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9 Fun Things You Can Do During Earth Hour 2014!

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10 Incredible Designs by 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

by , 03/27/14

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WIN Free Tickets to Green Festival NYC!

by , 03/24/14

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Attention New Yorkers! The country’s largest eco-event is coming to town next month, and you’re invited. We’re giving away 100 FREE tickets to Green Festival NYC, a showcase of over 300 sustainable brands, and it’s easy to enter. Just follow the instructions at this link!

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3 Houseplants to Help You Feng Shui Your Home

by , 03/20/14

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Hurrah! Spring is here! In feng shui philosophy, the spring season symbolizes new beginnings, growth, and expansion—like when the trees start to grow back their leaves. We use plants, the colors green and blue, as well as columnar and expansive shapes in feng shui to symbolize this type of energy. But in addition to making indoor spaces more attractive, did you know that houseplants also improve indoor air quality? Many houseplants remove harmful pollutants from the air that off gas from synthetic materials found in our buildings, furniture, and even clothing. These toxins can lead to poor health and low productivity. Adding plants to a space can also help create a softer and more vibrant energy, and they can heal us visually and physically—their natural green tones are relaxing and therapeutic. Now that the new season has sprung, infuse some positive energy into your home and adopt a houseplant this spring. Below are the three houseplants commonly used in feng shui adjustments.

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6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

by , 03/18/14

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Spruce Supermarket: 4 Tasty Treats You Can Make with Spruce Tree Tips

by , 03/17/14

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When you go for a walk in the woods, do you glance around and consider which trees around you may have edible parts? Sure, you might identify maple trees as the source of the wonderful syrup that’s great on waffles and such, and there may also be nut-bearing trees in your area, but the average person wouldn’t look at an evergreen tree and think it looked delicious. Well, guess what? Those soft, delicate green tips that appear on spruce branches every spring aren’t just “edible”, they’re quite tasty, and can be used in several different ways!

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"A Liter of Light" Aims to Illuminate 1 Million Homes With Plastic Solar Bottle Bulbs

by , 03/11/14

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Artist Kathy Klein Creates Amazing Mandalas with Flowers and Seeds

by , 03/11/14

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

by , 03/10/14

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About twelve thousand years ago, humans hit on a bright idea. Why not grow food in our backyards instead of having to go look for it every time our tummies grumble? It was a masterful stroke of conscious evolution, but hardly a new one. Leaf-cutter ants tapped into sustainable agriculture some 50 million years before us. These busy little beasts spend their days harvesting leaves and trucking them, one-by-one, down, in the ground, to get out, of the rain. Boom boom. But instead of eating the leaves, leaf-cutters masticate them into a thick fluffy paste, spit it into their special growrooms, and fertilize it with their own feces. Before long, the domesticated fungus they adore sprouts forth. These hard-working farmers even evolved fungicides to keep marauding non-edible mushrooms out. Humans farms are pretty fantastic too. Somehow, we manage to feed the vast bloom of global humanity (more or less). But our agricultural techniques require endless inputs: water from far away, petroleum-intensive fertilizers and pesticides that accumulate in our water, soil, and bodies. Meanwhile, the endless rows of identical corn and wheat are dangerously vulnerable to climate change, and glaringly obvious to insects that want to eat them. What can we learn from nature about sustainable farming? Find out in today’s entry of The Biomimicry Manual!

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Platypus Teach Us About Collision-Avoidance?

by , 03/09/14

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The platypus is a funny little mammal found in Eastern Australia and Tasmania. Aside from echidnas (the also-very-weird Australian spiny anteaters) they are the only living mammals that lay eggs. This bizarro egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-toed, crocodile-bodied assemblage completely bamboozled European naturalists when they stumbled on it back in 1798. It just had to be an elaborate fraud concocted by Chinese taxidermists (who had a reputation for sewing random bits together into mythical beasts). The serious European museum folk spent countless hours digging around with scissors looking for the stitches. In reality, he is the last living descendant of an ancient proto-mammalian reptile. Or a post-reptilian mammal. It’s not always clear, but this funny little nocturnal predator has some crazy-cool strategies that are apparently still working just fine. For instance, he has the baffling habit of folding up his eyes, ears, and nostrils within his skin when he dives. So, how does he find the wiggly little crunchy creatures he likes best down there? How the heck does he know where he’s going? The answer turns out to be truly marvelous, an exquisite combination of braille and electrolocation. Could we emulate the genius of the platypus? Find out more in today’s entry of The Biomimicry Manual !

