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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

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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

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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

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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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INHABITAT 2009 EDITOR’S PROJECTIONS

INHABITAT 2009 EDITOR’S PROJECTIONS

Part of the fun of following future-forward design is tracking the trends of each year and seeing how they inform future developments. With this in mind, we'd like to cast our projections for the coming

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INHABITAT NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2009

INHABITAT NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The ball has dropped, the confetti has cleared, and today we embark upon a brand new year! As Barack Obama takes office and a whole new political era begins, it is clear that 2009 is

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Christmas Tree Recycling Ideas at Inhabitots

Christmas Tree Recycling Ideas at Inhabitots

We love the holidays for their wealth of wonderful traditions and decor designed to spread cheer, however we can't help but feel sorry for all of those living christmas trees that are abandoned after the

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GREEN GIFT GUIDE: Eco Knits for the Holidays

GREEN GIFT GUIDE: Eco Knits for the Holidays

Nothing says ‘warmest wishes for the holidays’ like cozy knitwear that is lovingly crafted and sustainably produced. Eco knits make a great holiday gift, as they remain stylish from year to year while

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Vatican Goes Solar with $1.6 Million Array!

Vatican Goes Solar with $1.6 Million Array!

Papal social policy is not typically characterized as progressive. Flying in the face of this perception, Vatican City has just installed 2,400 photovoltaic solar panels on the 5,000 square meter roof of

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Fourth Annual Gorgeous & Green Eco Fashion Show

Fourth Annual Gorgeous & Green Eco Fashion Show

This week Inhabitat managing editor Mike Chino and writer Piper Kujac attended the Fourth Annual Gorgeous & Green Party to celebrate the extraordinary efforts of the Global Green Organization. Truth

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: She-bible’s Eco Basics

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: She-bible’s Eco Basics

As the holidays approach, we could all use a little help picking out the items that won't get thrown into the back of the closet. And She-bible clothing, currently sold in the new Inhabitat Shop, could

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The Cardboard Christmas Tree

The Cardboard Christmas Tree

This Holiday Season you can save a tree (and a box) with a fun, enviro-friendly Cardboard Christmas Tree! With Christmas quickly approaching, many of us would like to engage in the holiday cheer without

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San Francisco Considers Nation’s First Congestion Pricing Plan

San Francisco Considers Nation’s First Congestion Pricing Plan

Today San Francisco's Board of Supervisors is meeting to review plans that would combat congested roadways by instituting the United States' first traffic toll. A congestion pricing plan would most likely

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Timbuk2′s Custom-Built Pro-Planet Bags

Timbuk2′s Custom-Built Pro-Planet Bags

Timbuk2 built its base among the bike messenger set, where their bags are revered for their tough-as-nails construction, cycle-friendly ergonomics, and and on-the-go ease of use. We're excited to announce

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Happy Thanksgiving From Inhabitat!

Happy Thanksgiving From Inhabitat!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING INHABITAT READERS! Thanksgiving is a great holiday - and not only because of the delicious food and the chance to catch up with loved ones. We love it when November rolls around,

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California To Become The Electric Vehicle Capital of the US

California To Become The Electric Vehicle Capital of the US

Recently the cities of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland unveiled a massive concerted effort to become the electric vehicle capitol of the United States! This groundbreaking development heralds a

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Rent a Living Xmas Tree to Replant in San Francisco

Rent a Living Xmas Tree to Replant in San Francisco

San Francisco residents looking to deck their halls with green holiday decor will be excited to hear that for a limited time the SF Environment Department is teaming up with Friends of the Urban Forest to

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ORGANIC ART: Katy Stone and Yvette Molina Paintings

ORGANIC ART: Katy Stone and Yvette Molina Paintings

In the rush to create ultra-modern bamboo chairs, entertainment centers, desks, wallets, and other generally eco “stuff,” the pure beauty of natural forms is sometimes lost in modern design

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