Sustainable Design Organizations

USGBC’s LEED v4 Plays High Stakes With Industry Special Interests

USGBC’s LEED v4 Plays High Stakes With Industry Special Interests

With a flurry of controversial discussions surrounding the 4th installment of LEED (formally known as LEED 2012), the USGBC has found themselves on a collision course with powerful construction

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A Swirling Green Roof Tops Gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

A Swirling Green Roof Tops Gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

  If art school was in our future we might opt to study under, or on top of, the amazing green roof at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore,

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Reforest Patagonia Announces Plans to Plant One Million Trees in Chile

Reforest Patagonia Announces Plans to Plant One Million Trees in Chile

An ambitious citizen campaign called Reforest Patagonia is hoping to plant one million trees in Chilean Patagonia in what has been considered the largest, most ambitious native tree reforestation campaign

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Designers Take a Low-Tech Approach at Salone Satellite 2012 During Milan Design Week

Designers Take a Low-Tech Approach at Salone Satellite 2012 During Milan Design Week

AmbiHive is a beautiful new design from NBT Studio that merges an ambient wall light and a speaker. The piece is made with ICB (Inverted Corrugated Board), LEDs and a ceramic sound chip. The chip,

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VERDMX’s Soaring Vertical Gardens Clean Mexico City’s Air

VERDMX’s Soaring Vertical Gardens Clean Mexico City’s Air

VERDMX' eco-sculptures serve as both artworks and oxygen replenishers. VERDMX's work, sponsored by Nissan, serves as an example of how nonprofit organizations, businesses and local governments

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Passive House Debate Heats Up on the Future of the US Standard

Passive House Debate Heats Up on the Future of the US Standard

When we first broke the news of the split between Passivhaus Institute (PHI) and Passive House US (PHIUS), it was a murky proposition to project what the results would be. That answer has become much

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The SolarWorld GT Lands in the U.S. for the Next Leg of Its World Tour!

The SolarWorld GT Lands in the U.S. for the Next Leg of Its World Tour!

The SolarWorld GT has been on a world tour, and it finally reached the North American leg of its excursion, hitting the sparkling streets of the US just yesterday! The solar car was sent off on its

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Global Green to Give 8 US Cities Free Sustainability Consultations

Global Green to Give 8 US Cities Free Sustainability Consultations

Supporting model green communities across the US, Global Green USA has announced it will give eight communities a free design consultation over the next six months. Each of the chosen neighborhoods will

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Gingerbreadtron: A Gingerbread House That Transforms into a Candy Robot!

Gingerbreadtron: A Gingerbread House That Transforms into a Candy Robot!

We've seen some pretty epic gingerbread houses this holiday season but this Transformer Gingerbread House, aptly called Gingerbreadtron, really takes the cake. The crazy candy-clad house slowly

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Architects and Artisans Collaborate on “Scarfitecture” Series of Handwoven Scarves

Architects and Artisans Collaborate on “Scarfitecture” Series of Handwoven Scarves

Scarfs and architecture don't appear to have much in common at first glance, but a new program recently launched by Dita Zakova of Ecolibri, and Rhea Alexander, founder of sustainable design house DIGS,

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Evergreen Christmas Tree Made of Library Books!

Evergreen Christmas Tree Made of Library Books!

If you want to get into the holiday spirit without having to cut down a poor, defenseless evergreen, check out this clever idea from the resourceful folks at the Gleeson Library in San Francisco. They

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Karim Rashid’s Amazing Komb House in Cairo Bursts with Eco-Friendly Color

Karim Rashid’s Amazing Komb House in Cairo Bursts with Eco-Friendly Color

Rashid incorporated a host of passive and active design principles into this small home. All of the lighting is derived from energy-efficient LEDs, water is heated using solar panels, and all of the

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The Eight Foot House is an Elegant No-Waste Home in Colorado

The Eight Foot House is an Elegant No-Waste Home in Colorado

Dubbed the "Eight-Foot House," this elegant and minimalist new home in Denver, Colorado takes a “passive” approach to the idea of sustainable design. Rather than focusing on expensive active

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Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Launches Hand-Designed Levi’s Tees Over Lunch

Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Launches Hand-Designed Levi’s Tees Over Lunch

Imagine a world in which schoolchildren eat organic, locally sourced lunches rich with fruits and vegetables — some of them heirloom varietals, some of them grown on the school grounds. That is the

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FARM:London Creates an Urban Food Production Hub in Dalston

FARM:London Creates an Urban Food Production Hub in Dalston

Urban farming projects are popping everywhere! A derelict shop in Dalston, London, is yet another site set on urban rejuvenation with its innovative FARM: project. The project, which has transformed an

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Urban Farming Movement Sweeps Across Havana, Cuba Providing 50% of Fresh Food

