Green Communities

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

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
National Science Foundation
Climate CoLab--a new online forum developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology--brings large numbers of citizens together to develop creative solutions to complex problems such as climate change. The Climate CoLab allows... Read More
Minnesota 2020
New technology is making it possible and practical for photovoltaic installations to work on residential rooftops. Innovative reflective arrays, developed in Minnesota by TenKSolar and 3M, make PV panels space efficient and ramp up the energy... Read More
Planet Forward
Happy Birthday, Minnesota! Today in 1858, Minnesota was admitted to the Union as the thirty-second state.  To celebrate, we're going to take a look at what's going on in the land of 10,000 lakes to make the state turn from blue...to green! We've... Read More
Minnesota 2020
Across the country, community farms are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason! Check out this video to learn more about a neighborhood garden in Minnesota. Do you think any of their crops will be on their Thanksgiving tables this... Read More
When designing a house, most people consider how many bedrooms to build or how big the kitchen should be. In this house in Mississippi, designers created a sunspace, a room designed specifically to reduce energy use and costs! Check it out!
Minnesota 2020
Eolos is the Ancient Greek god of wind and the namesake for a new wind power research station at the University of Minnesota's UMore Park in Rosemount. Launched in 2010 with grants from the Recovery Act and the US Department of Energy, the station... Read More
In Huntsville, Alabama, solar power plays a huge role in making the city more sustainable. Among many projects, officials are proposing installing solar panels in parking lots. This would not only provide shade for cars, but serve as charging... Read More
Planet Forward
This is a full panel recording from the GW Moving the Planet Forward Conference. See highlights from this panel here. Moderator: Doug Guthrie, Dean, GW School of Business Guests:Deborah Wince Smith, President, Council on Competitiveness Debra Rowe,... Read More

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