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The Hiriko, designed by MIT Media lab, is part of MIT's plan to develop smart and efficient technology for tomorrow's cities - and you can buy one for about €12,500.
Read More: http://singularityhub.com/2012/01/24/mit-media-lab-rolls-out-folding-car/
Checking out at the supermarket recently, the young cashier suggested I should bring my own bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. I apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days“.
The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations“.
She was right about one thing–our generation didn’t have the green thing in “Our” day. So what did we have back then? After some reflection and soul-searching on “Our” day, here’s what I remembered we did have….
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http://www.kuppathotti.com- an experiment in social entrepreneurship that kicked off last month in Chennai, India, already has over 500 registered users. The idea is simple: register online, segregate household waste at source, and once a month, someone will come and pick it up from your doorstep after seeking an appointment. For parting with their recyclable waste, the customers get paid and the service is available all over the city. The segregated waste from each household is processed by Kuppathotti.com at a central godown and sold to various recyclers.
This hot pink bicycle stand occupies a space the size of one parking bay and holds 10 bicycles. Originally commissioned by the London Festival of Architecture, the Car Bike Rack is designed by Cyclehoop and popping up all over east London as a way to determine where the demand for bicycle parking exists and promote cycling.
The stand is an ironic take with a serious message. Cars cause pollution and congestion, and their parking spaces could be dedicated to bikes, not cars.
Is sustainability science really a science? - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111123133628.htm?utm_source=feedburner
Research finds that even consumers who don’t consider themselves particularly ‘green’ would welcome better product eco-labeling. - http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/business-brains/make-sustainable-products-easier-to-buy-shoppers-say/20209?tag=nl.e660
car2go N.A. and the City of San Diego today officially launched North America’s first all-electric carsharing network, making emissions-free driving a widely available and affordable transportation option for all of San Diego.
Unlike traditional carsharing programs, car2go meets the daily needs of members by providing a free-floating network of vehicles that is truly available on-demand for point-to-point trips. Members can use car2go with or without a reservation, for as long as they would like, without having to commit to a return time or location.
Cars are an important part of our daily lives, no matter the perspective. So how do we reconcile our need for personal transportation while lightening our environmental load?
These tips may not work for everyone. But these are few basic steps that CAN be done by almost everyone, without copious effort or extraction of any kind.
Consider these potentials to determine if they might work for you.
LAVA wins first prize for masdar - worlds first sustainable city in UAE
Freiburg: The world's ecological model city
The story of Freiburg, better known as the environmental capital of Germany, goes back to the early 1980s when local people stalled the installation of a nuclear power plant in the city and forced the authorities to switch to renewable sources of energy.
Since then Freiburg in southern Germany has become the world's ecological model city, which even provides free public transport tickets to all the tourists in the city to encourage them to use public transport.
Freiburg is much admired for its cycling, muesli eating and garbage recycling. Its broad climate protection measures have been attracting attention from across the world and even Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has paid a visit to the green city.
Situated in the famous Black Forest bordering France and Switzerland, it also houses the world's first ecological district, Vauban, a solar-powered low-energy housing area inhabited by around 6,000 people.
Vauban was established in 1995 by a group of citizens who wanted to show their care for energy. In the last 15 years, the area has become the most sought after residential quarters where the majority of people want to live.
"The architecture of houses in the area is totally different from one another. But all of them have solar panels installed on flat roofs, a rainwater harvesting and recycling system, wooden walls and floor. People living there have to park their cars outside the society or at a common parking place to avoid pollution," Astrid Maya, who has been living here for the last three years, told us.
The area also has many passive houses - houses built in a way that they do not need energy for cooling during summer or heating during winter.
Sustainable cities must be compact and high-density
As the balance of the world's population tips from rural to urban, we need strict urban planning to keep cities from collapse