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Prominent environmental advocate talks sustainable buildings at ASU
Hayes said getting the next generation to make sustainable pushes is crucial for lasting change. He also said that for changes to happen in Phoenix, an area where heat has given it a reputation as one of the least sustainable in the world, institutions like ASU will have to make the push.
“My sense is there have been some political leaders here who have been pretty progressive – unexpectedly progressive,” Hayes said. “But leadership from Phoenix is going to be coming from places like ASU, and churches and other institutions.”
The student pavilion, where Hayes gave his talk, is ASU’s first zero net energy building and its greenest building to date. Mick Dalrymple, director of University Sustainability Practices, said the panel was inspiring.
“To be able to have the founder of the first Earth Day come … basically before this building is even officially christened, to have him come and speak in it, is exciting,” Dalrymple said. “This building is on the frontier, and he’s talking about a frontier that’s even further. It’s inspiring to hear him ask where we’re going to go next.”
Dalrymple also said that the talk acts as a reminder that while ASU has made strides such as building an environmentally friendly student pavilion, there’s always room for further improvement.
“This is going to be a LEED-certified platinum building, and you can’t get there without addressing these issues,” Dalrymple said. “But a living building is another leap up. Hopefully we can have one here on an ASU campus, or we can inspire people in the local community to make the push.”
Bill Gates Building Arizona ‘Smart City’
Billionaire Bill Gates just bought up a whole bunch of land in Arizona, reportedly with plans to build a massive “smart city” using futurist high tech gadgetry.
According to a press release from the real estate investment firm Belmont Partners sold a 40-square mile parcel of land-roughly the size of Tempe-in western Maricopa County for $80 million.
Belmont Partners, which generally deals in large parcels meant for big-box retail projects and shopping malls, made the sale to Mt. Lemmon Holdings, a company controlled by Gates’ investment group, Cascade Investment.
According to the announcement, the land will be used to develop Belmont, a “master-planned community” that will “transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model.” It will feature 80,000 residential units, 3,800 acres for industrial, office, and commercial space, 3,400 acres of “green space,” and 470 acres dedicated to public schools.
The statement continues: Belmont is one of the largest privately owned, undeveloped properties in Arizona … The new investment will help Belmont become a template for the development of a sustainable city capitalizing on cutting-edge infrastructure.
Accoring to Belmont Partners manager Larry Yount, that infrastructure will include:
– advances in solar power and electric distribution systems
– autonomous auto testing,
– broadband Internet development, and
– next-generation data centers