Blueprints Go Green

Yale students design a solar-powered house

Illustration by Hanh Nguyen. The Dynamic Augmented Living Environment (DALE) is a long name for a small house. The structure looks more like a robot, or an especially large computer. Its sides and roof are covered with solar panels, and its large windows let the light shine into the minimalist interior. The two modules can slide apart to create an outdoor space for entertaining guests, grilling hamburgers in the open air, or enjoying a starry night. DALE demands a second glance. This strange looking structure,. . . Read more
Victoria Bentley
The Way the Wind Blows

A small press goes green to keep from going under with the state’s first commercial-size wind turbine.

Photo courtesy of Phoenix Press Ten minutes after I was due at Phoenix Press, Inc., the spokes of my bike were still spinning. I searched out every corner’s street sign, hoping that the next would say James Street. Knowing that the friendly businessman I had spoken to was probably checking his watch, I had the sinking feeling that comes with being lost—until I saw the waving white arms of the wind turbine. They twirled gracefully in the breeze against the blue background of the sky.. . . Read more
Maya Averbuch
Gone Fishing

Miya’s chef Bun Lai tackles sustainability and sea life.

Sweet Mother’s Milk, $13.75 Bun Lai grinned like an excited teenager as a group of older women asked him about Sweet Mother’s Milk, an appetizer. Lai, the owner and celebrated head chef at Miya’s Sushi on Howe Street, was sitting across from me as I sipped from a bowl of earthy miso soup. On my right stood bottles of sake infusions and oils flavored with garlic gloves and chilis, which sent red and yellow hues dancing on the table below. “It’s actually really great,” Lai. . . Read more
Vlad Chituc
Power Hungry

Reducing emissions, increasing consumption: Can Yale have it all?

On a golden day in October in New Haven, Connecticut, in a tall, old red-brick building on Yale’s immaculate campus, natural gas combusts at 1,200 degrees. “Maybe hotter,” says Tom Starr, the manager of Yale’s Central Power Plant. Starr leads me up a few metal steps and opens a hand-sized hatch on the side of a huge, green, insulated-steel box to reveal a little window. Inside, the space explodes with outlandish purple and yellow flames. We’re looking at the burner that provides fuel to the. . . Read more
Amy Fish