"e²" is a series about the economies of being environmentally conscious. Shot in high definition with cinematic lenses, e² chronicles global efforts to solve pressing ecological challenges. From energy consumption to design efficiency, policy to industry, the series documents the innovators whose work is reducing humans' impact on the environment. Interviews with experts, policymakers and pioneers across a variety of disciplines offer a firsthand account of the complex environmental challenges that we face, as well as the possibility that pragmatic solutions are within reach.

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Grey to Green

"Gray to Green" takes the notion of the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) to grand proportions by looking at Boston’s “Big Dig,” and the massive amount of waste created by the $15 billion public works project. Paul Pedini, a civil engineer on the project, had the idea to build his own home from “Big Dig” construction refuse. The success of his experiment sparked plans to create an office complex in Massachusetts from the same recycled material. These innovative projects serve as prototypes to demonstrate the benefits of large-scale recycling and reuse.

  • 2016-10-02T01:00:00-07:00
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  • 2016-10-02T05:00:00-07:00
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  • 2016-10-12T18:00:00-07:00
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The Green Machine

(Episode 3) In this episode, Mayor Richard Daley takes viewers on a tour through Chicago, and showcases his mission to make it "the greenest city in America." Chicago already demonstrates a remarkable commitment to green design and construction, with over 40 buildings registered for LEED certification as of 2006, an integrated solar-powered public transportation system with a biker commuter station, and over two million square feet of green roofs, including City Hall.

 

  • 2016-10-05T18:00:00-07:00
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China: from Red to Green

Across China, soaring population and rapidurbanisation have created growth – and corresponding environmental impacts – on a previously unimaginable scale. This episode explores green design solutions in both theory and practice, including architect Steven Holl's “Linked Hybrid” project, which will have the largest residential geothermal heating/cooling and greywater recycling system in the world upon completion. William McDonough shares his his theory that architecture can be both profitable and environmentally intelligent.

  • 2016-10-09T01:00:00-07:00
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  • 2016-10-19T18:00:00-07:00
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Deeper Shades of Green

The first season concludes with a look to the future. “Deeper Shades of Green” focuses on three remarkable thinkers and designers of our time: Ken Yeang, Werner Sobek and William McDonough. Nothing short of geniuses, these architects are challenging society and environmental design philosophically, psychologically, technically, aesthetically, politically, and culturally. Each is changing the face of not only architecture, but of environmentalism.

  • 2016-10-16T01:00:00-07:00
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The Druk White Lotus School - Ladakh

Amidst religious, political and cultural strife in LaDakh, one of the most remote places on earth, is the construction of a new symbol of hope and peace: the Druk White Lotus school. Conceived to equip LaDakhi children to function in a modern world while embracing Buddhist traditions, can the school, designed by ARUP London, implement sustainable building, tap local materials and labor, and preserve the cultural identity for future generations?

  • 2016-10-23T01:00:00-07:00
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