JPDA Turns a 500-Sq.-Ft. Shoebox Apartment into an Ultra-Efficient Dream Home

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Mayor de Blasio announces NYC's new Office of Sustainability

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In a move meant to streamline the city’s climate change policies and sustainability initiatives, Mayor de Blasio has combined the Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability with the Office of Environmental Coordination to create New York City’s new Office of Sustainability. The new department will be led by Nilda Mesa, current head of the Office of Environmental Coordination and a well-known proponent of climate change action.

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Audi confirms Tesla-rivaling electric sedan will be released in 2017

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Next year Audi’s A3 e-tron will arrive with an electric driving range of around 31 miles. However, Audi has just confirmed that it is working on another electric vehicle with a much longer range. According to Audi’s technical development boss, Ulrich Hackenberg, the electric vehicle will rival the Tesla Model S, with a driving range of around 280 miles when it hits the market in 2017.

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Wooden Tusciao valet coat racks capture the shapes of the traditional Italian skyline

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Designer Andrea Brugnera redesigned the classic bedroom coat rack into the Tusciao valet stand, a modern and minimalist piece of furniture inspired by the traditional Italian architectural landscape. Designed for the Italian furniture brand Formabilio, the coat racks are made from solid beech with a natural finish of eco-friendly oil that’s complemented by a varnished steel rod. Leather joints with snap buttons make the wooden structures easily adjustable. The Tusciao valet stand comes in three different sizes.

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Steven Holl Architects' Kennedy Center expansion breaks ground in D.C.

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Architect team weaves the Mississippi River's only waterfall into Minneapolis' urban fabric

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Enter your innovative solutions to extreme weather disasters and you could win $25,000

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Extreme weather claims hundreds of lives and costs billions of dollars in damage in the U.S. every year. Despite these catastrophes, local communities across the nation have persevered thanks to innovative solutions that reduce their risk to weather-related disasters. To spread those life-saving solutions across America, Solution Search launched Reducing Our Risk: Innovation for Disaster Preparation, a competition that will award $25,000 to the most innovative campaigns. Whether the approach uses natural resources like oyster beds or takes the form of experimental farming technologies, all proven and tested techniques in weather-related disaster preparedness are welcome. Applications must be submitted by January 16, 2015.

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Atkins' H2 low carbon building is an "ecological sandwich" in China

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The newly opened TEDA H2 Building in China is the world-first low-carbon building that has been accredited with four green building certificates: the US LEED (Gold), Chinese 3-Star, Japanese CASBEE (S Class) and the British BREEAM (Very Good). Designed by Atkins, the building incorporates a variety of green building initiatives, including simple techniques such as rainwater harvesting to relatively complex photovoltaic systems for solar energy.

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INTERVIEW: Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, On Growing A Green School

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It’s likely that the vast majority of us had a similar elementary school experience: rote memorization, gross cafeteria “mystery food”, long days spent sitting at our desks, filling out worksheets, anxiously awaiting the few precious minutes outside that were allotted to us at recess and lunch breaks. Fortunately, times have changed, and both parents and educators alike are aware of how important it is for children to spend time out in nature, and to receive a more holistic education. We had the opportunity to interview Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher Elea Robinson, founding faculty of the New Amsterdam Waldorf School to find out how environmental awareness and a nature-based education can help to nurture our children’s minds and bodies, and create a greener future for everyone.

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Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia

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Development in rural African communities is often limited by lack of access to reliable power – hospitals, schools and businesses all require a steady source of electricity in order to function. The government of Ethiopia just announced plans to address this need using the AORA Solar-Hybrid system. The AORA system is ingenious because it is modular and uses less water than other systems, but perhaps best of all, the concentrated solar tower looks like a gorgeous energy-generating tulip high in the sky.

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Spanish architects SelgasCano chosen to design the 15th annual Serpentine Pavilion

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2015 will mark the 15th anniversary of the Serpentine Pavilion commission; one of the most famous architectural and design honors on the planet. Many of the world’s most renowned architects have created a temporary summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery – and it has just been announced that next year’s pavilion will be designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano. Known for their playful design and love of color, the award-winning studio, comprised of José Selgas and Lucía Cano, draws upon forms and textures found in nature to create buildings that bridge the gap between architecture and the natural world.

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Mont-de-Marsan's timber-slatted volumes float out from a grassy hillside in France

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New solar-powered invention can make sea water drinkable

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The world is rapidly reaching global water crisis mode with nearly one billion people lacking access to clean potable water. But a new solar-powered invention by award-winning British company Desolenator can turn seawater into drinking water – and may turn this dire situation around in a hurry.

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Petition: stop Smithfield from feeding ractopamine to pigs, cattle and turkeys

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Smithfield is one of the biggest meat production companies in the world, and in the U.S. it feeds pigs, cattle and turkeys the growth-promoting drug ractopamine. However, ractopamine is not used in 160 other countries because of the risks it poses to public health and animal welfare as it unnaturally accelerates weight gain in animals raised for meat. Robyn O’Brien has begun a petition on Change.org requesting that Smithfield stop feeding ractopamine to animals intended for consumption in the U.S. Read on for details.

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Timber kindergarten sports a zigzag roofline to mirror the Swedish dune landscape

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World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new report

World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new…

A new report reveals most consumers aren't aware that the meat and livestock industry is a bigger source of global carbon emissions than transport -- and that's even when air travel…

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INFOGRAPHIC: What is driving deforestation and what can you do about it?

INFOGRAPHIC: What is driving deforestation and what can you do about…

Every year 33 million acres of forest are lost to deforestation as forests are cut down to make room for agriculture, to build roads, for mining and logging operations and to build…

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Whitetail Woods Regional Park Gets Three New Elevated Camper Cabins

Whitetail Woods Regional Park Gets Three New Elevated Camper Cabins

As part of the grand opening for the new 456-acre park in Dakota County, Minnesota, Whitetail Woods Regional Park also opened three, architect-designed camper cabins. Elevated above the…

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Giraffes are in danger of extinction—help save them!

Giraffes are in danger of extinction—help save them!

Giraffes may not be the first animals to come to mind when we think about endangered species, but it might not be long before these majestic creatures disappear from the face of the…

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Kenyan student convert's school's poop into safe, clean fuel

Kenyan student convert's school's poop into safe, clean fuel

In early January 2013, Kenya's oldest English-language school, the Maseno School, opened new dormitories for 720 students, and it had a couple of problems. Pit latrines and a faulty…

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