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Happy Thanksgiving From Team Inhabitat!

Posted By Diane Pham On November 25, 2010 @ 10:00 am In Announcements | 1 Comment

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving tops the list as one of our favorite holidays. A day for family, friends and feasting, we also love that Thanksgiving sets aside an opportunity for us to reflect on yet another year passed and give thanks to all the wonderful things that have brought us joy! This year we asked our editors and writers to tell us what they are thankful for this season, and to share some of the amazing things the year had in store for them. We’d also love to hear what you’re thankful for too, so read on and share some of your own sentiments with us ahead!

inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, jill fehrenbacher

JILL, Founder and Editor-in-Chief: This year I want to give thanks for my wonderful husband and my supercutey little boy [1], who has taught me so much in the two short years that he has been in my life. I’m thankful for my family’s health, and I’m thankful for New York CIty – best city in the universe! I’m thankful for population density, roasted ‘Nuts 4 Nuts’ chestnuts, the subway and for good infrastructure, tofurkey, vegan cupcakes, pumpkins, and city planning. I’m also really really thankful that I’ve been able to make a living talking about my passion in life: design. And since so much of that is made possible by the awesome Inhabitateam [2], of course I must extend a deep deep thank you to all of our fabulous writers, editors and Inhabistaff [2] who keep the website running and constantly up-to-date with great stories on green design. I know that I probably don’t express my gratitude and appreciation enough to you guys, but I am thrilled and honored to be surrounded by such an amazing group of smart and talented people who really care about what’s going on in the world and have the passion to try to make the world a better place through the power of good design. And readers – I love you too! Thank you for reading our website, without you there would be no Inhabitat [3]. Thank you for caring!

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, mike chino [4]MIKE, Managing Editor: This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for all of the energy and excitement that is surging through the green zeitgeist. The USGBC recently announced that green buildings are on the rise despite the depression [5], and Greenbuild 2010 [6] just capped off a record attendance of over 27,000 people, proving that interest and enthusiasm in creating a more sustainable future keeps on building. I’m also thankful for our incredible team of writers and editors who inspire and amaze me every day, and for our vital community of readers who encourage us, challenge us, and keep the conversation moving. Happy Thanksgiving!

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, yuka yoneda [7] YUKA, Senior Editor: This year, I’m thankful for happy mediums. Back when I first started writing for Inhabitat, I was a little militant about the whole green movement – so much so that my own family and friends would hide or roll their eyes every time I would walk into a room and see plastic cups being used or someone not sorting trash properly. My sister and I even got into a pretty ugly argument about water usage (I take full responsibility for the fight now that I realize no one likes someone hovering next to them and controlling the water pressure while they wash dishes). In terms of buying things, I’d put myself on a strict “green only” shopping policy and would not even purchase essentials unless they were organic, recycled or secondhand.

But that was then. Now, I’m way more relaxed about living an eco-friendly lifestyle, and while it may seem counter-intuitive, breaking some of my own rules has helped me save more energy and create less waste. Since I buy less things, I make my purchases things that I will really use for a long time, regardless of whether they are made from green materials. After all, a pair of durable, non-organic cotton jeans that you love will last you way longer than a pair of 100% organic cotton jeans that you are “meh” about. I also think my more chill attitude is helping me be a better spokesperson for the green cause since I’m no longer driving people crazy by forcing them to be eco-friendly. I’m also thankful that my friends and loved ones didn’t run away or try to silence me during my slight lapse of judgement!

inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, rebecca paul [8]REBECCA, Communications Manager: This year I am especially thankful for the fact that I am surrounded by wonderfully talented, hilarious and intelligent people (yes they are all that amazing), who challenge what I know on a daily basis. With life being so unpredictable it’s their presence that makes it all worth while. I’m also thankful for the pizza place that just opened across the street from my Brooklyn apartment.

