Jill Fehrenbacher

 

Jill is the founder of Inhabitat, as well as a LEED-AP green designer and green design consultant based in New York City. She created Inhabitat in 2005 as a way to catalog her search for new ways to improve the world through forward-thinking, high-tech, and environmentally conscious design. Educated at Brown University, where she received a B.A. in Art Semiotics, and Central St. Martins, where she received an M.A. in Design Studies, she currently resides in New York City, which so far has been good for her obsession with rooftop farming and vegan fast food restaurants.

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term 'biomimicry' and laid the

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INTERVIEW: Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

INTERVIEW: Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

The High Line urban park project in New York City opened last summer to tremendous excitement from locals and tourists alike looking to escape the bustling streets for a more peaceful, green

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INTERVIEW: We Interview Reluct’s Founder Joost Van Brug

INTERVIEW: We Interview Reluct’s Founder Joost Van Brug

Joost Van Brug was the man behind Reluct - an excellent design blog that uncovered cutting edge design from 2003-2007. Although Joost is squarely a part of the Dutch design scene and frequently

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5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

You've all heard the tired mantras about changing your lightbulbs and recycling at home in order to save the planet - are you yawning yet? Many consumers think that going green is a gesture of

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VIDEO: Ethical Fur – Is It Possible? And Meet New York’s Wild Wolves!

VIDEO: Ethical Fur – Is It Possible? And Meet New York’s Wild Wolves!

Living in New York City, I often feel like I'm lacking nature in my life. Lucky for me, however I recently got offered the opportunity to go on an "animal adventure roulette" by Subaru to check

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VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm

VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm

We love treehouses here at Inhabitat, and are enamored with eco-architect Mitchell Joachim's visionary ideas about how to grow living treehouses from ficus molded around frame structures. We've

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INTERVIEW: Mark Wigley on Greening Architecture Schools

INTERVIEW: Mark Wigley on Greening Architecture Schools

Buildings account for almost half (48%) of all greenhouse-gas emissions annually. This oft-repeated statistic highlights what many architects and designers have long realized: the building

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting

GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting

Lighting is one of the most critical – and most visceral - qualities of an indoor space. The difference between good and bad lighting can make or break comfort, mood and overall happiness in

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How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves!

How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves!

Did you know that there are wolves living near you in almost every state in the country? Sadly most of these wolves are not living in the wild, but in wolf sanctuaries, which are conservation

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Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

Ever since Hurricane Sandy wrought havoc on the East Coast, ‘resilient design’ has been a hot topic of conversation — and not just amongst architects and designers, but politicians,

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5 Tips to Green Your Home From Organic Architect Eric Corey Freed

5 Tips to Green Your Home From Organic Architect Eric Corey Freed

TIP 1: Wrap Your Home in Insulation - "The More, The Better!" Proper insulation is probably the most important factor you can control in creating an energy-efficient home. I always say

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COMING SOON: An Animal Adventure Roulette With Subaru

COMING SOON: An Animal Adventure Roulette With Subaru

I’ve been a fan of ethical furrier Ambika Conroy for years - she makes “friendly fur” coats, hats, scarves and stoles by brushing her pet angora bunnies, collecting their fur, and then

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New Website Chairish Lets You Shop for Pre-Owned Designer Furnishings Online

New Website Chairish Lets You Shop for Pre-Owned Designer Furnishings Online

Who doesn’t love that incredible feeling of discovery when you stumble across an amazing, one-of-a-kind vintage furniture piece at an incredible price at a flea market? I remember finding a

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Inhabitat Test-Drives the New BMW 328D Diesel Wagon

Inhabitat Test-Drives the New BMW 328D Diesel Wagon

When BMW first approached me about test-driving their brand new clean diesel wagon, the 328D, my first response was “huh?” My only experience with diesel up until this point was getting

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An Exploration in Diesel, Courtesy of BMW

