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Metal Roofing: An Unlikely Way to Reduce Waste and Save Energy

In hopes of cutting energy costs and going green, homeowners, as of late, have turned to eco-friendly and green home remodeling solutions. One such solution is metal roofing. While metal roofing has experienced a surge in popularity, the question remains: What are the actual environmental benefits of a metal roof?

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Design, Equity and Public Health Outcomes

In order to be effective at reaching the desirable public health outcomes, architects and planners and those involved in the discussion of smart growth must attach themselves first to the work of peeling back the layers of all-inclusive design strategies that will serve the greater community—not just the all-too fortunate few.

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Bigger Fish Eye Mid-Tier Smart Energy Storage Market

With states such as California, New York and Hawaii turning to intelligent energy storage solutions to enhance grid reliability in the face of growing solar power generation, Sharp announced its SmartStorage intelligent demand response system is now available to commercial customers throughout California.

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Poor Air Quality May Be Slowing Your Employees Down

Last month, we discussed the implications of indoor air quality (IAQ). We asked why you should care, and came up with a number of answers focused on health. If that weren’t reason enough, there is another reason that IAQ should be of particular interest to business owners: employee productivity.

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Swaddle Baby’s Bottom with Jellyfish!

Based on research from Tel Aviv University on the super-absorbancy of jellyfish flesh, the Israeli nanotechnology company Cine’al Ltd. is developing a diaper that’s more absorbent and decomposes in just 30 days. And by the way, this new green product is made of jellyfish.

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More Utilities Are Shifting to Renewable Energy

“Renewables — including wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, waste heat and small-scale hydroelectric — accounted for a whopping 49 percent of new U.S. electric generating capacity in 2012, with new wind development outpacing even natural gas,” writes Jon Wellinghoff, partner at Stoel Rives LLP and former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in the report

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New Jersey Turns to Distributed Resources to Enhance Energy Resilience

With memories of the devastation Superstorm Sandy caused still fresh, the Christie administration launched the N.J. Energy Resilience Bank. The first of its kind in the nation, ERB was seeded with an initial $200 million in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funds.

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Shrink the Solar Power Inverter and Google Will Pay You $1 Million

Need seed money for that next cool invention? Looking for that down payment for a seat on the first commercial Mars flight when it comes available? Google can help. Figure out how to shrink the power inverter used for solar and wind power conversion to the size of, say, a tablet, and Google will pay you a handy $1 million. And yes, the challenge is open to hobby techies as well as academic institutions.