This is a great survival jacket design idea as well as a go light camping system. In a survival situation such as being lost on a hike or being the victim of a natural disaster. This could provide very basic emergency shelter until help arrives. On the go light camping side, being able to stream line your sleeping and shelter system to this degree can save a great deal of energy when ounces can be costly. I’ve watched this idea develop for some time and the JakPak is the best version I’ve seen to date. JakPak is a Jacket, Tent and Sleeping Bag All-In-One | Inhabitat
This looks like a great way to go on the road with all your amenities and keeping a low impact. I can’t wait for the electric version: Verdier’s Stylish Solar-Powered Eco Camper | Inhabitat
I’ve always been interested in solutions that will help homes have lower to off-grid demand. I’ve worked with many data center battery power systems where I’d wondered when this technology would be applied to houses. Tesla has been looking into alternative uses for the technology that it has developed during its car research. This is an excellent example: Teslas Electric Car Battery Tech Could End Up Powering Your Home : TreeHugger.
Energy poverty places a terrible toll on communities and solutions are being presented that show how simple ideas can make a huge impact: Want an Example of How to End Energy Poverty? Replace Old Inefficient Biomass Cooking Stoves : TreeHugger.
Disaster response has historically focused on using strategies developed for rural regions to aid people impacted by disaster. With the increase of natural and man made disasters effecting urban areas (Fukushima, Hurricane Katrina…) organizations are looking to adapt and develop best solutions to the urban environment. Using sustainable strategies can also make a significant contribution in making a built environment more resilient. Sustainable solutions already look to mitigate impact as well as designing to last. With many major cities (New York City, San Francisco…) already working to lead in sustainable solutions, disaster organizations should look to take advantage of both efforts to optimize and hasten preparation: How Is Disaster Aid Being Retooled to Meet Catastrophes That Strike Cities?: Scientific American.
Geothermal has significant value potential. It also has potential risk (whether to geologic stability, water supplies…) as indicated by seismic activity occurring in areas where geothermal drilling has taken place. The idea of taping sources such as warm bio mass storage areas (sewer systems) can be extended to any location that may have decaying biomass (landfill composting locations, sewer pipes, reclaiming steam pipe radiant heat or other). There may be a great deal of options through creative innovation. Geothermal System Taps Sewage Instead of Bedrock : TreeHugger.