Recycled Noah's Ark-Inspired Sculpture Pops Up at New York Park

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A modern-day Noah’s Ark has popped up at a park in Queens, New York. The overturned boat sculpture made of recycled materials was designed by Philadelphia-based Austin + Mergold with the purpose of calling attention to the effects of climate change. The ark will be on display until August 3rd, 2014.

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Williams Energy "Open House" Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

Land Owner Discusses Pipeline Route with Williams Employee

“I wouldn’t work for a company that I didn’t think was headed in the right direction”, an engineer for Williams energy company said. I was talking with him at a Williams Open House in Susquehanna County about Williams’ latest project—a 178 mile pipeline cleverly dubbed the Atlantic Sunrise that seeks to pass through five Pennsylvania counties, including Lancaster, my home for the past four years. The pipeline will bring natural gas to markets and consumers along the eastern coast of the U.S. via export terminals such as the proposed Cove Point, Maryland LNG export terminal, which will ship liquified gas overseas to feed the international hunger for fossil fuels in China and other developing countries.

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

Lighting is one of the most critical—and most visceral—qualities of an indoor space, and the difference between good and bad lighting can make or break comfort, mood and overall happiness in your home. Exposure to natural light affects your immune system as well as your circadian rhythms, sleep cycle and hormones, and studies have linked lack of sunlight to depression (S.A.D), immune problems, diabetes and cancer. According to researcher and director of SUNAC (Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center) William B. Grant, “over 20,000 Americans die prematurely annually from insufficient UVB/vitamin D, and half of those with multiple sclerosis in the U.S. would not have MS if they had had more UVB exposure.”

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Brighten Up Father's Day with a DIY Lamp Made of Upcycled CD Cases

 

Does your dad have a collection of CDs that’s just sitting there collecting dust? Author and DIY expert Tiffany Threadgould recently shared this bright idea about how to turn those CD cases into a cool new lamp for Father’s Day. All you need are some common office and hardware supplies, so read on for the whole how-to or check out Tiffany’s video here.

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8 Last-Minute Father's Day Gifts for the Procrastinator's Papa

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7 Ways to Raise Your Voice (and Not Sea Levels) for World Environment Day

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Green Moss Graffiti!

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We lurve green graffiti, so when we spotted this DIY moss graffiti recipe over on Green Prophet we just had to share it with you. Stories from Space is experimenting with the perfect formula that allows you to green your walls with moss and choose the shape in which it finally matures. All you need to get started is a can of beer, a tiny bit of sugar, a few clumps of garden moss, a blender, and a paintbrush. Step on in to learn more.

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6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

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How To: Make a Bird Feeder for Small Spaces With Recycled Materials

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6 Super Easy Eco-Home Changes You Can Make for $20 or Less

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How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

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Have you ever thought about how the design of our cities, towns, and communities has wide ranging effects on both our own lives and on larger global issues? Yes, simply by changing the way we design our living spaces, we affect many things in both good ways and bad. In this article, I will focus on the negative effects of American sprawl, since it is widely acknowledged to be a wasteful and inefficient design model.

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Green Terrarium

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DIY: 5 All-Natural Insect Traps and Deterrents You Can Make at Home

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Summertime brings a wealth of fun to the world, doesn’t it? The days are long and warm, flowers perfume the air with their luscious scents, and produce is fresh and abundant. Many people spend as much time as possible outdoors, basking in the sunshine or paddling around in pools or lakes, while others throw windows open to let in the breeze. But then there are the bugs… Supposedly, everything that exists does so for a reason, but it’s hard to care about that when you’re covered in mosquito bites or have horseflies dancing around your head. For those who have severe allergies to bee stings or spider bites, it’s also important to stay safe while enjoying summer activities. While there are no techniques that are 100% effective (other than sitting in a hermetically-sealed room), hopefully some of the homemade traps listed here can make your summer a more enjoyable one.

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DIY: Backyard Composter from a Garbage Can + What Can Be Tossed Into It

Many cities around the world now have composting programs so household food scraps and garden clippings can be mulched rather than ending up in landfills. This is a great practice, but there are also a lot of places that don’t have a program like this, including the little village I currently live in. Whether you’re a country bumpkin living on the edge of a forest (like us) or a suburbanite with a bit of yard space to play with, it’s actually quite simple to create a compost bin of your very own: all you need are a few low-cost items from the hardware store.

