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Sep 20, 2018

Environment & Sustainability

A sustainable campus is built from 22 recycled shipping containers

Sep 20, 2018: The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Thailand is taking their own teachings to heart with the development of a 17-shipping-container sustainable architectural design for their campus. The multi-unit complex includes classrooms, a library, gym, conference rooms, office, restrooms, kitchen, and outdoor spaces. Another container houses a cafe. <!--more--> As an institution aimed at teaching others about sustainability, the ISDSI made every effort to minimize...

Worlds largest Victorian glasshouse receives a glorious restoration

Sep 20, 2018: After five years of restoration work, the iconic Temperate House recently reopened to the public, bringing with it an astounding 10,000 plants—many of which are rare and threatened. Designed by Decimus Burston and completed in 1899, the Temperate House is the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse and iconic landmark of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. To restore the building back to its full glory, Donald Insall Associates was called upon to sensitively renovate the greenhouse and insert modern...

Harvest your own produce at this solar-powered wellness retreat

Sep 20, 2018: The Inn at Moonlight Beach puts a fresh spin on wellness retreats. The inn, located near San Diego, California, was built with the WELL Building Standards in mind, a practice that uses the nearby environment to improve the well-being of its guests. Here’s a look at how the inn, built by architect Shangwen Kennedy, is a perfect destination for your next wellness vacation. Biodynamic Gardens The gardens do more than just grace the perimeter of the inn, lending a lush backdrop to view the ocean....

LEED-targeted condos bring Scandinavian design to a Quebec forest

Sep 19, 2018: Montreal-based real estate developer KnightsBridge has recently unveiled Arborescence, an eco-friendly condominium project on Quebec’s Bromont Mountain that will likely be the latest addition to their line of LEED-certified properties. Quebec design practice ABCP Architecture designed the residential development, which will comprise approximately 260 units all for four-season use. The gabled structures are inspired heavily by Scandinavian design both inside and out and will embrace the outdoors...

Sustainable desert home has a small water footprint in Nevada

Sep 19, 2018: Las Vegas-based Hoogland Architecture designed the Arroyo House, a forever home for a couple with a penchant for the outdoors and sustainable design. Located in the tiny town of Blue Diamond just outside Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert, the Arroyo House enjoys panoramic views of the landscape with nary a neighbor in sight. The 3,875-square-foot dwelling takes advantage of the views with full-height glazing that’s protected from the sun by large overhangs, while the water conservation and recycling...

Frank Gehry tops Facebook HQ expansion with a 3.6-acre rooftop park

Sep 19, 2018: Facebook recently unveiled a peek inside MPK 21, their newest campus building designed by Frank Gehry that was built in less than 18 months. Created as an extension to their headquarters in Menlo Park, California, this striking addition blurs the distinction between the indoors and outdoors with its massive walls of glass, expansive 3.6-acre rooftop garden, and sheltered courtyard—named The Town Square—planted with 40-foot-tall redwood trees. In addition to its abundance of plant life, the building...

Coop launches fragrance that smells of old milk to combat food waste

Sep 19, 2018: Food waste is a major issue all across the world but one Swedish-based company is doing something about it. A Swedish chain named Coop officially launched an old milk fragrance to urge citizens to use their sense of taste and smell before throwing away outdated food. A study by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency shows that 30 percent of food waste in Sweden is still edible. To combat wasting this amount of food, Coop, a popular grocery chain in the country, developed a spray that smells...

Fight food waste with these 11 ways to use leftover greens before they spoil

Sep 19, 2018: Salads are one of the healthiest foods out there. While they are chalked full of nutrients, salads usually do not make good leftovers. Luckily, there are other uses for these tasty foods that won’t make you feel like you’ve wasted money. Here are 10 different ways you can use leftover greens before they spoil. Sautéed Greens Certain types of greens, like arugula, kale, chard and spinach, are ideal for making stir fries and sautés. You add these greens with shallots, peppers, and garlic,...

Kamloops Chapter Offers Zero Waste Series

Sep 19, 2018: Simple Steps to Positively Impact the Planet and Your Health Cheryl KabloonaTuesday, September 18, 2018Have you ever thought that the volume of your household waste output, both garbage and recycling, is overwhelming at times? Have you wondered how to have a more sustainable and healthier home with little to no waste? We are excited to offer you an opportunity to learn how to reduce the waste generated in your household and find ways to live well while simplifying your life and cutting down on packaging and plastics. After all, energy, usually from fossil fuels, contributes to most everything we use and dispose of, from growing and harvesting natural resources, to manufact…