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Grow Up! How to Design Vertical Gardens for Tiny Spaces

by , 03/05/14

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If you’re one of the many people in the northern hemisphere who are counting down the days ’til springtime, chances are you may have also been daydreaming about gardening as well. March isn’t just one of the coldest months of the year—it’s also the month in which seed catalogs are sent out to green-thumbed folks everywhere, so plans can be made and plots can be mapped out in preparation for the luscious growing season ahead. If you happen to be lacking in yard space, there’s no need to feel left out! There are some brilliant ways to take full advantage of small spaces, and the key is to plant vertically.

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Green Planet Architects' New Platform Connects Eco-Minded Architects and Builders Across the Globe

by , 03/03/14
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With climate change and environmental destruction threatening our planet, building green has never been more important. Many architects and builders are generally interested in sustainability and dabble in “green”, but it is rare and special to find an architect with comprehensive experience and specialty in green building. If you’re an eco architect looking to find clients who appreciate your special skills, or a client looking to connect with an eco-minded designer, you’ll want to check out Green Planet Architects—the world’s first and only comprehensive directory of international green architects. This brand new website brings together those in the field of sustainable development, offering up a network to share knowledge, collaborate, discuss new developments and products, find investors, and connect with clients. And if you’re looking to make your dream green project come true, this fantastic resource will help connect you with the world’s best eco-conscious architects. Keep reading to learn more about this fantastic new site that is poised to make a world of difference in our built environment. And if you’re an architect, get your feature profile set up today for free!

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Abandoned German Nuclear Plant Transformed Into Wunderland Kalkar Amusement Park!

by , 03/03/14

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PHOTOS: We Turn a Regular Citi Bike into an Electric Bike with the New ShareRoller

by , 03/02/14

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The ShareRoller is the world’s first portable motor designed specifically for transforming Citi Bikes into electric bikes. The compact, 6-7 lb. device will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow as part of a Kickstarter campaign, but we got a sneak peek earlier this week in New York City. Read on to learn more about this game-changing gadget, and see what we thought about our test ride.

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DIY: How to Sprout Seeds and Beans on Your Kitchen Counter

by , 03/02/14
filed under: DIY, Features, Gardening, How To

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At my local grocery store, out here in the middle of nowhere, a head of cauliflower costs $5 and a wilted ball of lettuce might run you $3. It’s a far cry from the vibrant fruit and vegetable markets we were accustomed to in downtown Toronto, and is a bit daunting when it comes to grocery budgeting for a pair of veggie-vores. It’ll be a few more months until local farmers’ markets are filled with greens and our own garden is lush with vegetables, so until then, we make do with what’s available and take advantage of one of the few greens that can be grown indoors year-round: sprouts. It’s incredibly easy to sprout seeds and beans on your kitchen counter with just a few simple household tools.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

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Mother Nature doesn’t give her information for free. Her minions cloud their enemies’ judgement with devilish deception, and make plain the truth for their friends. Birds flock and…

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7 Design Students Share Their Stories on Why They’re Studying Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College

7 Design Students Share Their Stories on Why They’re Studying…

Did you know that Tadao Ando was a boxer before he became an architect? Or that Philip Johnson studied philosophy before going on to build his famed Glass House? The road to a career in…

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Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Entering Jeff's home takes practice. First he has to unlock a padlock on the horizontal sliding access door a couple of feet off the ground, use a chair to open the top roof, and then…

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