VIDEO: The Story Of Inhabitat

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You might check out Inhabitat for the latest and greatest in green design and innovation (at least we hope you do!), but did you ever wonder how the website began and what fuels it? Check out this illuminating video where Inhabitat founder and editor in chief Jill Fehrenbacher talks about how the website got its start and what Inhabitat’s small business rule of success is – it might surprise you!

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How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy

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When Hurricane Sandy hit last week and the power in my lower Manhattan apartment went out, my first thought, as I dug around for candles and LED lamps was “Well this will be a fun little off-grid adventure!” I naively harbored some romantic notion of the coziness of eating dinner and playing board games with my family by candlelight, and even actually enjoyed the first 24 hours without electricity for the chance to disconnect. However, when my gadget batteries started to die one by one, the water dried up, the food in the fridge started to spoil, and contact with the outside world began to shut down, the novelty started to wear off and the reality of the situation finally began to hit me. First my computer battery died, then iPad, then finally my phone, and I think I never fully realized until that moment how much of a lifeline these mobile communication devices are. Without even a working cell phone – my last vestige of communication – to call my family or look at the news, I had no idea what was going on around me, how much longer the power outage was supposed to last, and whether there was any help available, and I started to get desperate.

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Discusses the RIO+20 Conference with Thani Al Zayoudi, Directorate of Energy and Climate Change at UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron About the Light & Energy Issue

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INTERVIEW: Rob Peterson Of Chevy Talks Volt Production Shutdown, Reveals High Customer Satisfaction

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There is a buzz in the air this week about the Chevy Volt thanks to an announcement by General Motors on Friday that they’ll be shutting down production of the Volt at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant for five weeks. While the news media geared up to make this announcement look like the end for this highly-publicized plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, we bet that this decision to equalize supply with demand is just a Volt growing pain. So, we went straight to the horse’s mouth and asked Rob Peterson of Chevy Volt Communications about the Volt team’s take on this whole situation. It seems the feeling inside the company is decidedly positive — something you might not envision if you just listened to Google News and your television. Peterson started off the interview by telling assuring us what we already though was true, “this is just an opportunity to adjust our inventory levels, it is just temporary,” and then let us in on some insights from the Chevy crew.

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INTERVIEW: CEO of Bentley Systems Greg Bentley Talks About the Future City Design Competition

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While we write a lot about a sustainable built environment, we often overlook the contribution of engineers. We recently talked at length with Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems, about the upcoming Future City design competition for aspiring middle-school engineers. Bentley elaborates on the competition’s theme, “Alternative Energy: Fuel Your Future,” and he also forcasts the next evolution of an engineer’s role while turning some long held assumptions on their head. Bentley Systems has been a key developer of CAD and BIM software, and while you may never heard of them, their software is used to design the largest architectural and infrastructure projects around the globe. Read on to see what the future of engineering may look like and how we can inspire the next generation to make a real impact.

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Inhabitat Gets Electric Vehicle Fever at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

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Inhabitat’s Jill Fehrenbacher recently hit the scene of the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where she toured the laser-filled show to bring you an exclusive look at the world’s hottest new electric vehicles and hybrid cars! She got the lowdown on the sexiest new hybrid vehicle from Lexus as well as a sneak peek at Volkswagen’s upcoming Jetta Hybrid and the E-Bugster electric Beetle concept. She also took an inside look at the quirky styling of Smart’s For-US electric pickup truck and the brand new Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, which is sure to be a consumer favorite when it hits the streets this year. Check out our exclusive video above for the most exciting green cars at from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show!

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Bill O'Reilly Caught Red-Handed in a Flip Flop - He Used to Support the Volt and Government Subsidies

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Oh the talking heads of the political world — what would we do without them? The latest wonderful blunder has come from one of our favorites, Mr. Bill O’Reilly. In the midst of the fist fight that has become of the Republican presidential race, the entire right-wing of American politicans have joined together to turn their wrath on the gas-saving, American-made Chevy Volt. O’Reilly is now jumping in the ring and is bad-mouthing the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle on his Fox News talk show. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Volt-bashing parade – Media Matters dug up some fun footage of the O’Reilly Factor showing the King of Fox News supporting not only the Chevy Volt, but government subsidies for GM and other car companies building alternative fuel vehicles. It seems that Bill’s got a short term memory and a penchant for following the crowd — even if it means being a documented hypocrite.

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VIDEO: Costello Tagliapietra’s Dazzling Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week Show

We were seeing stars at Costello Tagliapietra’s Fall/Winter 2012 debut at New York Fashion Week, and not just because the clothes were so lovely. The brazen yet feminine line was awash with abstract prints, bold solids, and plenty of sophistication, but we also spoke to CosTag fans like Susan Sarandon and Padma Lakshmi. Check out our video above for a front-row view of the show, which dazzled crowds with everything from flowing, kaleidoscopic gowns to high-tech AirDye ensembles.

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Ecouterre Hits the Green Carpet at Christie's "Runway to Green"

A few months back, Christie’s Green Auction raised a whopping $1.4 million for four very worthy environmental charities — Oceana, NRDC, Central Park Conservancy and Conservation International. After the dough rolled in, the inaugural “Runway to Green” fashion show hit the catwalk and the team from Ecouterre was on the scene to get the low-down from the high-profile attendees. Watch the video above, or head over to Ecouterre for interviews with designers Michael Kors and Rachel Roy, actor Ted Danson, and philanthropists Susan and David Rockefeller Jr., about their views on eco-fashion.

