Environment

Blue Vinyl – Documentary Highlights of the Toxic Plastic

Blue Vinyl is a 2002 documentary film directed by Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand. With a lighthearted tone, the film follows one woman’s quest for an environmentally sound cladding for her parents’ house in Merrick, Long Island, New York. It also investigates the many negative health effects of polyvinyl chloride in its production, use...

Singapore: Biophilic City

Thought I share this interesting story on Biophilic Urbanism in Singapore: “A whirlwind week in Singapore chasing up amazing biophilic stories with CUSP Institute Prof Peter Newman and Uni of Virginia Prof Tim Beatley. sustainability.curtin.edu.au”

New Report Examines Risks of 4 Degree Hotter World by End of Century

The world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4 degrees at the end of the century if the global community fails to act on climate change, triggering a cascade of cataclysmic changes that include extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks and a sea-level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people, according to...

Systemic Sustainability Explained – Tom Bosschaert at the Dutch Architecture Institute

UBC Reads – Richard Heinberg on The End of Growth

Richard Heinberg examines the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Describes what policymakers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth’s budget of energy and resources. Heinberg argues we can thrive during the transition if...

f.lux – Better Lighting for your Computer

Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow? Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen? During the day, computer screens look good—they’re designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at...
New York City's Greenhouse Gas Emissions as One-Ton Spheres of Carbon Dioxide Gas

New York City’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions as One-Ton Spheres of Carbon Dioxide Gas

In 2010 New York City added 54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (equivalent) to the atmosphere, but that number means little to most people because few of us have a sense of scale for atmospheric pollution. Carbon Visuals (http://www.carbonvisuals.com) and Environmental Defense Fund (http://www.edf.org/climate/remaking-energy) wanted to make those emissions feel a bit more real...

FutureCityLab Roundtable

Watch the first FutureCityLab roundtable online now: The event was hosted by Thomas Auer (Transsolar) and Colin Ripley (Ryerson University Toronto) at the FutureCityLab in Berlin (AEDES gallery). Via Green & Sexy ..

The Living Building Challenge Documentary Semifinalist at Filmmaker Competition

THE LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE is a Semifinalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. It could also be named an Audience Favorite if it’s among the ten that receives the most votes. If you love it, vote for it. Click on the VOTE...

TEDxSydney – Saul Griffith – Living in the Future

Inventor, scientist and entrepreneur Saul Griffiths, on how we can make the future awesome through better engineering (and a bit of imagination). Saul is the Founder / Principal Scientist at Other Lab, where he focuses his work on engineering solutions for energy production and energy efficiency. He has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical...

CornellCast: Biology, Biomimetics, and Buildings

Richard Bonser of the School of Engineering and Design at Brunel University gives a presentation at the 2012 Hans and Roger Strauch Symposium on Sustainable Design, “Sustaining Sustainability: Alternative Approaches in Urban Ecology and Architecture,” February 4, 2012. The symposium was organized jointly by the Cornell University Department of Architecture and the Oslo School of...
Planting Buildings - The Living Building Challenge at the Bioneers Radio Series

Planting Buildings – The Living Building Challenge at the Bioneers Radio Series

Listen to this 2010 interview with architect Jason McLennan. He designed the Living Building Challenge to raise the bar on green building: meet or exceed what nature provides. While the standards seem impossibly high, it may be simpler than we imagined. A living building is like a flower, planted and rooted to its place. It...