But two Cal State Long Beach engineering
professors aim to fix that problem with their design for a high-efficiencyefficient turbine that can generate electricity from the much-slower wind speeds in urban areas.
The device, which professors Hamid Rahai and Hamid Hefazi recently patented, could use the wind energy along beaches, near freeways or on top of buildings, street lights or billboards to generate power for urban use.
SOURCE: Wind Turbine Goes Urban – Press-Telegram.
Innovative green features in Tempe’s new Transportation Center will make it one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the nation when the office block opens next month.
SOURCE: AZCENTRAL.com – Tempe building to be supergreen.
Eyeing business opportunities and increased tourism, the Spanish capital of Madrid is seeking to deepen its engagement with Indian metros, particularly New Delhi, by showcasing its expertise in the area of efficient and sustainable development of cities.
SOURCE: The Economic Times.– Madrid seeks to deepen ties with Indian metros – Foreign Trade-Economy-News-
Many green groups have recently taken aim at lighting in the international city of Hong Kong. Friends of the Earth have called upon retailers to minimise the lighting and to turn off many of its lights during the (after 2am).
SOURCE: Reuters UK ‘Hong Kong night light pollution under the spotlight | Environment | Reuters’.
“The widespread use of vegetated and highly reflective surfaces in New York City.s built environment could improve the City.s environment, public health, and economy, according to a study released today. Urban Heat Island Mitigation Strategies Can Improve New York City.s Environment, written in partnership between Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) and Columbia University.s Cool City Project, reviewed research that quantified effects of using vegetation and cool reflective surfaces in urban areas.
The full report is available through the SSBx website: http://www.ssbx.org”
SOURCE: E-wire.com – Scientists, Sustainable South Bronx: Cool Surfaces Can Combat NYC Pollution, Save Energy, Improve Health; Green-Collar Jobs Needed.