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, diane pham [9] DIANE, Architecture and Design Editor: This year I’m incredibly thankful for three things: 1. My oh-so amusing, interesting, intelligent, and inspiring family, friends and coworkers (go team!); 2. The opportunity to explore, learn and write about things I love on a daily basis and get paid for it; and 3. Those giant bags of tiny clementines that always make their appearance around this time of year at Trader Joe’s. The days really just get better and better, and sometimes I just can’t believe how lucky I am. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, beth shea [10]BETH, Inhabitots Editor: I am thankful that there seems to be an increasing shift in consciousness among consumers who want the best for their families and the planet. People are starting to regularly question the quality and ethics behind how everything is made, from food to clothing, and I hope this tide of awareness causes a sea of change in the marketplace and in the way things are produced. On a personal note, I am most grateful for the birth of my healthy and adorable son in August, and for our darling 3 year-old, who is the best teacher we could ever ask for when it comes to living a compassionate life.

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, bridgette meinhold [11]BRIDGETTE, Architecture Editor: This year I’m thankful that global warming hasn’t hit Park City yet, as we’ve already received over 4 feet of snow and it’s not even December. I’m happy to be both an artist and a writer, both passions of mine, and actually get paid for both. I’m stoked to have a ton of active, interesting and loving friends who are always down to go play and do something fun. And finally, I appreciate all of my family who have always supported and encouraged me in my decisions and my life.

inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, brit liggett [12]BRIT, New York Editor: I am thankful that Thanksgiving in my family is always full of local, farm fresh ingredients and great people. I’m thankful for the freshly painted bike lane outside my Brooklyn apartment and the new bike stop lights popping up all over New York City proper. I’m thankful to be a part of the Inhabitat team which gets to say “thanks” every day to the great people around the world doing amazing things to help the environment. I’m also thankful for our readers for making it possible to spread these ideas to the farthest reaches of this amazing planet.

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, timon singh [13] TIMON, Contributing Writer: I am thankful for the fact that I have managed to get tickets for the Rugby World Cup(!), that my central heating is working in mid-November, for my girlfriend, and that I have managed to fix my bike’s gears so that I can cycle around my hometown of Bristol.

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, andrew michler [14]ANDREW, Green Building Writer: As a child, Thanksgiving was traditionally the day where my family would see who could eat the most, and my grandfather “Pinepaw” would always win. This year my wife and I are celebrating Turkey Day with a simple meal at our home and we’ll be enjoying the magnificent wild turkeys that occasionally drop by. I am grateful to be reminded of my family’s tradition, although I may prove to be too much competition this year.

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, kestrel jenkins [15]KESTREL, Operations Assistant: My name is Kestrel — therefore, I am innately programmed to fly away at any given moment because my wings are an integral part of who I am. Having had the opportunity to join the Inhabitat Team recently fills me with thankful thoughts, because it allowed me to fly to New York, and begin a new chapter of my life in this exhilarating city. However, I am also overwhelmingly thankful for each and every moment of this past year that I was able to spend at home with my mom, dad, and brother Forest while I was on the job search that led me here. My family concurrently grounds me and brings me inspiration for flight.

[16]EVELYN, Los Angeles Editor: This year I’m thankful to have enough money in my pocket to share a Thanksgiving feast with friends. I’m thankful for my creative friends and their countless, wonderful ideas to turn something old into something radically unique and totally gift worthy. And I’m thankful for all those in the Inhabitat community that push us to make sure we’re posting is the latest and greatest in sustainable design. Thank you readers!!!

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LEA, Contributing Writer: I’m thankful for my dog, whose excitement for nature reminds me everyday to stop and smell the roses…and trees, and fallen leaves, and sticks, and rocks, and the neighbor’s fence. Oh so many things to pay attention to outdoors!

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, julie knapp [17]JULIE, Inhabitots Editor: I’m grateful for my husband-to-be who makes every day that much better, and for the sure-to-be-wonderful little wedding we’re planning that’s only 6 months away. I’m thankful for every day I get to take my dog Leo to the neighborhood park and watch the seasons change beautifully before my eyes. And I’m also grateful for all the little things that make my world go round — good friends, amazing family, cupcakes, sunshine, inspiring work, and IntenSati, which keeps gratitude in my heart on the 364 days of the year that are not Thanksgiving.

