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Archive for October 2010

New York wants to reduce its carbon footprint with white paint

New York wants to reduce its carbon footprint with white paint

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by Elsa Sidawy | 10.29.10

1500 volunteers from the city program CoolRoof recently painted a little less than 100,000 square meters of New York roofing covering 105 buildings white. The goal: to participate in the fight against global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in the city by 2030.

A tool to calculate the real cost of housing and transportation

A tool to calculate the real cost of housing and transportation

Transportation | No comments

by Elsa Sidawy | 10.28.10

At first glance, Abogo sounds like the slogan of a promotion campaign for public transportation. It actually is a tool that can give an estimate of transportation cost depending on the location of one’s home. It is the result of a study by the American Center For Neighborhood Technology and aims, at a time when many inhabitants find themselves out of their homes, at reducing their housing and transportation budgets.

A small Australian town cans bottled water

A small Australian town cans bottled water

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Rue 89 | 10.27.10 | Quick Read

In Bundanoon, bottles of water have lost their luster. This Australian village location south of Sydney and with a population of 2,500 has won a battle against the bottler Norlex Holdings who had been eyeing its territory for several years to install a pumping station and sell bottled water.

The Innovact Campus awards

Education | No comments

by Elsa Sidawy | 10.27.10

The 9th edition of the Innovact Campus Awards will take place on the 29th and 30th March in Reims. They are meant to reward innovative projects of young owner-managers or students in various fields.

Civiguard alerts American people in case of natural disaster or emergency situation

Civiguard alerts American people in case of natural disaster or emergency situation

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by Elsa Sidawy | 10.26.10

CiviGuard is a mobile solution allowing people to send real-time alerts and contextual notifications to people concerned by an emergency situation like a bomb scare in a subway station or an earthquake. In the case of a warning made by the authorities, citizens who have the application receive notifications through text messages or e-mails giving them essential information about road maps or directions to take to evacuate the danger zone, depending on where they are.

Danish policemen hug cyclists not wearing helmet

Transportation | No comments

by Elsa Sidawy | 10.26.10

In a viral video in the manner of candid camera, real policemen appear and, instead of recording the offence and questioning uncooperative cyclists, hand the latter a helmet and give the two-wheeled offenders a most friendly hug.

San Francisco shares tips for making sustainable purchases with residents

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by Elsa Sidawy | 10.25.10

Public authorities in San Francisco have decided to share their expertise by making the “SF Approved list” available to their citizens via a website that lists over 1,000 green products.

Western cities reinvent rickshaws through taxi bikes

Western cities reinvent rickshaws through taxi bikes

Transportation | No comments

by Elsa Sidawy | 10.25.10

They combine qualities: they are quiet, green, accessible to all, fun and create jobs… They have been named Vélotrixi in Prague, Cyclobulle in Paris, Cyclopolitain in Lyon, Trixi in Barcelone. All these delivery tricycles have been increasingly in use in western cities since the end of the last century, reminding us of the ineffable Asian rickshaw threading its way through the streets blocked by heavy traffic.

Federico Casalegno

Federico Casalegno

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Project manager at MEL | Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Phones as public consultation tools

Phones as public consultation tools

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by Elsa Sidawy | 10.24.10

The Dring 13 website has been developed by the Concert Urbain association in 2008, in order to open discussions and encourage exchanges between the inhabitants of the Olympiades district. The process is extremely simple and perfectly controllable by the generation of those who were almost born with a telephone in their hands.

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