Sustainability Archive

Wind Energy Has Gone to the BATs

Altaeros Energies is a relatively new company born out of MIT Labs. They’ve developed a wind turbine that is tethered to the ground, can go higher than the current large fan-like wind turbines you see all around us and...
August 29, 2014

Five for Wednesday – Lucky 13

In this Five for Wednesday, we’ll press your buttons for Android and look at the iOS8/OSX changes coming, as well as Solar Roadways!!! 1. Pressy – the button for Android is a keychain dongle that can be programmed to...
June 4, 2014

Shipping Container Houses…Brought to You by GM?

On Jalopnik today, there’s news of GM helping build shipping container houses in Detroit. From the story: GM is helping to build Detroit’s first homestead made of recycled materials, which will be occupied by a college student studying urban...
April 30, 2014

Trinity: A Portable Wind Turbine for Charging on the Go

You’ve been there. No battery and you need to make a call. Could be a call about a closing or a new offer. Unfortunately, you have 1% battery life. There are options on the market that can help you...
April 22, 2014

Droplet – King of the Digital Aqua Jungle

When you’re not in the mood or don’t have the time to grab the hose, Droplet knows were the water goes.  That’s right: there’s a new robot in town and it’s watering plants like nobody’s business.  Droplet is one...
March 25, 2014

America’s Greenest Street is in Chicago

I live in a beautifully cluttered and noisy place: Chicago. Being from Iowa, it took a bit to adapt. The skyscrapers in Iowa were silos and our busy streets were 2 lanes, one in each direction. I loved the...
February 28, 2014

Green Roofing Breathes Easier

This concrete roofing tile includes an embedded catalyst in the upper portion of the roof tile that acts like the catalytic converter on your car. The catalyst speeds up oxidation in the presence of sunlight, reducing nitrogen oxide emissions....
April 25, 2013

On Earth Day, Consider Becoming a Green REsource Council Designee

It’s Earth Day today and all this week, we are going to be covering sustainability topics. What better way to kick off the celebration than by participating in NAR’s Green REsource Council? As CRT looks to the future, we...
April 22, 2013

A Cone, A Ball, and A Puck: The Shapes of Things to Come in Alternative Energy

One of our new charges in CRT is to delve deeper into sustainable technologies and see how they may have practical applications in real estate. We’re constantly looking for new and exciting things that indicate where these technologies are...
April 19, 2013