Burlington, Vermont Now Runs on 100% Renewable Energy

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Burlington, Vermont, a city of 42,000 people, is now powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources – most of the time, at least. The city set itself this target around a decade ago, and recently completed the transition to renewables when the Burlington Electric Department bought a 7.4-megawatt hydroelectric system on the Winooski River near the city’s border. The hydro scheme joined the city’s existing wind-powered systems and a biomass facility, which processes leftover woodchips from the local logging industry. The only time Burlington may have to draw on nonrenewable sources from now on is if there is not enough wind.

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Europeans Snub America's 'Chlorinated Chicken'

by , 10/01/14
filed under: Animals, News

US Chlorine Chicken refused by EU

The US industrial farming system is proving to be a stumbling block in the negotiation of a major free trade agreement between the United States and the EU. As negotiators from the two sides meet in Washington for the seventh round of talks over the creation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), many Europeans are saying they don’t want to eat industrially produced American chicken due to the anti-microbial chlorine baths the birds get before hitting the store shelves. According to NPR, the chlorine bath has been banned in Europe since the 1990s, and many Europeans are concerned about the health effects of consuming American food.

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FRIDAEL "Woodgas" Stoves Use Garden Waste for Fuel

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Cooking outdoors is a wonderful, primal experience, but most camping stoves run on propane or other fossil fuels, which are horrible for the environment we’re trying to protect. Enter the FRIDAEL “woodgas” stove, which runs on wood chips, pine cones, and twigs, so you can use sweepings from your own garden to fuel your cookout or garden party. Its design ensures that the wood is burned efficiently, with hardly any smoke produced in the process. Additionally, the only by-product created is wood ash, which makes a great fertilizer for your garden! This type of mini wood stove is also ideal to keep on hand for emergency situations: as long as you have access to the outdoors, you can gather all the fuel you need from treed areas and gardens nearby instead of worrying about dwindling gas or oil supplies.

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Ditch the Plastic Food Wrap With All-Natural and Reusable Bee's Wrap

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Clear plastic wrap is both really convenient and really wasteful. However, Vermont farmer Sarah Kaeck has developed a truly ingenious solution this food wrap waste problem with an all natural product called Bee’s Wrap. These washable and reusable organic cotton sheets are infused with a mix of beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. When you apply the heat from your hands to them, they conform easily to bowl rims and wrap half-eaten bread loaves with ease. An extra bonus is the natural antibacterial properties of the jojoba oil and bee’s wax.

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Award-Winning vosLED Light Bulb Combines Retro Styling With LED Efficiency

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NYC to Install Solar Panels on 24 Public Schools

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a $23 million investment to install solar panels on 24 public schools by 2016 as part of his One City, Built to Last green building plan to develop 100 megawatts of solar power on 300 public buildings and 250 megawatts on private properties in 10 years. De Blasio joined the recent People’s Climate March and laid out an ambitious plan to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050.

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World's First Solar-Powered Snowboard Charges Gadgets on the Slopes!

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Next time you hit the slopes on a sunny day there is no need to worry about your gadgets running out of juice. Snowboard manufacturer Signal – the company that recently created the world’s first 3D printed snowboard – just launched the Solar Hybrid board that charges your electronic devices with clean, renewable energy while you cruise down the mountain. The board contains a thin layer of solar cells embedded into the topsheet that harvests energy from the sun to power your electronics as you ride.

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Niko Niko's Plantable Postcards Grow Edible Flowers That You Can Bake into Delicious Cakes

by , 10/01/14

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It’s always nice to receive a postcard from a loved one, and Dutch duo Niko Niko wants to make that snail mail experience even more special with their line of plantable violet postcards. The two cards–’Hooray, let’s eat cake’ and ‘Celebrate the everyday’ are made from biodegradable paper embedded with Viola Tricolor seeds. Niko Niko has even included two recipes–the Violet cake and Violet jam–for those who want to chow down on the cute little flowers.

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A Glance Back at the Best in Green Design at the Buenos Aires 2013 CASA FOA Festival

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This Amsterdam Hotel's Climbable Mountain-Like Furniture Welcomes Adventurous Travelers

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INTERVIEW: MVRDV's Anton Wubben on the Design of the Massive Tunnel-Shaped Rotterdam Market Hall

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California Just Signed the Nation's First State-Level Plastic Bag Ban Into Law!

by , 09/30/14
filed under: News, Policy, Politics

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California Governor Jerry Brown just signed the nation’s first state-level ban on plastic bags into law! Several cities across the United States have already outlawed plastic grocery bags, but this is the first time a bag ban has been signed into law on the state level. The new measure is a big step forward for waste reduction and the preservation of the environment, and it sends a clear signal to consumers and manufacturers about the consequences of using non-renewable materials for packaging.

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Zinc-Clad Leaning House Tilts Upwards to Let in Buckets of Sunlight

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Half the World's Wildlife has Been Wiped Out in the Past 40 Years

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The World Wildlife Fund‘s annual Living Planet Report surveys over 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The 2014 report has just been released and it shows populations of wild vertebrate species declined 52 percent between 1970 and 2010. The report points the finger at habitat loss and destruction and the exploitation of animal populations as the primary causes of the die-off. The effects of climate change are also having a significant impact and are anticipated to have an even greater impact in the future. While the WWF admits the report “is not for the faint-hearted,” they hope that the information will prove useful so “humanity can make better choices that translate into clear benefits for ecology, society and the economy today and in the long term.”

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New Biomass Plant for the UK Looks Like a Giant Green Volcano

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Meet Nixie, the World's First Wearable Drone

Meet Nixie, the World's First Wearable Drone

The selfie just went airborne thanks to Nixie, a drone you can wear on your wrist like a watch! According to the inventor, with just a simple gesture, the drone takes off, turns its…

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Canadian Teen Finds a Way to Scrub Toxic Tar Sands Using 5th Grade Science

Canadian Teen Finds a Way to Scrub Toxic Tar Sands Using 5th Grade…

Canada's Hayley Todesco has developed a method to speed up the detoxification of oil sands tailings ponds using 5th grade science. The 18-year-old Google Science Fair 2014 finalist won…

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Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Stunning Greenhouses for Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Stunning Greenhouses for Bombay Sapphire…

The two distilleries are nestled between existing Victorian-era buildings. Originally, the buildings were meant to house a mill that produces paper for English bank notes. After being…

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Germany's Allianz Insurance Company Building Wins the Country's 2014 Green Roof Prize

Germany's Allianz Insurance Company Building Wins the Country's 2014…

The oldest green roof association in the world, FBB (Fachvereiningung für Bauwerksbegruenung e.V.), has awarded a prize for Green Roof of the Year 2014 to a 30-year-old green roof…

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"What's That Smell?": Artist Kate McLean Creates a Smellmap of NYC

Let's face it: NYC stinks. Garbage, dog poop, sewage...that guy squished up next to you on the train who forgot to wear deodorant (lucky you). You might not be able to avoid the stank…

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