Energy efficient design
Take a look at these teenagers who have designed eco-inventions.
Young people are taking energy efficiency to great height.
Check out the Pearson Science chapters on energy, energy changes and energy-efficient designs.
Carbon Neutral Building
Australia's first carbon neutral building was unveiled in Melbourne late last year.
Built by Grocon on an old brewery site, the building is said to be carbon neutral.
"Any carbon emissions used in the building's ongoing operation will be offset by renewable energy from large photovoltaic panels on the roof, as well as wind turbines," said Daniel Grollo, Grocon Chief Executive.
It features a rooftop native garden, a grey water recycling system that uses reed beds as window shades and a system that distributes fresh air through vents on desks.
The colourful panels on the buildings exterior block hot western sun and channel northern sun into the building.
The building cost was expected to cost around 20 per cent more than usual.
The way we design products, packaging, our buildings, and our communities can make a big difference to the amount of energy we use.
The London Olympics is coming up this year and it has sparked a feverish interest in urban farming as residents look to make the most of the redevelopment of a long neglected precinct of the city.
With investment in being made in the city's design, some green opportunities are opening up.
Over 50,000 people are now involved in city gardens and farms, as interest has blossomed in sustainable living.
Green website, Huffington Post, features the Tianjin Eco-City, which showcases the latest green technologies.
Is this what the future looks like?
Self ejecting power points
If you're thinking about how to cut down on energy use, turning appliances off might be a good place to start.
Take a look at this nifty idea to save - the self ejecting power points.
Take a look at other ideas for saving energy at Eco Citizen Australia.
Architect designing energy efficient buildings have been inspired by termites - another amazing case of biomimicry - copying nature.
Have a look at this modern building that uses the same principles use by termites when they are building their termite mounds. It cools and heats naturally!
Car designs of the future will definitely need to create fewer carbon emissions and this will almost definitely mean a new design for engines.
Take a look at these possible sources of fuel, and if you want more, have a look at our section on cars.
Don't think girls can't invent!
Did you know women have invented some amazing things, including the circular saws, bullet proof vests and windscreen wipers!
We asked Australian students to make a video or convince us in writing about their BIG ideas for a sustainable energy future.
Check out the fantastic videos we received, all about sustainable energy solutions!VIEW THE GALLERY OF ENTRIES
Explore the fascinating science edging us closer to low carbon living. This fun, flexible project includes easy-to-use ICT, oodles of resources and FREE lesson plans from CSIRO Education.
Links to Australian curriculum, plus NAPLAN rehearsal.Find out more