TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

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Businesses urged to restore viability of the Gulf Coast

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The America’s Wetland Foundation is calling for a plan that will make restoration of the coast attractive to business, particularly along the Gulf Coast. A meeting held at the Tabasco headquarters on Avery Island, Louisiana revealed the need for the scientific community to communicate with the private sector and encourage investment in imperative coastal restoration projects.

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Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy, earth-toned carpet tiles

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International carpet designer Interface created Reclaim, a carpet tile line that combines style and socially responsible manufacturing into a 100% recycled product. Inspired by the “natural beauty found in salvaged matter,” the earth-toned carpet tiles are made from reclaimed carpet fiber and salvaged fishing nets. Reclaim is available in eight color ways, from cool Antique Grey to the forest floor-like Worn Olive. Interface developed Reclaim as part of their Mission Zero promise to reach net-zero environmental impact by 2020.

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Popular graffiti-clad artist collaborative slated for passive house makeover

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After years of delays, it looks like ABC No Rio‘s popular graffiti-clad art house will finally be getting its ultra-green makeover. Almost five years ago, news of the artist cooperative building’s demise was met with a flurry of controversy, but that soon died down as progress on the project stalled. Recently, however, Bowery Boogie published a new rendering of what the building could soon look like, showing one very impressive, ultra-efficient passive house design.

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14 Affordable and Green Gifts Under $20

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Green products have a reputation for being expensive, but we have proof that this isn’t always the case. Giving your friends and loved ones eco-friendly gifts doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank, as evidenced by our Gifts Under $20 Guide. From hanging planters to DIY mason jar lamp kits to recycled wine bottle platters, check out all of our wallet-friendly picks here.

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Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in the running for $35,000!

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NASA and the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) have data. Big data! Together the two organizations have amassed a wealth of open-access climate-related data and now they are calling on citizen-scientists to help make best use of it through the Climate Resilience Data Challenge. The Challenge’s goal is “to imagine new applications of climate data to address climate vulnerabilities.” And as if lending NASA a helping hand wasn’t exciting enough, the Challenge is offering a prize pool of $35,000 for the most innovative ideas. Read on for details.

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VIDEO: Biking just got easier with the world's first bike escalator

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Biking is an awesome way to get around because it helps the planet, saves you money and improves your health at the same time. Awesome, that is, until you encounter a monster hill. Then biking can swiftly turn into a nightmare. Norway is solving the problem with the world’s first bike escalator.

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Reinterpret ceramic floor tiles in the RESTILE competition for a chance at $12,000 in cash prizes!

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Italian ceramics company MIRAGE has launched RESTILE, a design competition for the reinterpretation of the ceramic tile. Aimed at young designers and innovators, RESTILE is specifically looking for a new product design approach to porcelain stoneware and will award over $12,000 in prizes to the three most innovative and appealing designs. The entries will be judged on their creativity and feasibility as a marketplace product. Submissions can be uploaded digitally and the submission deadline is March 1, 2015.

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Zaha Hadid's LEED Platinum-seeking Bee'ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

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Record-breaking Amsterdam office scores world's highest BREEAM rating

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BOOOM! The ICEBAR is back for the season with a 'smashing' design

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1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

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Green Car Reports: Audi Unveils Q7 e-tron quattro, Nissan Leaf with laser beams, and the Passion of the Tesla

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What defines a “green car” can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with coverage of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, conventional hybrids, high-efficiency clean diesels, and smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles in general. Read on for a selection of their stories from last week.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to make just about anything using pallets

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Over two billion pallets are used every day to move stuff about, but the humble little transporter is way more versatile than just that. Creative minds have used pallets to make everything from doggie beds to dressing screens. This savvy salvagers infographic gives you tons of ideas for using pallets in your own home and guides you through the process, from picking safe pallets to gathering your tools, so that you can make your own pallet furniture for your own home. Don’t forget to share all your brilliant creations.

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New Yorker Creates Giant Holiday Card by Biking Across Manhattan

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People spend hours making their own DIY cards for the holidays but we think we can say pretty confidently that New Yorker Erik Trinidad’s is the most labor-intensive one we’ve ever seen. In order to create the giant virtual greeting, which spans almost the entire width of Manhattan, Trinidad traced the path of every letter by riding his bike along it. The delightful result, a tech-assisted geoglyph, is the image you see above.

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VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

Did you know that orangutans share 97 percent of our DNA? Like us, they have complex emotions, family bonds, and a love of drawing and music. Rickina is a little orphaned orangutan…

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Edag's Light Cocoon is a 3D-printed car inspired by leaves

Edag's Light Cocoon is a 3D-printed car inspired by leaves

Last spring, EDAG unveiled a 3D-printed car that was inspired by a turtle - and the German engineering firm just unveiled its latest car inspired by nature. The EDAG Light Cocoon has a…

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Obama just banned drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay

Obama just banned drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay

On Tuesday, Barack Obama passed a ban on drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay, saying that the area is "one of America's greatest natural resources ... a beautiful natural wonder." The…

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New York makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce pets

New York makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce pets

In a move that should make sense to anyone with a heart, New York has officially banned cosmetic pet tattoos and piercings. The new law, which will go into effect in 120 days, was…

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These gorgeous hand-turned walnut cups will transport you to the woods

These gorgeous hand-turned walnut cups will transport you to the woods

Artist Ido Yoshimoto designed a limited edition set of elegant, hand-turned walnut cups for Edition Local. Inspired by nature and the works of J.B. Blunk, the unique Wide Walnut Cup is…

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