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
Brightsource Energy Gets $1.4 Billion Loan for Massive Solar Thermal Complex

Brightsource Energy Gets $1.4 Billion Loan for Massive Solar Thermal Complex

Solar power got a big boost this week with news that the U.S. government is guaranteeing $1.37 billion in loans to BrightSource Energy for the construction of three solar thermal plants in the

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Mercedes-Benz Introduces Ultra-Sleek F800 Plug-in Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz Introduces Ultra-Sleek F800 Plug-in Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz is no newcomer to the field of stylish, fuel-efficient cars -- just check out their crazy hybrid F-Cell Roadster or the all-electric Gullwing concept car -- but their new F800

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Students Build Black Widow Supercar that Gets 2752.3 MPG

Students Build Black Widow Supercar that Gets 2752.3 MPG

Think claims of electric vehicles that get over 200 MPG are impressive? Try this on for size: a group of mechanical engineering students at Cal Poly have developed a vehicle that can get up to

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GE Hitachi Plans to Turn Nuclear Waste into Fuel

GE Hitachi Plans to Turn Nuclear Waste into Fuel

President Obama's recent announcement that the U.S. government will offer $8 billion in federal loan guarantees for the first new nuclear plant in the country in 30 years upset clean energy

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San Francisco Set to Lead the Electric Vehicle Revolution

San Francisco Set to Lead the Electric Vehicle Revolution

Want to jump start the electric vehicle revolution? Then make it illegal to ignore. That's what San Francisco is doing with a revised building code that will require all new structures to have

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Energy Recycling Artificial Foot Created

Energy Recycling Artificial Foot Created

It's not easy walking on a prosthetic foot. Aside from the obvious difficulty of adjusting to an artificial limb, dragging around the weight of the foot exerts a lot of energy -- 23% more than

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MIT Developing Body Heat-Powered Electronics

MIT Developing Body Heat-Powered Electronics

It's a lot easier to change the batteries in a flashlight than to switch out the batteries in, say, a biomedical monitor. But eventually, such batteries might never have to be changed thanks to

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Climate Change is Causing San Francisco to Lose its Fog

Climate Change is Causing San Francisco to Lose its Fog

Residents of San Francisco's oceanside neighborhoods may complain about it, but the city's legendary fog does more than just provide character -- it also protects nearby redwood forests. Now

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San Francisco May Get Full-Time Charitable Restaurant

San Francisco May Get Full-Time Charitable Restaurant

Most residents of San Francisco's Mission District are aware of Mission Street Food, a restaurant-within-a restaurant that operates on Thursday and Saturday evenings inside a nondescript Chinese

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New Silicon Nanorod Solar Cells Use 99% Less Material

New Silicon Nanorod Solar Cells Use 99% Less Material

Instead of investing in solar cell architectures that require entirely new manufacturing processes, wouldn't it be easiest to build on what we have? That's part of the thinking behind a new type

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Next-Generation Nanofiber Bulbs on the Horizon

Next-Generation Nanofiber Bulbs on the Horizon

Want to ditch your inefficient incandescent bulbs for some energy-saving compact fluorescent (CFL) ones? Be prepared to deal with toxic chemicals inside the bulbs.  Now there's another option:

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“Revolutionary” Bacteria-Based Water Filter is Super Efficient, Portable

“Revolutionary” Bacteria-Based Water Filter is Super Efficient, Portable

Every once in awhile, the billions of dollars dedicated towards U.S. military spending do some actual good. Case in point: this new bacteria-based water treatment unit, developed by researchers

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San Francisco to Offer $150 Million in Loans for Green Retrofits

San Francisco to Offer $150 Million in Loans for Green Retrofits

Are you a San Francisco resident looking to add a solar hot water heater, photovoltaic panels, or other renewable energy measure to your home? Soon the city might help you pay for it through the

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UBC Claims to Build “Greenest Building in North America”

UBC Claims to Build “Greenest Building in North America”

It's a weighty title: the greenest building in North America. But that's exactly what the University of British Columbia claims to be constructing with its new Center for Interactive Research on

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World’s Smallest Solar-Powered Sensor Could Run Forever

World’s Smallest Solar-Powered Sensor Could Run Forever

It's easy enough to find a solar-powered charger for iPods, cell phones, and other gadgets, but this ultra-tiny solar-powered sensor system is smaller than anything else on the market -- 1,000

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Collapsible Cargoshell Shipping Container Cuts Emissions

Collapsible Cargoshell Shipping Container Cuts Emissions

Ocean-bound shipping containers are an often-overlooked source of CO2 emissions -- over 90% of all non-bulk cargo carried worldwide arrives in containers, and many of them are sent back empty.

