Sustainable technologies in the community work to create towns and cities that can operate without producing large amounts of waste. They also make it easier for the members of a community to live greener lives.

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Fw:Thinking covers topics that include sustainability, green tech, hybrid cars and more. Explore what's next from Fw:Thinking!

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  • 10 Innovations in Water Purification

    10 Innovations in Water Purification

    As far back as 1500 B.C.E., people were trying to purify water to make it drinkable. And we're still at it. Today inventors use tools as simple as clay and as sophisticated as carbon nanotubes to bring clean water to the world. See more »

  • Could glow-in-the-dark plants replace streetlights?

    Could glow-in-the-dark plants replace streetlights?

    We live in an age when DIY has taken on exciting, nerve-wracking connotations. Add in some knowledge and some money from crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, and you have a recipe for a transformed world. Will glow-in-the-dark plants be a part of it? See more »

  • How Automatic Solar Panel Cleaning Systems Work

    How Automatic Solar Panel Cleaning Systems Work

    Photovoltaic solar panels are like windows -- they build up a coating of grime that requires a good cleaning from time to time. What's the alternative to climbing the roof with a squeegee and bucket of suds? See more »

  • How Electric Aircraft Work

    How Electric Aircraft Work

    While you shouldn't expect to find a "flying electric" option at the airport anytime soon, electrically powered aircraft not only exist, but the technology continues to evolve at an encouraging rate. See more »

  • How EnviroGrid Works

    How EnviroGrid Works

    Sometimes you need to reinforce roads or retain walls without breaking out the concrete and rebar. That's where a simple, ingenious technology comes in. See more »

  • How Grid Energy Storage Works

    How Grid Energy Storage Works

    The Northeast Blackout of 2003 left millions without power and cost approximately $6 billion. Experts believe we can avoid future blackouts by storing energy along the U.S. electric grid. See more »

  • How High-yield Paper Works

    How High-yield Paper Works

    We're still a long way from a supposedly paperless age, but companies have come up with some ideas on how to squeeze more from a tree. How does high-yield paper rate among the spectrum of green products available? See more »

  • How LED Streetlights Work

    How LED Streetlights Work

    Why would Los Angeles and Pittsburgh set out to convert a combined 180,000 traditional high-pressure sodium and mercury-vapor street lamps to LED lighting? See more »

  • How Living Billboards Work

    How Living Billboards Work

    You probably ignore most billboards, especially those annoying ones that read, "If you lived here, you could be home by now!" But what if that giant ad you drove past were alive? See more »

  • How PlayPump Works

    How PlayPump Works

    Children love to play, so why not harness the energy of their motion to help support a community. How does the PlayPump convert the push of a merry-go-round into clean water? See more »

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