Urban Farming Movement Sweeps Across Havana, Cuba Providing 50% of Fresh Food

Urban agriculture is a refreshing sign of people localizing food production by bringing it into the city. But in Havana, Cuba, the farming movement has evolved as an amazing response to the loss of food

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Passivhaus Institute Ends Relationship With Passive House Institute US

Passivhaus Institute Ends Relationship With Passive House Institute US

The founder of Passivhaus and director of Passivhaus Institute PHI, Dr. Wolfgang Fiest, has just sent word that the Passive House Institute United States (PHIUS) will no longer be able to provide building

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NREL And Verizon Announce Partnership To Implement Cutting-Edge Energy Efficiency Tech

NREL And Verizon Announce Partnership To Implement Cutting-Edge Energy Efficiency Tech

Yesterday, the National Renewable Energy Lab NREL in Golden Colorado announced a first-of-its-kind memorandum of understanding with telecom giant Verizon to help develop and implement energy efficiency

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The BeeCrib is a Flat-Pack Bee Hive to Make Urban Beekeeping a Snap

The BeeCrib is a Flat-Pack Bee Hive to Make Urban Beekeeping a Snap

With bee populations declining globally and monoculture farming destroying their habitats, the BeeCrib focuses on re-designing a beehive for the urban environment. Using CNC routing, the designers, from

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Massimo LoBuglio About Sustainable Building and Cupcakes

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Massimo LoBuglio About Sustainable Building and Cupcakes

Inhabitat: Your new SoHo location has some very cool green materials and features. Can you tell me about them? ML: The build-out started with diverting demolition waste from the landfill to a recycling

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Marine Conservation Group Blue Ventures Wins 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Marine Conservation Group Blue Ventures Wins 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Blue Ventures, a conservation organization that works to protect marine ecosystems while improving the lives of the people depending on them, has just been named the winner of the 2011 Buckminster Fuller

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Win $1000 in the Better World, Better Coastline Challenge

Win $1000 in the Better World, Better Coastline Challenge

Calling all students! Do you have a smart design solution that will protect vulnerable coastal communities against climate change? Then submit your design for a better coastline to the Better World

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Art of Board Shows Off Its Skate Decks Repurposed into Rad Wall Tiles at ICFF

Art of Board Shows Off Its Skate Decks Repurposed into Rad Wall Tiles at ICFF

Attention all skaters - how many of you have damaged your skateboards beyond repair after unsuccessfully trying to nail a rail or grab some air?  Before you go throwing your board into landfill, you may

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SOM’s CBD Center for Beijing Wins AIA Regional and Urban Design Award

SOM’s CBD Center for Beijing Wins AIA Regional and Urban Design Award

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's plan for a new sustainable Central Business District in Beijing was met with much fanfare when it was first announced, and now SOM has garnered even more attention by

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Mexican Designers and Artisans Bring Innovation to the Pottery Tradition of Oaxaca

Mexican Designers and Artisans Bring Innovation to the Pottery Tradition of Oaxaca

A group of designers are teaming up with artisans from the Oaxaca region of Mexico to host a program that will provide training, collaboration, promotion and fair commercialization of their work. This

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PHOTOS: A First Look Inside Masdar: Foster + Partner’s Carbon-Neutral Eco City

PHOTOS: A First Look Inside Masdar: Foster + Partner’s Carbon-Neutral Eco City

The Market @ Masdar kicked off at 10am on Friday. After parking their lowly fossil-fueled vehicles in the entrance parking lot, visitors rode driverless pod cars through a rather dull (but prefabricated

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Puckapunyal Memorial Chapel Moves Visitors With an Inspiring Play of Light

Puckapunyal Memorial Chapel Moves Visitors With an Inspiring Play of Light

Originally founded in the 1970’s, BVN Architecture has carried its work well into the 20th century and beyond with its contemporary and subtle integration of eco design principles. Equally as

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Matty Smith Wins Tasmanian Design Centre Award for Quirky Sustainable Shortdivison Cabinet

Matty Smith Wins Tasmanian Design Centre Award for Quirky Sustainable Shortdivison Cabinet

At Inhabitat we love to keep an eye out for designers around the globe who are scooping up awards for their innovative approach to sustainable design. So it is with great pleasure we share with you new

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8 Green Design Valentines for the Designers We Love

8 Green Design Valentines for the Designers We Love

Design crush: Bjarke Ingels Ode to Bjarke: Buildings worthy of climbing, cascading roofs of green, on you I am so keen. Do you happen to have a wife, your designs are larger than life. From New York

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Tribe Studio Creates a Spectacular Sustainable Ceiling Installation

Tribe Studio Creates a Spectacular Sustainable Ceiling Installation

What would you create if your design brief was to craft an artistic installation that would not only be festive and playful, but also encourage dialogue on sustainability? The creative team at Tribe

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