Concrete is the most widely used material in the world. And as you might know already, it’s also one with a gargantuan environmental footprint, producing over eight percent of the world’s CO2 emissions. What’s less known about this binding material, however, is that it can also … [Read more...] about New concrete recipe enables the material to absorb CO2 twice as fast
Coffee husks — the coffee bean skins that come off during the roasting process — are one of the main types of coffee production waste, which often becomes a source of potent greenhouse gas emissions when they enter the landfill. In a bid to divert them from becoming waste, a … [Read more...] about This company uses coffee and plastic waste to build affordable homes
A tenth of global carbon emissions is made up of building materials and construction. That’s why engineers are in search of better alternatives to polluting materials such as cement bricks, which require a whole lot of energy to produce and winds up in the landfill at the end of … [Read more...] about Could mushroom bricks replace cement bricks?
One year ago, industrial commercial designer Sasha Plotitsa launched Formr, a startup that repurposes waste while transforming the lives of formerly incarcerated people, so that both have a second chance. Plotitsa’s father was a contractor, so he spent a lot of time on job … [Read more...] about Startup gives ex-cons a second chance while upcycling construction waste
Last September, Washington D.C. passed the Vision Zero Enhancement Omnibus Amendment Act of 2019. The law, modeled after one in Cambridge, Massachusetts, takes a novel approach to designated bike lane development and is expected to boost bicycle use and safety in the city. How … [Read more...] about New bike lane construction bill in D.C. aims to boost cycling and safety