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The Retrofit Chicago Challenge Gets Skyscrapers to Go Green

The Retrofit Chicago Challenge Gets Skyscrapers to Go Green

Photo via Shutterstock The Windy City is rapidly becoming one of the greenest in the U.S., thanks to its Retrofit Chicago Building Initiative. 14 major commercial buildings have stepped up to the plate

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Voltaic is Offering “Buy One, Give One” Emergency Power Kits to Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Voltaic is Offering “Buy One, Give One” Emergency Power Kits to Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Looking to help out with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, but aren’t sure how to make the biggest impact with each donation dollar? New York-based solar company Voltaic may just have the answer. In

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California’s GMO Food Proposition 37 Sparks Storm of Accusations over Misleading Ads

California’s GMO Food Proposition 37 Sparks Storm of Accusations over Misleading Ads

GMO photo from Shutterstock There's something fishy going on in the Golden State, and we aren't talking about the GMO genes being spliced into the tomatoes. On Tuesday, California voters ultimately

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Online ‘Cool Farm’ Tool Helps Farmers Calculate Their Carbon Footprint

Online ‘Cool Farm’ Tool Helps Farmers Calculate Their Carbon Footprint

The Cool Farm Institute has announced that it will soon introduce a free online version of its Cool Farm Tool to help farmers calculate the carbon footprint of their farm and livestock operations. The

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Grassroots Mountain Rider’s Alliance Plans to Create Carbon Neutral Ski Slopes across U.S.

Grassroots Mountain Rider’s Alliance Plans to Create Carbon Neutral Ski Slopes across U.S.

Image courtesy of Mt Abram As winter fast approaches, the snow will beckon many of us to the mountains to play - but what if there was another reason to support your local ski resort? This month the

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Bristol Community Farm Harvests Goodwill as Well as Good Food

Bristol Community Farm Harvests Goodwill as Well as Good Food

A success story in times of crisis is always a pleasure, and this 22-acre Community Farm in Bristol has boosted for the local region in many ways. Landowner Luke Hasell teamed up with local food

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Environment Agency’s Lord Smith Backs UK Business’ Green Growth, Including Coca-Cola’s

Environment Agency’s Lord Smith Backs UK Business’ Green Growth, Including Coca-Cola’s

Lord Smith, the chairman for the Environment Agency in the UK, paid a visit to Europe's largest Coca-Cola plant this week, and on his tour he underlined the importance of green growth. Speaking about

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More Than One-Third of Global 500 Companies Now See Climate Change as a Real Danger to Their Business

More Than One-Third of Global 500 Companies Now See Climate Change as a Real Danger to Their Business

Floods and flooding the streets via Shutterstock A study released on Wednesday by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) finds that 37 percent of the world's largest companies now see extreme weather

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Employees Work Harder When The Company Goes Green, New Study Reports

Employees Work Harder When The Company Goes Green, New Study Reports

Photo via Shutterstock What motivates you to give 150 percent at your job? Is it a friendly boss? Tasks that you really care about? Awesome clients? According to new research led by UCLA, employees of

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Chattanooga’s Crash Pad is World’s First LEED Platinum Hostel

Chattanooga’s Crash Pad is World’s First LEED Platinum Hostel

Designed by local architectural designers Blythe Bailey and Taylor Bowers of River Street Architecture, the Crash Pad features an incredible amount of sustainable features for such a small building. Many

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Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu is one of the leading green companies in the homewares and gift segment. The China-based company received Green America’s Gold Seal of Approval for its efforts to preserve the environment, promote

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Twin Cities IKEA Powers Up Minnesota’s Largest Solar Array

Twin Cities IKEA Powers Up Minnesota’s Largest Solar Array

As part of IKEA's Solar Panel Initiative, the world’s largest furniture retailer has powered up an enormous photovoltaic array on their Twin Cities store in Bloomington, Minnesota. The array is the

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Ikea Announces Plans to Build Over 100 Budget Design Hotels in Europe

Ikea Announces Plans to Build Over 100 Budget Design Hotels in Europe

Ikea is already well known for its affordable and stylish home furnishings, but now the retail giant has set its sights on the budget hotel market. The world’s largest furniture retailer, based in

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Sweatshop Protestors Project Anti-Adidas Video On a London Olympic Park Building

Sweatshop Protestors Project Anti-Adidas Video On a London Olympic Park Building

Sweatshop protestors took advantage of the massive crowds descending upon London's Olympic Park Sunday, and used a building overlooking the park to show a video criticizing Adidas for its alleged worker

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Sainsbury’s Is Now the UK and Europe’s Largest Rooftop Solar PV Operator

Sainsbury’s Is Now the UK and Europe’s Largest Rooftop Solar PV Operator

Sainsbury’s has claimed the title of the largest rooftop PV operator in the UK and Europe with an impressive total output of 16MW. Across 169 of its UK stores, Sainsbury’s has secured 69,500 PV solar

