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Gyongy Laky Sculpts the NY Times Magazine’s GREEN ISSUE

Gyongy Laky Sculpts the NY Times Magazine’s GREEN ISSUE

The greening of typography might be a new concept on the sustainable design frontier, but San Francisco-based artist Gyongy Laky already has a foothold with her eco-friendly process for creating

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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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POWERCUBE: Rock-Solid Solar Generator To-Go

POWERCUBE: Rock-Solid Solar Generator To-Go

Portable green power sources are steadily gaining momentum as alternative energy tech gears up to help shoulder the strain of our overloaded energy grids. This recently released generator, dubbed the

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LIGHTS OFF EVERYONE: Global Earth Hour is Tonight!

LIGHTS OFF EVERYONE: Global Earth Hour is Tonight!

Last year, more than 2.2 million Earth Hour participants shut off their lights throughout Sydney in a powerful stand in support of protecting the environment. Tonight, the lights off action is going

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Rocio Romero LV Prefab Home Opens in Napa, California!

Rocio Romero LV Prefab Home Opens in Napa, California!

Up until fairly recently, Rocio Romero fans could only visit a fully realized public version of her enormously successful LV prefab in Missouri. Then, last month, a privately-owned and newly completed

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New Green Prefab from LivingHomes & KieranTimberlake!

New Green Prefab from LivingHomes & KieranTimberlake!

LivingHome's KT1.1 Expandable Single Family Residence The environmentally conscious, award winning architects KieranTimberlake always manages to amaze us with stunning residential designs that define

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POO POWER: Giant Vat of Crap to Produce Natural Gas for CA

POO POWER: Giant Vat of Crap to Produce Natural Gas for CA

Poop-power is not a new phenomenon, as methane-powered generators have existed for a while, and even larger scale developments have used poo-power as a way to meet energy needs. But powering a state with

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Super Cute Electric Zero Emissions THINK car

Super Cute Electric Zero Emissions THINK car

If you're a fan of the Mini Cooper but want something a little greener, the Norwegian THINK car might just be your answer. It's compact, it's electric, it's a zero-emissions zippy little car that's a feat

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SAN FRANCISCO IN 2108? – The Hydro-Net Vision of the Future

SAN FRANCISCO IN 2108? – The Hydro-Net Vision of the Future

San Francisco is already one of the greenest cities in the US, but check out this wild new concept from IwamotoScott Architects to completely remake the city into an ecotopia by 2108. The design,

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Recycling and Upcycling Collections

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Recycling and Upcycling Collections

FromSomewhere's recycled tweed remixes, Autumn/Winter 07/08 After all the hoopla from the recent New York, London, Paris, and Milan fashion shows, it is nice to get back to basics and think about what

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Mayne’s Federal Building Too Sophisticated for LEED

Mayne’s Federal Building Too Sophisticated for LEED

It looks as though LEED, the leading measure of green building standards in the US, is already having problems keeping up with the new building technologies related to sustainable design. Original press

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Container House by Leger Wanaselja

PREFAB FRIDAY: Container House by Leger Wanaselja

We've featured a variety of different shipping container homes, from a quick emergency shelter, to LOT-EK's container home kit, student housing , and even an entire container city in London. One thing's

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KILL PLASTIC BAGS WITH TAXES: look to Ireland

KILL PLASTIC BAGS WITH TAXES: look to Ireland

Ireland plastic bag usage drops dramatically after plastic bag taxes are instated! With all the recent bans on plastic bags around the world, it's natural to wonder just how effective all the bag

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Global EARTH HOUR March 29th- Turn off your lights!

Global EARTH HOUR March 29th- Turn off your lights!

About a year ago, Sydney started a trend of turning off your lights for one hour in a show of support for protecting our environment. Soon after, London, San Francisco quickly followed suit. One year

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Animal Estates ‘Model Homes’ by Fritz Haeg

Animal Estates ‘Model Homes’ by Fritz Haeg

Our favorite visionary designer Fritz Haeg is at it once again, this time with the launch of Animal Estates, the much-anticipated follow up to his Edible Estates of the past few years (2005 to present)

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Announcing the White House Redux Design Competition!

