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the roof, the roof, the roof is all white!

white-roof

Old article, but interesting nevertheless. Apparently if the 100 largest cities in the country painted their roofs white and paved their roads with a lighter colored, more reflective substance, enough light would be reflected to save $1billion annualy. And, more importantly, it would reflect enough light to significantly counteract the effects of global warming. Every little bit helps…

via Treehugger

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pop!tech social innovation fellows

Heather Fleming speaks about her Catapult Design

I could fill a book with all the insights, ideas, and beautiful stories of my time at Pop!Tech this week, but for sanity’s sake I’ll just highlight a few of the most relevant and meaningful experiences and observations. One of these highlights, for me at least, was the expansion of the Pop!Tech Fellows program. This year, Pop!Tech brought 16 young Social Entrepreneurs from all over the world to Camden, Maine for a week of intensive workshops and, of course, to attend the conference. Throughout the conference, they each presented a brief synopsis of their work, and here are some of the highlights:

  • Heather Fleming (shown above), was here representing Catapult Design. Branching out of Engineers Without Borders, Catapult is a design consultancy offering design, engineering and implementation support to organizations working on development and social impact work. They’re in their early stages of development, with only a handful of projects (such as the Hippo Roller and a wind turbine designed for off-the-grid Guatemalan villages) , but have great potential to scale and spread their impact.