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Futuristic Designs Protect SF Bay From Rising Tides

Futuristic Designs Protect SF Bay From Rising Tides

In the San Francisco Bay, water levels may rise 55 inches over the next 100 years. That doesn't sound like much initially, but around the coastline, that makes a huge impact. High water levels are a

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San Francisco Transforming Toxic Site into UN Global Warming Center

San Francisco Transforming Toxic Site into UN Global Warming Center

The Hunter's Point Shipyard in San Francisco is a former naval shipyard filled with radiation and industrial toxins. It's so dangerous that the U.S. Environmental Agency has designated it as one of the

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Hey Bay Area readers – come to our reader meetup TONIGHT!

Hey Bay Area readers – come to our reader meetup TONIGHT!

Hey Bay Area Inhabitat readers! We're having our first ever San Francisco Inhabitat reader meetup tonight at Stable Cafe in the Mission district and we'd love to see you there! We'll be convening for

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SAN FRANCISCO READER MEETUP – Thursday July 30th!

SAN FRANCISCO READER MEETUP – Thursday July 30th!

Hey San Francisco Inhabitat readers! It's official! We're having our first ever San Francisco Inhabitat reader meetup at Stable Cafe from 5-8pm tomorrow. Because we are planning this so last minute,

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San Francisco Inhabitat Reader Meetup?

San Francisco Inhabitat Reader Meetup?

Hey San Francisco Inhabitat readers! I'm out visiting the Bay Area right now, and the San Francisco Inhabitat crew is thinking that it would be fun to host a casual reader meetup somewhere in the city in

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Greenest County Fair on Earth Boasts Solar Powered Carousel

Greenest County Fair on Earth Boasts Solar Powered Carousel

Few events capture the sun-soaked glory of summer better than a county fair, and when the whirling lights and sounds are powered by clean green energy, what's not to love? Sponsored in part by PG&E, this

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SOLAR SPEEDSTER: UC Berkeley’s Gold Rush Racer

SOLAR SPEEDSTER: UC Berkeley’s Gold Rush Racer

Engineering students at UC Berkeley recently showcased a slick solar race car clad in photovoltaic panels that looks for all the world like UFO hovering a few feet over the earth. Dubbed the GoldRush, the

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MotoArt Recycles Airplane Parts Into High-Flyin’ Furniture

MotoArt Recycles Airplane Parts Into High-Flyin’ Furniture

We've seen designers recycle airplane parts to create desks, tropical eco-hotels and a hostel, and now we can add couches and beds to the lofty collection! MotoArt is a team of designers who transform

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Beautiful Solar Storage Barn Built From Raw Materials

Beautiful Solar Storage Barn Built From Raw Materials

Who says materials have to be scraped, buffed, and varnished to be beautiful? Recently, we spotted a beautiful storage barn that proves raw materials can make a breathtaking exterior. The building's site

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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

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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

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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

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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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