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Newly Opened Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Aims for Trifecta of Green Certifications

Newly Opened Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Aims for Trifecta of Green Certifications

Designed by Pittsburgh-based The Design Alliance Architects (TDA Architects), this new 24,350 square foot building is the Center for Sustainable Landscapes and will provide educational space to expand and

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MSA Unveils Durable Hard-Had Made From Renewable Sugarcane

MSA Unveils Durable Hard-Had Made From Renewable Sugarcane

Pittsburgh-based safety equipment manufacturer MSA recently unveiled an industrial hard hat that is made entirely from renewable material. The MSA-Gard GRN Hard Hat is composed of sugarcane ethanol, which

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Franco Recchia Creates Amazing Microchip Cities from Recycled Computer Parts

Franco Recchia Creates Amazing Microchip Cities from Recycled Computer Parts

Getting a first-hand look at the guts of your computer usually means something's gone horribly wrong, but when Recchia cracks open an old computer, all he sees is potential beauty. A lifelong learner, no

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Cannon Design Transforms Municipal Power House into Sleek LEED Gold Headquarters

Cannon Design Transforms Municipal Power House into Sleek LEED Gold Headquarters

Originally built in 1928, the Power House occupies an entire city block, and has been designated a landmark by the National Historic Register. The red brick façade is lined with three story arched glass

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A Pair Travels from NYC to San Francisco by Electric Bike to Educate Americans on Green Transportation

A Pair Travels from NYC to San Francisco by Electric Bike to Educate Americans on Green Transportation

Boris Mordkovich and Anna Mostovetsky thrive on adventure and share an enduring passion for the environment, so when Boris and his brother, Yevgeniy started EVELO, an electric bike company in New York,

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Matt Damon Set To Star in Anti-Fracking Movie “Promised Land”

Matt Damon Set To Star in Anti-Fracking Movie “Promised Land”

Natural gas drilling has starred in several documentary films in recent years, including Josh Fox's Oscar-nominated "GasLand," and now it's set to become the subject of a major feature film starring Matt

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Phipps Conservatory’s Net-Zero Center for Sustainable Landscapes Opens Next Month

Phipps Conservatory’s Net-Zero Center for Sustainable Landscapes Opens Next Month

Quite impressively, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory is expected to meet or exceed the three toughest green building and landscape standards: the Living Building Challenge,

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Biggest Mountaintop Removal Project in West Virginia History Moving Forward

Biggest Mountaintop Removal Project in West Virginia History Moving Forward

Bulldozer at coal mine photo from Shutterstock One of the largest and most controversial coal mines in American history appears to be moving forward, at least for now. Last year, the Environmental

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Happy Holidays from the Inhabitat Team!

Happy Holidays from the Inhabitat Team!

Jill Fehrenbacher, Editor-in-Chief This year I'm spending the holidays with my family in NYC. We don't enjoy the hustle and bustle of holiday travel, so we're laying low in our apartment, baking,

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Frank Lloyd Wright Biopic “Taliesin” to be Directed by Bruce Beresford

Frank Lloyd Wright Biopic “Taliesin” to be Directed by Bruce Beresford

Beloved architect Frank Lloyd Wright is finally the subject of a biopic film to be directed by Driving Miss Daisy’s Bruce Beresford. The father of “organic architecture,” a term he coined, Wright

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Is Rafael Viñoly’s $44.3 Million Firstsite Arts Center Green?

Is Rafael Viñoly’s $44.3 Million Firstsite Arts Center Green?

Although RVA made an effort to achieve a BREEAM rating for the arts center, because the new 2010 requirements are more stringent than the earlier standards they were aiming for, they were not successful.

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This American Life Digs Deep into the Issues Behind Hydrofracking

This American Life Digs Deep into the Issues Behind Hydrofracking

On their latest weekly episode, Public Radio International's popular show, This American Life, digs deep into the issue of hydraulic fracturing -- or fracking as it is commonly referred to. Fracking is a

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Rapid Prototyping Brings ‘Ideas for Good’ to Life at CMU

Rapid Prototyping Brings ‘Ideas for Good’ to Life at CMU

Toyota's Ideas for Good challenge began just seven months ago when the company opened up five of its most innovative technologies and asked people to come up with ways they could be used outside of cars.

