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
This weekend, the quadrennial global spectacle that is the Olympics kicks off in London.  The athletes are no doubt champions in their own right, but so are the Olympic planners and developers who say these Games will be the greenest ones yet.  In... 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
Our latest segment from Bloomberg West features EnerNOC, a company that networks buildings together to decrease energy use during peak hours and ultimately saves money for consumers.
Minnesota 2020
We have all of this great solar technology, so where do we put it? In Minnesota, solar panels are being installed on existing parking garages. This initiative to utilize space that would otherwise be wasted is one of the state’s largest... Read More
This week we feature Planet Forward innovators who are working to make our energy grid more efficient, modern, and sustainable.  Believe it or not, many aspects of our energy grid are based off of models created 100 years ago.  Can you imagine if... Read More
How to solve the world's water crisis: Imagine there is a pipe from the sea discharging as much fresh water as needed. There is no visible explanation as to its source.
There’s nothing worse than being in a hurry and getting stuck in traffic! Enter Greenway: a navigation system that directs drivers away from traffic, making city streets less congested!
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

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