Jill Fehrenbacher

 

Jill is the founder of Inhabitat, as well as a LEED-AP green designer and green design consultant based in New York City. She created Inhabitat in 2005 as a way to catalog her search for new ways to improve the world through forward-thinking, high-tech, and environmentally conscious design. Educated at Brown University, where she received a B.A. in Art Semiotics, and Central St. Martins, where she received an M.A. in Design Studies, she currently resides in New York City, which so far has been good for her obsession with rooftop farming and vegan fast food restaurants.

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company

Automotive designer J Mays has become well-known as the design director of Ford Motor Company. Born in rural Oklahoma, Mays started working at his family's auto parts store at an early age with

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks Resilient Design with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motors

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks Resilient Design with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motors

Few designers get the opportunity to define a brand as prominent as Ford, but for the last 16 years, J Mays has been the driving design force behind the vehicles coming off the car company's

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Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

If you’re reading Inhabitat, you’re probably interested in green building, and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom!

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom!

Inhabitat readers might remember that we interviewed California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom in 2009, back when he was the mayor of San Francisco in a live webcast that was open to any of

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INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

When Inhabitat's Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start

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VIDEO: Inhabitots Interviews Dr. Alan Greene About Toxic Chemicals and Your Family’s Health

VIDEO: Inhabitots Interviews Dr. Alan Greene About Toxic Chemicals and Your Family’s Health

Over on Inhabitots I recently had the chance to speak with Dr. Alan Greene, pediatrician, father of four and leading authority on the subject of green and healthy parenting, about how to keep

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HOW TO: Make Homemade, Healthy, Organic Popsicles To Beat the Heat!

HOW TO: Make Homemade, Healthy, Organic Popsicles To Beat the Heat!

This summer's been one of the hottest yet, but if you're already sweating from the intense heat, you can rest easy -- I've got a sweet, refreshing treat that is sure too cool you

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Top Five Dumbest Greenwashed ‘Earth Day’ Gimmicks

Top Five Dumbest Greenwashed ‘Earth Day’ Gimmicks

'It's easy being green'. 'Green is the new black'. Are you tired of simplistic eco slogans and soundbites yet? This may come as a bit of a surprise -- but I'm really starting to hate

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Original Copies: Bianca Bosker’s New Book Tackles China’s Copycat Architecture Trend

Original Copies: Bianca Bosker’s New Book Tackles China’s Copycat Architecture Trend

The Chinese didn't change much in their duplication of Venice's canals. Their version just looks a bit newer and cleaner. In a new book entitled Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in

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VIDEO: Boston ‘Bike Czar’ Nicole Freedman Talks Bike-Share & Urban Cycling

VIDEO: Boston ‘Bike Czar’ Nicole Freedman Talks Bike-Share & Urban Cycling

For years, the city of Boston has been considered one of the WORST cities in the world for biking - with no bike lanes to speak of and crazy drivers. Nicole Freedman, Boston's new 'Bike Czar' is

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Check Out Inhabitat’s 2012 Green Holiday Gift Guide!

Check Out Inhabitat’s 2012 Green Holiday Gift Guide!

INHABITAT 2012 GREEN HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE > The Inhabitat Green Gift Guide is back again this year and it's chock full of eco-conscious gifts "yule" love! Whether you're shopping for your mom,

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HOW TO: Green Your Christmas Tree

HOW TO: Green Your Christmas Tree

Christmas trees are one of the most enjoyable traditions of the holiday season, and there are lots of easy ways to go green with your Christmas tree: from using living potted Christmas trees,

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Customized Gifts For Your Friends and Family

Customized Gifts For Your Friends and Family

One of the easiest ways to ensure that a holiday gift will be liked by the recipient is to personalize it to suit their taste. Nowadays it's easy to create one-of-a-kind, customized gifts for

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PLEASE HELP: Desperate Lower Manhattan Struggles For Water, Food, Communication

PLEASE HELP: Desperate Lower Manhattan Struggles For Water, Food, Communication

Many people in Lower Manhattan live in tall high-rise buildings, and without access to power elevators stop working, refrigerators stop working and food spoils, water stops pumping, and it is

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with Recycled Wood Designers Scrapile

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with Recycled Wood Designers Scrapile

I have been enamored with environmentally conscious furniture company Scrapile ever since I came across their line of recycled wood furniture during New York Design week years ago.

