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Home Depot Tracks Top Adopters of Energy Efficient Bulbs

With the last leg of the gradual incandescent light bulb phase-out already in effect, Home Depot released a data-driven map that uses sales numbers to create a per capita look at U.S. adoption of energy efficient bulbs.

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It’s the Numbers, Stupid! Data-Driven Policies Will Lead to Tomorrow’s Smart Cities

From the first cities in ancient Mesopotamia to modern metropolises, urban locales have served as cultural and commercial hubs for societies across the globe. As of 2008, the world’s urban population finally surpassed that of the rural — and this trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. By 2050, it is estimated that 70 percent of the 9 billion people then-living on this planet will reside in cities.

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The Smart City of 2020: An Ecological Partnership

What will tomorrow’s sustainable city look like? Most likely, the focus will be not on how we can bend the environment to meet our needs, but how we can live within the means of tomorrow’s environment.

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Volkswagen Rounds Up 2013 with Environmental Awards

Volkswagen’s Think Blue Factory in Chattanooga has been getting noticed lately for its success in eco-friendly operations. Given its recent awards, it’s no surprise that the facility is to become Volkswagen’s model for sustainable development.

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Can Plastic Houses Be Green?

This sustainability business can get really complicated sometimes. Although we always like to press for more than “less bad,” there are times when we do have to choose between the lesser of two evils.
A good example of this is the recent practice of constructing houses in Kenya out of polystyrene, otherwise known as Styrofoam, blocks. Proponents of this practice claim that this use of this material, reduces the impact on local forests that would otherwise be stripped of wood to feed the building boom that has occurred there since independence.

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New Solar Panel Sensor Addresses Fire Risk

A German company has come up with a new fuse that will shut down a solar panel in cases of fire or excessive heat. That’s great news for first responders – and for property owners.