Amanda is a writer and photographer based in New York. Originally from the Finger Lakes region of NY, she was never one to sit still. She has lived in the Philippines, Australia, Brazil, Portugal, Spain and Peru and remains an avid traveler. She graduated from Macalester College with a major in International Studies and a minor in Studio Art. She then spent two years in Madrid where she was the theater and dance editor for InMadrid, taught in a public, bilingual school and completed a professional photography course at EFTI. She recently returned from a four month stay in Peru where she worked on several projects with Awamaki, a textile-based NGO in the Sacred Valley.
Amanda enjoys covering stories about sustainability, culture, international development and design. In her free time you can find her cooking with friends, going for a run, biking and pursuing her creative projects.
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Noble Goods gets its name from where it all began in 2011 -- on Noble Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Christopher Moore and Molly FitzSimons founded the company in the basement of
What started as the 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa concept just a few months ago is now an actual built computer learning center and library thanks to architect Charles Newman and the
Image courtesy of smart Jeremy Scott has become known for the wings that make an appearance on sweatshirts, sunglasses and sneakers in his many fashion collections. Building on his trademark,
Bambu is one of the leading green companies in the homewares and gift segment. The China-based company received Green America’s Gold Seal of Approval for its efforts to preserve the
Cristiane Kimura started Aurea to not only showcase the natural beauty of golden grass and Brazil, but also to promote traditional techniques and to create economic opportunities for artisans.
During a stint in China, founder Bryan Parks observed how many wooden chopsticks went to waste after meals. Returning to Oregon, he was so inspired by his time in China that he decided to
The DMCev is powered by a 32-kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack and has a 125 mile per hour top speed with a range of 100 miles. It can go from about 0 to 60mph in under six seconds. The
The small, 2,161 lb. sporty car features a more powerful all-electric drive train than that of the production-based vehicle giving it a max output of 80 horsepower and a torque of 170 lb-ft.
At the unveiling Fisker chairman and founder Henrik Fisker stated "Fisker started this conversation about extended range vehicles. In 2007 no one was talking about extended range electric
The website was originally inspired by two young, adventurous souls who had moved to the city and were looking for affordable, car-free adventures that would get them into the outdoors. Finding
Jetsam is one brand that undoubtedly stood out. Designer and founder Laura Skelton, who launched the company in 2011, has a background in sustainable architecture which shines through in her
The Morison's are known for their innovative outdoor installations, and their newest, "Little Shining Man" adds to their reputation. Inspired by Alexander Graham Bell's tetra kites, the 3d
The car's interior layout marks a distinct turn from traditional models. Featuring a center driving position flanked by two rear seats, it can seat three people. The design allows for ample
Have you ever imagined that one day you'd be able to watch TV shows on your t-shirt? Engineer David Forbes didn't see any reason why not. In 2009 he created his first prototype for a wearable
If you know someone whose New Year's resolution is to quit smoking, a new finding may deter them from doing so. A recent study conducted by Cornell University found that lycopene and grape
When an environmental problem arises and the Army Corps of Engineers fails to act, leave it to an architect to pick up the reins. The Great Lakes, a vital source of fresh water, are threatened
Thanks to Iwastology, Filipino and Canadian high school students receive media training sessions that empower them to share ideas in highly visual and engaging manners. Spanning oceans and two
Joan Bokaer and Liz Walker were the founding co-directors of EcoVillage Ithaca. Inspired by co-housing projects that appeared in Denmark in the 1960s, the two were drawn to the balance of having
To the horror of animal rights supporters everywhere, a week before Thanksgiving President Obama signed into law an agricultural spending bill that allows for the restoration of the American
Blind people have been long overlooked when it comes to social advancement and technological innovation, and Moallem's labeler offers a simple, affordable solution that will have its largest
In the works since 2008, the student organization Big Red Bikes unleashed 20 bikes in May 2011 that made up the initial fleet for the share program. Six months later, 20 more were added. Hopes
A group of 25 Ugandan students from Makerere University's College of Engineering, Art and Design have built Uganda's first electric car, the Kiira EV. Initially designed in 2009, the fabricated
The enormous 22' by 15' feat is made from over 3,500 apples. Lefebvre bought a few crates of deer apples, which are not edible by humans, and got to work. Using a 2' x 2' grid system and a
Each issue features in-depth articles and photography focused on a specific branch of informal creativity. In homage to Niti Bhan's blog REculture, the first edition highlights reuse, repair and
The flight of WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo celebrated the recent completion of the main hangar and visitor's experience center. Sir Richard Branson was on hand to lead the ceremony and was
The conference is collaboratively organized by Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design students and brings together the world's leading minds in social entrepreneurship and design. At
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Mary Hark’s interest in Kumasi, Ghana began with a year-long Fulbright fellowship that allowed her to get to know the local community. She and a team of students, artists and faculty from the
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