Green Communities

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

National Science Foundation
By modeling designs after concepts found in nature, engineers hope to create stronger buildings and more efficient innovations. Something as simple as flapping wings provides researchers with new insight into energy sources and its use.
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington is the first team from the Southern hemisphere to compete in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. They have made a series of video blogs which follow their progress in the lead up to the... Read More
Planet Forward
Once called the "Venice of the East" because of its extensive canal system, Bangkok is a city that has been dealing with flooding for hundreds of years. It's built on water. In fact, the primary housing option in the city in the 18th century was... Read More
The George Washington University
Update (11/1/2012): In response to questions surrounding Hurricane Sandy, we are featuring "'The Big Uneasy,' The PF Interview with Harry Shearer." We hope this idea will provide insight into dramatic weather events and the measures that communities... Read More
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The University of Tennessee’s Living Light house incorporates the knowledge of Tennessee’s past and present to create an environmentally responsive, comfortable home to meet the needs of today. The dual extremes of our climate led the original... Read More
We are exposed to hundreds of chemicals every day in household items that you might not expect to be potentially harmful, including non-stick cookware, plastic bags and bottles, and cleaning products. Under regulations that currently exist,... Read More
Planet Forward
In this week’s WEBISODE we travel to Bangkok to see what they are doing to cope with floods. PF Producer Victoria Riess talks with Porntep Techapaibul, the Deputy Governor of Bangkok. WATCH!
Focusing on sustainability makes for a more livable city, Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle told the C40 News Team. Watch his interview conducted during the C40 Cities Mayors Summit in Sao Paulo.
In early August of the summer of 2011, scorching heat continues to smash records in many parts of the country. In Austin, Texas, triple-digit temperatures are causing unprecedented demands on power grids. Oklahoma City is on track to eclipse the... Read More
In Heidelberg, Germany, energy consumption across all municipal buildings has been reduced by more than 50 percent. The city is also building a new, zero-emissions development at the site of a former freight yard. In this interview during the C40... Read More

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