Green Communities

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

We need to rethink the way that people live, redesigning the traditional family home to be much more sustainable in all aspects. Ohio State's enCORE is the university's second entry into the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The team is... Read More
Planet Forward
Update (11/1/2012): In response to questions surrounding Hurricane Sandy, we are featuring "Amphibious House (Your Loss, Hurricane Irene)." We hope this idea will provide insight into dramatic weather events and the measures that communities must... Read More
Old Dominion University and Hampton University
A look into the different factors that influenced the design of the Unit 6--a net zero solar house entered into the Solar Decathlon 2011. Team Tidewater Virginia is designing and building the Unit 6, which will be displayed on the National Mall... Read More
WaterShed, the University of Maryland’s entry into the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2011, is a solar-powered home comprised of systems that interact with each other and the environment. A home that harvests, recycles, and reuses water... Read More
Can solar energy and other sustainable technologies create a new vision for affordable housing? That is the goal of the Empowerhouse Collaborative, a team of students from Parsons The New School for Design, Milano School for International Affairs,... Read More
Watch the Purdue INhome team design, build and and operate a solar-powered house that is cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Looking to keep track of Purdue's INhome Team? For... Read More
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

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