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PG&E’s Solar Powered Sound System Rocks Novato Wine Festival

PG&E’s Solar Powered Sound System Rocks Novato Wine Festival

Our inhabitat founder and editor-in-chief, Jill Fehrenbacher, grew up in the small, sleepy Northern California town of Novato - so you can imagine how excited she was when we heard that a solar-powered

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San Francisco Signs Mandatory Recycling & Composting Laws

San Francisco Signs Mandatory Recycling & Composting Laws

Just yesterday On June 23rd, the City of San Francisco signed into effect the nation's first law mandating that all residents and businesses separate their recycling and compost material from normal

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GREEN WEDDING GUIDE: Location

GREEN WEDDING GUIDE: Location

Welcome back to the second installment of our Green Wedding Guide. Last week we talked jewelry, and this week we are going to talk about eco-friendly ways to pick your location. The location of a

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The Sunset Magazine Modern Cottage

The Sunset Magazine Modern Cottage

Known for showcasing the latest innovations in architecture, construction, design, and green-building practices on the West Coast, Sunset magazine’s Idea House program recently debuted its latest

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Code-X’s Solar Powered Yacht – The Ultimate Hybrid Luxury Boat

Code-X’s Solar Powered Yacht – The Ultimate Hybrid Luxury Boat

Eco-minded luxury yacht lovers are undoubtedly eyeing the Code-X-Yacht; a hybrid catamaran which according to Code-X, "unites radical purism, the optimal benefit of renewable energy and the sheer power of

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U.S. Largest Solar Power Facility Approved for Austin

U.S. Largest Solar Power Facility Approved for Austin

Texas is famous for having the biggest of everything, from the biggest capitol in the nation, to the largest population of livestock cattle. And while one may not immediately think of Texas as a green

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Solar Powered Bus Shelter Unveiled in San Francisco

Solar Powered Bus Shelter Unveiled in San Francisco

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom recently unveiled the first of 1,100 solar powered bus shelters that will be installed throughout the city between now and 2013. Crowned with a rolling red crest of

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Ditto Ecological Hangers Save Landfill Space

Ditto Ecological Hangers Save Landfill Space

One of the debut brands at last week’s Greener by Design Conference in San Francisco was a company called Ditto Hangers, co-founded by industrial designer Gary Barker, also co-founder of Greenheart

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NYC Mayor Announces Broadway’s Final Curtain Call on Vehicles

NYC Mayor Announces Broadway’s Final Curtain Call on Vehicles

This past Sunday, in New York City, the unthinkable happened: Broadway was officially closed... to cars that is. As part of Mayor Bloomberg's plan to reduce traffic in the city, two sections of Broadway,

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Plastiki Boat Made of Plastic Bottles Prepares to Set Sail

Plastiki Boat Made of Plastic Bottles Prepares to Set Sail

It's been several months since we brought you news of the Plastiki, a boat made of 12,500 plastic bottles, so we figured it was time for an update. When we left the Plastiki expedition last, David de

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Carrotmob Promotes Eco-Friendly Business Practices

Carrotmob Promotes Eco-Friendly Business Practices

Taking a step beyond the certified- green-label: what if you had a personal agreement with a business that the money you spent would go towards sustainability?  "If people really vote with their dollars,

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Recycled Billboard Vinyl Becomes Public Art

Recycled Billboard Vinyl Becomes Public Art

Billboards get all sorts of (justified) flak for polluting our mind-scapes. They are everywhere, flaunting famous people -- in expensive clothes, drinking sexy beer, promising us recession-busting

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Group 41 ‘H House’ Stands Out in Noe Valley

Group 41 ‘H House’ Stands Out in Noe Valley

This brand new, luxurious residence in Noe Valley, San Francisco replaces an inefficient 800 sq ft shack on Hoffman Avenue. Designed and built by SF–based Group 41, the 'H House' is a model of both

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Tono 8 All-Natural Cork Building Blocks

Tono 8 All-Natural Cork Building Blocks

We found these awesome cork building blocks at the Milan Furniture Fair this week and love their simple and beautiful look. Designed by Tetsuo Tonouchi with safety and fun in mind, these lightweight

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San Francisco and Portland Race to Build First EV Grid

