The LittleBits Smart Home starter kit contains all the components you need to control hour lights, heat, air conditioning and garage door electronically.
Big changes are happening in urban transportation. Today’s city dwellers are taking trains and buses or walking and biking to work more than ever.
Acacia TV brings you the world of personal fitness to your computer, smart phone, tablet or Roku over the internet. Learn yoga and other fitness techniques from the privacy of your own home.
Like many urban areas today, the city of Bergen, Norway needed student apartments that are energy efficient, sustainable and offer inexpensive rents.
The world’s tallest buildings in Wuhan, China will also help clean the environment. They will generate solar, wind and hydrogen power and vertical gardens.
London is proposing to build a cycling superhighway along the banks of the Thames River to promote bicycle commuting into and out of the city.
Nick Falbo, an urban planner living in Portland, Oregon, has come up with a new intersection design that would address bicycle safety at intersections.
A sustainable city is one you love, a city that has a sense of place. Its culture, climate, arts, businesses and people provide its vital sense of identity.
Bloomberg News has assembled data from the US Census about the number of people who bike to work and where they are located. The top 25 US cities for bicycle commuting are shown in the graphic above. The top 5 on the list are: Davis – California Boulder – Colorado Palo Alto – California Eugene […]
Highways are great for getting people from one place to another quickly. But they are not so great for those who have to live near them. Almost without exception, major highways and turnpikes around the world- literally from LA to Beijing– are noisy, stinky places with high concentrations of CO2 and other toxic exhaust gasses […]
It’s so easy to sit back in our easy chairs and bemoan the fact that we can’t do anything to alter the course of events. Or we can follow the example of a collection of concerned Polish farmers who opposed the destruction of their local environment by fracking. They blockaded a site where Chevron proposed […]
We all know that bicycle commuting is good for your health and good for the environment. Especially in winter, when starting your car on cold mornings puts lots of exhaust fumes into the atmosphere while we wait for our engines to warm up- but people still associate “cycling” with spring and summer. It doesn’t have […]
A new French start-up, NewWind, is making wind power beautiful! Their new Wind Tree offers almost a hundred mini-windmills on an apparatus designed to look like a tree. Due to the light construction of the “leaves,” the Wind Tree generates power at wind speeds as low as 4.4 miles per hour! This translates into sustained […]
Jersey City mayor Steve Fulop has announced that Brooklyn based Alta Bicycle Share has been awarded a contract to operate a bike share program in his city. Alta operates New York City’s 6,000 bicycle Citi Bike system and was the sole bidder for the Jersey City program. Bike share members in Jersey City will be […]
Statistically, there are twice as many bicycle commuting males as there are females, but why would there be a bicycle commuting gender gap in the first place? After all, biking is just as healthful for a woman as it is for a man. According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, there are other factors at work. Respondents […]
Nic Marks, the creator of the Happy Planet Index, says his HPI shows the extent to which 151 countries across the globe produce long, happy and sustainable lives for the people that live in them. The overall index scores rank countries based on their efficiency, how many long and happy lives each produces per unit of […]
When an electrical fire struck their home in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Keith and Jan Giezentanner never expected the repairs they made afterwards would save them $1000 a year on their heating and electric bills. But with the help of Garfield Clean Energy, they were able to learn about modern, energy efficient windows and doors and state […]
Do 2 adults and 2 children fit into a 207 square foot Tiny House? Yes, absolutely, say Kim and Ryan Kasl, a Minnesota couple who have two young children, 6-year-old Sully and 4-year-old Story. You have probably heard of the tiny house movement. Mimi Zeiger in her book Micro Green: Tiny Houses in Nature describes it this way, […]
According to Click Green, hay bales can make an affordable, energy efficient and sustainable home. The bales have 75% more insulating power than a traditional stud wall filled with fiberglass insulation, and are non-combustible because they have little to no oxygen inside. To begin, frame the dwelling as you would a “conventional” tiny house‘s post […]