Vertical forests and farms are green spaces in which plants grown in stacked layers instead of horizontal rows. They increase urban plant biodiversity while decreasing sprawl (by growing up instead of out). … URBAN PLANTS GROW UP: VERTICAL FORESTS AND FARMS
Did you know that there are many dolphins living nearby, in the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay? Researchers from the Potomac-Chesapeake Dolphin Project (PCDP) have set out to better understand them. Dolphins have been sighted in the Potomac as far back as the 1800s and as far north as DC but many people are still unaware of their local presence. … GEORGETOWN’S PCDP RESEARCHES POTOMAC DOLPHINS
Farm-to-table business models allow customers to enjoy meals created with locally sourced, fresh ingredients. While in the strictest sense of the term, farm-to-table eating happens on a farm itself, farm-to-table, farm-to-fork and even farm-to-school or –hospital movements focus on serving food from farms in the nearby vicinity of the kitchen, often within a 100 mile radius.
Many communities are home to “food deserts,” or areas where grocery stores are inaccessible due to distance or cost. Food deserts can form because of deficits in public transit, high food prices, residents not owning vehicles or having limited mobility for various reasons, or other factors. Some areas, including Washington D.C., are lucky to have mobile food markets, which aim to alleviate this difficulty. Retired city and school buses have been turned into food and farmers’ markets in order to distribute fresh food to undeserved neighborhoods in many areas, including D.C., St. Louis and Toronto. … RETIRED BUSES REBORN AS MOBILE FOOD MARKETS
If you have ever woefully thrown out an appliance or piece of furniture because you didn’t know how to fix it, a “Repair Café” may be just what you are looking for. These Cafés are community organizations that bring together fixers and tools with people who have broken things. The repair experts may be hobbyists, pros or retired experts who have skills and time to share with their community. Café’s typically meet in spaces such as community centers, libraries or art centers, or may have a more permanent designated location. … REVIVE YOUR BROKEN BELONGINGS AT A REPAIR CAFE!
Sunshine is a powerful and popular renewable source of energy and potable water is a universal need. A wife and husband duo in India are harvesting both of these with one unique device called “Ulta Chaata,” which means “inverted umbrella,” in Hindi. As you can see below, this is an apt name for the attractive canopies that open to the sky like blossoms. … ULTA CHAATA: THE INVERTED UMBRELLA HARVESTING SOLAR ENERGY AND DRINKABLE WATER
Lego-lovers will undoubtedly flock to the Lego House in Billund, Denmark, this fall. Architect Bjarke Ingels of the firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) said during the museum’s planning stages, “It will be the best museum ever.” If you love free creation with unlimited supplies and all things Lego, you may agree. … DENMARK’S LEGO HOUSE WILL BE OPEN IN SEPTEMBER!