Day: January 24, 2013

U of M wins $4.5 million NSF grant to study low-carbon, sustainable cities

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The University of Minnesota announced today that it has received a four-year, $4.5 million Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to design, compare and contrast the development of sustainable and healthy cities in the U.S. and Asia. The grant will explore the specific transformations needed to achieve low-carbon, resource-efficient and healthy city goals in the United States, China and India.

Advancing Residential Retrofits in the Mixed Humid Climate to Achieve Deep Energy Savings: Final Report on Knoxville, TN Homes

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To contribute to the Department of Energy goal of enabling cost effective energy retrofits with 50% source energy reduction of the residential house stock by 2030, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has spurred and analyzed residential retrofits in the mixed-humid climate around Knoxville, Tennessee.

Artists Create Mobile App to Explore Wilderness in Urban Spaces

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There’s no debating that smartphones have sped up communication. But two professors at the University of Rochester are looking to do the opposite by using mobile technology to slow people down. Their new “Indeterminate Hikes” (IH+) app encourages participants to focus attention on the environment and experience nature in unexpected urban spaces.

To Tackle Runoff, Cities Turn to Green Initiatives

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Urban stormwater runoff is a serious problem, overloading sewage treatment plants and polluting waterways. Now, various U.S. cities are creating innovative green infrastructure — such as rain gardens and roadside plantings — that mimics the way nature collects and cleanses water.

Compost Moves Up in NYC

Read the full story in the Wall Street Journal.

Half-eaten salads tossed out by Midtown office workers these days can end up being carted to an upstate compost farm and then returned to Midtown buildings for use as fertilizer on green rooftops.

With more green roofs sprouting up across New York’s skyline, the Durst Organization says it will spend between $750,000 and $1 million to install more than an acre of green space atop its Midtown Manhattan buildings.

Advanced, Integrated Control for Building Operations to Achieve 40% Energy Saving

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Through this ARRA/DOE project, we developed and demonstrated a software based integrated advanced building control platform called Smart Energy Box (SEB), which can coordinate building subsystem controls, integrate variety of energy optimization algorithms and provide proactive and collaborative energy management and control for building operations using weather and occupancy information.