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

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

Los Angeles, Inhabitat, Inhabitat LA, Red Carpet, Events, Sustainable Design, Green Design, Solar Instillation, Sustainable Instillation, Emmys, Sustainable Emmys

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

AEG, Carbon Neutral, LEED, Farmers Field, Downtown LA, Downtown Los Angeles, Inhabitat LA, Inhabitat Los Angeles, Sustainable Architecture, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Building, Green Architecture, Green Design, Green Building

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

Andrea Kitts Design, natural art, sustainable art

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

by , 09/04/11

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Santa Monica Launches Mobile Haz-Mat Disposal Service

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Denizens of the green City of Santa Monica no longer have to wonder how to dispose of certain hazardous material. A new initiative by the Office of Sustainability and the Environment will now bring disposal and containment trucks to you, rather than residents having to haul potentially toxic wastes to a disposal center. Accepting all the same materials as the physical disposal center, these new trucks collect everything from auto products to prescription medications.

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Labor Day Weekend in LA

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Image © Julie Daniels

It’s officially our favorite bittersweet holiday, Labor Day Weekend, the last weekend of summer. We recommend finding anyway you can to enjoy this blissfully pleasant weather we are having, while passing the time with family and friends. If however you are looking for a little more structure, there’s a blinding variety of events to partake in LA but here are our top picks for eco-friendly activities to partake in over the long weekend. More after the jump.

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

by , 09/01/11
filed under: AIA,Architecture,Education

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

by , 09/01/11

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Long Beach Kicks Bicyclists to the Curb

by , 08/31/11
filed under: Policy,Transportation

Bicycling, Long Beach, bike culture

Actually, off the curb would be more accurate.  As the first part of a new safety campaign, “the most bike-friendly city in America” is enforcing the often-ignored rule that riding on the sidewalk in certain parts of the city is technically illegal. Police officers will be handing safety cards out to encourage bicyclists to “Walk it or Lock it” in busy business districts.  The idea is that with increased summer foot traffic, both bicyclists and pedestrians will be safer if everyone learns how to “SOS: Share Our Streets.”

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PARK(ing) Day LA 2011: Streets are for the People

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Cities around the world will be greener at least for one day with the return of PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 16th. What started as a modest experimental urban intervention in 2005 has evolved into an international platform for urban expression, changing the way cities conceive, organize, and use public space. Initiated by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day has officially gone global, yielding more than 800 installations in more than 180 cities on six continents in 2010.  This year in LA, Angelenos will reclaim their public space as pop-up parks round the city declare that “Streets are for the People.”

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Cal State LA Activates New Solar Installation

Cal State LA Activates New Solar Installation

Cal State University, Los Angeles further bolstered its reputation as a "green" campus with the installation of a new photovoltaic (PV) system on campus. The 77 panel system was…

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Solar Umbrella Fuses Energy Neutral Living With Modern Architecture

Solar Umbrella Fuses Energy Neutral Living With Modern Architecture

The residence was inspired by the open framework of the Umbrella House, built in 1953 by Paul Rudolph. Using this model, Brooks Scarpa  created a modern solar canopy, which extends…

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Join Inhabitat at the Women in Green Forum This Week

Join Inhabitat at the Women in Green Forum This Week

Join Inhabitat's Senior Editor, Evelyn Lee, this coming week at the Women in Green Forum, August 30th-31st in Santa Monica at the Sheraton Delfina. Only its in second year, the…

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City of LA Votes to Bring Recycling Programs to Apartment Complexes

City of LA Votes to Bring Recycling Programs to Apartment Complexes

It might surprise you to hear that single-family homes in Los Angeles divert 65% of its garbage from landfills, thanks to the effort of over 450 gas-powered trash and recycling trucks.…

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Step Up On 5th Provides a Safe, Energy Efficient Home for Low-Income Residents

Step Up On 5th Provides a Safe, Energy Efficient Home for Low-Income…

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…

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