Kamloops Chapter Offers Zero Waste Series

Sep 19, 2018: Simple Steps to Positively Impact the Planet and Your Health Cheryl KabloonaTuesday, September 18, 2018Have you ever thought that the volume of your household waste output, both garbage and recycling, is overwhelming at times? Have you wondered how to have a more sustainable and healthier home with little to no waste? We are excited to offer you an opportunity to learn how to reduce the waste generated in your household and find ways to live well while simplifying your life and cutting down on packaging and plastics. After all, energy, usually from fossil fuels, contributes to most everything we use and dispose of, from growing and harvesting natural resources, to manufact…

Kamloops Chapter Offers Zero Waste Series

Sep 19, 2018: Simple Steps to Positively Impact the Planet and Your Health Cheryl KabloonaTuesday, September 18, 2018Have you ever thought that the volume of your household waste output, both garbage and recycling, is overwhelming at times? Have you wondered how to have a more sustainable and healthier home with little to no waste? We are excited to offer you an opportunity to learn how to reduce the waste generated in your household and find ways to live well while simplifying your life and cutting down on packaging and plastics. After all, energy, usually from fossil fuels, contributes to most everything we use and dispose of, from growing and harvesting natural resources, to manufact…

Kamloops Chapter Offers Zero Waste Series

Sep 19, 2018: Simple Steps to Positively Impact the Planet and Your Health Cheryl KabloonaTuesday, September 18, 2018Have you ever thought that the volume of your household waste output, both garbage and recycling, is overwhelming at times? Have you wondered how to have a more sustainable and healthier home with little to no waste? We are excited to offer you an opportunity to learn how to reduce the waste generated in your household and find ways to live well while simplifying your life and cutting down on packaging and plastics. After all, energy, usually from fossil fuels, contributes to most everything we use and dispose of, from growing and harvesting natural resources, to manufact…

Kamloops Chapter Offers Zero Waste Series

Sep 19, 2018: Simple Steps to Positively Impact the Planet and Your Health Cheryl KabloonaTuesday, September 18, 2018Have you ever thought that the volume of your household waste output, both garbage and recycling, is overwhelming at times? Have you wondered how to have a more sustainable and healthier home with little to no waste? We are excited to offer you an opportunity to learn how to reduce the waste generated in your household and find ways to live well while simplifying your life and cutting down on packaging and plastics. After all, energy, usually from fossil fuels, contributes to most everything we use and dispose of, from growing and harvesting natural resources, to manufact…

Kamloops Chapter Offers Zero Waste Series

Sep 19, 2018: Simple Steps to Positively Impact the Planet and Your Health Cheryl KabloonaTuesday, September 18, 2018Have you ever thought that the volume of your household waste output, both garbage and recycling, is overwhelming at times? Have you wondered how to have a more sustainable and healthier home with little to no waste? We are excited to offer you an opportunity to learn how to reduce the waste generated in your household and find ways to live well while simplifying your life and cutting down on packaging and plastics. After all, energy, usually from fossil fuels, contributes to most everything we use and dispose of, from growing and harvesting natural resources, to manufact…

Kamloops Chapter Offers Zero Waste Series

Sep 19, 2018: Simple Steps to Positively Impact the Planet and Your Health Cheryl KabloonaTuesday, September 18, 2018Have you ever thought that the volume of your household waste output, both garbage and recycling, is overwhelming at times? Have you wondered how to have a more sustainable and healthier home with little to no waste? We are excited to offer you an opportunity to learn how to reduce the waste generated in your household and find ways to live well while simplifying your life and cutting down on packaging and plastics. After all, energy, usually from fossil fuels, contributes to most everything we use and dispose of, from growing and harvesting natural resources, to manufact…

Kamloops Chapter Offers Zero Waste Series

Sep 19, 2018: Simple Steps to Positively Impact the Planet and Your Health Cheryl KabloonaTuesday, September 18, 2018Have you ever thought that the volume of your household waste output, both garbage and recycling, is overwhelming at times? Have you wondered how to have a more sustainable and healthier home with little to no waste? We are excited to offer you an opportunity to learn how to reduce the waste generated in your household and find ways to live well while simplifying your life and cutting down on packaging and plastics. After all, energy, usually from fossil fuels, contributes to most everything we use and dispose of, from growing and harvesting natural resources, to manufact…

Kamloops Chapter Offers Zero Waste Series

Sep 19, 2018: Simple Steps to Positively Impact the Planet and Your Health Cheryl KabloonaTuesday, September 18, 2018Have you ever thought that the volume of your household waste output, both garbage and recycling, is overwhelming at times? Have you wondered how to have a more sustainable and healthier home with little to no waste? We are excited to offer you an opportunity to learn how to reduce the waste generated in your household and find ways to live well while simplifying your life and cutting down on packaging and plastics. After all, energy, usually from fossil fuels, contributes to most everything we use and dispose of, from growing and harvesting natural resources, to manufact…

