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Catawba Falls Campground Gypsy Cabins Are Tiny Hikers’ Retreats in North Carolina

Catawba Falls Campground Gypsy Cabins Are Tiny Hikers’ Retreats in North Carolina

The tiny arched houses are just 8 x 14 feet, but can accommodate four people. The cabins are located next to a mountain creek and are the closest accommodation to Catawba Falls, around two miles away.

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Semprius’ Stacked Solar Cells Could Make Solar Energy Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Semprius’ Stacked Solar Cells Could Make Solar Energy Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Two of the main obstacles to the widespread adoption of solar energy are cost and efficiency. However researchers at the Durham, North Carolina-based startup Semprius have found a way to tackle both these

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Apple Set to Build its Third Enormous Solar Farm in North Carolina

Apple Set to Build its Third Enormous Solar Farm in North Carolina

Apple this week signed a development agreement with the City of Claremont, which will allow it to build its third massive solar farm in North Carolina. When finished, the 100-acre farm is expected to

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82,000 Tons of Toxic Coal Ash Spill Into North Carolina River

82,000 Tons of Toxic Coal Ash Spill Into North Carolina River

Coal ash photo by Brian Stansberry A retired Duke Energy coal plant in Eden, North Carolina recently leaked 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the nearby Dan River. The contaminated fluid traveled

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Red Wolves Critically Close to Extinction After Hunters Kill 10 Percent of Population

Red Wolves Critically Close to Extinction After Hunters Kill 10 Percent of Population

The Red wolf - one of the rarest animals in the United States - is on the fast track to extinction due to illegal poaching. With estimates of less than 100 endangered red wolves left in the wild,

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

Inhabitat: What did the Research Triangle Foundation hope to achieve when it set out to develop the new RTP master plan? Liz Rooks: Our board recognized that, after fifty years, the way we were doing

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Pop-Up Mini-Farmery Shop is Absolutely Covered in Organic Veggies

Pop-Up Mini-Farmery Shop is Absolutely Covered in Organic Veggies

Sponsored by Burt's Bees and located directly in front of their headquarters on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, North Carolina, the Mini-Farmery is absolutely covered in living walls. Apart from

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LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall was one of about a dozen entries in the 2012 ReSpace Competition and was selected as the Grand Prize winner. The project was designed by Scott Hefner and Abe Drechsler of the NCSU College of

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Study Finds US Urban Trees Provide $50 Billion in Economic Value

Study Finds US Urban Trees Provide $50 Billion in Economic Value

Central Park photo from Shutterstock Have you hugged a tree lately? If not, you might want to show your appreciation with a good squeeze. According to a recent state-by-state US Forest Service study,

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Google Announces Renewable Energy Data Center Plan

Google Announces Renewable Energy Data Center Plan

Photo via Shutterstock Google has long been at the forefront of technological advancement, and now the Silicon Valley giant has come up with a plan that could potentially take the renewable energy

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Outrider USA Builds Electric Hybrid Recumbents that Can Reach up to 40 mph

Outrider USA Builds Electric Hybrid Recumbents that Can Reach up to 40 mph

Looking to burn a little rubber while also burning some calories? Outrider USA manufactures and sells their Ultralight Adventure Vehicles that let you pedal while reclining comfortably on their electric

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Elementary School Students Crowd-Source Solar Panels to Take Their Classroom Off the Grid

Elementary School Students Crowd-Source Solar Panels to Take Their Classroom Off the Grid

In elementary school, we are taught to work together, share, and dream big. Students from a fourth grade class in Durham, North Carolina took these lessons to heart when they decided to make their

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Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan is faced with a number of challenges when it comes to domestic energy production - the country is the world's largest importer of natural gas, and since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown it has

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Tonic Design’s Energy-Efficient Smart-Stell House Opens Up to the Outdoors in North Carolina

Tonic Design’s Energy-Efficient Smart-Stell House Opens Up to the Outdoors in North Carolina

Smart-Stell House is a one-story horizontal house that likes to keep its privacy from the outside world featuring a band of clerestory windows on the top. Envisioned as a “home and vacation home” at

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Urban Farm School Opens in Asheville, North Carolina

Urban Farm School Opens in Asheville, North Carolina

Based in one of the country’s hotbeds of local food culture, the Urban Farm School just launched its first year with 100 instructors and sites in Asheville, North Carolina. The Urban Farm School is a

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Hip Chasen Residence Boasts an Ultra Tight Envelope That Spares Energy in North Carolina

Hip Chasen Residence Boasts an Ultra Tight Envelope That Spares Energy in North Carolina

Built for just $117 per square foot, the Chasen Residence is compact, affordable and decidedly contemporary. In order to create a sense of expansiveness, the design team clustered the entryways, stairs,

