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World Environment Day 2013 – 7 Green Projects That Could Change the World

7 Green Projects That Could Change the World - Green Sustainability

1. Seattle to Grow a One-of-a-Kind Food Forest

We’ve been keeping up with this project for quite some time, but it’s getting closer to a reality. The 7-acre public Food Forest, located on Seattle’s Beacon Hill, has plans to open this month and will be managed by a community of volunteers. Offering free fresh, local food to the community can cut down on carbon emissions from shipping and provide a greater focus on eating real food.

2. Airdrop Pulls Water From Air to Irrigate Plants

Irrigation can be a major problem for farmers and communities that exist in dry, arid conditions. With the Airdop, all you need is a plot of land and open air to generate water.

3. Window Socket: a Solar-Powered Plug That Sticks to Windows

The Window Socket, while only still a concept, allows you to turn any window into a solar-powered electricity outlet. Saving a little bit of energy at a time can make a big difference if this becomes a widespread reality.

4. Kinetic Energy-Harvesting Tiles Generate Power from Paris Marathon Runners

We as humans are full of energy just waiting to be expended. At this year’s Paris Maraton, Schneider Energy installed energy-harvesting tiles across part of the course which converted the steps and movements of the 40,000 runners into energy which powered displays throughout the marathon. Now, imagine Times Square in New York with this technology!

5. Indian Man Who Planted a 1,360-Acre Forest Now Plans to Plant Another

Starting in 1979, Jadav Payeng has dedicated thirty years of his life to planting a gigantic forest in his home country of India, and he’s now planning to dedicate the next thirty years to planting another. The forest he planted has provided shelter to animals displaced due to habitat loss as well as providing Payeng and his family with a place to raise cows and sell their milk. His work is an amazing testament to the difference a single person can make to the environment.

6. Microalgae Lamp Absorbs 150-200 Times More CO2 Than a Tree

While it looks like something that might turn baby turtles into crime-fighting, pizza-eating ninjas, these conceptual street lamps composed of microalgae could serve the dual purpose of sustainably lighting dark streets at night and absorbing harmful CO2 in the air. The microalgae is bioluminescent, meaning it produces light naturally and does not need electricity to run.

7. Carbon Buster: World’s First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK

While many organizations focus on becoming carbon neutral, Carbon Buster building blocks are made from 50% recycled material and capture more CO2 than what is emitted during their manufacturing. 

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