LEED Certification: Motives for Implementation

submitted by: omfries
This research investigates environmentally friendly buildings and the incentives or disincentives behind their construction. More specifically, this paper describes the incentives to build LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects. Current research displays that LEED buildings generate higher rents and sales price. LEED certification also helps to lower building life-cycle costs meaning lower expenditures for utilities and maintenance. This raises two fundamental...

21st Century Ideal Building

submitted by: hcau
Recent studies suggest the importance of sustainability when designing buildings and architecture. This paper identifies a new and ideal form of buildings for the near future: green buildings with the contribution of art. The result from interviews and surveys show that people think art can make a significant difference from green buildings that have not considered any artistic element, and they want urban planners and architects to pay more efforts to design artistic sustainable...

Large, Solution-Processable Graphene Quantum Dots as Light Absorbers for Photovoltaics

submitted by: li.liangshi
Graphenes have very attractive properties for photovoltaics. Their tunable bandgap and large optical absorptivity are desirable for efficient light harvesting. Their electronic levels and interfacing with other materials for charge transfer processes can both be tuned with well-developed carbon chemistry. Graphenes have also been shown to have very large charge mobilities, which could be useful for charge collection in solar cells. In addition, they consist of elements abundant on Earth and...
Authors: Liang-shi Li

Biomimicry makes Science Cool

submitted by: NatureSweetheart

Biomimicry is the science of looking at nature for solutions to problems and inspiration for inventions. A 7 year old, passionate about nature, animals and space, shares a few fun facts about biomimicry.

Get Real! Science S.T.A.R.S. 2009 Blue Team

submitted by: Turkett
S.T.A.R.S. (Students Tackling Authentic and Relevant Science) is an after-school all girl's science club that provides authentic scientific inquiry investigation experiences that relate to real-world problems. The program highlights a strong social justice issue of females in science, and promotes the opportunity for 7th to 9th grade female students to participate as and realize they are scientists. This program took place in Rochester, NY at East High School and Wilson Foundation. (Movie...

Educating for Sustainable Citizenship

submitted by: PopePat

A documentary examining the environmental sustainability education programs of Snipes Farm & Education Center in Morrisville, PA, and the Manhattan Country School in New York City, NY.

Introducing Sourcemap: the Open Source Platform for Sustainability and Supply Chain Transparency

submitted by: amerigo
How can we begin to make sustainable decisions without information about the products and services we buy? At Sourcemap, we believe you have a right to know where things come from and what they're made of. Sourcemap is a free and open platform for understanding the social and environmental impacts of modern supply chains. It is a rich social tool for crowd-sourcing information from producers, designers and consumers to build a comprehensive catalog of consumer products. Built-in...

Stabilize and Then Reduce Population

submitted by: GrowthBuster

Efforts to create a cleaner, healthier, safer world will be erased by the impacts of consumption and population growth - unless we stop chasing MORE and begin embracing LESS. This video promotes the concept that a better future is possible in a world in which couples make responsible family size decisions and policy-makers adopt informed, sustainable population policies.

Greening the University

submitted by: jgrosvenor
The need for sustainability within the university has been apparent for some while now; however it is only recently that this need has been seriously addressed in campus planning. This paper investigates the various approaches to sustainable practices within the university, and further examines the specific challenges and obstacles to the implementation of these practices. Also explored is the new type of collaboration between the sustainability institute and campus planning departments...

Implementing Sustainable Practices and Elements in University City

submitted by: amonreal88

This study seeks to improve the pedestrian environment in University City. The community is very automobile-dependent, but characteristics of the community (land uses and densities) promote sustainability efforts.