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1.9 Million Worms Chomp Down Airport Waste in North Carolina

1.9 Million Worms Chomp Down Airport Waste in North Carolina

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina has deployed 1.9 million worms to turn a boatload of organic waste into fertilizer. Every day the airport housekeeping department headed by

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Crabill House: A Modern & Energy Efficient Forest Shed in North Carolina

Crabill House: A Modern & Energy Efficient Forest Shed in North Carolina

Located in a clearing in a lush forest is the Crabill house, which is characterized as a trapezoidal volume with a shed roof. The skewed cubic form, inspired by old farm sheds, is clad in solid and

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North Carolina’s Research Triangle Master Plan Seeks to Get More Done in Less Space, Sustainably

North Carolina’s Research Triangle Master Plan Seeks to Get More Done in Less Space, Sustainably

Located on a then-rural tract of land between the university cities of Raleigh (NCSU), Durham (Duke University), and Chapel Hill (UNC) the 7,000-acre Research Triangle Park was established in 1959. Since

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New Master Plan for North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park Will Stress Sustainable Development

New Master Plan for North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park Will Stress Sustainable Development

RTP was established in 1959 as a center for R&D, strategically located in the middle of the triangle formed by the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University

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Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

The GREENville house was carefully oriented on a site in North Carolina to maximize the amount of energy an array of photovoltaic panels can collect. This system combined with geothermal HVAC system

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Scientists Warn That Arundo Donax ‘Giant Reed’ Biofuel Crop Could Become an Invasive Species

Scientists Warn That Arundo Donax ‘Giant Reed’ Biofuel Crop Could Become an Invasive Species

Arundo photo from Shutterstock The Biofuels Center of North Carolina, a state-funded non-profit organization working to develop a large-scale biofuels industry in the state, lists the plant Arundo

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Lowe’s Pavilion is Transparent Metallic-Skinned Art Shelter at North Carolina’s Museum of Art

Lowe’s Pavilion is Transparent Metallic-Skinned Art Shelter at North Carolina’s Museum of Art

Lowe's Pavilion is an outdoor classroom and component of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Sculpture Park. The two-story structure is built from steel beams with wood decks and is wrapped in varying

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The Farmery: A Pop-Up Urban Farm Made From Recycled Shipping Containers for Raleigh, NC

The Farmery: A Pop-Up Urban Farm Made From Recycled Shipping Containers for Raleigh, NC

The Farmery is a start-up in Raleigh, N.C. that is developing an urban farm and market built from shipping containers and standard greenhouse components. The bottom level serves as a market to sell the

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Art-O-Mat: Vintage Cigarette Vending Machines Recycled to Dispense Art Instead of Cancer

Art-O-Mat: Vintage Cigarette Vending Machines Recycled to Dispense Art Instead of Cancer

Whittington crafted his first Art-O-Mat vending machine way back in 1997. It was installed along with 12 of his paintings at a cafe art show. The cafe owner loved the machine so much, she insisted it

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2012 George Matsumoto Prize Announces North Carolina’s Best In Modernist Design

2012 George Matsumoto Prize Announces North Carolina’s Best In Modernist Design

The prize is named after George Matsumoto, one of the founding professors at the school, where he served from 1948 to 1961. According to Triangle Modernist Houses, the non-profit organization hosting the

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Green Square Parking Deck is a Solar-Powered Garage to Leave Your Car in Raleigh

Green Square Parking Deck is a Solar-Powered Garage to Leave Your Car in Raleigh

The Green Square Parking Deck is a nine-story parking garage that provides 900 parking spaces for visitors and employees of the State of North Carolina. Raleigh-based Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee designed

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North Carolina Lawmaker Accidentally Legalizes Fracking By Pressing The Wrong Button!

North Carolina Lawmaker Accidentally Legalizes Fracking By Pressing The Wrong Button!

We all make mistakes, but our errors are rarely made law. That is what happened in North Carolina when state representative democrat Becky Carney accidentally pushed the wrong button whilst casting the

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Top 6 Recycling and Reuse Initiatives from Around the Globe

Top 6 Recycling and Reuse Initiatives from Around the Globe

RECYCLING COOKING OIL IN BARCELONA MANDATORY COMPOSTING IN SAN FRANCISCO STYLIZED TRASH IN ARGENTINA RECYCLING BECOMES ILLUMINATING IN WARSAW REVERSE VENDING PAYS RECYCLERS IN THE U.S.A

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Apple Announces Plans to Build America’s Largest End User–Owned Onsite Solar Array

Apple Announces Plans to Build America’s Largest End User–Owned Onsite Solar Array

As Apple's social record undergoes continued scrutiny the company just released its 2012 environmental report, which unveils plans to build America's largest end user-owned onsite solar array at its

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