Our campus features scattered emergency call boxes that are powered by solar panels.
Our apartment complex has recycling bins in community mail areas, encouraging recycling directly at the source, where there is a high potential for mass paper waste. This has been an easy way to help residents responsibly dispose of unneeded letters and other mail that may otherwise be thrown away with regular trash.
Skyscraper green wall art in our downtown. It is beautiful, and spans 2,380 square feet.
Our city has designed the Downtown area for safe bicycle use. As shown in the third image, large bicycle lanes are marked out with distinct green paint and large protective bumpers.
These are a few samples around our Downtown area of vertical vine growth for shade and privacy purposes. It is an excellent way of implementing urban greenery while providing a practical purpose.
The first group of images displays a line of green shading along several bus stop waiting areas. The next group shows the potential for green shading use in urban parking garages.
To date, the university’s campus features 80 dual recycling receptacles and solar-powered trash compactors. While the compactor takes little space more than an ordinary receptacle, it may hold 5 times the capacity of waste, due to the self-powered compressing process.
This also saves on the amount of labor required to keep up with accumulated trash. BigBelly Solar, the product manufacturer, notes that this can reduce trash collections by up to 80%.
Living art wall / vertical vegetation in Baltimore.
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.
Along Downtown Houston's Main Street, this art piece (Trumpet Flower) offers 'a unique visual experience with a functional purpose- a shade structure'. It is made of recycled wooden slats, and provides as both a whimsical and stunning sight among the surrounding parallel lines of the buildings.
I was not aware of some of the options for disposing of more complex materials (including light bulbs, batteries, and other items) until seeing some of these separated bins at our Home Depot. For the past few months now, I have made sure to put aside those items as they stop working and make a quick trip over to drop them off.
Small scale solar setup outside of a local business park.
Residual materials are sorted at each work station. Here, the organic ones will be composted.
Here is a solar canopy parking lot at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in our area.
Our hotel/hostel utilizes a well designed grey water system with heat recuperation- the second such system in the world. Through this, heat may be harnessed from previously used water, allowing for a decrease in energy necessary for heating further incoming water. The system saves around 4,000 liters of water daily. In addition, heat recuperation is also used in our air, ventilation, and cooling processes.
As seen here, our basement houses a recycling and regenerative unit- AquaCycle- which was tested and installed by Pontos Company. This system filters grey water in three cycles. We use the water for flushing the toilets, watering the plants, and washing the floors. This technology serves for the heat recovery from the recycling of grey water.
The water heating process is carried out in three steps. After cold water turns from 5°C to 25°C, heat recuperation from cooling heats the water from 25°C to 35°C. Then, our rooftop solar panels help us to heat the water from 35°C to 60°C. If the solar panels collect much energy during midday which is not used, the system stores the hot water (90°C) in an accumulating pot, and it is used toward any event rush.
To date, Nashville’s B-cycle bicycle sharing initiative offers 310 bicycles through 36 stations around the city, available for public rental. The initiative provides for an efficient and low-impact mode of transportation, a more personal and interactive opportunity to explore Nashville’s sites, and a positive option for health and exercise to the public.
The other included images display some of the public art created to station personal bicycles. These are named ‘Corn and Tomato’, as a project of the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.