Ariel Schwartz

 

Ariel Schwartz is the editor of Cleantechnica.com, a daily contributor at FastCompany.com, and a former blogger for Greenbiz.com. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, live music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). A New Jersey native, she currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

Ariel Schwartz
Honeycomb ‘Wind Lens’ Turbines Could Boost Energy Generation 3X

Honeycomb ‘Wind Lens’ Turbines Could Boost Energy Generation 3X

Forget about traditional tri-blade wind turbines -- the ultra-efficient turbine of the future might look completely different if Kyushu University professor Yuji Ohya has anything to say about

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INTERVIEW: Sustainability Advisor Lonny Grafman on the Waterpod

INTERVIEW: Sustainability Advisor Lonny Grafman on the Waterpod

If you live in New York City, you may soon have the chance to check out the Waterpod, an incredible self-reliant eco-habitat, exhibition, and living space designed to showcase sustainable

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WarmingWorks Sells Land That Will Become Beachfront Property by 2050

WarmingWorks Sells Land That Will Become Beachfront Property by 2050

Jealous of your neighbor's beachfront vacation home but don't want to shell out the big bucks to buy one of your own? Don't worry -- a company called WarmingWorks wants to help. This innovative

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IBM’s Drew Clark on the Future of Smart Meters

IBM’s Drew Clark on the Future of Smart Meters

In our last Energy 101 column, we looked at some of the home energy monitoring devices currently available and explored the ways that they can help us live more efficient, eco-conscious lives.

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Artists Build Incredible Obelisk Out of Hundreds of Bicycles

Artists Build Incredible Obelisk Out of Hundreds of Bicycles

California artists Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector recently constructed this incredible towering obelisk made entirely out of bikes on a street corner in Santa Rosa. Dubbed Cyclisk, the monument

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INTERVIEW: Ray Anderson on Climbing the Mountain of Corporate Sustainability

INTERVIEW: Ray Anderson on Climbing the Mountain of Corporate Sustainability

Ray Anderson is more than just the founder and chairman of the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpeting, he's also the grandfather of corporate sustainability. In 1995, Anderson

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Elithis Tower: The World’s First Energy Positive Office Building

Elithis Tower: The World’s First Energy Positive Office Building

The tower, which was originally a theoretical challenge initiated by Thierry Bievre, General Director of Elithis Engineering, is made of wood and recycled insulation. Elithis Tower also houses

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: John Viera of Ford Motor Company

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: John Viera of Ford Motor Company

John Viera has made a name for himself as a pioneer for the green movement within the automotive industry. As Ford Motor Company's Director of Sustainable Business Strategies, he has been

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Honda X-Track Hybrid Transforms from Sporty to Street Mode

Honda X-Track Hybrid Transforms from Sporty to Street Mode

The Honda X-Track concept is perfect for environmentally-conscious drivers who want a flashy sports car -- sometimes. Designed by Nikita Kalinin, the hybrid vehicle features a transforming body

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Mexico Announces Largest LED Streetlight Project in Latin America

Mexico Announces Largest LED Streetlight Project in Latin America

LED lights are coming to Mexico in a big way -- Quintana Roo's Estate Governor Félix González Canto recently announced during the UN climate change conference in Cancun that the municipality

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Central Valley Scores First Piece of California’s High Speed Rail

Central Valley Scores First Piece of California’s High Speed Rail

California's much-anticipated high-speed rail project is finally set to hit the tracks -- starting with a 54 mile-long stretch of railway set to be laid down in the Central Valley. The track,

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BMW Unveils Recyclable Eco Subway Cars for Poland

BMW Unveils Recyclable Eco Subway Cars for Poland

Think public transportation isn't sexy? What about if BMW designs your city's subway system? The luxury auto maker did just that in Poland, where it plans to launch the Inspiro subway car.

