within an urban centre, to grow food.” (JP Brown) Check out his full post on LinkedIn: Growing Up, Not Out: The Potential of Vertical Farming
Take a look at some of the companies that are involved with this growing technique. Maybe there’s an employment opp here for you?
Would you like to live in a perfect city in South Korea or Abu Dhabi or Japan? They do exist! Commercial and private organizations are increasingly investing in these pop-up cities. Imagine a city that recycles 80% of it’s water, replaced cars with electric pods and has street lights with motion sensors creating a security network.
The MIT and Masdar Institute Cooperative Program enables students to work with government to focus on alternative energy, sustainability, and advanced technology.
Gale International, of New York City, is one such private organization developing the Songdo sustainable city in South Korea.
If you’re currently doing undergrad or graduate work in science, your studies probably include coursework in one or more of these energy disciplines: solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and low-impact hydro facilities. Here’s a look at green power options and how they can be distinguished from one another…
There’s a sidebar to the article above that gives more detailed info on different types of Renewable Energy