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Designers Use Toyota’s Technologies to Create ‘Ideas for Good’

Designers Use Toyota’s Technologies to Create ‘Ideas for Good’

We really love green cars, but you know what we love even more? Practical green designs that make the world a better place. With the Ideas for Good competition, Toyota has merged the two into one by

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Prius-Powered Roller Coaster is Made Up of Toyota Parts

Prius-Powered Roller Coaster is Made Up of Toyota Parts

Toyota and Pittsburgh-based Deeplocal have teamed up to create a Prius-powered hybrid roller coaster. The idea was to see if the car’s braking energy could be harvested to power other parts of a theme

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BIG Unveils A Green-Roofed Ice Hockey Rink That Is Downright Cool

BIG Unveils A Green-Roofed Ice Hockey Rink That Is Downright Cool

The existing site is a naturally recessed bowl and BIG takes the concept and extends it further by sinking the ice rink into the bowl and covering it with a green roof. Facing the south, a huge east-west

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Central California Portola Hotel Remodels To Become LEED Silver

Central California Portola Hotel Remodels To Become LEED Silver

Renovating existing buildings in order to reduce environmental impact can be a daunting task, including a complete overhaul of indoor materials, furnishings, lighting, HVAC systems. Achieving LEED (EB)

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VIDEO: Polymer Coated Cloth Successfully Separates Oil from Gulf Water

VIDEO: Polymer Coated Cloth Successfully Separates Oil from Gulf Water

It's been almost 2 months now since the April 20th explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and we're still in desperate search of a viable solution. Well one University of

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Barcelona Introduces LED Streetlights That Cut Energy Costs by 1/3

Barcelona Introduces LED Streetlights That Cut Energy Costs by 1/3

If it weren't already the case that no other city can hold a candle to Barcelona, it is now: the European city has begun using wireless LED street lamps — made by Spanish energy giant Endesa —

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Scientists Develop Eco Friendly Polymer That Combats Bio Terrorism

Scientists Develop Eco Friendly Polymer That Combats Bio Terrorism

Combating chemical and bio-terror is a complex issue. Terrorists can strike at any time and with anything. It might be smallpox or salmonella or it could be a chemical nerve agent like sarin. In order to

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North America’s Largest Living Wall Installation by PNC

North America’s Largest Living Wall Installation by PNC

No, we're not advertising for PNC. But they are - on the side of their headquarters building in downtown Pittsburgh. They recently finished installing what is said to be North America's largest living

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US Government May Bulldoze 50 Cities; Create More Green Space

US Government May Bulldoze 50 Cities; Create More Green Space

It seems virtually everyone—from Wall Street bankers to small business owners—has been affected by the economic downturn. Now, the recession’s latest victims may be American cities. The Obama

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Emerald Plaza by Emergent Architecture

Emerald Plaza by Emergent Architecture

Public space is essential in any urban environment, but drawing people out can be difficult when the weather makes the outdoors uncomfortable. The Emerald Plaza in Abu Dhabi by Los Angeles-based Emergent

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Penn State’s LEED Gold School of Architecture

Penn State’s LEED Gold School of Architecture

As students return to campuses across the country for the start of another semester, colleges are starting to showcase some serious strides in sustainability. Some are investing in wind power and other

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12 New Solar America Cities Chosen

12 New Solar America Cities Chosen

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 12 new Solar America Cities, bringing the number from 13 to 25 in total, and moving along the $2.4 million initiative to provide up to $200,000 per city to

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OCEANA SEAGLASS PLATES WITH PURPOSE

OCEANA SEAGLASS PLATES WITH PURPOSE

How gorgeous are these Seaglass Plates from Riverside Design Group? This evocative collection of dinnerware has been around for some time but given that wedding season is currently upon us, we thought we

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