Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
Sustainability
July 29th, 2014
10:14
 

Sometimes leaving the path you’ve chosen can be so very positive!  Read the post by Lavina Melwani on LinkedIn about these two former U Cal Berkeley students, Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, who’ve gone Robert Frost and ‘diverged’ with wonderful success…

Trash Collectors or Environmental Superheroes?

Visit their website and learn more:  Back to the Roots

"Our mission is to make food personal again through the passionate development of tools that educate and inspire, one family at a time."

“Our mission is to make food personal again through the passionate development of tools that educate and inspire, one family at a time.”

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July 27th, 2014
10:16
 

It’s kind of expensive right now to “go green” with your vehicle. The price of the electric car is tied directly to the size of the battery used to power it. The bigger the battery, the more miles you can drive on one charge.

Tesla Motors’ chief executive, Elon Musk, announced Tesla would invest in a $4bn-$5bn “gigafactory” doubling the world’s production of lithium-ion batteries. These batteries power your mobile phone, but also Tesla‘s high-end luxury electric cars. The objective is to cut battery prices by 30% in three years, and to halve them by 2020.

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Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, posing with with a Tesla elecric car in Times Square. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

BMW is also in the electric car arena and have developed the BMW i series from the ground up.

This new series has a whole new sustainable production process: FSC-certified eucalyptus wood has been used in the interior, the leather has been naturally tanned using olive oil rather than chemicals, and the dashboard and internal side panels are made from natural fibers rather than plastic.

Read all about the BMW of the future

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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 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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