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Charge Your Electronics With a Solar ReadySet and Help Power the Developing World

Charge Your Electronics With a Solar ReadySet and Help Power the Developing World

The ReadySet is a versatile renewable energy charger that can power any gadget that plugs into a standard vehicle or usb port. The ReadySet’s intelligent battery means that it can be charged from a

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Who Gives A Crap: Crowdfunded Toilet Paper Company to Donate 50% of Profits to Improve Sanitation in Developing World

Who Gives A Crap: Crowdfunded Toilet Paper Company to Donate 50% of Profits to Improve Sanitation in Developing World

In just a few short days, a small group of entrepreneurial designers and engineers has raised over $50,000 to fund Who Gives a Crap, a business that will offer sustainable, comfortable toilet paper and

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Marks and Spencer Becomes The First UK Retailer to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

Marks and Spencer Becomes The First UK Retailer to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

Marks and Spencer is the first retailer in the United Kingdom to become carbon neutral. In an announcement yesterday, the company described how a combination of increased energy efficiency measures and

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New Report Accuses Major Corporations of Climate Change Hypocrisy

New Report Accuses Major Corporations of Climate Change Hypocrisy

Photo via Shutterstock A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists accuses several major US corporations of saying one thing and doing another when it comes to climate change. The

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Survey Finds Nearly 90% of Chinese 18-25 Year-Olds Want Greener Brands

Survey Finds Nearly 90% of Chinese 18-25 Year-Olds Want Greener Brands

A Carbon Trust survey of 2,800 18-25 year-olds in six countries has yielded some pretty startling results: 88% of respondents in China would "be more loyal to a brand if they could see it was reducing its

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Google Cools Its New Data Centers In Taiwan with Ice

Google Cools Its New Data Centers In Taiwan with Ice

Google’s new data centers in Taiwan will keep cool during the day thanks to ice made overnight. A thermal storage system, the first of its kind for Google, will balance the company’s energy needs

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Repair Cafes in The Netherlands Give Life Back to Broken Objects

Repair Cafes in The Netherlands Give Life Back to Broken Objects

A new brand of DIY self-sufficiency is spreading across The Netherlands. Skilled craftswomen, mechanics, seamstresses, and handypersons are banding together to resist disposable consumer culture. It is

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5 Kickstarter Projects That Give Back

5 Kickstarter Projects That Give Back

Are you interested in supporting green businesses but not sure where to start?  Kickstarter.com is the perfect resource!  Featuring hundreds of truly inspirational eco-projects, the site lets

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5 Green Employers Share Insider Job Advice on How to Get Hired

5 Green Employers Share Insider Job Advice on How to Get Hired

HOK's Chicago Office HOK If you read Inhabitat, you know that we're big fans of architecture firm HOK. Director of Design, Todd Halamka, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, shared what the firm is looking for in a

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US Has a “Recessionary Hangover” According to Greenbiz 2012 Report

US Has a “Recessionary Hangover” According to Greenbiz 2012 Report

Greenbiz.com recently released their free, downloadable "State of Green Business 2012" report and some of the statistics are quite surprising. The report begins by explaining the stalemate on green

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Opportunity Green Conference Launches THURSDAY in Los Angeles – Inhabitat Readers Get 30% Off!

Opportunity Green Conference Launches THURSDAY in Los Angeles – Inhabitat Readers Get 30% Off!

Opportunity Green - the largest multidisciplinary sustainability business conference in the US - will be kicking off THIS WEEK running from November 10-11 at the Los Angeles Center Studios, and we're

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Frito-Lay Plant in Arizona Approaches Net Zero Energy

Frito-Lay Plant in Arizona Approaches Net Zero Energy

Frito-Lay and its parent company PepsiCo probably aren't the first companies that come to mind when you think about green businesses, but with the unveiling of Frito-Lay's new facility in Arizona, the

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BMW Launches Program to Transform Landfill Gases Into Hydrogen Fuel

BMW Launches Program to Transform Landfill Gases Into Hydrogen Fuel

BMW's Spartansburg, South Carolina plant is launching a program to convert methane gas into hydrogen. If successful, the manufacturing facility will be able to power its fleet of production vehicles with

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Google Launches $280 Million Fund to Finance the Installation of Home Solar Panels

Google Launches $280 Million Fund to Finance the Installation of Home Solar Panels

Over the past year, Google has been pouring several hundreds of millions of dollars into different renewable energy venues - and apparently the buck doesn't stop there. On Tuesday, the Internet giant

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THE STORY OF INHABITAT: How Inhabitat got its start

THE STORY OF INHABITAT: How Inhabitat got its start

If you’ve ever been curious about how Inhabitat got its start, today is your lucky day. As the founder and editpreneur behind the blog-turned-business, I spend much of my thoughts focused on the

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