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: The Future of Sustainable Fashion

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A few months ago, Inhabitat’s Editor-in-Chief Jill Fehrenbacher had the pleasure of curating a panel about sustainability and philanthropy in the fashion industry for the Afingo Fashion Forum. She brought together some of the biggest names in green fashion — including eco-model/entrepreneur Summer Rayne Oakes, fashion consultant Julie Gilhart (formerly of Barneys New York), Melissa Kushner of Goods for Good, and more — to discuss the future of eco-fashion. Hit the jump to watch our exclusive video and hear what the experts have to say.

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VIDEO: Ecouterre’s Favorite Looks From the Designers & Agents Green Room

A few months ago, Ecouterre set up shop inside the Green Room, a carefully curated space dedicated to emerging eco-fashion labels at the Designers and Agents show in NYC. Join the Ecouterre editors and experience the fashions first hand, from breezy organic dresses to elegant jewelry made from recycled soda bottles. Enjoy!

 

INTERVIEW: Ray Anderson on Climbing the Mountain of Corporate Sustainability

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Ray Anderson is more than just the founder and chairman of the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpeting, he’s also the grandfather of corporate sustainability. In 1995, Anderson embarked on a mission to remove Interface Inc.‘s impact on the Earth completely. Below, we talk to the carpet mogul about his new book, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist, and explore the story behind his quest for sustainability.

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VIDEO: A Look Back at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and The Green Cars We Loved

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Last year I had the good fortune to attend the North American International Auto Show (or NAIAS) in Detroit - for the first time - and the timing couldn't have been more perfect! I had…

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Top 6 Inhabitat Interviews of 2011 - Vote for Your Favorite!

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From world-renowned architects to nuclear power advocates, Inhabitat interviewed dozens of inspiring individuals this year. We sat down with Yann Weymouth of HOK to learn more about the…

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INTERVIEW: Gensler's Chris Chan on the Sustainable Shanghai Tower, Asia's Tallest Skyscraper

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In 2008 Gensler broke ground on the sustainable Shanghai Tower in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. The tower is currently in construction and it's one of three supertall…

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INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Here at Inhabitat we're suckers for the Solar Decathlon -- the biennial design/build competition in which university design teams from all around the globe battle it out on the National…

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VIDEO: Announcing the Winner of the 2011 Solar Decathlon

VIDEO: Announcing the Winner of the 2011 Solar Decathlon

If you're anything like us, you've been having Solar Decathlon withdrawal since the biennial design-build competition ended at the beginning of the month. We're still buzzing with…

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VIDEO: DOE's Solar Decathlon Design Competition Kicks Off in Washington DC

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The 2011 Solar Decathalon student design-build competition is on and the Inhabiteam had a chance to explore the innovative solar-powered homes that are currently duking it out at the…

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VIDEO: Leanne Marshall’s Spring 2012 Line Banks On Girlish Sophistication at New York Fashion Week

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You probably best remember Leanne Marshall as Project Runway's season 5 winner. But since her glorious victory, Leanne has leapt to new heights, recently showing off her Spring/Summer…

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VIDEO: Costello Tagliapietra Spring 2012 Runway Show at New York Fashion Week

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Based on their burly beards and lumberjack outfits, you'd be loathe to think that Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra were romantics. But they certainly proved us wrong with…

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Our Editors Share their Favorite Picks at D&A Eco-Fashion!

Our Editors Share their Favorite Picks at D&A Eco-Fashion!

As the exclusive media sponsor of the Green Room, an eco-focused space within premiere fashion trade show Designers & Agents, we were thrilled to see some of top designers in…

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BOOK REVIEW: Ecological Design - 10th Anniversary

BOOK REVIEW: Ecological Design - 10th Anniversary

Every design-minded citizen loves a coffee table book with glossy photography and eye-catching projects. But every now and then, it's nice to see a book about green design that takes a…

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VIDEO: Ecouterre and Hessnatur Ask What's in Your Eco-Fashion Closet?

VIDEO: Ecouterre and Hessnatur Ask What's in Your Eco-Fashion Closet?

Want to see how some of eco-fashion's top designers and thought leaders wear sustainable style? Check out this video of Ecouterre and Hessnatur's panel discussion on the future of green…

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Interview With Lauren Bush on the FEED Shop-in-Shop at Little Cupcake Bakeshop in NYC

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In May FEED Projects and the Little Cupcake Bakeshop in New York City launched a shop-within-a-shop to feed hungry children and support disaster-relief efforts in Japan. FEED, which…

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INTERVIEW: Ian Garrett Compares the Culture of COP 16 and 15

INTERVIEW: Ian Garrett Compares the Culture of COP 16 and 15

There were a range of factors that made COP16 different than its predecessor COP15. For one, it was held in a tropical paradise as opposed to a frozen northern metropolis. But more…

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INTERVIEW: David Pierce of Ohio Design

INTERVIEW: David Pierce of Ohio Design

If you haven't yet heard of OHIO, it's time. Founded by David Pierce, the San Francisco-based design studio is turning out some of the most stunning, innovative and diverse modern…

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