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, frida jeppsson [18] FRIDA, Contributing Writer: Apart from what’s right in front of me for which I am thankful everyday – like a fantastic and loving fiancée, waking up in a city that cares about me and being healthy – I would like to give special thanks this day to the fact that I have an education and am able to live off of doing what I love. I’m thankful for being able to inspire and affect people with my words on different levels, especially in a design world seemingly oriented around glossy surfaces and shallow ideologies with an ‘accepting’ rather than ‘questioning’ attitude. Thanks for listening.

inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, moe betiks [19]MOE, Contributing Writer: The day after Thanksgiving I’m off to Cancun for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. I’m thankful that it’s happening. I’m thankful for the Kyoto Protocol, which, if you read in the right light, is kind of heartwarming. I’m thankful for my family and friends – they literally keep me from going insane when the news is too dark, or when the world is annoying the crap out of me. Mostly, I’m thankful for moments of clarity, those times when I can really appreciate all the gifts in my life. Also, I’m thankful for vegan turkey. That stuff is dope.

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, jamie hall

JAMIE, Contributing Writer: I’m thankful for my family, friends, good books, season 2 of Community, my lovely little cat and media rate shipping…

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, starre vartan [20]STARRE, Contributing Writer: This year I’m thankful for the ability and freedom to have travelled as much as I possibly could! It is a rare gift and one that I don’t take for granted. I was able to see places I’ve always wanted to, and though my carbon footprint is high this year, I’m hoping all my years of vegetarianism offsets it a bit, and I’m going to be planting a couple more trees in my backyard (as well as having purchased carbon credits where I could).

Where did I go? My family lives in Australia, so I travelled to Sydney (I’m originally from Coogee Beach, just a few minutes from downtown, but blessed with incredible natural beauty), and checked out Melbourne, Brisbane and Townsville too, via train through backcountry Oz for some of it. I also spent time in LA, which is quickly becoming one of my fave American cities, and flew down to beautiful Asheville, Tennessee for Hatchfest, an emerging arts and music festival where I spoke on a journalism panel. Asheville is a gorgeous town, and very green! Boulder Colorado was also on my list this year, and like Asheville, is a smaller city with tons of great innovative building and conservation going on (not to mention superfantastic local food!). I went to Florence courtesy of Volkswagen, to check out their new hybrid Touareg, and got to stay in a villa that’s now a hotel, and finally stopped by London to see my best friend there, as well as check out London Fashion Week for the first time (a long-time dream of mine).

I also got to meet up with my father and stepmom in Paris, where they were celebrating my stepmom’s birthday, and took my first trip with my boyfriend, who made the voyage that much more special and romantic. Costa Rica was also on the list in 2010, and I’m excited to share my writing (and videos) about my time there; the country is an amazing example of what can be done very right in eco travel and environmental education. In another week, I’m headed to Aruba to check out the green cred of the Bucati resorts there and then up to Portland and Seattle to visit the Pacific Northwest; I’ve never been before and can’t wait to hike along the coast and check out my partner in crime’s hometown and surrounds (not to mention the amazing coffee and bookstores in both cities!). Last, but not least, I made it up to Vermont a few times, which is one of my favorite places in the world, aside from NYC. Speaking of which, I’m very thankful I get to work in what I consider the best city on the planet.

It was so much fun living this year of my life, and I learned a tremendous amount, and am still getting around to reporting on it all for my blog, Eco Chick [21] and my upcoming eco travel spin-off site, Eco Chick Escapes! I am also, of course, very thankful to my friends, family, and roommates, who make my peripatetic life possible, and are always supportive of my crazy adventures.


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[1] little boy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jillfehrenbacher/5134599546/

[2] Inhabitateam: http://inhabitat.com/about

[3] Inhabitat: http://inhabitat.com

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/happy-thanksgiving-from-team-inhabitat/mike/

[5] green buildings are on the rise despite the depression: http://inhabitat.com/green-buildings-on-the-rise-despite-the-recession/

[6] Greenbuild 2010: http://inhabitat.com/tag/greenbuild

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[21] Eco Chick: http://eco-chick.com

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