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6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

1. Visserhoek School Tsai Design first become known to the international design world during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but they haven't stopped producing environmentally and

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Origami-Inspired Microgarden Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Grow Fresh, Organic Veggies at Home

Origami-Inspired Microgarden Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Grow Fresh, Organic Veggies at Home

Tomorrow Machine and INFARM envision Microgarden as the "next generation of home farming," in which the miniature greenhouse serves as an affordable and space-efficient way to grow pesticide-free

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Nomad Living by Studio ArTe is a Colorful Container Guesthouse in Southern Portugal

Nomad Living by Studio ArTe is a Colorful Container Guesthouse in Southern Portugal

This particular guesthouse is built from a 40-foot shipping container that offers ample floor space totaling 320-square-feet. Inside, a single room serves the function of living room, dining room, and

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Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian student Segun Oyeyiola converted a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind- and solar-powered car perfect for the country's extreme weather. A student at Obagemi Awolowo University, Oyeyiola completed

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DIY: How to Create a Gorgeous Planter from an Old Hardcover Book

DIY: How to Create a Gorgeous Planter from an Old Hardcover Book

You may have seem some brilliant book planters on Pinterest or Tumblr and marvelled at how such a simple project can yield such beautiful results—I know I have! The folks over at Gartenkultur

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Affordable Housing in America Finally Catches up with Europe

Affordable Housing in America Finally Catches up with Europe

The categories of the program included: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design, Creating Community Connection Award, Community-Informed Design Award and Housing Accessibility – Alan J. Rothman Award.

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Students Build $150 Braille Robot to Help Combat Illiteracy Among India’s Visually Impaired

Students Build $150 Braille Robot to Help Combat Illiteracy Among India’s Visually Impaired

Two 20-year old students in India are working on a device that will help combat illiteracy among the visually impaired on the Indian subcontinent. Spotted over at Fast Co.Design, Project Mudra is an

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Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy

Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy

Most of the time we rely on governments or large companies to help us make the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but one community in Spain took matters into its own hands and created a

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Stanford Becomes First Major U.S. University to Divest from Coal Companies

Stanford Becomes First Major U.S. University to Divest from Coal Companies

This week Stanford University became the first major U.S. university to officially divest from coal companies. The Stanford Board of Trustees voted that the university's $18.7 billion endowment would not

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TEST DRIVE: The Compressed Natural Gas F-150 is a Heavy Duty Hybrid

TEST DRIVE: The Compressed Natural Gas F-150 is a Heavy Duty Hybrid

How does it work? You gas up via separate tanks. The gas tank and cap are where you would find them on a traditional gas vehicle, but instead that steel case in the front of the pickup bed where the tools

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Tubular GoSun Solar Cooker Heats up to a Sizzling 550° F in Mere Minutes

Tubular GoSun Solar Cooker Heats up to a Sizzling 550° F in Mere Minutes

Solar cooking just got even better thanks to the new fuss-free GoSun stove. This uber awesome tube stove can cook delicious meals without using a lick of fuel - in just 20 minutes. Baking, boiling or

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US Embassy in Helsinki Achieves LEED Platinum Status

US Embassy in Helsinki Achieves LEED Platinum Status

The US Embassy in Helsinki, Finland designed by Moore Ruble Yudell is the first US diplomatic facility to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The energy efficient Innovation Center unveiled in 2013 has

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Lab-Grown Diamonds Could Make the Mining Industry Obsolete

Lab-Grown Diamonds Could Make the Mining Industry Obsolete

Diamond mining takes a terrible toll on both human life and the environment, but lab-grown gems, which are now just as pure as natural ones and produce one-fifth the carbon dioxide emissions, could

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13 Bedroom House by Naruse Inokuma Architects Puts a Fresh Spin on the Sharing Economy

13 Bedroom House by Naruse Inokuma Architects Puts a Fresh Spin on the Sharing Economy

The three story home features an open plan kitchen and dining room, along with a large living room and countless other interaction spaces. Various staircases interlink the different platforms, which not

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We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

