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By Katharine Sucher / On November 18th, 2016

Around the country, interest in Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings is growing—this fall Santa Monica passed the world’s first ZNE building requirement for new single family homes and Boise unveiled Idaho’s first commercial ZNE building.

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By Meghan Bartels / On June 6th, 2014

Can our infrastructure systems do more if they work together?

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By Hillary Brown / On May 15th, 2014

Last spring's Presidential appeal for fixing the nation’s “raggedy” infrastructure (his word choice) has failed to stir a response from Congress. However, bold...

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By Jason Leppig / On March 21st, 2014

View of promenade seating and edge buildings in Bo01. (Photograph by Joakim Lloyd Raboff.)

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By George M. Woodwell / On August 14th, 2009

Today we watched the assembly and installation of the thirty-foot blades of a 100 KW wind turbine on the 10 acre campus of the Woods Hole Research Center on the southern coast of Cape Cod.

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By Peter Newman / On February 17th, 2009

Cities and regions will move from linear to circular or closed-looped systems, where substantial amounts of their energy and material needs are provided from waste streams. Eco-efficient cities will reduce their ecological footprint by reducing...

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By Peter Newman / On February 10th, 2009

The potential to grow energy and provide food and materials locally will become part of urban infrastructure. Photosynthetic processes in cities will reduce their ecological impact through replacing fossil fuels and can bring substantial ecological...

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By Peter Newman / On February 2nd, 2009

The seven key innovations of resilient cities are set as city models (being detailed over the next several weeks here at “Eco-Compass”). While no one city has shown innovation in all seven areas, some are quite advanced in one or two. The challenge...

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By Admin / On January 28th, 2009

Green building consultant Jerry Yudelson has published his "Top Ten" list of green building trends for 2009. Yudelson says that green building will continue to grow in spite of the global credit crisis and the ongoing economic recession in most countries...