Announcing the White House Redux Design Competition!

What if the White House, the ultimate architectural symbol of political power, were to be designed today? Over two hundred years ago the winning design of an 18th century architecture competition became

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World’s Greenest Building Going Up In Paris – Energy Plus

World’s Greenest Building Going Up In Paris – Energy Plus

The home of the Eiffel Tower is getting a new architectural innovation- and a green one at that. The Energy Plus office building, to be located outside of Paris, is designed to consume no electricity

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Highlights from Compostmodern 2008

Highlights from Compostmodern 2008

Today's Compostmodern conference in San Francisco didn't disappoint, with a design-star-studded line up of speakers from Alex Steffen of Worldchanging to Marc Alt (co-organizer of our Greener Gadgets

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No More Free Plastic Bags in Israel

No More Free Plastic Bags in Israel

It looks like 2008 will keep up last year's momentum of phasing out plastic bags whenever possible. Just as the new year rang, word came around that a bill had been introduced in Israel that would mandate

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China Bans Plastic Bags

China Bans Plastic Bags

It seems that plastic shopping bags are really on the way out. It started with San Francisco, Hong Kong, then Melbourne and other cities, and now, beginning in July, all plastic shopping bags in the

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INHABITAT IS HIRING!

INHABITAT IS HIRING!

Hey San Francisco and New York readers - Any of you interested in working for Inhabitat? We are currently looking to fill a couple full time positions with Inhabitat. Specifically we are looking for

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California’s PG&E Takes the Plunge into Wave Power

California’s PG&E Takes the Plunge into Wave Power

We’ve been following (and fascinated by) developments in wave power technology, from Portugal's wave farm to Finavera's AquaBuoy 2.0. And now we are thrilled to announce that San Francisco-based Pacific

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INHABITAT NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR 2008

INHABITAT NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR 2008

Happy New Year from Inhabitat! Today marks the beginning of a new calendar year, and it's the perfect opportunity right now to look towards the coming year with new ideas, goals and resolutions. While

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TOP 10 GREEN DESIGN STORIES OF 2007

TOP 10 GREEN DESIGN STORIES OF 2007

With the new year rapidly approaching, now is a great time to stop and reflect on 2007. Looking back on the past year, and forward to the new one, we at Inhabitat are excited to see such great progress

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Merry Christmas from Inhabitat!

Merry Christmas from Inhabitat!

Depending on your family traditions, Christmas is a day of everything from gift giving to tofurkey, mistletoe, egg nog, and other less-common behavior like “wrapping paper ball fights.” Last

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A GREENER CHRISTMAS TREE

A GREENER CHRISTMAS TREE

-Approximately 25 million-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the nation every year. -An acre of living Christmas trees produces the daily oxygen for 18 people. -Eighty percent of

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NEW INHABITAT TOTE BAG

NEW INHABITAT TOTE BAG

Plastic bags account for 90 percent of grocery bags in the United States. 99% of these bags are not recycled and end up landfill, harming wildlife and leaching toxins like dioxin and other carcinogens

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Africa Wages War on Plastic Bags

Africa Wages War on Plastic Bags

Motivated by a climate of widespread environmental devastation, Africa has boldly moved to initiate a continent-wide ban on plastic bags in an effort to eliminate the billions of throwaway sacks that are

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INHABITAT HOLIDAY PARTY PICS!!

INHABITAT HOLIDAY PARTY PICS!!

San Francisco Team Inhabitat: Piper Kujac, Sarah Rich, Jill Fehrenbacher, Emily Pilloton Our San Francisco holiday party this past Friday was a roaring success! At least 300 or more guests came

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REMINDER: Inhabitat San Francisco Holiday Party TONIGHT!

REMINDER: Inhabitat San Francisco Holiday Party TONIGHT!

CALLING ALL SAN FRANCISCO INHABITANTS! Our Inhabitat holiday party is TONIGHT, FRIDAY Dec. 14th! If you want to come and still haven't RSVPed, please do so ASAP! We are co-hosting this party with

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