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ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

The competition's grand prize winner is Breathe House by Initiative Recover, a collaboration between a University of Virginia architecture professor, his students, and a team of medical professionals,

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Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Part of an effort to empower residents in their Chicago neighborhood, long time friends Jeff Munie and Bill Vassilakis conceptualized a mobile, participatory research center that will capture the stories,

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Sustainable Prison Project Connects Inmates to the Environment and More

Sustainable Prison Project Connects Inmates to the Environment and More

Prison-life operates around the clock, draining on both resources and funds. One example is the Department of Corrections in Washington, a facility responsible for 16,000 inmates in 15 Washington prisons

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Artist Ramon Coronado Transforms Reclaimed LA Shopping Carts Into Park Furniture for Kids

Artist Ramon Coronado Transforms Reclaimed LA Shopping Carts Into Park Furniture for Kids

MacArthur Park, which sits near downtown Los Angeles, is an area filled with trash on the sidewalks, homeless people sleeping on every corner, and an abundance of shopping carts. Shopping carts exist all

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‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into Hopeful Bucket List

‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into Hopeful Bucket List

Artist Candy Chang's spirited "Before I Die" installation transforms the negative connotations attached to abandoned spaces by renewed a disused building in New Orleans to create an interactive public art

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Winning Design Re-purposes Old Los Angeles School Into an Inspiring Urban Food Center

Winning Design Re-purposes Old Los Angeles School Into an Inspiring Urban Food Center

As more and more abandoned spaces are being repurposed for urban farming projects, Caroline Hadilaksono has taken a cue from the movement and re-imagined an old Los Angeles Elementary School as an

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Budweiser Is Challenging Guys to Save Water By Growing a Beard for World Environment Day

Budweiser Is Challenging Guys to Save Water By Growing a Beard for World Environment Day

If you've been looking for a excuse to keep all that scruff, then here's you chance to do a little good while keeping it a little rough. Budweiser wants all you fine dudes to conserve 1 million gallons of

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Pirwi: Sustainable Designs Made in Mexico Make an Appearance at Milan Design Week

Pirwi: Sustainable Designs Made in Mexico Make an Appearance at Milan Design Week

The collection is comprised of designs from main players of Mexico’s design scene, as well as young emerging talents. Godoy and Castro are no strangers to the Milan Furniture Fair, in recent years they

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Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

A group led by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects -- who designed the Bayside Marina Hotel we featured not long ago -- has formed the Ex-Container Project with the intention of using shipping containers as

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Tune in to the Live 4 Sendai Online Fundraising Event Right Now!

Tune in to the Live 4 Sendai Online Fundraising Event Right Now!

From the earthquake in Japan to the subsequent tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster, the island nation is currently experiencing its worst crisis since World War 2. If you're eager to help but not sure

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Sanergy Bicycle-Powered Poo Pump Could Redefine Sanitation in Developing Nations

Sanergy Bicycle-Powered Poo Pump Could Redefine Sanitation in Developing Nations

A new bicycle-powered latrine pump could redefine low-cost sanitation in developing countries. The pump makes work easier for latrine shovelers, who empty a latrine's sewage pit when it's full. The pump's

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Peru to Open OLPC Factories, Will Distribute 1 Millionth XO Laptop by End of 2011

Peru to Open OLPC Factories, Will Distribute 1 Millionth XO Laptop by End of 2011

Alan Garcia, the President of Peru, just announced that the country will be handing out their one millionth XO laptop by the end of this year and will soon be building manufacturing facilities to build

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Bike Rental Program in Uganda Supports Livelihoods of Local Women

Bike Rental Program in Uganda Supports Livelihoods of Local Women

Bike rentals with a social twist, Ride 4 a Woman (R4W) encourages visitors to take to two wheels to support local women in a small community in Uganda. Taking advantage of the growing popularity of bike

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PepsiCo Unveils World’s First 100% Renewable Food-Based PET Bottle

PepsiCo Unveils World’s First 100% Renewable Food-Based PET Bottle

PepsiCo just unveiled a brand new, 100% renewable PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based resources that could revolutionize the bottling industry. Coca-Cola and other consumer giants have also

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Wal-Mart Bans Controversial Flame Retardant That’s Been Showing Up in Our Butter and Breast Milk

Wal-Mart Bans Controversial Flame Retardant That’s Been Showing Up in Our Butter and Breast Milk

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (or P.B.D.E.s for short) are toxic chemicals found in common products like electronics, textiles and, scientific evidence suggests, a widely available flame retardant. The

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BP Execs Awarded Hefty Bonuses Despite Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

BP Execs Awarded Hefty Bonuses Despite Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

BP awards two senior executives bonuses for 2010 despite the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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United Nations Report Says Just 2% of GDP Would Create a Green Economy

United Nations Report Says Just 2% of GDP Would Create a Green Economy

A new report by the UNEP says that just 2 percent of the global domestic product could move the world from fossil fuel dependency to a low carbon economy.