San Francisco and Portland Race to Build First EV Grid

The Mayor of the fine city of San Francisco has a bit of blogger in him. Just yesterday Mayor Gavin Newsom wrote a guest post on our favorite beyond petroleum blog gas2.0, kicking off the race to build

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L’Oreal’s Cosmetics Factory Set to Run on Poop

L’Oreal’s Cosmetics Factory Set to Run on Poop

Poop and perfumes are not two words that normally go together, so we were surprised to find that L'Oreal truly embraces this association. At one of their factories in Libramont, Belgium, the company has

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Sky-Terra Towers Sprout Cities in the Skies

Sky-Terra Towers Sprout Cities in the Skies

As urban areas become more congested and dense, it becomes more challenging for city dwellers to spend time outdoors, exercise and relax. Buildings tower over public parks, blocking out the sun, while

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Earth Day and the Past Year in Green Design

Earth Day and the Past Year in Green Design

It's hard to believe another year has gone by since we marked Earth Day here at Inhabitat, and yet so much has happened. From the monumental highs of Obama's election to the equally remarkable lows of the

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR EARTH DAY 2009?

WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR EARTH DAY 2009?

Happy Earth Day! (or screw earth day, depending on your point of view) This Earth Day, we're feeling conflicted about the mixed meanings that Earth Day has for the environmental movement and

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Pendant Lamp Made from Recycled Light Bulbs

Pendant Lamp Made from Recycled Light Bulbs

San Francisco's James Sampayan offers up a bright idea for the Spring Greening DIY Contest that combines old and new to create a lovely pendant lamp that gives the lowly light bulb a second life during

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Container Nation: Multi Family Housing in Utah

Container Nation: Multi Family Housing in Utah

Container homes are popping up all over the place, but not many multi-unit developments have been built from containers. This proposed 200-unit apartment complex, designed by San Francisco-based Group 41

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GREEN RANT: Why Won’t NYC Recycle Plastic?

GREEN RANT: Why Won’t NYC Recycle Plastic?

Why does NYC send easily recyclable PET plastic containers to landfill? New York City recycles plastic - or so I thought! For the last several years I have been carefully scrubbing all plastic number 1

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“Greenest Building in the West” on Hold Pending Investigation

“Greenest Building in the West” on Hold Pending Investigation

After weeks of public outcry , the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to place a hold of at least one year upon the "Greenest Building on the West Coast". Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day everybody! For those of you looking to celebrate the second greenest day of the year we've rounded up an intoxicating array of eco-friendly libations. Whether you prefer your

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LIGHTS OUT: Earth Hour Goes Global on March 28th!

LIGHTS OUT: Earth Hour Goes Global on March 28th!

Earth Hour is a worldwide event that encourages individuals to unite in the fight against global warming by turning off their lights and spending sixty minutes outside with friends and family. Over the

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The 2009 Compostmodern Conference

The 2009 Compostmodern Conference

photo credit: Mark Adams, AIGA Last week, the 2009 Compostmodern Conference was presented by the San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and AIGA Center for Sustainable

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ECO ART: Figureplant’s Recycled San Francisco

ECO ART: Figureplant’s Recycled San Francisco

The model train is officially hip and eco-friendly. No, really! Leaving the realm of your Dad's garage behind, one geek-ily cute metropolis has found a home at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers.

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2009 Green:Net Conference

2009 Green:Net Conference

Calling All Eco-Savvy Entrepreneurs! We're excited to announce that the 2009 Green:Net conference is currently looking for 10 up-and-coming cleantech companies to showcase in this year's Startup

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First 100% Sustainable Island in the Caribbean

First 100% Sustainable Island in the Caribbean

We eco-enthusiasts will soon have a new eco-paradise island to escape to! Bonaire, a part of the Netherlands Antilles, will be the first island in the Caribbean with a 100% sustainable energy supply. In

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Alcatraz Launches Sun and Wind Powered Hybrid Boat

Alcatraz Launches Sun and Wind Powered Hybrid Boat

1.4 million people visit San Francisco's Alcatraz Island each year, which adds up to a considerable carbon footprint when you factor in all of the gallons of fuel used to power those ferries. To help

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