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5 Things to Know Today: December 5, 2016

5 Things to Know Today: December 5, 2016

Liz Biscevic—Things to Know Today

Photo by John C. Mankins / Mankins Space Technology, Inc

Photo by John C. Mankins / Mankins Space Technology, Inc

In case you missed it, the US Army Corps of Engineers halted construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, Rotterdam is setting a new bar for sustainable home design, and space is the last frontier for sustainable energy.

1. Mic: Protestors make history as the US halts construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline

The efforts from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and protestors were rewarded as US Army Corps of Engineers postponed construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Energy Transfer Partners released a statement announcing their commitment to seeing the pipeline through.  

2. Popular Mechanics: The States’ first offshore wind farm is almost ready to start generating power. 

In a few days the five-turbine wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island will start delivering power to 17,000 homes.

3. Fast Coexist: Why Rotterdam is setting the bar for sustainable home design.

The Concept House Village experiment was designed to investigate how far we can go with sustainable design. One house has a toilet that generates electricity by harvesting phosphate. Another home is wrapped in a greenhouse and features a 400 square-foot rooftop vegetable garden.  

4. Fortune: Is Walmart the new LBGT rights leader for retailers? 

Walmart scored a perfect 100 on the Corporate Equality Index, its highest grade yet thanks to new initiatives over the last year, like adding insurance coverage for transgender workers. 

5. Salon: Space-based power could be next frontier for sustainable energy.

Researchers from NASA and the Pentagon have been brainstorming ways to harness solar power captured in outer space since the 1960’s and as concern over climate change has increased, the plans to implement space-based solar programs have become a global race to the finish.  

I Tried All the Thrifty Holiday Gift Hacks So You Don’t Have To

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If You’ve Gotta Telecommute, Do It From Your Friend’s House

If You’ve Gotta Telecommute, Do It From Your Friend’s House