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Does suburbanization undermine greenhouse gas benefits of urban population density?

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, In : Energy & Sustainability 
This is a brief presentation of a new study on suburbanization and carbon footprint in dense cities. I read it on and, although I don't have access to the full journal article, I think that these results are very important in terms of sustainable development of urban areas. We shouldn't however jump to opposite conclusions ("what? now they tell us to build high and densely?"), because obviously sustainable city dwelling doesn't correspond to what we see in many cities such as Athens ...

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The difference between green and sustainable construction materials

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, January 11, 2014, In : Energy & Sustainability 
Here is another interesting article on construction materials which are green, but not sustainable, and on how a sustainable building would be the norm in a few years.  
(reproduced from this website)

A building is green when it helps reduce the footprint it leaves on the natural environment and on the health of its inhabitants.

Green home design includes building for energy efficiency, including the use of renewable energy sources such as wind, water, or solar; creating a healthy indoor environ...

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Canadian Green Building Council: "Seriously Green – Green Building"

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, July 15, 2013, In : Climate change 
I recently watched a very interesting video, which was suggested as a course activity by the instructors of "Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Change Conversations" ( and the University of British Columbia). I just love this course!

The video tackles an important climate change mitigation strategy, i.e. energy efficiency of buildings.


If you are interested in this topic, you can also visit the EU portal on energy efficient buildings: You will find plenty of ...
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The world's largest solar boat crossed the Atlantic in 22 days!!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, In : Environment 
MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar boat, set a new record for the fastest transatlantic crossing by a vessel powered entirely by solar energy, smashing its own 2010 record by four days.
The 115-foot Swiss catamaran traveled 2,867 miles (5,310 kilometers) across the Atlantic Ocean in 22 days, conducting experiments along the Gulf Stream as part of the PlanetSolar DeepWater expedition.

(Thank you Design For Need)

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