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Hollywood Sign Site Saved By Hugh Hefner & Generous Donations

Hollywood Sign Site Saved By Hugh Hefner & Generous Donations

Photo credit: brunosan These last couple of months have been touch-and-go for the site of the iconic Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, but now thanks to a generous donation from Hugh Hefner, the site has

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Zenergy (Zero Energy) House Debuts in Los Angeles

Zenergy (Zero Energy) House Debuts in Los Angeles

The Zenergy House is a 1950's remodel that delivers high on sustainability and low on energy use -- net zero to be exact -- thanks to the use of super-efficient green building strategies and solar panels

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22 US Cities Consider Building Streetcar Lines

22 US Cities Consider Building Streetcar Lines

Urban greenies across the US may finally get what they desire -- streetcar lines in their home cities. Due to a change in federal transportation policy under President Obama, 22 American cities are

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Build It Green Certified Residence in Los Angeles

Build It Green Certified Residence in Los Angeles

The Jacobson Residence is a brand new construction in Los Angeles with a high eco factor - enough so that it is Build It Green and ENERGY STAR certified! If you're not familiar with Build It Green, it's

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Coachella’s Giant Origami Solar-Powered Crane Installation

Coachella’s Giant Origami Solar-Powered Crane Installation

You know what this year's Coachella music festival could really use- a giant origami crane at the entrance. Oh wait! They already have one, and it's lit up with LEDs and powered by a solar system. Built

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Inhabitat Reports From the Fortune Brainstorm Green Conference

Inhabitat Reports From the Fortune Brainstorm Green Conference

Some of the greatest minds in green business recently convened in sunny southern California for Fortune's Annual Brainstorm Green Conference. Inhabitat was on the scene to catch compelling talks by an

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LA Business Council Releases Breakthrough Solar Feed-In Tariff Study

LA Business Council Releases Breakthrough Solar Feed-In Tariff Study

Due to its sheer size and sunny climate, the City of Los Angeles has great potential to become a world leader in renewable energy resources. As the city currently wages a debate over funding for future

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Osborn Architects Re-Imagines Paved Parking Lots as an Urban Forest

Osborn Architects Re-Imagines Paved Parking Lots as an Urban Forest

Sunny southern California is synonymous with transportation by car, but today as the auto industry struggles, there are large swaths of fallow concrete-covered expanses where car dealerships once thrived.

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Green Youth Movement Fashion Show Presents Gorgeous Sustainable Styles

Green Youth Movement Fashion Show Presents Gorgeous Sustainable Styles

Student-run, student-founded non-profit, the Green Youth Movement (GYM), got in on the LA Fashion Week action by hosting their first fashion show — “The Green Initiative Humanitarian Fashion

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Los Angeles Proposes Carbon Surcharge on Energy Bills

Los Angeles Proposes Carbon Surcharge on Energy Bills

In a move to make Los Angeles coal-free by 2020, Mayor Antonio Villariagosa just announced a proposal for a monthly carbon surcharge on water and power bills. The funds will be used to transition the city

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Sustainable Prefab Pied-a-Terre by Office of Mobile Design

Sustainable Prefab Pied-a-Terre by Office of Mobile Design

Inhabitat has long followed the innovative work of prefab pioneer Jennifer Siegal; from country schools to mod beach houses. This time, the Office of Mobile Design has ventured inland to install its

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EcoTopia: New Concepts in Green Product Design

EcoTopia: New Concepts in Green Product Design

Opening Monday, March 15th in Long Beach, CA, EcoTopia is a competition and exhibition highlighting new concepts in green product design. The show will feature a variety of eco-products from designers

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Architects Tell Californians to Brace for the Next Big Earthquake

Architects Tell Californians to Brace for the Next Big Earthquake

The US Geological Survey has said that California has a 99.7% chance of having a magnitude 6.7 earthquake -- or bigger -- in the next three decades. University of California, Berkeley Professor and former

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RecycleBank Pays Los Angeles Residents Cash for Their Trash

RecycleBank Pays Los Angeles Residents Cash for Their Trash

Starting April 5th, 15,000 single-family homes in Los Angeles will be able to earn cash for their trash through the city's new RecycleBank program. Participating households simply sign up to have their

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HOM and Cisco Brothers Unveil New Line of Eco-Friendly Outdoor Furniture

HOM and Cisco Brothers Unveil New Line of Eco-Friendly Outdoor Furniture

Just in time for spring, Hom, purveyor of stylish, modern, prefab double-wides, furniture, accessories, and lighting, has teamed with eco-friendly LA-based furniture manufacturer Cisco Brothers to

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The 82nd Annual Academy Awards Brings Green to the Big Screen!

