A Curious Eye

A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
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Royal College of Art graduate Yu-Chang Chou has developed a “return and reuse” packaging system to help online retailers reduce waste. 
After watching his wife throw out perfectly useable packaging from her online shopping purchases, Yu-Chang Chou was inspired to develop a sustainable alternative, using a similar model to the bottle-return system used in many European countries.

More — including video — here: Yu-Chang Chou designs Repack packaging for returning online shopping

unconsumption:

Royal College of Art graduate Yu-Chang Chou has developed a “return and reuse” packaging system to help online retailers reduce waste.

After watching his wife throw out perfectly useable packaging from her online shopping purchases, Yu-Chang Chou was inspired to develop a sustainable alternative, using a similar model to the bottle-return system used in many European countries.

More — including video — here: Yu-Chang Chou designs Repack packaging for returning online shopping


California leads the way in solar jobs, but 18 other states more than doubled their solar jobs in 2013, according to a new map.

California leads the way in solar jobs, but 18 other states more than doubled their solar jobs in 2013, according to a new map.

Self-assembling fungus tower will grow in New York this summer

Self-assembling fungus tower will grow in New York this summer

Seattle company gains approval to build first West Coast offshore wind farm

Seattle company gains approval to build first West Coast offshore wind farm


India added just over 1 gigawatt of solar energy to its electrical grid last year, a major milestone that nearly doubles the country’s cumulative solar energy capacity to 2.18 gigawatts. 
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India added just over 1 gigawatt of solar energy to its electrical grid last year, a major milestone that nearly doubles the country’s cumulative solar energy capacity to 2.18 gigawatts. 

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Revolving doors are green

Revolving doors are green

Energy-hungry suburbs eat up urban savings

Hydro Power Gets Big Makeover By Going Small

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by Michael Keller

Generating loads of electricity from moving water might soon shift away from the province of behemoth structures like Washington’s Grand Coulee and China’s Three Gorges dams.

Over the last few years, researchers and industry have been chalking up successes developing small-scale, distributed hydroelectric generators to potentially replace their massive forebears, whose footprint causes major disturbances in the environment and communities nearby. These emerging technologies, collectively called hydrokinetics, can turn moving water in rivers, manmade spillways and ocean tides into electricity that gets pumped into power grids. 

“For new projects that need to be started, small hydrokinetic distributed networks should be considered as a viable candidate against big dams or other major power production projects,” says Diana Marculescu, a Carnegie Mellon University computer and electrical engineering professor who works in hydrokinetics. “In the long term, these distributed generation projects can become a serious alternative to large-scale hydroelectric, especially in the developing world, where increase in demand will be much larger.” 

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mothernaturenetwork:

Going green when it’s your time to goFrom biodegradable coffins to tree-sprouting urns, eco-friendly burials offer a way for those who live green to also die green.

mothernaturenetwork:

Going green when it’s your time to go
From biodegradable coffins to tree-sprouting urns, eco-friendly burials offer a way for those who live green to also die green.

mothernaturenetwork:

Solar windows? How the latest technology makes it possibleTiny solar panels can be embedded in clear and even colored glass, opening up the roof for other green applications.

mothernaturenetwork:

Solar windows? How the latest technology makes it possible
Tiny solar panels can be embedded in clear and even colored glass, opening up the roof for other green applications.

8 ways wind power companies are trying to stop killing birds and bats

Sustainable Urbanism Means Less Parking

Typical on-street auto parking requires 200 square feet of space per vehicle, exclusive of right-of-way for maneuvering; a parked car in a garage takes up 300-450 square feet depending on the specifics of maneuvering aisles and structural design. On the other hand, a seated human using public transit or a bicycle consumes about twelve square feet. 

To fit more people, more activities, and more economic drivers into the same space comfortably we must enable people to live comfortably and conveniently without a private car. Doing so recovers 200-450 square feet of space per adult currently under-utilized as car storage. We can use that space gained for human-oriented activities: sidewalk cafes, parklets, housing, and activated space inside buildings. People already demand those spaces in our urban villages and urban centers through their willingness to pay higher rents. Further, by focusing development on people, not underutilized cars, we can save on overall development costs.