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Saint-Gobain has sponsored 7 student teams in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 challenge.

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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:

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As soon as all the materials were gathered to start the next phase of the project, pots were prepared and filled with dirt for the growth study. Research is being done still as to what amount of rye grass per pot to add, however, ratios of how much nutrients to give the plants has been decided. With all of the specifics with all the specific steps still being decided, here is a series of images to illustrate what was carried out so far.

A nursery cloth was carefully placed to avoid leakage of dirt in the water flowing out of the pots.

A nursery cloth was carefully placed to avoid leakage of dirt in the water flowing out of the pots.

To fill up all those pots, a wheelbarrow was filled to transport everything to the greenhouse.

To fill up all those pots, a wheelbarrow was filled to transport everything to the greenhouse.

Carefully, we placed each pot on a tray to measure all the fertilizer (leachate) that passes through the pots.

Carefully, we placed each pot on a tray to measure all the fertilizer (leachate) that passes through the pots.

Each prepared pot was carefully placed to maximize optimization of all the space used.

Each prepared pot was carefully placed to maximize optimization of all the space used.

The finished product - pots, pots and more pots.

The finished product – pots, pots and more pots.

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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)

 Another revamped city Landmark to be opened

 

Click the emblem to learn more about this beautiful and exotic island country in the northern Indian Ocean  Sri Lanka emblem

 

 

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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?

SkyGreens in Singapore

The Plant in Chicago

Terrasphere in Boston

Green Living Technologies, Inc.

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See the vids! maybe order the book?

 

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July 18th, 2014
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I have to admit – I stole the title for this post (’cause it made me giggle and want to say “what the heck???!!!”)

Maybe your future lies in studying the creatures of the sea and the benefits they bring to us.  They both fascinated and frightened our ancestors – perhaps you find them mysterious and enticing, too!

Why whale poo is good for the oceans… and us

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Hey to Duke University for the part they play in this research!

 

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