Sustainable Cities and Communities

Sustainable Development Goal
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For travelers who want to learn more about the environment they are visiting, the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, a leading eco-luxe property in Fiji, is helping guests do just that with a recently expanded program for botanical education. Guests to the resort can take new tours, where they learn about medicinal and edible plants as well as rare palms....
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Milan-based architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti has unveiled innovative designs for a nature-infused smart city in Cancun, Mexico that will serve as a model for resilient and sustainable urban planning. Created for Honduras-based textile conglomerate and property developer Grupo Karim, ‘Smart Forest City – Cancun’ is a proposed alternative to plans for a shopping district in...
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In the Texan suburb of Addison just north of Dallas, 5G Studio Collaborative has completed the Winnwood Residence, a contemporary home that blurs the line between the indoors and out. Certified LEED Platinum, the single-family home offsets all its energy use with a 10 kW rooftop solar array and geothermal wells drilled beneath the driveway. Walls of glass,...
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Irish utility Energia and technology firm Moixa have partnered to in a bid to create a 120 kWh ‘virtual power plant’ (VPP), consisting of home smart batteries, rooftop solar and electric vehicles (EVs). Image: Moixa/Greenhouse Under the scheme, Energia’s domestic energy customers will be offered a 4.8 kWh Moixa Smart Battery and a rooftop solar...
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The Eden Project, located in Bodelva, Cornwall, UK, and EGS Energy Limited, also located in Cornwall, have announced funding has been secured to drill the first well for its pioneering geothermal heat and power project. After a 10-year campaign to bring the clean, green technology to Cornwall, the partners said that the £16.8 million in funding will enable...
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To better manage plastic waste, Los Angeles is in talks with Technisoil, an innovative manufacturing company, to viably incorporate plastic into the city’s roads. Typically viewed as an ecological scourge, plastic waste can also be seen as a valuable resource when repurposed. Substituting asphalt road materials with upcycled plastic waste could spell cost savings for...
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Paboco Paper Bottle Project Introduces First Prototypes for Global Brands
Paper bottle company Paboco debuted new prototypes of bio-based and recyclable bottles made from wood fibers. The Carlsberg Group, the Absolut Company, L’Oréal, and Coca-Cola in Europe are among the project partners. Danish company EcoXpac, the Carlsberg Group, and the Swedish pulp and paper manufacturer BillerudKorsnäs initially started Paboco in 2015 with the goal of developing a...
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1881 is the last time more energy was produced from renewable sources in the UK than from burning fossil fuels. In 1882, the first electricity generating power plant began operating in England and it’s been all downhill from there until Q3 of this year, when renewable energy sources provided more electricity to UK homes and...
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Saltwater and dry desert climates may not seem like a good recipe for growing healthy produce, but that is exactly what a group of scientists has managed to do. Researchers from the UK-based Seawater Greenhouse company have discovered a drought-proof way to farm fruits and vegetables simply by using solar power and saltwater for irrigation and cooling....
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China is leading the world in pumped hydro energy storage. Its National Energy Administration says there are already 19.23 gigawatts of pumped hydro capacity in China and another 31.15 gigawatts (GW) under construction for a total of 40 GW. The first phase of the 3.6 GW, $2.78 billion Fengning storage project in Hebei province is scheduled to come online prior...
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