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Blaanc Borderless Architecture Unveils Green Mexican Sports Center

Blaanc Borderless Architecture Unveils Green Mexican Sports Center

The community of San Pedro Apóstol in rural Mexico is set to benefit from a fantastic new sustainable sports center designed by the Portuguese office Blaanc Borderless Architecture in partnership with

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Housing Complex in Slovenia is a Series of Honeycomb Modular Apartments

Housing Complex in Slovenia is a Series of Honeycomb Modular Apartments

This stunning seaside structure bursts free from the all-too-frequently stale stock of public housing projects with its dynamic array of brightly shaded cells. Taking its cues from the modular honeycomb

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Food Provider Sodexo Starts Meatless Mondays Nationwide

Food Provider Sodexo Starts Meatless Mondays Nationwide

Institutional food provider Sodexo joined the Meatless Monday campaign, bringing weekly meatless options to its 10 million American clients.

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Vote and Help Studio H Win a $10k Grant to Promote Design/Build Rural Education!

Vote and Help Studio H Win a $10k Grant to Promote Design/Build Rural Education!

Help support design in public education by voting for Project H's high school program, Studio H! The humanitarian design firm has taken on an ambitious project in the poorest county in North Carolina: a

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South Korea Launches Eco Credits Program That Lets Citizens Earn Cash for Buying Green

South Korea Launches Eco Credits Program That Lets Citizens Earn Cash for Buying Green

With electric buses, a huge forthcoming wind farm, and dozens of ecotastic buildings, South Korea is a leader in implementing sustainable development and promoting greener choices. As a part of a new

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Representative Gabrielle Giffords– an Environmental Champion

Representative Gabrielle Giffords– an Environmental Champion

Saturday's horrific shooting has shone the spotlight on Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, but it's important not to let the devastating event overshadow the extraordinary work she has done to

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Crumbling Gingerbread Houses Highlight Homelessness in Sweden

Crumbling Gingerbread Houses Highlight Homelessness in Sweden

Most of us don’t think twice about going home for the holidays, but the idea is impossible for the millions of homeless people worldwide. In Sweden, the Stockholm City Welfare Mission joined forces with

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Berkeley’s Gather Restaurant Serves Up Local, Sustainable Food

Berkeley’s Gather Restaurant Serves Up Local, Sustainable Food

Gather is a restaurant located at the heart of the sustainable food movement in Berkeley, California. Designed by Nicole Sillapere of Sillapere Design, the beautiful eco restaurant is housed in the

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Dead Coal Mine Pits Grow New Trees Without Human Assistance

Dead Coal Mine Pits Grow New Trees Without Human Assistance

Addressing the issues related to reforestation can give way to lengthy conversations -- how do you regrow natural habitats after they've been decimated? However, there is another delicate ecosystem

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World Bank to Fund Carbon Markets in Developing Countries

World Bank to Fund Carbon Markets in Developing Countries

As COP16 in Cancun, Mexico winds down this week, and high hopes for a world-wide agreement on climate change fade once again, the World Bank has stepped up announcing just yesterday that it will fund

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Help Buy a Satellite That Will Provide Internet to Those Without

Help Buy a Satellite That Will Provide Internet to Those Without

Imagine not having internet. 70 percent of the world’s population is not connected to the web, and a whopping 90% of Africans do not have access to the net. But a new group called AHumanRight.org have

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How Paying Employees to Volunteer Can Reap Rewards All Around

How Paying Employees to Volunteer Can Reap Rewards All Around

Even during times where money is tight, according to a 2006 survey of 1,800 13-to-25-year-olds, 79 percent would rather work for a company that cares about how it affects and contributes to society (Wall

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How Paying Your Employees to Volunteer Can Reap You Rewards

How Paying Your Employees to Volunteer Can Reap You Rewards

When you think about what kinds of things attract great employees to your company, competitive salaries and a generous benefits package are probably the first thing that come to mind. But did you know

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