Students from RISD, Brown, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt in Germany are building a solar house using existing materials in new ways to create a soft enclosure. This is a rendering of the solar house.
Credit Courtesy of Team Inside Out
The renderings of the solar house were created by Michael Clouse, a RISD student, in collaboration with other team members from RISD, Brown, and a school in Germany.
Credit Courtesy of Team Inside Out
After the competition, the solar house will house four visiting students at a time at the Domaine de Boisbuchet in southwestern France. Boisbuchet holds annual workshops for artists, designers and architects from around the world.
Leave it to a team of the brightest students in Rhode Island to design a solar-powered house made almost entirely out of high-quality fabrics. Students from Brown, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt in Germany are competing as one team, called Team Inside Out, in the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe, taking place in Versailles, France in July.
Nearly $33 million in disaster relief money will soon flow to help New England fishermen hurting from declining fish stocks and tighter fishing limits. The federal government declared a fisheries disaster last year in Rhode Island. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline joined other congressional leaders to include $74 million in fisheries disaster in the fiscal year 2014 appropriations bill.
A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council set the final public hearing to discuss Deepwater Wind’s proposed ocean wind farm for today.
The subcommittee in charge of these hearings has set aside six hours for public comments. They may also ask Deepwater Wind some final questions to help them decide whether to recommend the project to the CRMC for approval.
The full council will consider these hearings, the subcommittee’s recommendation, and staff report before it votes on the project.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has introduced legislation to re-authorize the National Estuary Program, which would benefit Narragansett Bay.
The program was first established in 1987 by the late Republican Senator John Chafee. It aimed to protect and restore estuaries from pollution and overdevelopment. An estuary is the area where fresh water meets the ocean.
A team at the University of Rhode Island has launched a website about climate change and its impacts to our state. The website, Rhode Island's Climate Change: Waves of Change, is designed for a range of people: from high school students to parents to business people.
Governor Lincoln Chafee signed an executive order this morning to create a state climate change council. The council will advise the governor, the general assembly, and the public on a strong state strategy to address climate change threats.
Chafee says the earth's warming climate has already hit Rhode Island hard with Superstorm Sandy and the extreme floods of 2010. Those floods caused millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses, including to the West Warwick Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, where Chafee signed the executive order.
"We recognize that local seafood is part of the overall food system," said Ken Ayars, chief of the division of agriculture at the DEM. "We want to put time, effort, and money into supporting that component of the local food system, just like we do with land-based agriculture."
Small and beginning farmers and fishermen have until April 1 to apply for new grant money available to help them grow and promote their businesses.
The governor’s office and the Department of Environmental Management announced a new program with more than $200,000 in grants to make the state’s local food system stronger. The grant program was established by the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) of 2012.