Green Communities

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

Planet Forward
Lean green design teams from around the world produced some winning ideas at this year's Solar Decathlon. Maryland won DOE's top prize, but we staged our own vote. From Vermont, Middlebury College got the nod. Watch
Elon University
I still have a lot of footage to look through from my trip to the Finca. I was a part of their volunteer program for three weeks, and there wasn't a meal that was not absolutely delicious. More Finca to come!
Planet Forward
What is your campus doing to be sustainable? What should colleges be doing to promote sustainability? In partnership with Second Nature, we're hosting a very special edition of Ask an Expert for Campus Sustainability Day. Talk to Meghan!
The George Washington University
The University of Maryland's Watershed home took first place at the Solar Decathlon 2011. See what innovations took them straight to the top!
National Science Foundation
Engineers at the Pennsylvania State University have found crab-shell chitin effectively raises acidity (pH) levels and reduces harmful metals in mine water. These results may lead to the development of cost-effective treatment strategies to clean up... Read More
The Dragonfly is an urban farm that hopes to help New York City adapt to the nearly one million more residents that are estimated to occupy they city by 2030.  The designers say the greenhouse could supply food to Manhattan and Queens. What would... Read More
George Washington University
THIS WEEK: How to turn a Solar Decathlon house into a home. GW students Melissa Turley and Jon Fenech followed Team Empowerhouse through the Solar Decathlon. Their innovation? Making it affordable enough to be a Habitat for Humanity home. WATCH... Read More
The George Washington University
Team New Jersey, a collaboration of Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, built the ENJOY house. This house is the first entry to the competition built from concrete. Want to keep track of Team ThinkFWD? Team ThinkFWD is a... Read More
District energy systems distribute thermal energy (steam, hot water, and/or chilled water) through a network of underground pipes to multiple buildings in an area, such as a downtown district, college or hospital campus, airport, or military base.... Read More
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Inhale, exhale! Unless the air is dirty, that is. Cleaning up the air is a problem that many cities face. The American Society of Landscape Architects says that by planting more trees and creating urban forests, cities can be a cleaner and... Read More

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