Why did you start Reclaimed Space? Tracen Gardner: The job came about because I’ve always been in the construction business. I had a ranch that was remote, and I questioned how I was going to be able

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Southern California Has the Worst Pollution in the US According to the American Lung Association

Southern California Has the Worst Pollution in the US According to the American Lung Association

Every year the American Lung Association rates cities based on air quality, and this year Los Angeles tops the list. Despite having improved air quality over the past few decades, the city violates

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IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

There were a lot of creative, efficient designs featured at Milan Design Week, but this one just might be our favorite. The RainHouse's complex rainwater harvesting system is built around IVANKA's unique

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Cella: Adorable Modular Planter Pods Perfect for the Urban Plant Lover

Cella: Adorable Modular Planter Pods Perfect for the Urban Plant Lover

Looking to bring a splash of green into your tiny city apartment? Check out Cella, a new, creative product designed by firm Ecoid that aims to bring urban people closer to nature. Constructed of flexible,

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Why Our Coffee Habit is Terrible for the Environment

Why Our Coffee Habit is Terrible for the Environment

Next time you wrap your hands around that steamy cup of joe, take a minute to consider the impact your morning coffee has on the planet. According to a study published in the most recent issue of

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Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners

Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners

Google recently announced its biggest renewable energy purchase to date (and that's saying something: the company has already invested $5 million in a German solar power plant and bought enough wind

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Solar Power is Now as Cheap as Buying From the Grid – in Europe

Solar Power is Now as Cheap as Buying From the Grid – in Europe

Although solar power's return on investment has been debated endlessly, it now looks like the renewable energy source has finally become as cheap as buying off the grid - at least in some European

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Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” Transforms Historic School into LEED Platinum Affordable Housing

Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” Transforms Historic School into LEED Platinum Affordable Housing

Founded in 2007, the Make It Right Foundation was created to rebuild safe, energy-efficient and affordable housing for Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. Using the Cradle-to-Cradle

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6 Amazing, Sophisticated Vegan Popsicle Recipes for Adults

6 Amazing, Sophisticated Vegan Popsicle Recipes for Adults

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles These pops taste just like icy cold cheesecake, yet have a much lower calorie count than the real deal. This recipe is hands-down, the most popular popsicle

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INTERVIEW: Architect James Cleary on Designing the Kitchen of the Future, Today

INTERVIEW: Architect James Cleary on Designing the Kitchen of the Future, Today

James Cleary is a Brooklyn-based architect who has designed many residential buildings throughout NYC Over the last century, the design of the kitchen has changed dramatically. Once a service space

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Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

Treating each tiny Bonsai as if it were a deep-rooted full-sized tree, Aiba creates incredible buildings that wind around the boughs and branches. Using copper line, epoxy putty, plastic, resin and stone

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Vermont Set to Make Mandatory GMO Labeling a State Law

Vermont Set to Make Mandatory GMO Labeling a State Law

Vermont is leading the charge when it comes to state-wide GMO labeling after the state’s senate voted to approve mandatory labeling for foods containing genetically modified organisms. The bill must

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An American Home or Business Goes Solar Every Four Minutes!

An American Home or Business Goes Solar Every Four Minutes!

Buried at the very bottom of a fact sheet released at yesterday's White House Solar Summit is a striking statistic: "Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar, supporting workers

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Billboard Produces Drinkable Water From Desert Air in Peru

Billboard Produces Drinkable Water From Desert Air in Peru

Peruvian researchers have collaborated with an ad agency to create an unusual billboard that generates drinking water from thin air. While the billboard fulfills its traditional role as an advertising

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INTERVIEW: Department of Energy’s David Danielson on How America Can Win the Clean Energy Race

INTERVIEW: Department of Energy’s David Danielson on How America Can Win the Clean Energy Race

2013's government shutdown didn't stop the United States Department of Energy (DOE) from moving forward on a range of initiatives to ramp up renewable energy, promote energy efficiency, and combat

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SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community

SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community

According to the 2012 U.S. Census, there are 105 million parking spaces in the United States--a number that roughly translates to five parking spaces for every registered car. As personal automobile

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