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To keep building materials out of landfills, cities are embracing 'deconstruction'

From Portland to San Antonio, cities have begun to mandate that old buildings be taken apart instead of demolished. How do these ordinances work?
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Building the future with wood

Meet people reinventing construction by pushing ‘mass timber’ bigger and higher. It’s good for the planet too.
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Climate scientist and sustainable builder win top German eco prize

Climatologist Friederike Otto and low-carbon construction innovator Dagmar Fritz-Kramer have jointly won the German Environmental Award and its €500,000 prize for their efforts to limit global heating.
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Climate-friendly, affordable housing: Is it possible?

Our homes protect us from the rain and cold. But heating them requires a lot of energy and building them is bad for the climate as well. DW looks at more environmental ways of living.
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Your final resting place could be a coffin made of mushrooms

Loop wants to rebuild the world with ecological structures made of fungal mycelium. Its proof of concept? Living coffins.
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25 climate actions needed in 2022

InvestigateWest asked several dozen activists, experts, government officials, and business and labor leaders what can be done in 2022 to accelerate decarbonization in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.

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Mushrooms: 4 uses that benefit the environment

As we look to transition from fossil to bio-based materials, fungi are becoming the ultimate biodegradable building blocks for furniture, fashion, housing and beyond.