The Impact of Architecture on the Environment

In 1987, the World Commission on the Environment and Development defined sustainability as a process of meeting the present needs without compromising future generations and their needs. This definition can be expounded into three main aspects on which sustainability rests – ecology, economy, and society. Ecological aspect refers to our …

Mumbai Temple to Reduce Annual Power Bills by Rs8 Lakh Using Solar Energy

A 190-year-old Jain temple at Byculla is the latest addition to the growing list of religious and educational institutions and housing societies, who are harnessing solar energy for an eco-friendly future. Sheth Motisha Jain Temple, spread across two acres, installed a 37.5 kilo-watt (KW) power rooftop solar system with 115 …

Apple Pledges to Pursue Use of 100 Per Cent Recycled Materials

Apple is aiming to use 100 per cent recycled materials to make its iPhones, Macbooks, and other electronics products in future in a bid to reduce its reliance on mined raw materials, the company revealed yesterday. Publishing its latest annual Environmental Responsibility Report, the IT and electronics giant said its …

Meet the World’s First Island Powered by an Off-Grid Renewable Energy System

A tiny, scenic island lying off Scotland’s west coast is truly a model for sustainable, off-grid living. With no mainland electricity connection, the Isle of Eigg gets its electricity from the water, the wind and the sun. After decades of using diesel generators, in February 2008 the residents of Eigg …

20,000 Pakistani Schools to Go Solar

About 20,000 schools in the province of Punjab in Pakistan will convert to solar power, according to government officials. Punjab chief minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif reviewed the progress of the “Khadim-e-Punjab Ujala Programme” to install solar rooftop systems on the area’s schools at a recent meeting. The project will kick …