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First Flight Powered by Jatropha-Based Biofuel Completed

First Flight Powered by Jatropha-Based Biofuel Completed

Good news for aviation and biofuel buffs: TAM Airlines (Brazil's largest carrier) and Airbus recently completed the first jatropha biofuel-based test flight. The flight, conducted on an A320,

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New Recycling Center Crushes Cans and Bottles at the Same Time

New Recycling Center Crushes Cans and Bottles at the Same Time

Sorting through mountains of bottles and cans to recycle them may be a thing of the past thanks to a new recycling center set to be unveiled in Texas this month. Set up by Coca-Cola, the

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Houston to Get First Privately-Funded EV Charging Network in US

Houston to Get First Privately-Funded EV Charging Network in US

Chalk this up to things we never thought we'd see: Houston, that bastion of the oil industry, is getting the first privately-funded electric vehicle charging network in the U.S. The $10 million

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World’s Largest Biodiesel Plant Opens in Singapore

World’s Largest Biodiesel Plant Opens in Singapore

Singapore is now the proud owner of the world's largest biodiesel plant, which can produce a whopping 800,000 metric tons of fuel per year. The plant, which is operated by Neste Oil, generates

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Genetically Modified Bacteria Can Fix Cracked Concrete

Genetically Modified Bacteria Can Fix Cracked Concrete

Researchers at the U.K's University of Newcastle have created a new type of bacteria that generates glue to hold together cracks in concrete structures -- that means everything from concrete

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Italy Getting First Solar-Powered Highway

Italy Getting First Solar-Powered Highway

Spain and Germany may be the renewable energy darlings of Europe, but Italy is set to become the first country with a solar-powered highway. The A18 Catania-Siracusa highway, a 30 km addition

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Artists Turn Plastic Waste Into Beautiful Art

Artists Turn Plastic Waste Into Beautiful Art

The plastic waste found in our oceans and landfills doesn't have to be a blight on the landscape - it can be beautiful too. The Convergence Exhibition, which opened last month at the Lumenhouse

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Energy-Efficient ESL Bulbs to Hit Shelves Next Year

Energy-Efficient ESL Bulbs to Hit Shelves Next Year

Not a fan of CFL bulbs but don't want to shell out the cash for LEDs? Enter the Electron Stimulated Luminescence bulb (ESL), designed by Vu1 Corporation. The bulb just passed UL certification --

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UK Could Fund First Natural Gas Carbon Capture Plant

UK Could Fund First Natural Gas Carbon Capture Plant

Carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technique to bury CO2 emissions from industrial sources underground, is still an emerging technology. It's mostly used in coal plants, but the UK announced

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Estuaries Could Provide Clean Power to Cities

Estuaries Could Provide Clean Power to Cities

Estuaries may be good for more than harboring wildlife and creating beautiful scenery; they could also supply power to the grid, according to researchers at the Dutch Center for Sustainable

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Volvo Developing the World’s Fastest Hybrid Truck

Volvo Developing the World’s Fastest Hybrid Truck

This is one competition we never thought we’d see: Volvo Trucks is reportedly developing a diesel-electric hybrid truck dubbed the “Mean Green.” Going forward in a green way,

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Clay Birdhouse Shingles Turn Your Roof Into a Roost

Clay Birdhouse Shingles Turn Your Roof Into a Roost

Don’t have cash for rooftop solar panels but still want a green roof? Dutch designer Klaas Kuiken has a solution: rooftop tile birdhouses. Kuiken explains, “Nowadays birds are not

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Nissan Unveils New Ultra-Compact Electric Vehicle Concept

Nissan Unveils New Ultra-Compact Electric Vehicle Concept

Forget the upcoming Leaf EV -- Nissan has other snazzy electric vehicles waiting in the concept phase. The latest is the New Mobility Concept, a golf cart-like EV that is, according to Nissan,

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Insane Traffic-Straddling Bus May Come to America

Insane Traffic-Straddling Bus May Come to America

Remember that odd-looking straddling bus that we covered a few months ago? The lane-straddling monstrosity might soon be headed to the U.S. Developed by Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment

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San Francisco Announces Bike Sharing Program to Launch Next Year!

San Francisco Announces Bike Sharing Program to Launch Next Year!

Bay Area bike-lovers, rejoice -- a $7.9 million bike-sharing pilot project will roll out next year in San Francisco, San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View and Redwood City! If all goes well, one

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Carbon Nanotubes Could Create Buildings That Move

Carbon Nanotubes Could Create Buildings That Move

File this in the creepy yet useful category: architectural research firm Decker Yeadon is currently researching how carbon nanotubes may one day create a building material able to move without

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