We have a tendency to still think about renewables as a fringe market, yet green energy has entered the mainstream in an understated, yet surprising way. In 2015, investment in renewables was almost twice as high as an investment in oil and gas and there are some startling successes you have probably never heard about. Give it a read below:
With PaperLab, from the printer giant, Seiko Epson. You can input used paper in one end, hit a button, and have virgin paper again at the other. Take a look here:
According to a study published last in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a 90-minute walk through a natural environment had a huge positive impact on participants and there is more. Take a look at the article here:
Developer Syd Kitson released plans for Babcock Ranch, a massive community to consist of 19,500 homes powered exclusively by the sun (but without solar systems on roofs).
Instead of individual PV panels, the community and the broader region will be supplied with solar energy via Florida Power and Light’s 74.5 megawatt Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center. Expected to be operational by the end of the year, the 443-acre solar power plant will be located in the Babcock Ranch and will supply more than enough energy to meet residents’ needs, according to project planners.
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April 22, 2016 marks the 46th annual Earth Day, a global movement toward greener living, sustainability, and respect for nature.
As we do every year, we will be organizing a neighborhood cleanup at the Richmond office, and will hold our annual Earth Day electronics shutdown event to promote awareness of how you can reduce energy use right at your desk. We may even have a friendly competition among offices!
Below we have picked some of the many community events and festivals being held around the Moseley office locations, and you can find more at http://www.earthday.org/ or at http://www.virginia.org/EarthArborDay/.
8th Annual Ballantyne Earth Day Event
Thursday April 21, 11:30 AM -1:30 PM
Ballantyne Corporate Park, Charlotte
Network with local business and get tips on how to adopt a sustainable lifestyle while enjoying music, tasty lunch options, and other fun activities. Free document shredding and electronic or medical equipment recycling is available.
2016 Gardening Symposium
Saturday April 9, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1615 Blanding Street, Columbia
For centuries, the South has been known for its amazing gardens. Increasingly unpredictable climactic conditions, however, are presenting new challenges for the Southern gardener. Join us as we look to our storied horticultural past, for insight on ways to move the Southern garden into the future. Fees apply.
Saturday April 30, 10 AM – 4 PM
Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton
Over 75 vendors, exhibitors, and food trucks will be at this free festival produced by Clean Fairfax and Fairfax County Park Authority. Learn about ladybugs, ride a pony, try a fun run, check out the bees, consult with master gardeners, buy plants, and more.
Earth Day 2016 in Washington DC
Dates and Locations Vary
The Washington, DC metropolitan area has a variety of Earth Day activities that make caring for the planet fun for all ages. Activities are planned at the National Mall, Union Station, Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, and National Zoo. You can attend a family event that includes learning ways to improve our environment and make a difference or pitch in and help clean up any of the region’s parks. Events take place throughout the month of April.
Arbor Day Tree and Plant Sale
Friday April 22-Saturday April 23; 9 AM – 3 PM
Live & Local: Earth Day 2016
Saturday April 9, 2PM – 10 PM
Compiegne Park, 2300 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh
The event will feature three stages, a kids zone, bouncy houses and food trucks. Additionally, multiple kids craft stations will be placed throughout Compiegne Park where families will enjoy building and painting birdhouses out of old gallon jugs and windsocks from recycled material.
NC State Earth Fair
Wednesday April 13, 10 AM – 2 PM
Brickyard. 2 Broughton Drive, Raleigh
An epic, Earth-focused fair on Earth Day with dozens of exhibits, demonstrations and ideas on how you can make the world a better place. Sponsored by NC State Sustainability Office.
Richmond Earth Day Festival
Saturday April 23; 11 AM – 5 PM
Great Shiplock Park, 2803 Dock Street
Enjoy local food and drink, a craft market, outdoor gear swap, and family activities along the James River, including the 5K Race Without a Trace.
Earth Day Camp In at the Science Museum
Friday April 22 at 6:00 PM – Saturday April 23
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad Street, Richmond
This overnight adventure allows children to experience engaging live science activities such as water cycle activities, make your own windmill, and watch “Pandas: The Journey Home” in the IMAX Dome. Registration and fees apply.
Earth Day & Stewardship Virginia – New Pollinator Garden
Saturday April 23, 9 AM – 1 PM
Pocahontas State Park Heritage Center, 1031 State Park Road, Chesterfield
Pocahontas State Park will be planting a new pollinator and sensory garden near the nature center. Please bring gloves if you have them (we can provide a few), water, and lunch. Snacks and tools will be provided. Please register for this event with the main park office. Volunteering to help with the pollinator garden is also part of Stewardship Virginia campaign. Each participant will earn a certificate from the governor for their participation.
Earth Day Roanoke
Saturday April 23; 10 AM – 3 PM
River’s Edge North, Reserve Avenue
This year’s celebration is paired with a fundraiser and festival for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. There will be plenty of environmental education displays, as well as local food, green crafts and live music. Admission is $5 and proceeds benefit children’s hospital care.
Virginia Beach Office
Earth Day Celebration @ Mount Trashmore
Saturday April 23; 11 AM – 4 PM
310 Edwin Drive, Virginia Beach
Electronic Recycling, Document Shredding, Car Battery Roundup, Child Safety Seat Recycling, Rain Barrel Sales, Household Hazardous Waste Disposal, Metal Recycling, Live Music, Green Market, Etc.
Virginia Living Museum Earth Day Celebration
Saturday April 16; 9 AM-5 PM
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News
Kids activities, Giveaways, Native Plant Sale, Recycling
Earth Day at the Lighthouse – Fort Story
Friday April 22, 10 AM-4 PM
586 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach
Virginia native plant sale benefitting dune restoration project, scavenger hunts, and meet special guests including Lola the owl.
Clean It Up Green It Up Earth Day Festival
Saturday April 23; 12 PM-2 PM
Morgan Memorial Library, 443 W. Washington Street, Suffolk
Planting Flowers, Dumpster Painting, Litter pickup
Earth Day Project at the Warrenton Community Center
Wednesday April 27; 5:30 PM
430 E. Shirley Avenue, Warrenton
2nd annual family community flower planting event at the Warrenton Community Center on April 27th at 5:30. We will provide snacks and drinks and a fun earth day craft after we have completed planting flowers. Donations of flowers are gladly accepted!
Happy Earth Day, Moseley Nation!
Keep to Code: Water Recycling By State
Ordinances involving water reuse vary widely by region. Builder’s interactive map shows where graywater recycling and rainwater storage are permitted.
According to a recent report by Dodge Data & Analytics, green building continues to double every three years, with strongest acceleration in emerging economies, and clients and tenants worldwide are increasingly demanding sustainability – for both energy efficiency and occupant benefit.