I recently worked with the teams at OSIsoft and Sustainable Industries to publish a case study looking at the UC San Diego’s microgrid. Today, the campus produces 92% of its own energy. It’s striving to go further with a combination of new clean energy resources, additional on-site generation and storage, and innovative demand-reduction strategies.
Recessions have a nasty habit of putting the brakes on manufacturing, causing end markets for recycled materials to dry up. Here’s how a few innovators in the trash and recycling business are working to keep their businesses profitable, despite the downturn. Read more
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Mark Stella first got interested in unique Northwest hardwoods while volunteering at the environmental education center at Opal Creek, near Detroit, Ore. What began as a sabbatical from his job as a product developer in Boston turned into a love affair with old-growth forests and the mill towns that manage them.
“Biomimicry tantalizes […] with promises of a future in which abundant energy is provided by solar cells that gather and store energy as efficiently as leaves; of cities filled with cleverly curved buildings constructed of lighter, stronger,and more flexible bone-like materials; and of computers that learn processing power from our human brains. In reality, biomimicry has emerged more gradually, primarily in small victories won at the inter-section of modern science and current manufacturing practices.” — Read more