Kamloops Chapter Offers Zero Waste Series

Sep 19, 2018: Simple Steps to Positively Impact the Planet and Your Health Cheryl KabloonaTuesday, September 18, 2018Have you ever thought that the volume of your household waste output, both garbage and recycling, is overwhelming at times? Have you wondered how to have a more sustainable and healthier home with little to no waste? We are excited to offer you an opportunity to learn how to reduce the waste generated in your household and find ways to live well while simplifying your life and cutting down on packaging and plastics. After all, energy, usually from fossil fuels, contributes to most everything we use and dispose of, from growing and harvesting natural resources, to manufact…

Kamloops Chapter Offers Zero Waste Series

Sep 19, 2018: Simple Steps to Positively Impact the Planet and Your Health Cheryl KabloonaTuesday, September 18, 2018Have you ever thought that the volume of your household waste output, both garbage and recycling, is overwhelming at times? Have you wondered how to have a more sustainable and healthier home with little to no waste? We are excited to offer you an opportunity to learn how to reduce the waste generated in your household and find ways to live well while simplifying your life and cutting down on packaging and plastics. After all, energy, usually from fossil fuels, contributes to most everything we use and dispose of, from growing and harvesting natural resources, to manufact…

Stefano Boeri Architettis iridescent tower breaks ground in Tirana

Sep 18, 2018: Stefano Boeri Architetti, the Italian architecture firm behind the vertical forest towers, has unveiled designs for the Blloku Cube, a mixed-use high-rise marked by its distinctive energy-efficient cladding. Located in the heart of Albania’s capital of Tirana, the Blloku Cube is a multifunctional center instrumental in the Tirana 2030 master plan—also designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti—that aims to breathe new life into one of the most prestigious districts in the city. Construction on the...

Germany premieres the first hydrogen-powered train in the world

Sep 18, 2018: At last, the world’s first hydrogen powered trains have made their global debut in the northern countryside of Germany. As of Monday, two Coradia iLint locomotives have been transporting passengers back and forth between the towns of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude found just west of the majoring Hamburg. The eco-efficient models were produced by French transportation engineers at Alstom, the same manufacturers who amazed the world in the early 1980s with their world record setting...

This 1970s Airstream is an off-grid oasis for a family of six

Sep 18, 2018: Jonathan and Ashley Longnecker Related: Couple restores an old Airstream into a chic tiny home on wheels + Tiny Shiny Home Via Dwell Tiny Shiny Home, Airstream Renovation, Jonathan and Ashley Longnecker, airstream renovation into home, tiny home on wheels, living in an airstream, airstream design, tiny home design, tiny home DIY, interior design, tiny home interior design,…

Cities around the world lay the groundwork for a zero-waste future

Sep 18, 2018: Cities around the world are pledging to reduce waste over the next 12 years in an effort to curb global warming. During the Global Climate Action Summit, the C40 announced a new initiative that encourages cities to eliminate waste production and end the practice of waste burning. So far, 23 cities have agreed to become zero waste and will work towards that goal by the year 2030. Each city has agreed to cut down on waste that ends up in landfills by half over the next decade. The cities – which...

We love electric scooters but is the Bird trend actually bad for the environment?

Sep 18, 2018: The debut of city electric scooter programs within cities such as Austin, Washington D.C. and San Diego has been making headlines with promises of cleaner air and greener pastures, but is this really the case? Between LimeBike, Waybots, Spin, and Bird which has been newly introduced to the Los Angeles area, there are a plethora of companies jumping on the trend of promoting eco-friendly scooters to city planners and residents. As of late, however, urbanites have been asking why the craze? With public...

California plans to launch its own satellite to monitor air pollution

Sep 17, 2018: California is planning to launch its own satellite to track air pollution. Governor Jerry Brown announced the major initiative amid President Donald Trump’s bid to decrease NASA’s part in monitoring climate change. Brown has not announced when the state will launch the satellite or how much it will cost taxpayers. Brown has long stood in opposition to Trump’s conservative administration, which has fought California’s tough emissions standards. With Trump cutting NASA funding for climate...

France moves to reshape infrastructure and promote bicycle transportation

Sep 17, 2018: France plans to launch a major endeavor in order to triple the amount of cyclists on its streets within the next five years. The action will include building better bike lanes, providing financial incentives for commuters to switch to bicycle transportation, and cracking down on bike theft. The plan was announced by the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe at a speech in Nantes, revealing that cycling accounts for only 3% of transportation in the European nation. Related: How to make American...

