Green Communities

It takes a village. Or a city. Some PF Member ideas for turning whole communities green.

Minnesota 2020
In more ways than one, Minnesota is leading the way to the new energy economy. Innovative technology is driving down the cost of photovoltaic systems and driving up the energy generation efficiency. Energy leaders and policy makers recently toured... Read More
America is facing enormous social, economic and environmental costs associated with the 20 million vacant housing units and commercial space that is dragging down the national economy. These nonproductive real estate assets (liabilities) burden... Read More
It is a wind turbine that is placed on top of the A/C condenser. As the condenser is turned on the air rotates the the turbine blades. As the blades rotates it creates electric energy. The energy goes back into the house. Here is a link to my site... Read More
College campuses are energy guzzlers. I know because I just graduated from Indiana University. As an environmental enthusiast that is worried about the future of our planet, I don't know of a quicker, cheaper or more convenient way to avoid wasted... Read More
Background: We have work force management apps like Google coordinate which allows businesses to dispatch and track their mobile employees, be they truck, taxi drivers or pizza delivery guys, which enables the deployment of resources in a... Read More
Minnesota 2020
Ecology tells us that the health and abundance of native plants and animals are important indicators of an ecosystem's water quality. This simple lesson is putting teenagers from North Minneapolis to work this summer gathering data, clearing... Read More
IFFC LLC
Water is pumped out of a pond or swimming pool, or from a fire truck tanker. It is pumped into a grid of hoses that are deployed, in a neighborhood, from reels on trucks. The hoses have two chambers. One chamber is used for moving the water and the... Read More
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Here's a simple idea to create more parks: retrofit a parking lot. Check out this latest animation from the American Society of Landscape Architects sustainable landscapes series that shows how small parks can revitalize cities.
REVITALIZATION
The dramatic loss of trust and confidence in public and private institutions has recently led to a rapid growth in citizen-led renewal projects. The global trend has been accelerated by the arrival of crowd technologies, such as crowdmapping,... Read More
UNSW Australia
Much of the energy needed to provide people with food is spent during transportation. Research from the University of New South Wales in Australia demonstrates the positive impacts of local farming--it not only uses less energy because the food... Read More

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