The Agropolis: Produce Grown On-Site
Created 11/18/2010 8:01:53 AM 
With the world heading towards a greener future, eating local is one practice is receiving a big push. Taking this eating local culture to a completely new level altogether is a team from the NSA Ames campus. This team of business professionals envisioned a do-it-yourself grocery store concept that grows the fruits and veggies on site.
Tap Your Local Volcano for Renewable Energy
Created 10/14/2010 12:05:30 PM 
According to Wikipedia, a volcano is an opening, or rupture, in a planet's surface or crust, which allows hot magma, ash and gases to escape from below the surface. They are generally found where tectonic plates are diverging or converging. With more than 500 active volcanoes there surely must be plans to harness their power.
Green Mean Steam Weed Killer
Created 9/9/2010 9:16:17 AM 
It used to be that when we saw a bank of brown weeds, it meant an application of pesticide. Now we won’t have to avoid that little patch of death. Not anymore. This new machine kills the weed by applying high-temperature stream directly to the pest.
Back Yard Beekeeping
Created 8/23/2010 9:30:48 AM 
Many beekeepers have bee hives in their back yards. Some bees are even kept on city roof-tops. Bees can travel several miles to collect nectar and pollen, so they do not need flowering plants close by. Most suburbs have plenty of flowers, and bees can make a good crop of local honey.
Urban Fruit-Picking to Prevent Waste
Created 8/16/2010 8:42:41 AM 
It's right about this time of year that those with fruit trees and gardens in the Northern Hemisphere tend to get overwhelmed by homegrown abundance. Many tons of these are wasted year after year; but no more.
Tree Life Box: A Seed-Sprouting Cardboard Box
Created 8/9/2010 9:34:55 AM 
Cardboard production produces the majority of pollutants associated with cardboard. When this product is made, trees are cut down and and turned into a pulp which creates sulfur dioxide emissions. Sulfur dioxide dissolves in water vapor and is released into the atmosphere, where it joins with other gases to create sulfates.
Grow Peanuts Instead of Lawn and Save Water
Created 8/6/2010 9:32:09 AM 
Household lawn is only behind corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay in terms of cropland acreage, and it uses about the same amount of fertilizer as row crops! Outdoor watering also accounts for 30% of household water use, much of that likely going to grass. In other words, individual households cumulatively play a major role in in water quality issues related to lawn care.
Rooftop Organic Produce
Created 8/2/2010 11:23:13 AM 
A wave of innovators is developing profitable models for sustainable alternatives to industrial agriculture. These new entrepreneurs are developing breakthrough technologies, approaches and business models that can help create a post-industrial food system that is less resource intensive, more locally-based, and easier to monitor and control.
Mapping the Urban Forests
Created 7/28/2010 9:20:04 AM 
Mapping is an application to which the crowds are eminently well-suited, geographically dispersed as they tend to be. Not only are the masses contributing to maps of hot music gigs and filming locations, but now they're helping to create a map of San Francisco's urban forest too.
FoodHub: Connect Local Producers & Buyers
Created 7/21/2010 8:33:14 AM 
This growing season, Northwest food producers and food buyers will begin utilizing a new online resource that simplifies the process of making connections with each other. The website embraces new technology to bolster a regional food system, expand market channels, and bridge rural and urban economies.


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