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
Floating Farmacy Provides Plants and Herbs to Heal London

Floating Farmacy Provides Plants and Herbs to Heal London

Traditional medicine may be the best choice for some ailments, but sometimes all we need is a little help from Mother Nature. Samantha Lee's Farmacy is a floating urban farm that grows medicinal

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Q-Sound: Solar-Powered, Bluetooth-Enabled Headphones

Q-Sound: Solar-Powered, Bluetooth-Enabled Headphones

Music becomes a sustainable experience with Shepeleff Stephen's solar-powered, bluetooth-connected Q-Sound (quantum sound) headphones. The Romanian engineering student's sleek design combines

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iUnika Unveils Ultralight Cheap Solar-Powered Netbook

iUnika Unveils Ultralight Cheap Solar-Powered Netbook

What if keeping your laptop charged was as simple as setting it out in the sun? That's the promise behind a brand new netbook that may just break the biggest barrier to ultra-portable computing:

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Wind Turbine Towers Win Metropolis Next Generation Prize!

Wind Turbine Towers Win Metropolis Next Generation Prize!

Today Metropolis Magazine officially announced the winner of their 2009 Next Generation prize! Titled Wind-it, the brilliant project aims to give our existing energy grid a much needed boost by

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Xerox Solid Ink Printer Cuts Waste by 90%

Xerox Solid Ink Printer Cuts Waste by 90%

Ink toner cartridges are expensive, wasteful, and energy-intensive. That's why Xerox's new ColorQube 9200 printers are so innovative. Instead of using traditional cartridges, the printers use

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Food City: Dubai’s Self-Sufficient Ecotopia

Food City: Dubai’s Self-Sufficient Ecotopia

This past February, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce authorized the development of a "free zone" dubbed Food City. GCLA, a green landscape architect firm, proposed a master plan for the city sector

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Solar Flyer: DIY Solar Motorcycle Tops 90MPH

Solar Flyer: DIY Solar Motorcycle Tops 90MPH

The Arizona sun is strong--so strong that one Phoenix man is using it to power up his motorcycle. Richard Gryzch's Solar Flyer motorcycle, named after the Radio Flyer red wagon, has a 50 mile

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Suntrica’s Wearable Solar Chargers

Suntrica’s Wearable Solar Chargers

Next time you head to the park, consider bringing a Suntrica wearable solar charger. The Suntrica SolarBadge and SolarStrap are pocket-sized, durable, lightweight chargers covered in flexible

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Energy 101: How to Monitor Your Energy

Energy 101: How to Monitor Your Energy

Last week we looked at the smart grid -- essentially, a modernization of the transmission and distribution aspects of the electrical grid. This week we're focusing upon tracking energy usage,

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Generating Giant Sandstone Walls to Fight Desertification

Generating Giant Sandstone Walls to Fight Desertification

Desertification, the degradation of land in arid areas, is a growing problem due to deforestation, fires, and climate change. Magnus Larsson, a student at London's Architectural Association has

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Optiwind Accelerating Wind Turbine Taps New Energy Fields

Optiwind Accelerating Wind Turbine Taps New Energy Fields

Traditional three-blade turbines are great if you have lots of space to play with, but the Optiwind Compact Wind Accelerating Turbine is ideal for high-density, low-wind areas. The turbine's

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Energy 101: What Is a Smart Grid?

Energy 101: What Is a Smart Grid?

In last week's Energy 101 column, we took a look at the basics of where our energy comes from now. This week, we're examining the future of energy—specifically, the smart grid. To recap, a

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Wood-Covered Gadgets Take It Old School

Wood-Covered Gadgets Take It Old School

Most of our modern-day gadgets are swathed in plastic or other high-tech materials, and why wouldn't they be? Plastic is both cheap and easy to produce. But English Russia's display of wooden

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Energy 101: Where Does Our Power Come From?

Energy 101: Where Does Our Power Come From?

Today we're excited to announce the launch of our new Energy 101 series, in which we'll be exploring the future-forward technologies that stand to upgrade our grids, reduce our energy footprint,

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Bright Automotive Unveils 100 MPG Commercial Truck

Bright Automotive Unveils 100 MPG Commercial Truck

Plenty of companies are working on plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sports cars and sedans, but Bright Automotive's new IDEA vehicle, unveiled this morning, is the first 100 MPG PHEV truck aimed at

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Kyocera Unveils Kinetic Flexible OLED Cell Phone

Kyocera Unveils Kinetic Flexible OLED Cell Phone

Charting the future of cell phone technology, Kyocera recently unveiled a kinetic energy-powered phone that is capable of folding up like a wallet. Designed by industrial designer Susan

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Florida Announces World’s First Solar-Powered City

Florida Announces World’s First Solar-Powered City

Florida's next big community isn't for retirees -- it's for solar energy buffs. Florida Power & Light and development firm Kitson & Partners are collaborating on Babcock Ranch, a 17,000

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Chesta Vase Made from Egg Cartons

Chesta Vase Made from Egg Cartons

Looking for another inspired reuse for all of those egg-cartons left empty after Easter? New York designer Fanny Chen's "Chesta Egg Carton Vase" gives them a creative second life. The cartons

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The Expandable Mobile Mini House

The Expandable Mobile Mini House

If the idea of spending days on the road in a tent or trailer doesn't sound appealing, consider Stéphanie Bellanger's Mobile Mini House. The spacious yet compact concept home is inspired by

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SF: The Peak: Oil, Water and Climate

SF: The Peak: Oil, Water and Climate

A scientist and former executive for a Fortune 300 company, Commonwealth Club guest speaker Chris Martenson puts together the macro-trends that will shape our finances and our relationships to

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SF:  Conversations with Eco-Innovators: The Wealth of Nature

SF: Conversations with Eco-Innovators: The Wealth of Nature

How many of the comforts we enjoy and the products we use come courtesy of Nature’s seemingly infinite warehouse of services? Cristina Mittermeier, Executive Director, International League of

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SF: Green Drinks

SF: Green Drinks

Join professionals from renewable energy, domestic and international conservation groups, the media, clean technology, utilities, organic foods, and more at this monthly networking (and

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