Allison Leahy

 

Allison Leahy is a freelancer who writes with the aim of furthering the dialogue on sustainability, climate change, and global health. She is a graduate of Vassar College and currently lives in San Francisco. Her interests include long bike rides on the beach, live music, yoga, home brews, and people in costumes. For more insight, follow Allison on twitter .

Allison Leahy
DIY: A Simple Guide to Beer Brewing for Seasonal Ale Lovers

DIY: A Simple Guide to Beer Brewing for Seasonal Ale Lovers

What You’ll Need: 5 gallon pot Bottling bucket Fermentation bucket or glass carboy (carboys are more expensive, but will last longer) Tubing Clamp for the

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel

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San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping Festival Showcases 23 Urban Innovation Projects

San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping Festival Showcases 23 Urban Innovation Projects

UP:SF was the second stop on the tour (the festival has already been to Singapore), and it was presented by Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in partnership with Intersection

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San Francisco’s Sightglass Coffee Shows Off Every Angle of the Roasting Business

San Francisco’s Sightglass Coffee Shows Off Every Angle of the Roasting Business

Jerad and Jason Morrison, the owners of Sightglass Coffee, have transformed a tired old sign manufacturing shop  into an airy retail and manufacturing facility. Boor Bridges Architecture,

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Portland Will Host the 6th Annual Living Future unConference

Portland Will Host the 6th Annual Living Future unConference

Portland, Oregon is often recognized as one of the greenest cities in America. The city has plans for peak oil and climate action and policies to address recycling and sustainable urban

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Hannes Bend’s ‘Eclipse’ Installation Opens Eyes to the Artificial Reef Catastrophe

Hannes Bend’s ‘Eclipse’ Installation Opens Eyes to the Artificial Reef Catastrophe

Back in 1972, a well-meaning nonprofit group came up with the idea of creating an artificial reef off the South Florida coast using two million old tires. The sunken rubber was supposed to lure

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Artisan Furniture Made From Pieces of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

Artisan Furniture Made From Pieces of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a vital 1.7 mile transportation link that serves 40 million vehicles a year. Now, thanks to Richard Bulan, this 75-year-old pedestrian-friendly feat of engineering

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Organograph: Giant Kinetic Flower Sculpture is Powered by the Sun

Organograph: Giant Kinetic Flower Sculpture is Powered by the Sun

Bill Washabaugh, Chico MacMurtie, and Geo Homsy developed the climate clock with these fundamental elements in mind: the Clock, the Observatory, the Carbon Cycle Simulation, the Incubator Dome,

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Chinese Artist Recycles Automobiles Into Transformer Robots, Builds Theme Park

Chinese Artist Recycles Automobiles Into Transformer Robots, Builds Theme Park

Zhu has been working on his Mr. Iron Robot theme park for over a decade, but he opened the park just last month after moving into a 225-hectare abandoned factory in Jiaxing, east China's

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The SAVortex Is the World’s Most Efficient Hand Dryer

The SAVortex Is the World’s Most Efficient Hand Dryer

SAVortex is known for designing, manufacturing, and launching the world's most efficient hand dryer--the Vortex 550. Inhabitat recently caught up with founder Syed Ahmed at the Cleantech Forum

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FILM REVIEW: ‘The Island President’ Investigates the Submersion of the Maldives

FILM REVIEW: ‘The Island President’ Investigates the Submersion of the Maldives

If you only see one environmental film this year, let it be The Island President. The subject of Jon Shenk’s documentary is recently deposed President Mohamed “Anni” Nasheed

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Repair Cafes in The Netherlands Give Life Back to Broken Objects

Repair Cafes in The Netherlands Give Life Back to Broken Objects

A new brand of DIY self-sufficiency is spreading across The Netherlands. Skilled craftswomen, mechanics, seamstresses, and handypersons are banding together to resist disposable consumer

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Cambodia’s New Stock Exchange Tower Has Dragon Scales

Cambodia’s New Stock Exchange Tower Has Dragon Scales

The building will be LEED certified, and it consists of two towers and a glass and steel podium. Tower 1 will hold world-class offices, luxury retail, as well as studios, 1-bedroom, and

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Herzog and de Meuron Unveil Plans for Brilliant Naturally Ventilated Mãe Luiza Gymnasium

Herzog and de Meuron Unveil Plans for Brilliant Naturally Ventilated Mãe Luiza Gymnasium