An Exploration in Diesel, Courtesy of BMW

I’m excited to announce that this week I will be test-driving a BMW 328D and reporting back to you, dear readers, on the experience. When BMW first approached me and offered me their new

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company

Automotive designer J Mays has become well-known as the design director of Ford Motor Company. Born in rural Oklahoma, Mays started working at his family's auto parts store at an early age with

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks Resilient Design with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motors

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks Resilient Design with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motors

Few designers get the opportunity to define a brand as prominent as Ford, but for the last 16 years, J Mays has been the driving design force behind the vehicles coming off the car company's

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Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

If you’re reading Inhabitat, you’re probably interested in green building, and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom!

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom!

Inhabitat readers might remember that we interviewed California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom in 2009, back when he was the mayor of San Francisco in a live webcast that was open to any of

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INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

When Inhabitat's Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start

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VIDEO: Inhabitots Interviews Dr. Alan Greene About Toxic Chemicals and Your Family’s Health

VIDEO: Inhabitots Interviews Dr. Alan Greene About Toxic Chemicals and Your Family’s Health

Over on Inhabitots I recently had the chance to speak with Dr. Alan Greene, pediatrician, father of four and leading authority on the subject of green and healthy parenting, about how to keep

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

In light of all the dire news related to climate change, rising sea levels and the natural disasters which have stricken numerous coastal areas around the world, we here at Inhabitat would like

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HOW TO: Make Homemade, Healthy, Organic Popsicles To Beat the Heat!

HOW TO: Make Homemade, Healthy, Organic Popsicles To Beat the Heat!

This summer's been one of the hottest yet, but if you're already sweating from the intense heat, you can rest easy -- I've got a sweet, refreshing treat that is sure too cool you

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Top Five Dumbest Greenwashed ‘Earth Day’ Gimmicks

Top Five Dumbest Greenwashed ‘Earth Day’ Gimmicks

'It's easy being green'. 'Green is the new black'. Are you tired of simplistic eco slogans and soundbites yet? This may come as a bit of a surprise -- but I'm really starting to hate

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Original Copies: Bianca Bosker’s New Book Tackles China’s Copycat Architecture Trend

Original Copies: Bianca Bosker’s New Book Tackles China’s Copycat Architecture Trend

The Chinese didn't change much in their duplication of Venice's canals. Their version just looks a bit newer and cleaner. In a new book entitled Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in

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VIDEO: Boston ‘Bike Czar’ Nicole Freedman Talks Bike-Share & Urban Cycling

VIDEO: Boston ‘Bike Czar’ Nicole Freedman Talks Bike-Share & Urban Cycling

For years, the city of Boston has been considered one of the WORST cities in the world for biking - with no bike lanes to speak of and crazy drivers. Nicole Freedman, Boston's new 'Bike Czar' is

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Check Out Inhabitat’s 2012 Green Holiday Gift Guide!

Check Out Inhabitat’s 2012 Green Holiday Gift Guide!

INHABITAT 2012 GREEN HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE > The Inhabitat Green Gift Guide is back again this year and it’s chock full of eco-conscious gifts “yule” love! Whether you’re

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HOW TO: Green Your Christmas Tree

HOW TO: Green Your Christmas Tree

Christmas trees are one of the most enjoyable traditions of the holiday season, and there are lots of easy ways to go green with your Christmas tree: from using living potted Christmas trees,

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Customized Gifts For Your Friends and Family

Customized Gifts For Your Friends and Family

One of the easiest ways to ensure that a holiday gift will be liked by the recipient is to personalize it to suit their taste. Nowadays it's easy to create one-of-a-kind, customized gifts for

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PLEASE HELP: Desperate Lower Manhattan Struggles For Water, Food, Communication

PLEASE HELP: Desperate Lower Manhattan Struggles For Water, Food, Communication

Many people in Lower Manhattan live in tall high-rise buildings, and without access to power elevators stop working, refrigerators stop working and food spoils, water stops pumping, and it is

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