When heat waves hit, people start looking for anything that might lower the temperature. One solution is right beneath our feet: pavement. Think about how hot the soles of your shoes can get when you’re walking on dark pavement or asphalt. A hot street isn’t just hot to touch – it also raises the surrounding air temperature. Research shows that building lighter-colored, more reflective roads has the potential to lower air temperatures by more than 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.4 C) and, in the process, reduce the frequency of heat waves by 41% across U.S. cities. But reflective surfaces have to be used strategically – the wrong placement can actually heat up nearby buildings instead of cooling things down.
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that Alliant Energy’s West Riverside Energy Center project recently earned the Envision Platinum rating for sustainable infrastructure – the highest Envision recognition level. This is Alliant Energy’s sixth power generation facility to receive Envision recognition, which demonstrates the company’s commitment to sustainable infrastructure planning and design.
To celebrate this International Day of Cooperatives, learn more about three Ohio based co-ops efforts towards sustainable consumption and production.
Finding alternatives to single-use plastic won’t be easy for scientists, but here are some of the ways that they are starting to change their habits…
Woodland Coffee is about actively addressing the threat of climate change by planting trees in Ireland while also producing fantastic coffee that does not cost the earth! A coffee without compromise. For each case of coffee, a tree will be planted that will absorb carbon from the atmosphere for a more sustainable planet. Choosing Woodland coffee is a small choice today that delivers a lasting legacy for generations to come!
Earlier this month D-Wave Systems, the quantum computing pioneer that has long championed quantum annealing-based quantum computing (and sometimes taken heat for that approach), announced it was expanding into gate-based quantum computing.
Surprised? Perhaps we shouldn’t be. Spun out of the University of British Columbia in 1999, D-Wave initially targeted gate-based quantum computing and discovered how hard it would be to develop. The company strategy morphed early on.