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SolaRoad in Krommenie, the Netherlands, will be the world’s first cycle path with embedded solar panels. Around 2,000 cyclists ride its two lanes on an average day. Solar panels embedded in the cycle path near Amsterdam could generate enough electricity to power three houses, with potential to extend the technology to roads.

Wouldn’t it be nice if our roads act like solar panels? And if we could drive our vehicles with the solar power generated by this? That was the brainchild of the developers at SolaRoad and what led to the first solar cycle path.

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What kernel of an idea do you have that will revolutionize the way we live in this world?

 

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Once again, I get to report that the textile industry is really making the investment into sustainable products. Just announced, CRAiLAR Flax is the first sustainable natural fiber with the potential to revolutionize the textile industry.

From the farms where the flax is grown to the mills where it’s spun into yarn, CRAiLAR Flax Fiber drastically reduces chemical and water usage. In fact, CRAiLAR was designated as a 100% BioPreferred® product by the USDA in April 2012. That clean record from dirt to shirt concludes with fabrics that are indistinguishable from cotton, while helping to prevent a cycle of environmental harm.

From this……

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to this….

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                                                                                                                                                                     but more sustainably.

I won’t look at a formally set table in the same way again after learning about this new technology, how about you?

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…. but something else quite unexpected.  Remember video cassettes, those big black boxes that played pictures? They were the ancestors to DVDs. They no longer have to occupy our landfills – some 4,000 of them have been used to build a house, along with two tons of denim jeans, 2,000 used carpet tiles and 20,000 used toothbrushes.

Britain’s first house made almost entirely from rubbish is based at the University of Brighton. From the kitchen counter made from coffee cups, to the stairs made from paper, this live research project will pave the way for entrepreneurs to find sustainable ways to construct housing.

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The construction industry currently discards 20% of everything it uses, meaning that for every five houses built enough waste is generated to build one extra house.

As the cost of raw materials continues to rise, the UK’s first A rated energy-efficient building made from waste, may be the first of many.

Would you want to live in one of these energy-efficient houses, or better yet, would you like to be credited with building one?

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In just under a week’s time, students from the University at Buffalo (myself included) will be visiting a local elementary school to teach the first graders about recycling. This is part of an educational outreach project for the University at Buffalo’s chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)- a national environmental organization. Our goal is to simply teach the students what and how to recycle so that future generations will be more environmentally conscious.

Our day will start out early, arriving at the elementary school at 8:30 am, prior to the students’ arrivals. Throughout the day we will have a total of five classrooms to visit (and over 100 students)- we’re definitely going to have to bring the energy! We will start our lesson by asking the students what they know about recycling to stimulate some discussion on the topic. After teaching the students what items should be recycled, we will play a game with the entire class. The game will be on an interactive poster that each classroom may keep, hand-crafted by the members of ESW. Each poster is divided into three sections representing a trash, recycling, and compost bin, and the students can sort pictures of various items into their respective bins.

We hope that these activities will keep the students engaged and interested- six and seven year olds can be pretty unpredictable. Stay tuned to see how everything went!

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December 13th, 2014
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I ran across this site while doing some other research into technology and was impressed by the very clear and solid goal this group has stated.  Take a look at this particular organization’s website by clicking the logo below.  Let it drive you to recognizing and actualizing a plan to make an impact in whatever area of the world calls to you most…it could be your neighborhood, your campus, your state – or a much larger geographical area.  How will you lead the charge to provide for ‘all’??

Energy for all

Energy poverty is one of the most pressing issues of this century. It’s a problem of technology, of infrastructure, of economics, of culture, and of politics – and it impacts over a billion people in the Asia-Pacific region alone.

Our goal is clear: We aim to provide energy access to 100 million people in Asia and the Pacific Region by 2015.

 

 

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