CHECK OUT THIS CHARMING NET ZERO SOLAR FARMHOUSE

If you are a lover of iconic rural architecture and green living, you may be drawn to this net-zero solar farmhouse from North Carolina-based Deltec Homes. The home offers a streamlined but still classic exterior with net-zero energy (NZE) energy performance, meaning it can generate all of its own green energy on-site. This is a boon for the environment and your wallet. CHECK OUT THIS CHARMING NET ZERO SOLAR FARMHOUSE

PLANET WORD: A MUSEUM OF LINGUISTICS IN DC

D.C. is about to add another museum to its list; a museum of linguistics (the study of language and its evolution, parts and structure). This museum, named “Planet Word,” intends to serve individuals of all ages and levels of literacy. It will be housed in the historic Franklin School Downtown (you’ll find it in Ward 2 at the intersection of 13th Street NW and K Street NW), which has long sat vacant and which the use of has, at times, been a contested topic (more on that). PLANET WORD: A MUSEUM OF LINGUISTICS IN DC

THE COP21 DEAL: A BRIEF LOOK AT THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

You may have noticed that The Paris Climate Agreement is getting a lot of press lately. Here’s a brief look at what this deal is and why it is such an important topic:

The Paris Climate Agreement was adopted in 2015 at the Paris climate conference, AKA COP21 (check out this amazing artwork linking virtual trees, tree projection, human heartbeats and tree planting initiatives that was exhibited during the conference). This deal was considered legally binging in some aspects and 195 countries, including the United States, adopted it. The main goal is, of course, to fight and slow climate change and its negative effects on the earth, primarily by keeping the rise in global temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius. Keeping the increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius is another initial stated goal, as is hitting the peak of global emissions ASAP, so that the decline can begin. THE COP21 DEAL: A BRIEF LOOK AT THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

DESIGNS REVEALED FOR NEW, SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY BUILDING

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced that the new Australian Embassy will be designed by the Australian firm Bates Smart and is expected to be completed in the year 2021. Bates Smart, who also designed the current embassy that is now being replaced due to its age and state of disrepair, recently revealed the stunning designs for this new $237 million environmentally-friendly and spacious government structure. DESIGNS REVEALED FOR NEW, SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY BUILDING

LA YOUTH ARTS NON-PROFIT CENTERS AROUND VIBRANT ART LIBRARY

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Many organizations have a physical and/or conceptual hub or center that they build themselves up around. For LA 501 (c)3 non-profit organization Art Division, this hub, foundation, and permanent base is their art library. The library currently contains between 8,000 to 10,000 books and resources and is still growing—they frequently get calls from people who have art book collections that need to find a new home. LA YOUTH ARTS NON-PROFIT CENTERS AROUND VIBRANT ART LIBRARY