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Welding wood. This is a technique to join wood using scrap tin, such as that from a used can. Needed materials include:

1. Two sticks of wood to be joined.

  • Make sure the wood is in good condition where the connection is to be made. It should be clean, no bits of bark or loose paint, and no knots, as they are too hard for nails.

2. Two pieces of thin tin.

  • For the first bond, use a knife for cutting the tin from a small can for example.
  • Length and width equal to the stick diameter. (more steps follow)
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Solar Charged Lawnmower

Converting a very used gas power lawnmower into a solar charged, low emission, almost silent, lawn cutting machine.

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Aug 18 Denmark’s futuristic “citizen space” has been named the world’s best public library [1]

Aug 16 Food USA: Move Over, Community Gardens: Edible Forests Are Sprouting Up Across America [2]

Aug 15 Mexico: 'It feels like a gift': mobile phone co-op transforms rural Mexican community [3]

Aug 13 US news: 3 American cities that use 100% renewable energy — and 7 that plan to join them within 20 years [4]

Aug 11 Amsterdam: Bike jams and unwritten rules: a day with Amsterdam's new 'bicycle mayor' [5]

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He that is rich need not live sparingly, and he that can live sparingly need not be rich.

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Planted cattails at Millcreek greywater
Greywater, sometimes also spelled as graywater, grey water or gray water, is all of the effluent water from a household, such as water discharged from lavatories (bathroom sinks), bathtubs, showers, clothes washers, and laundry trays. Greywater is not wastewater from a sink used for food preparation, or water closet (toilet) wastewater.

The water leaving our homes carries nutrients and value. It may also contain pathogens, and/or harsh chemicals and care should be taken with it. However, it is not a great risk compared to blackwater (sewage).

Redirecting the water we use for tasks such as showering allows us to reclaim some of that value to grow plants and recharge the water table. It may be necessary to choose our soaps and detergents more carefully, if we use the greywater for watering and fertilizing plants.

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ENGR 215 Introduction to Design projects – Fall 2011: Flock House: The Fall 2011 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with the Flock House to research, design, and build sustainable and inspiring systems for two living systems that will be traveling through and interacting with various New York neighborhoods.

Fall 2011 ENGR 215 Intro to Design Projects - Flock House
Plastic Plumage and Bird Cage
Corrugated plastic shell and one gallon milk carton shingles  
Aluminum Awareness
Aluminum can shingles and 2-liter bottle windows  
Poly Pod
Doors, windows, and planters made from ironed plastic bags and bubble-wrap, with umbrella awnings  
Geared-Up From the Feet-Up
Bicycle powered generator capable of generating 100+ Watts  
Pump'n Power
A handcar styled, two person, human powered, energy generator  
Hyper Visible Power Meter
A post-apocalyptic, bomb-like, display for the state of the Flock House batteries  
Window Shopper and Back Me Up
Flock House solar dehydrator and backpack solar dehydrator  
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