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Brooks & Scarpa's Orange Grove Apartments Are Modern, Simple & Sustainable

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Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

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Why do cloudy European countries produce so much more solar energy than the United States? Because countries like Germany, for example, have programs that require local utility companies to buy solar energy from local producers. This week, the city of Los Angeles moved one step closer to that type of arrangement when the LA City Council gave the green light to the Clean LA program, a feed-in tariff pilot program that will require the Department of Water and Power to buy solar power generated by local property owners.

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California's High Speed Rail Budget Cut by $30 Billion

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The price tag for the proposed high speed rail system in California has just taking a major cut, with a price chop of $30 billion. The latest budget projection comes in with last-minute design changes that propose using existing track in the urban regions of the Bay Area and Los Angeles. The reduction comes as a response to the serious sticker shock experienced from the original plan’s budget, which rang in at $98 billion dollars, 5 months ago. However, Governor Jerry Brown is hoping that the new cost estimates will put the project back on its legislative tracks.

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Sipho Mabona's Swarming Origami Locusts Are Made of Money!

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Terraced Hollywood Hills House Eliminates the Need for Air Conditioning

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Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

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Low-Maintenance, Low-Energy Modern House Makes the Most of a Point Loma Infill Lot

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Solar Panels are Front and Center at this Year’s Emmys

by , 09/16/11
filed under: Events,Renewable Energy

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SolarWorld raised a canopy of 200 solar panels this week to help provide power and shade for the 2011 Emmys’ Red Carpet. The 50 kilowatt display is the largest temporary instillation of its kind at an event, with four separate canopies surrounding nearly 400 feet of red carpet. Following its evening in the limelight, the panels will be donated on behalf of SolarWorld and Fox Studios to Habitat Humanity to be installed on homes in the Los Angeles Area.

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Inhabitat LA Exclusive Interview with Laura Avery, Manager for the Santa Monica Farmers' Markets

by , 09/13/11
filed under: Destinations,Events

City of Santa Monica, Inhabitat LA, Inhabitat Los Angles, Santa Monica, Farmers' Market, Localicious, Annenberg Beach House, Sustainable Living, Sustainable Choices, Sustainable Education, Green Education, Green Fair, Sustainable Fair, Santa Monica High School, Sustainable Event, Sustainable Conference, Green Event, Green Conference

This Wednesday kicks off the City of Santa Monica Farmer’s Market 30 year Celebration, and Inhabitat got an exclusive interview with, Laura Avery, overseer of the Farmer’s Market for 29 of the 30 years it’s been running. We asked Laura to give us a history of the market, and tell us about its ultimate mission and future.

Can you tell us a little bit about the History of the Santa Monica Farmers Market?

I started in September of 1982, when the market was just on Wednesdays on Arizona Ave in a very depressed outdoor retail error. (There are currently four different markets held weekly in the city of Santa Monica.) Then current mayor Ruth Yannatta Goldway decided to start a farmers’ market because they had just started in California and she wanted to bring people downtown. She wanted to increase foot traffic. She wanted to bring healthful food into the city. She also had a very large senior citizen contingency and wanted them to have access to healthy foods.

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Farmers Field: The Most Sustainable Stadium in the United States

by , 09/09/11
filed under: Architecture

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Los Angeles has been trying to attract a football team to their city for some time now, and the anticipated Farmers Field carbon neutral stadium may just be the icing on the cake. Designed by AEG, the new stadium is focusing specifically on five specific sustainable initiatives to make it one of the most sustainable stadiums in the country: energy & climate; recycling & waste; water conservation; sustainable purchasing; and education. The plan also includes the implementation of a transportation program that will give Farmers Field the lowest “cars per football game ticket holder” ratio of any other NFL stadium.

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The Columbia Memorial Space Science Learning Center

by , 09/07/11

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The Columbia Memorial Space Science Learning Center is located at the Southwest of Los Angeles, in the City of Downey. This interactive museum is dedicated to inspire and educate young generations in the exploration of the universe and the history of aerospace.  The museum is named after the seven members of the Space Shuttle Columbia lost in 2003, during re-entering into the Earth’s atmosphere.

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Metro Considers Extending Green Line to LAX

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Trying to get to the airport and don’t have a car? It might be a lot more trouble then you’d think. While there are a few options for getting to LAX, from taxis to buses to the Flyaway shuttle, you’re almost definitely guaranteed traffic, a hassle, and a headache by the end of your journey. In an attempt to alleviate the troubles of getting to the airport, the Metro is currently investigating its options for extending public transportation to LAX, including extending the current Green Line to run to Los Angeles International Airport.

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Most Hybrid Repairs Don't Need To Be Left to the Dealer

by , 09/05/11

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Hybrid car owners in California have long enjoyed the benefits of HOV-lane access, even when they are driving solo. This perk has recently been lost, and hybrid owners might find themselves subject to the same traffic woes as drivers of classic gasoline vehicles – and also subject to the same wear & tear that may result from longer commutes. While it may be easy to believe that hybrid vehicles need more specialized maintenance only available at the dealership, the experts at AutoMD.com have published five basic car repairs for hybrids that can be handled by your neighborhood auto-shop, or even by DIY (do -it-yourself)-savvy owners.

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SEED House Brings Green Home Building To Los Angeles' Lower-Income Communities

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Recycled SUV Rims as Natural Art

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No animals were poached, bred, killed or otherwise harmed in the making of Kromatorium, a blinding collection of bones and beasts. The new series of eco-friendly art was created by Swiss-born Los Angeles-based artist and designer Andrea Kitts.  To create these striking sculptures, Kitts takes antlers and other osteological materials and by-products, all foraged or found, and casts them in metal made from recycled SUV rims to create one-of-a-kind art objets for the urban collector. If you are interested in seeing her pieces in person, make your way up to Torrance this weekend and check out the Flag Stop Art event. More info on the show and the series after the jump…

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World’s First LEED Platinum Airplane Hanger

World’s First LEED Platinum Airplane Hanger

The building features 46 private studio apartments for low-income residents, that top off a ground level of commercial and retail spaces. A lower level parking garage houses staff vehicles. Each apartment features a set of perforated aluminum shutters on the

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Santa Monica Launches Mobile Haz-Mat Disposal Service

Santa Monica Launches Mobile Haz-Mat Disposal Service

The building features 46 private studio apartments for low-income residents, that top off a ground level of commercial and retail spaces. A lower level parking garage houses staff vehicles. Each apartment features a set of perforated aluminum shutters on the

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Labor Day Weekend in LA

Labor Day Weekend in LA

The building features 46 private studio apartments for low-income residents, that top off a ground level of commercial and retail spaces. A lower level parking garage houses staff vehicles. Each apartment features a set of perforated aluminum shutters on the

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High Tech High Chula Vista Delivers Students a Great Education in a Sustainable Atmosphere

High Tech High Chula Vista Delivers Students a Great Education in a…

The building features 46 private studio apartments for low-income residents, that top off a ground level of commercial and retail spaces. A lower level parking garage houses staff vehicles. Each apartment features a set of perforated aluminum shutters on the

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Good Food Festival: The Farmers’ Market Never Tasted So Good

Good Food Festival: The Farmers’ Market Never Tasted So Good

The building features 46 private studio apartments for low-income residents, that top off a ground level of commercial and retail spaces. A lower level parking garage houses staff vehicles. Each apartment features a set of perforated aluminum shutters on the

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