Engineering

If it gets built, there's an engineer involved somewhere. Check out some ideas on engineering the things we use everyday to be cleaner and more efficient.

National Science Foundation
In an NSF-sponsored project, computer scientists at the University of Utah have developed techniques to reduce the energy consumption of computers associated with large, temporary storage areas, called caches. The innovation could significantly... Read More
Planet Forward/GWU
The Volkswagen Plant of Chattanooga announced on December 1st that they are now the most efficient auto manufacturer in the world. See why VW's LEED-Platinum automotive manufacturing plant boasts to be the greenest. Watch
The George Washington University
GWU's solar thermal system heats up the water for three on-campus dorms. How much did the sixth largest installation cost the university? Zero. Watch
National Science Foundation
Science at work! NSF-funded engineers have found a way to make solar cells with plastics in a cheaper, more environmentally-friendly way.
Once known for having one of the most polluted lakes in the U.S., Syracuse New York is trying to right a wrong and make their waterways clean enough for swimming and fishing. They were one of the first communities to adopt clean water laws and have... Read More
Planet Forward friend and New York Times' Dot-Earth blogger, Andrew Revkin, talks to energy innovator Nate Lewis about whether we can achieve optimal levels of renewable energy without a stronger focus on research versus deployment or political will... Read More
Technology will only get us so far when it comes to sorting out the worlds environmental issues. The Earth Pyramid will be monument that will act as a platform for discussing environmental issues and give a generation of children a chance to have... Read More
National Science Foundation
Because cities have so many dark surfaces that absorb heat, they can become extremely hot and congested during the summer. A new study suggests that by painting roofs white, city temperatures could decrease nearly two degrees during the summer... Read More
You might be surprised to learn that great ideas are coming out of Milwaukee's Sewage District, but their sustainability programs are so innovative, they're attracting new workers who want to jump on board. Learn why
George Washington University
THIS WEEK: Have you ever wondered 'What's something I do everyday that impacts the environment and I don't even know it?' #Thinkfwd student Charles Pulliam-Moore sheds light on an idea you might never have thought of: how green is YouTube?

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