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Physicists Discover How to Teleport Energy

Physicists Discover How to Teleport Energy

One of the biggest challenges of building a sustainable future is figuring out how to efficiently move people and objects from one place to another. Electric cars and biofuel-powered planes

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Turbine Light Illuminates Highways With Wind

Turbine Light Illuminates Highways With Wind

As more and more people across the world adopt cars as their primary mode of transportation, well-lit highways become increasingly important. But how can we sustainably power all those

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World’s First Solar-Powered Circuit Could Revolutionize Touchscreen Tech

World’s First Solar-Powered Circuit Could Revolutionize Touchscreen Tech

Imagine: a solar-powered screen that could quickly charge up your new iPad. Solar chargers are certainly nothing new, but this circuit is embedded right in the touchscreen, so you don't have to

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Airplanes Made From Cork May Soon Take to the Skies

Airplanes Made From Cork May Soon Take to the Skies

Cork is a useful material for making a number of things -- wine bottles, furniture, and cork boards, to name a few--but airplane parts? A group of Portuguese cork producers recently launched the

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San Franciscans Turn Abandoned Lot Into Full-Fledged Farm

San Franciscans Turn Abandoned Lot Into Full-Fledged Farm

A proposed 239-unit development in San Francisco's Hayes Valley has yet to come to fruition, leaving an ugly, empty lot in its place. Seeing this, a group of enterprising citygoers have decided

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GMO Tomatoes Could Stay Fresh For Over a Month

GMO Tomatoes Could Stay Fresh For Over a Month

Many of us invested in the success of sustainable agriculture have a knee-jerk response against genetically-modified foods, and for good reason -- they often come with patent protection,

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Hummer H2 Transformed Into Horse Cart

Hummer H2 Transformed Into Horse Cart

As oil supplies become more scarce and the Hummer looks more and more like an extravagant joke, it only makes sense that someone would decide to turn the jumbo car into the ultimate symbol of

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SF’s Green Transbay Terminal Secures $171 Million for Construction

SF’s Green Transbay Terminal Secures $171 Million for Construction

We were excited to learn last year that the new Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco would be built with green features in mind. We're even more excited now that the $4 billion

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Flat Pack Prefabs Could Provide Relief in Haiti

Flat Pack Prefabs Could Provide Relief in Haiti

The tragic earthquake in Haiti has provoked a number of architects to think about how they can help with disaster relief. One recent example we looked at was the SEED project, which uses

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Scientists Develop Flexible Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets

Scientists Develop Flexible Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets

Piezoelectric energy is nothing new, but researchers at Princeton University have developed a new type of electricity-harvesting rubber sheet that has the potential to change the way we power

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IS IT GREEN?: The Apple iPad

IS IT GREEN?: The Apple iPad

Unless you've been living in a cave the past few weeks, you probably know about Apple's new iPad, which was just unveiled moments ago. We're excited for the iPad's release, but we still have to

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“Heart of Africa” Biodome to Bring Tropical Rainforest to the UK

“Heart of Africa” Biodome to Bring Tropical Rainforest to the UK

England's weather is about as far from tropical as possible -- except within the bubble of this amazing "Heart of Africa" biodome coming soon to the Chester Zoo. The 112 foot-high zoological

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Students Create Intricate Furniture From Stacks of Recycled Pizza Boxes

Students Create Intricate Furniture From Stacks of Recycled Pizza Boxes

What better way to get attention at a design fair than with an artfully designed booth? Taking this logic to heart, students at Germany's Trier University of Applied Science turned late night

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Ironhorse: Sustainably-Built Affordable Housing in SF

Ironhorse: Sustainably-Built Affordable Housing in SF

Affordable housing developments are all too often shoddily built, with little consideration given towards environmental impact. That's why Ironhorse at Central Station, a planned development in

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