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards Brings Green to the Big Screen!

This year’s Academy Awards are about more than just red carpet dresses and celebrity sightings – they’ve got a bit of green going on as well! We’ve rounded up five major movies that not only

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California Smog Causing $193 Million in Healthcare Costs

California Smog Causing $193 Million in Healthcare Costs

The smog in California hangs like a blanket over the city, and now there's more proof that it's not just environmentally destructive - it's making Californians sick! A study just out by RAND -- a

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Architects Envision Green Transportation Solutions for Los Angeles

Architects Envision Green Transportation Solutions for Los Angeles

The passing of Measure R at the end of 2008 provided Los Angeles County with funds for up to $40 billion in transit-related projects over the next 30 years. The measure also inspired a competition to

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A New “Metro” for Bikes in Los Angeles

A New “Metro” for Bikes in Los Angeles

Riding a Bike in Los Angeles is currently a dangerous proposition - there's too many cars and too few bike lanes. The LA Bike Working Group Backbone Bikeway Network(s) is taking the city to task on

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California Adopts Bill Letting Homeowners Sell Excess Solar Energy

California Adopts Bill Letting Homeowners Sell Excess Solar Energy

Attention all Californians! Do you generate more power from your solar panels than you can use? Well, under a new bill adopted on Thursday, you can sell that excess electricity (and offset the cost of

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Heredity Pour Art featuring Work by Felicity Nove Opens in LA

Heredity Pour Art featuring Work by Felicity Nove Opens in LA

If you're in the greater Los Angeles area , we invite you to check out artist Felicity Nove's striking eco-art created by pouring paint on sustainably farmed wood panels. Her latest solo show, Heredity

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LA LIVE: LA’s New Ritz Carlton JW Marriott Tower Going for LEED GOLD

LA LIVE: LA’s New Ritz Carlton JW Marriott Tower Going for LEED GOLD

The Los Angeles skyline is changing, and its going for gold - LEED Gold, that is. Opening next week, the Gensler designed Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences and JW Mariott at the L.A. LIVE development mark

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Project H’s Design Revolution Road Show Kicks Off in California!

Project H’s Design Revolution Road Show Kicks Off in California!

This month Project H Design is hitting the road in a vintage Airstream trailer with their Design Revolution Road Show, starting with exhibitions in SF and LA this week! The show will be run by Inhabitat's

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First LEED Certified NFL Stadium Ever Coming to LA

First LEED Certified NFL Stadium Ever Coming to LA

A design for the new Los Angeles NFL stadium is in the works and it is set to be the first NFL stadium ever to become LEED certified. Designed by Aedas, a global architecture firm, the Los Angeles Stadium

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Upward Bound: LA Designers Create Happy Spaces for Homeless Families

Upward Bound: LA Designers Create Happy Spaces for Homeless Families

A crowd that included actor/activist Don Cheadle gathered last week to celebrate the completion of the Upward Bound House Family Shelter in Culver City, Los Angeles, what is undeniably one of the

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Amenity Home Sustainable Home Decor for Spring On Sale

Amenity Home Sustainable Home Decor for Spring On Sale

As we begin to peel back the multiple layers of winter  (or are just starting to feel the chill, depending on what part of the world you're in), Amenity Home launches their latest collection of

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Interface’s Ray Anderson Discusses Radical Industrialism and More in LA

Interface’s Ray Anderson Discusses Radical Industrialism and More in LA

In a charming Southern lilt, Interface founder and chairman Ray Anderson addressed a private gathering last night in Los Angeles, hosted at the LEED Platinum rated home of LivingHomes founder, Steve

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California Adopts the First Statewide Green Building Code

California Adopts the First Statewide Green Building Code

A round of applause for California! In an effort to trim statewide emissions by 1/3 by 2020, the state of California recently adopted CALGREEN, the first mandatory state-wide green building code in the

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LivingHomes Announces National Availability of Ray Kappe’s Green Prefabs

LivingHomes Announces National Availability of Ray Kappe’s Green Prefabs

Fabulous prefab design just became more accessible as LivingHomes has announced that homes by award-winning architect Ray Kappe will be available at lower cost on a national scale. The six Kappe designs

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Reclaimed Wood Eco-Clocks Keep Time in the Urban Jungle

Reclaimed Wood Eco-Clocks Keep Time in the Urban Jungle

It's 2010; the beginning of a new decade of great, green design. Rather than counting the days of their lives like sand through the hourglass, eco-minded inhabitants of today's urban jungle could soon be

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