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24 Gorgeous Green Lamps That Look Great With Energy-Saving LED Bulbs

24 Gorgeous Green Lamps That Look Great With Energy-Saving LED Bulbs

CEILING LAMPS From simple fitted ceiling fixtures to elaborate chandeliers, ceiling lamps offer a great way to efficiently illuminate an entire room while adding drama and visual flare. They

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How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy

How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy

This article was originally published in November 2012 When Hurricane Sandy hit last week and the power in my lower Manhattan apartment went out, my first thought, as I dug around for candles

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HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

Avocados are one of the wonderful fruits of summer. High in nutrition and flavor, nothing signals the start of summer like a zesty lime guacamole dip with tortilla chips. The next time you’re

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Brent Comber Shattered Furniture – Made From Reclaimed Douglas Fir Wood

Brent Comber Shattered Furniture – Made From Reclaimed Douglas Fir Wood

Reclaimed wood furniture is usually so predictable: large upcycled beams from buildings, or slabs of driftwood turned into benches and stools. Thats why Brent Comber's unique reclaimed wood

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PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs From ICFF 2012!

PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs From ICFF 2012!

How fun is this screenprinted trompe l'oeil Rubik's Cube lamp/seat by Parvez Taj? In addition to serving double duty, the lamp-cum-stool uses LED illumination, which saves energy. Urbio

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Inhabitat is Hiring in New York City!

Inhabitat is Hiring in New York City!

Hey Inhabitat readers - Calling all writers and designers who want to work for an awesome online publication with passion, a vision and a mission to make the world a better place through the

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PHOTOS: LivingHomes Debuts Affordable New C6 Prefab Home starting at $179,000

PHOTOS: LivingHomes Debuts Affordable New C6 Prefab Home starting at $179,000

LivingHome's new C6 prefabricated home is groundbreaking in a world of expensive modern, green prefabs. We've been covering modern green prefab on Inhabitat for years, and while there has

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VIDEO: A Look Back at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and The Green Cars We Loved

VIDEO: A Look Back at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and The Green Cars We Loved

Last year I had the good fortune to attend the North American International Auto Show (or NAIAS) in Detroit - for the first time - and the timing couldn't have been more perfect! I had never

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INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Here at Inhabitat we're suckers for the Solar Decathlon -- the biennial design/build competition in which university design teams from all around the globe battle it out on the National Mall in

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SNOW IN NYC! East Coast Gets Hit By Unexpected October Snowstorm!

SNOW IN NYC! East Coast Gets Hit By Unexpected October Snowstorm!

It's snowing in New York City right now! The whole Atlantic seaboard is expecting to get hit with a major snow storm from midday Saturday until Sunday morning, which could drop up to 8 inches

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Inhabitat Acquired by LA Media Company Internet Brands

Inhabitat Acquired by LA Media Company Internet Brands

Six and a half years ago, as a broke architecture grad student, I launched the blog Inhabitat.com late one night from my college studio as a vehicle through which to explore my passions: green

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Costello Tagliapietra Show Beautiful Spring 2012 Collection Using AirDye Technology at New York Fashion Week

Costello Tagliapietra Show Beautiful Spring 2012 Collection Using AirDye Technology at New York Fashion Week

To this day "eco fashion" still gets a bad rap. Greenies tend to think anything having to do with fashion is extravagant, ridiculous and wasteful, while many in the fashion industry still

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VIDEO: Eco-Artist Chris Jordan on Green Tech and Art

VIDEO: Eco-Artist Chris Jordan on Green Tech and Art

Our 2008 Greener Gadgets Conference featured speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Not only did we invite inventors, engineers, and representatives from the world's

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Tegu’s Colorful Magnetic Building Blocks Help Honduran Families

Tegu’s Colorful Magnetic Building Blocks Help Honduran Families

These eye-catching, eco-friendly building blocks by Tegu may look like simple wooden stacking blocks that we all remember from childhood, but - despite appearances - these are not your mama's

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VIDEO: Portable Gadgets that Generate Renewable Energy

VIDEO: Portable Gadgets that Generate Renewable Energy

Ever wished you could charge your cell phones and laptop on the go - in your car, on a train, or just walking around? There are many new gadgets that have come on the market for mobile

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