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Four Stylish Green Grills for a Sustainable Memorial Day Weekend!

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Like many Americans, you may be lighting up the barbecue this holiday weekend — but if you want to set yourself apart from the bands of boring black grills, take a cue from our guide to stylish green grills. From DIY creations to hot spots that also double up as planting pots, whether you’re cooking up a sustainably raised burger or a tofu dog, each of these grills will help you streamline your holiday resource use without limiting your fun!

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15 Innovative Green Designs from Sight Unseen That Will Make You Look Twice

15 Innovative Green Designs from Sight Unseen That Will Make You Look…

Has the world gone topsy turvy? You say no - and then the table you’re looking at suddenly shifts into an alternate dimension. The amazing transforming coffee table above is just one…

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30 Amazing Green Designs from Wanted Design 2014!

30 Amazing Green Designs from Wanted Design 2014!

While ICFF has long been considered the centerpiece of New York Design Week, another show called Wanted Design has been making a name for itself as a must-see collection of emerging…

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6 Amazing Bike-Friendly Bridges for Greener Cities

6 Amazing Bike-Friendly Bridges for Greener Cities

Calatrava's Peace Helicoidal Bridge Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's Peace Bridge goes across the Bow River in Calgary, Canada. Implemented by the city's Council to promote…

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BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor shows that helping out the environment does not mean compromising on style. With nearly 300 pages full of beautifully crisp photographs, resources,…

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The Best Green Designs From ICFF 2014!

The Best Green Designs From ICFF 2014!

We've featured TOBYHouse's resin beach ball lamps in the past - and the designer just unveiled a new inflatable version that will be available in stores! The colorful clustered lights…

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Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN Designs 2014

Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN…

Akiko Oue and Ryohei Yoshiyuki of Oy Objects see exciting new possibilities in everyday materials. These rustic earth-toned vessels made from recycled coffee grounds are the perfect…

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TEST DRIVE: The 45 MPG Ford Fiesta is Fast and Best in Class

TEST DRIVE: The 45 MPG Ford Fiesta is Fast and Best in Class

Now, maybe we just love our small and nimble cars, but the engine of the Ford Fiesta really feels like the company could do something with it, like pump it up and put it in a sports…

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Mark Jupiter Wins the Inhabitat BKLYN Designs Editors' Choice Award!

Mark Jupiter Wins the Inhabitat BKLYN Designs Editors' Choice Award!

This year's BKLYN Designs showcase of Brooklyn-based furniture makers featured so many talented designers that it was really difficult to pick one that stood out from the pack. But…

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Phil Gautreau's Spectacular Salvaged Wood Bowls Win the 2014 BKLYN Designs Reader's Choice Award!

Phil Gautreau's Spectacular Salvaged Wood Bowls Win the 2014 BKLYN…

Brooklyn's design scene is thoroughly clad with locally sourced and salvaged wood - but no one does it better than Phil Gautreau. That's why we're thrilled to announce that Phil is the…

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6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

1. Visserhoek School Tsai Design first become known to the international design world during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but they haven't stopped producing environmentally and…

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Vote for Your Favorite Design To Win the Inhabitat BKLYN Designs Awards!

Vote for Your Favorite Design To Win the Inhabitat BKLYN Designs…

BKLYN Designs - the annual Brooklyn-themed furniture show - kicked off New York Design Week last week with a blast, showcasing the BK's hottest "locally grown and internationally known"…

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Vegan Almond Feta Cheese: Amazing Both Raw and Baked

Vegan Almond Feta Cheese: Amazing Both Raw and Baked

We've already touched upon the sublime deliciousness that is vegan cashew cheese, but why stop there?! So many vegan "cheeses" are stunningly delicious, and this incredible recipe come…

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Celebrate Mother's Day (and Mama Earth) with Eco-Friendly Greeting Cards

Celebrate Mother's Day (and Mama Earth) with Eco-Friendly Greeting…

According to Hallmark, over 160 million greeting cards are given each Mother's Day, making it the third largest card-sending holiday on the planet. That equals a lot of paper, and you…

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TEST DRIVE: The Compressed Natural Gas F-150 is a Heavy Duty Hybrid

TEST DRIVE: The Compressed Natural Gas F-150 is a Heavy Duty Hybrid

How does it work? You gas up via separate tanks. The gas tank and cap are where you would find them on a traditional gas vehicle, but instead that steel case in the front of the pickup…

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

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3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of…

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