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 .

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Solar Dok Create a Green Charging Point for University of Florida Students

Solar Dok Create a Green Charging Point for University of Florida Students

The University of Florida has just added a Solar Dok to its growing sustainability profile. Solar Dok is an off-grid solar powered electronics charging hub perfect for Internet cafes, college

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Old SF’s Interactive Map Displays San Francisco’s History in Photographs

Old SF’s Interactive Map Displays San Francisco’s History in Photographs

San Franciscans love their history. The city has established historical museums of all flavors to celebrate its pioneers and their contributions to civil society. Now, armchair travelers are

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New Terahertz “Invisibility Cloak” Imaging Offers an Alternative to Harmful X-Ray Body Scans

New Terahertz “Invisibility Cloak” Imaging Offers an Alternative to Harmful X-Ray Body Scans

Scientists at Northwestern University have tapped the terahertz frequency range and opened the door to harm-free radiation imaging technology and early-detection cancer screening devices. The

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SKhy Bus Is A Carbon-Negative Solar & Wastewater Fueled Shuttle Bus Of The Future

SKhy Bus Is A Carbon-Negative Solar & Wastewater Fueled Shuttle Bus Of The Future

Portuguese designer Alan Monteiro has illustrated his vision of green transportation: an aerodynamic carbon swallowing, wastewater recycling, oxygen releasing, unmanned shuttle bus concept

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Swags’ Ultralight Waterproof Backpack Bed Provides Aid to Homeless

Swags’ Ultralight Waterproof Backpack Bed Provides Aid to Homeless

Swags for the Homeless is an Australian non-profit organization that has been getting global attention for its Backpack Bed. The contemporary light-weight backpack can be quickly converted into

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Reaction Housing System: A Rapid Response Flat-Pak Emergency Shelter

Reaction Housing System: A Rapid Response Flat-Pak Emergency Shelter

The main component of the Reaction Housing System is its Exo housing unit. The Exo is manufactured in two, easy to assemble pieces that can be fixed as standard living, office, individual,

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Panda Poop Could be the Key to Cheap and Efficient Biofuel Production

Panda Poop Could be the Key to Cheap and Efficient Biofuel Production

  Giant Pandas are well-loved for their distinctive appearance and sedentary nature. Now they will receive even greater adoration and attention for their bowel-based contribution to

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MySaver Safeguards Your iPhone, iPad and iPod Cables from Damage

MySaver Safeguards Your iPhone, iPad and iPod Cables from Damage

If you own an Apple product, chances are you've had to deal with broken charge cords and fraying cables. The MySaver project, designed by Thomas Lehman, and funded through Kickstarter,

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i-Go eBike Concept Powers You Through the City and Charges Your Smartphone

i-Go eBike Concept Powers You Through the City and Charges Your Smartphone

i-Go is an electric bike concept loaded with futuristic rider-friendly features such as regenerative wireless brakes, internal gears, smartphone charging ability, mobile app and GPS all

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Diébédo Francis Kéré’s Great Mosque and National Park Sit Beautifully In the Heart of Mali

Diébédo Francis Kéré’s Great Mosque and National Park Sit Beautifully In the Heart of Mali

Photo © Iwan Baan Kéré is a world-renowned architect with projects in India, China, Spain, Yemen, Togo, and his home country of Burkina Faso. His integration of technology and vernacular

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Surrey Crowdsources Inspiration For New $30 Million Green Library on Facebook

Surrey Crowdsources Inspiration For New $30 Million Green Library on Facebook

Surrey City Centre Library, British Columbia's latest architectural landmark, was designed with the input of hundreds of community members. Local firm Bing Thom Architects made space for the

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Next-Gen Electronics Charge Themselves With Energy-Harvesting LCD Screens

Next-Gen Electronics Charge Themselves With Energy-Harvesting LCD Screens

Engineers at UCLA have developed technology that allows energy gobbling gadgets like smartphones and laptops to convert sunlight, ambient light, and their own backlight into energy. Equipping

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Extraordinary Banana Art Etchings are Inspiring and Edible

Extraordinary Banana Art Etchings are Inspiring and Edible

Melbourne-based artist, Jun Gil Park is the creative genius behind this bunch of banana etchings.  His biodegradable masterpieces are inspired by Jazz icons like Dizzie Gillespie and the Cuban

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Scottish Distillery Powers Their Nissan Leaf With Whiskey

Scottish Distillery Powers Their Nissan Leaf With Whiskey

Whiskey isn't just good for a stiff drink at the end of the day; it's also a handy tool for powering electric vehicles. At least that's what the Bruichladdich Whiskey Distillery on the Scottish

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Floating Islands Will Restore Life to Minnesota’s Spring Lake

Floating Islands Will Restore Life to Minnesota’s Spring Lake

What do you do with a "severely impaired" body of water and an unsightly shoreline park that is riddled with invasive species?  Launch a series of luscious floating islands!  In an effort to

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Pipistrel Introduces The World’s Most Powerful Electric Airplane

Pipistrel Introduces The World’s Most Powerful Electric Airplane

Pipistrel just rolled out the world's most powerful electric aircraft -- and it's the first to seat four people. The Taurus G4 required two years of preparation and development, but took just

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Gorgeous Green-Roofed Marcel Sembat School Completed in France

Gorgeous Green-Roofed Marcel Sembat School Completed in France

Architecture firm Archi5 has updated six workshop buildings originally built between 1930 and 1960. In addition to these renovations, the new design includes dormitories, staff accommodations,

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Drought-Stricken Texas Town Turns Urine Into Tap Water

Drought-Stricken Texas Town Turns Urine Into Tap Water

Texas is in the midst of a drought so severe that local water management teams have decided to distribute reclaimed wastewater (aka urine). From toilet to tap, the treated wastewater will be

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BMW Launches Program to Transform Landfill Gases Into Hydrogen Fuel

BMW Launches Program to Transform Landfill Gases Into Hydrogen Fuel

BMW's Spartansburg, South Carolina plant is launching a program to convert methane gas into hydrogen. If successful, the manufacturing facility will be able to power its fleet of production

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New SoMa Skatepark Coming to San Francisco’s Mission District

New SoMa Skatepark Coming to San Francisco’s Mission District

San Francisco is about to boost its street sports cred with a long-awaited skatepark. After two years of petitioning and planning, the Department of Public Works is ready to break ground on the

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SolarCity Brings Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations to the Masses

SolarCity Brings Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations to the Masses

Hundreds of thousands of electric cars are expected to be on the road in the next five years. Charging these vehicles has proven to be a challenge, mostly because of the lack of infrastructure

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BMW DesignworksUSA To Upgrade San Francisco’s BART Trains

BMW DesignworksUSA To Upgrade San Francisco’s BART Trains

Riders of San Francisco's BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) can tell by the carpeting, plush upholstery, and decades-old ketchup stains that the same cars have been running down the tracks since

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