Renewable energy is any energy resource that is naturally regenerated over a short time scale and derived directly from the sun (such as thermal or PV), indirectly from the sun (such as wind, hydropower, and photosynthetic energy stored in biomass), or from other natural movements and mechanisms of the environment (such as geothermal and tidal energy). While the specs for renewables are still being ironed out in this project, the upshot is that it will not in any way depend on petroleum to function.
Seizing America's Renewable Energy Future: Getting to 100% Renewable
with Martin O'Malley
In this webinar, Governor Martin O’Malley outlines a plan to take the U.S. to 100% renewable energy by 2050, using a blend of advanced clean technologies, energy efficiency, and enhanced policy. O’Malley will explore the business opportunities that our changing climate is presenting, and how we can leverage renewable energy to drive positive economic growth, create jobs, and enhance our health and security.
Mariposa Meadows will be a net zero energy project, using a combination of renewables (such as solar) and super energy efficient products and building techniques. Photo: VisionHouse Tucson by lathamarchitectural.com
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Here are the eco-landmarks we navigate by as we create this sustainable enclave.
|Energy Efficiency Off-the-grid living demands the ultimate in energy-efficient products. Here’s what we picked.|
|Renewables Dependence on petroleum is dead; instead, we use these easy-on-the-environment technologies.|
|Water and Resource Conservation Natural resources are finite. Here are the techniques and products we use to reduce, reuse, and recycle.|
|Indoor Air Quality Healthy buildings mean healthy people. We spec’d products that make the indoors as fresh as the meadow air surrounding us.|
|Smart Technology We harness smart tech that will make life simpler and help us be more sustainable.|
|Durability See which building science practices and green products hold up to the harsh realities of high-altitude living.|
|Resilient Housing Disaster can strike anywhere. Techniques and products can help buffer buildings from these assaults.|
|Multifunctional Living Spaces We designed spaces that morph and accommodate more than one function.|
|Onsite Food Production Fresh food grown on site is the healthiest and most green way to go (not to mention tastiest!) Here are some notes from the high-altitude larder.|
|Indoor/Outdoor Living New products and design conceits blur the lines between shelter and the soul-healing outdoors.|
|Wildlife Protection Wildlife conservation means protecting all plant and animal species and their habitats so nature will be around for future generations to enjoy. Here’s how we address this important concept.|