Small Urban Solar Array

AustinUnited States

Small scale solar setup outside of a local business park. 

EcoCamp Natural Light Optimization

Puerto NatalesChile

Our camp is thoughtfully designed to take full advantage of available natural light, within our domes. Not only does this serve to save on indoor lighting, it provides for a magnificent outlook on our extraordinary surroundings.

Lodge Sustainable Gardening Methods

TabananIndonesia

We grow food in our organic gardens, using organic fertilizers and homemade seaweed concentrate. We focus on cooking local traditional dishes, and continuously plant in order to stimulate the bird and butterfly population.

Recycled Cement Aggregate

YepanMicronesia

We gather and crush glass bottles into the size and shapes of sand and gravel, in order to utilize the pieces as an aggregate in cement for paving the resort and other construction purposes. Not only does this serve to recycle materials and save on resources, the glass pieces offer a hint of shine to the concrete.

Post Office Recycled Packaging

DallasUnited States

While waiting in line at the post office, I noticed these post-consumer waste packaging options. There were many, and in researching them, I also learned how much effort the USPS was putting into sustainability through its website :

https://about.usps.com/what-we-are-doing/green/welcome.htm

Planters Made From Reclaimed...

MontgomeryUnited States

The lodge uses a number of reclaimed water troughs around the site, as large planters for a variety of flowers and plants. They fit in well with the surroundings, and create the aspect of raised flower beds.

Compacted Plastic Bottle Blocks

YepanMicronesia

Our lodge has utilized crushed and compacted plastic bottle blocks as bricks for interior wall construction. The second picture displays the use of approximately 3400 bottles in a 2.84 x 2.70 m wall section.

Rural Thermosiphon Water Heating

Puerto NatalesChile

We use a set of thermosiphons to heat water for the camp. The water supply travels through the system, being heated by the energy transferred from the sun to a solar collector. Even in cold areas, solar energy may be harnessed and utilized toward a variety of applications, such as this one.

Restaurant Work Station Composting

Ville de QuebecCanada

Residual materials are sorted at each work station. Here, the organic ones will be composted.

Restaurant Heating/Cooling and Grease...

Ville de QuebecCanada

Here, several of our 14 heat pumps (one per heating / cooling zone) are housed. Connected in a loop by a circuit with water and glycol, each heat pump takes or adds heat according to its needs. Several rooms are air-conditioned throughout the year, while others are according to the season or need. The system uses heat or cold where it is surplus to send it where it is needed. “Moving” the heat is 3.5 times more economical than producing it.

As well, the access door in the floor overlooks the grease trap of the restaurant, which prevents grease from going into municipal sewers. A system checks the level of grease and then, when filled, it is pumped by a truck via a connection outside the building. In 6 years of operation, it is not even one-tenth full.

Restaurant Urban Roof Beekeeping

Ville de QuebecCanada

On another section of our roof, two beehives are installed that house over 40,000 small employees. During the summer, they help to produce about 80 kg of honey for the restaurant.

Temporary Biodegradable Washcloths

MontgomeryUnited States

These washcloths are suitable for several uses, biodegradable, compostable, and made from 100% botanic fibers. In their compressed form, they can fit in the palm of your hand. However, when used with water, they expand to full-sized washcloths.

Shipping Container Reuse for...

MontgomeryUnited States

The lodge exhibits a variety of clever construction and building methods. In addition to the guest suites, much of the site areas and buildings are creatively housed within reused shipping containers- though you would never be able to tell from the beautifully designed interiors.

Again, the use of blue jean pants as insulation material is also characteristic of the unique construction. This lodge has created a truly enchanting, admirable, and serene space for all who come to visit.

Fully Integrated Aquaponic Ecosystem

Half Moon BayUnited States

The entire way we produce our vegetables is sustainable.  Our farming methodology is chemical-free, 15x more land efficient, and 20x more water efficient than traditional soil agriculture, requiring 95% less water.  We occupy 1/3 of an acre with 7000 sqft of actual grow space, and can produce as much as 5 acres of soil. An integrated 30,000 gallon fishery provides the nutrients used to grow the crops.
 
Water is constantly recycled and reused over and over again, meaning that the vast majority of usage goes toward transpiration, and very little is lost to evaporation.  Because nutrients and water are brought directly to the plants roots, they grow 50% faster, can be planted up to 10x more densely, and only use 2-5% of the water required for soil.  Plus, you have a protein source in the fish.  Our farms serve as a fully integrated ecosystem that brings perishable foods closer to the consumer and maximizes freshness and nutritional value.

Corporate Carpooling Incentive

Santa ClaraUnited States

Our company encourages fewer people to drive to work, individually, by offering designated carpool parking spots close to the building entrance.

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