Alcatraz one of largest microgrids in U.S.

Alcatraz one of largest microgrids in U.S.

Watch towers, prison cells and … solar panels? Welcome to The Rock. Each year, more than 1.5 million people tour Alcatraz Island to visit its iconic prison. But, most people don’t realize that the 22-acre site, in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, is also home to one of the nation’s largest microgrids, according to the U.S.

Students build solar devices for rural hospital in Africa

Students build solar devices for rural hospital in Africa

A group of graduate students at Grand Valley State University recently created devices that provide solar power when electricity fails at a rural hospital in Malawi. They then made the 22-hour trip to southeastern Africa to deliver and install the...

Removing rooftop roadblocks: Solar accessibility soars under DOE program

Removing rooftop roadblocks: Solar accessibility soars under DOE program

Thanks to investments from the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, solar energy is more affordable for Americans than ever before, the department reports. But now, going solar no longer even requires a suitable roof. Business-model innovations have led to the development...

Building green good for self-storage businesses

Building green good for self-storage businesses

If a self-storage company is committed to developing its holdings in a way that benefits the corporation, community and environment, green building must be an inherent practice. How facilities are constructed and maintained makes a huge difference in the health...

Milwaukee apartments nab national honor

Milwaukee apartments nab national honor

A new apartment building on Milwaukee's east side has received a rare award for its high level of environmental sustainability. Sage on Prospect, a 34-unit development, has received platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, reports the Milwaukee...

Denmark campus opens with eye on future for sustainable living

Denmark campus opens with eye on future for sustainable living

Everyone can relate to being the new kid at school and struggling to find the cafeteria, classrooms and (worst-case scenario) the bathrooms. So spare a thought for the Copenhagen International School’s 930 returning students because the building’s brand new and...

Wilde Lake Middle becomes Maryland's first net-zero energy school

Wilde Lake Middle becomes Maryland's first net-zero energy school

Wilde Lake Middle School in Columbia has made its debut as Maryland's first "net-zero energy" school, meaning the $33 million building's extensive solar panel array will help it generate as much energy as it uses. The new school is significantly...

Let it snow: How solar panels can thrive in winter weather

Let it snow: How solar panels can thrive in winter weather

Those living outside sunny Southwest, the weather can bring sudden changes this time of year. Many parts of the country have already seen snow, and the polar vortex has extended far enough south that even the nation’s capital has experienced...

URI residence hall, fitness center earn LEED gold certifications

URI residence hall, fitness center earn LEED gold certifications

The University of Rhode Island’s Hillside Hall and Anna Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center have earned LEED gold certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to the school. Hillside Hall, URI’s newest residential facility, which opened in 2012, is...

New solar array to produce 10% of Ithaca College's energy

New solar array to produce 10% of Ithaca College's energy

A new solar farm will provide nearly 10 percent of Ithaca College’s energy needs, according to a press release. Financier Greenwood Energy and installer Borrego Solar Systems today announce the completion of the 2.9-megawatt (MW) remote-net-metered solar array. The solar...

Party like it's 1985: Nintendo Classic and the story of a clean energy revolution

Party like it's 1985: Nintendo Classic and the story of a clean energy revolution

The mini Nintendo Classic has everyone partying like it’s1985 again. The vintage video game console is the one of the hottest gifts this holiday season, as thousands of consumers are scrambling to get their hands back on this bit of...

REI sets new standard as first U.S. LEED platinum, net zero distribution center

REI sets new standard as first U.S. LEED platinum, net zero distribution center

REI’s new distribution center in Goodyear, Ariz., has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum certification — the highest level in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) green building rating system — making it the first distribution center in the U.S.

Apple’s new solar-powered spaceship office nearly complete

Apple’s new solar-powered spaceship office nearly complete

One of the world’s most anticipated buildings is nearly complete. New drone footage shows that Apple’s $5 billion solar-powered “spaceship” office is on track to meet its 2016 completion goal, reports Inhabitat. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Campus 2...

Solar-powered SkyVille boasts deep-green public skypark

Solar-powered SkyVille boasts deep-green public skypark

Singapore just took a green leap forward with the SkyVille housing complex, uniting communities with an eco-friendly, un-gated design. Architecture firm WOHA included a public plaza and garden in the heart of the high-rise structure, demonstrating that “high density can...

Solar-powered Smart Green Tower to mimic technology of electric cars

Solar-powered Smart Green Tower to mimic technology of electric cars

If a car can run on a lithium-ion battery, why can’t the same technology be applied to a city block? This is the conceptual basis of the Smart Green Tower planned for Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany. Frey Architekten teamed...

Solar-powered mobile health clinic delivered to Clemson

Solar-powered mobile health clinic delivered to Clemson

Odulair, a leading manufacturer of mobile health clinics, has launched what it claims is the world's first 100-percent solar-powered generator-free mobile clinic for Clemson University, according to a press release. The Clemson University Joseph F. Sullivan Center is using the...

Report: D.C. could enhance livability, save billions with smart surface technologies

Report: D.C. could enhance livability, save billions with smart surface technologies

A new report documents and quantifies the large-scale environmental, health and economic benefits that Washington, D.C., could gain from citywide adoption of smart surface technologies. “Achieving Urban Resilience: Washington, D.C.,” authored by Capital E, documents how the district could save...

Old Mutual’s Cape Town office a southern hemisphere leader in green building

Old Mutual’s Mutualpark offices in Pinelands, Cape Town, South Africa, have received a 5-star Green Star South Africa (SA) Existing Building Performance rating. This rating by the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) makes it the largest existing building to...

Report: U.S.

Report: U.S. "clean energy revolution" making historic gains

America’s transition to a clean energy economy is irrevocably underway and delivering deep pollution reductions, with coal use at record lows but renewable energy higher than ever, according to the fourth annual energy report by the Natural Resources Defense Council...

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