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As Seen on The Guardian: What Will the Highway of the Future Look Like?


Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde has always been fascinated by public spaces. That’s why, as automakers dedicate more resources to the production of smarter, environmentally friendly vehicles, he’s on a related mission: to reimagine the roads on which those cars of the future will drive.

Floods and Fires: The Reality of our Nation’s Future

The increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and other natural disasters make a clear case for resilient building.

Last week, ominous skies in California’s parched San Bernardino Mountains looked more like the Apocalypse than a typical sunny August afternoon.  Smoke, soot, and ash from the vicious Pilot and Blue Cut fires shrouded the valley, causing residents to flee their homes and schools and businesses to close.

The Drawer of Many Cords

By Carol Baroudi

For a long time, I’ve wanted to teach a course in popular literature exploring how social change is reflected in book series. When prolific authors’ works span years, even decades, you can see how social issues emerge and attitudes change. Fewer protagonists smoke. Minorities take prominent positive roles. For more than a decade, climate change has insinuated itself into the works of best-selling authors. And now there’s e-waste.

IAA Preview Mercedes-Benz Trucks

OM 470: more powerful, more economical and even lower emissions

OM 470: more powerful, more economical and even lower emissions

Maximum efficiency combined with minimal emissions and outstanding performance: Mercedes-Benz Trucks is optimising its heavy-duty trucks to be exhibited at the IAA commercial vehicles in September 2016. The international motor show, in German known as  the Internationale Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA), is the world’s largest motor show.The latest generation of the OM 470 six-cylinder in-line engine incorporates numerous new developments to achieve a further reduction in fuel consumption.

Mercedes-Benz: First Fully Electric Truck

Daimler Trucks is presenting the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck in Stuttgart, as the first fully electric truck with an admissible total weight of up to 26 tonnes.

This means that in the future, heavy trucks will take part in urban distribution operations with zero local emissions and hardly a whisper. The market launch of this technology is conceivable for Daimler Trucks at the beginning of the next decade. In the light distribution sector, Daimler Trucks has already been impressively demonstrating the day-to-day suitability of the fully electric truck in customer trials with the FUSO Canter E-Cell since 2014.

Data: The Key to Making Buildings More Efficient

by Christine Rüth

New digital services that combine all the data sources connected with buildings are opening the door to enhanced transparency and optimized energy use.

Siemens has integrated its range of energy management products and services into Sinalytics, its new company-wide brand for data-driven services. This integration is opening the way to more sophisticated data analyses and to measures derived from them that can make building operation even more efficient.

Arc House: The Case for Compact, Affordable Housing

New concepts such as the 400-sq.-ft. Arc House demonstrate a viable option for moving renters into starter homes.

Today, more than ever, we need housing solutions that respond to changing demographics and economic realities, while at the same time reducing the environmental footprint of the housing industry. With The Arc House, Shelter Dynamics and Green Builder® Media are demonstrating the possibilities of future housing and steering the market on a more sustainable course.

But to understand where we are heading, we need to take a look at where we are.

From McMansions to Millennials

Sustainability in Action | Services & Solutions

Trane Helps Central Piedmont Community College Save Millions of Dollars and Reduce Carbon Footprint
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When facilities managers at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, North Carolina considered revamping heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, they sought a variety of upgrades to contribute to overall goals for the school.  Enter Trane, who provided innovative HVAC equipment and software systems that have helped reduce the carbon footprint of the Central Campus in uptown Charlotte.

Operation of Photovoltaic Facility Commences


The company's own photovoltaic facility on the roof of a new logistics hall at the Mercedes-Benz Global Logistics Center in Germersheim is being connected to the grid. The new facility will reduce annual CO2  emissions by 755,000 kilograms.

Xylem Sparking A Renaissance

2015 Xylem Sustainability Report Spotlight

With our original research, entitled Powering the Wastewater Renaissance, we outlined how the wastewater sector could cut energy consumption and reduce related harmful emissions with existing proven technologies. Nearly 50 percent of the electricity-related emissions from the global wastewater sector could be abated at a negative or neutral cost. This translates to a potential global volume of 44 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent that could be abated annually.


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