Before Herzog & de Meuron stepped in, Mãe Luiza's local recreation center was a fully exposed concrete platform framed with columns and trusses. Plans for the new gymnasium expand upon

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Cocoon_FS: Pohl Architects Unveils Prefab Plankton-Inspired Pod Building in Germany

Cocoon_FS: Pohl Architects Unveils Prefab Plankton-Inspired Pod Building in Germany

The illustrious Cocoon_FS pavilion was constructed from leaf-like panels of fiber-reinforced polymer. Fifteen original base modules were designed and a total of 220 modules were

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The World’s Smallest Train is Made from DNA

The World’s Smallest Train is Made from DNA

A recent breakthrough in DNA nanotechnology has brought to life the world's smallest autonomously functioning DNA motor - a teeny tiny train of molecules that has been programmed to navigate a

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2011 Was the 11th Hottest Year on Record

2011 Was the 11th Hottest Year on Record

An average global temperature of 57.9 degrees Fahrenheit marked 2011 as the 11th hottest year on record. At a full 0.9 degrees warmer than the 20th century average, this past year was

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Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Following last year's nuclear disaster in Fukushima, there has been a great deal of public concern over the contamination of local food sources and water and now, newly constructed buildings

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Volvo Debuts XC60 Plug-in Hybrid at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Volvo Debuts XC60 Plug-in Hybrid at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

There is plenty of electric vehicle buzz at this year's North American International Auto Show and Volvo just added to the green transportation hype by showcasing the world's first (and second)

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Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

The Eco-leaf is a solar shade concept that will lower your carbon footprint and brighten your living room. Eco-leaf's unique energy harvesting design integrates proven-technologies like solar, E

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San Francisco to Turn Old Limo Terminal Into a Sea Lion-Friendly Waterfront Park

San Francisco to Turn Old Limo Terminal Into a Sea Lion-Friendly Waterfront Park

The biologically sound wetland remediation project at Pier 27 demonstrates the port's commitment to the stewardship of waterfront historic resources. The project also has the potential to be a

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How To Prepare Your Bicycle For Safe Riding in Cold Weather

How To Prepare Your Bicycle For Safe Riding in Cold Weather

1. Visibility Front and rear lights are crucial year round, but even more so in winter. The sun is setting earlier in the northern hemisphere, so even if you only use your bike for the commute

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Solar Electric Light Fund Shines a Ray of Hope on Haiti

Solar Electric Light Fund Shines a Ray of Hope on Haiti

The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) has installed 100 solar-powered street lamps in Haitian refugee camps Pétionville and Caradeux. Almost two years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked

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San Francisco’s Glorious and Garden-Infused Mid-Century Modern Hill Street Home

San Francisco’s Glorious and Garden-Infused Mid-Century Modern Hill Street Home

John Maniscalco Architecture has had plenty of projects hobbled by historical preservation policies (a common complaint from progressive architects attempting to rebuild historic San Francisco)

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World’s Largest Solar Bridge Crosses The River Thames in London

World’s Largest Solar Bridge Crosses The River Thames in London

Over 100 bridges, 20 tunnels, and six public ferries cross the River Thames, but only Blackfriars will shine in photovoltaic glory. Solarcentury is working in conjunction with other public

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Artful Renovation Turns San Francisco’s Historic Pier 24 Into Enormous Photography Gallery

Artful Renovation Turns San Francisco’s Historic Pier 24 Into Enormous Photography Gallery

The building is designated in the National Register, so its renovation had to preserve the site's historic architectural integrity. Envelope a+d responded to this challenge with a design that

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Appalachian State’s Solar Homestead Brings Adaptability and Independent Living to the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Appalachian State’s Solar Homestead Brings Adaptability and Independent Living to the 2011 Solar Decathlon

A limited budget has made adaptability a top theme this year and The Solar Homestead exemplifies this facet of sustainable design better than most.  A half-bath, outdoor shower and outdoor

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NASA Announces Plans to Launch the Largest Solar Sail Ever Created

NASA Announces Plans to Launch the Largest Solar Sail Ever Created

Solar activity sometimes causes disturbances through massive flares, but the energy can also be used to increase in-space propulsion capability - harnessing solar power with solar sails could

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San Francisco’s Imaginatively Interconnected Harrison 1×2 Residences by Studio 12

San Francisco’s Imaginatively Interconnected Harrison 1×2 Residences by Studio 12

One of the Harrison Street Residences lies parallel to the street, cloaking the inner courtyard and allowing for greater privacy, space and light shared within a dense urban area. The second

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