Passive House-inspired home ushers in spectacular Grand Tetons views

Sep 17, 2018: The sublime beauty of the Grand Tetons are fully embraced in the stunning House of Fir, a forever home that boasts sustainable and durable elements throughout. Designed by Wyoming-based architecture firm kt814 for a pair of retirees who actively volunteer for the National Park Service, this Jackson Hole abode was crafted to prioritize low-maintenance comfort with passive house design principles and universal design for aging in place. In fact, the home’s energy-efficient construction was put to...

An off-grid cabin on a remote island is inspired by Japanese design

Sep 17, 2018: Related: This tiny off-grid cabin in the UK is clad with reclaimed slate tiles + Maguire + Devine Architects Via Dwell Maguire + Devine Architects, Bruny Island Cabin, tiny cabin design,…

Get ready for an adventure with this ultimate checklist of backpacking essentials

Sep 17, 2018: Lace up your hiking boots and trod into places inaccessible via horse, quad, or car. Backpacking allows you to explore the outdoors while enjoying a little distance from the crowds squished together at the state campgrounds. There’s just something about planning for, and carrying in, all the supplies you need for backwoods camping that is empowering and exciting. Once you’ve decided to give backpacking a try, make sure you’ve got the essentials covered. You will find that you can survive with...

Passenger service Gett launches carbon-free travel in the UK

Sep 14, 2018: The black car transportation service, Gett, which is used as an alternative to Lyft and Uber in the United Kingdom is embarking on a new endeavor - implementing carbon free and carbon positive rides for all of its passengers. The company, recognized by Forbes as one of the "top 15 explosively growing companies" has raised over $700 million in funding overall, including contributions for its various carbon offset programs that will achieve this new mission. The company's Sept 13 announcement  featured...

DIY fall decor using upcycled items from thrift stores

Sep 14, 2018: Fall is a great time to bust out new decorations, but you don’t have to break the budget to make your house stand out. Making your own fall decorations is a great way to save money and help the environment at the same time. From floating shelves to fall clothing accessories, here are 8 fall decorations you can make from common thrift store items. Cake Stand Display Nothing says fall like fresh pumpkins. You can proudly display these fall staples using an old cake stand, or build your own from...

Henning Larsen unveils green, mountain-inspired buildings for Shanghai

Sep 14, 2018: Henning Larsen Architects has unveiled designs for the first phase of the “The Springs,” a mixed-use development currently underway in Shanghai that aims to embrace a “green living” lifestyle. Inspired by a style of traditional Chinese landscape painting called ‘shan shui,’ the Danish architecture firm crafted the buildings in the image of the dramatic mountain landscapes found throughout rural China. Trees and gardens will grow on top and around the stepped towers to create an immersive...

Retro-inspired beach hut rotates to catch the sun's rays all day long

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Shipping containers become a spectacular plant-covered gallery

Sep 14, 2018: São Paulo-based architecture studio SuperLimão and architect Gabriela Coelho recently completed GSC, a massive multi-use collectors gallery built from shipping containers and other metal materials. Located in a lush area of São Paulo, the spacious complex also contains an office, a gym, a small workshop, a kennel and additional gallery space for the client’s other prized items. The industrial character of the cargotecture project was softened with the addition of turf and potted plants while...

Global movement will call out consumer brands most responsible for plastic pollution

Sep 13, 2018: The Story of Stuff Project is launching its global call to action in combatting plastic pollution worldwide. The ambitious initiative plans to identify the most pervasive polluter companies found in waste while simultaneously cleaning up costal and inland communities across the country. The plastic waste brand audit is the first of its kind and intends to underline responsibility and accountability at the very source of our world’s growing trash crisis. Related: Indonesia mobilizes 20,000 citizens...

Google Street View cars will map air pollution in cities worldwide

Sep 13, 2018: Air quality sensors are coming to a Google Street View car near you. The tech giant just announced plans to introduce sensors from a San Francisco company called Aclima that test air quality in cities and towns all across the globe. The Google Street View cars take photographs and incorporate them into Google Maps. Aclima is installing the air quality sensors in vehicles based in Mexico City, Houston, and Sydney. The sensors will detect amounts of carbon dioxide, nitric oxide, carbon monoxide,...

A green-roofed underground extension breaks the mold for school architecture

Sep 13, 2018: When Singaporean architecture firm Park + Associates was tapped to design an extension for Nanyang Girls’ High School in the heart of the city, they knew that they’d have to think creatively. The brief called for two large four-story blocks that would house a variety of programs, including classrooms, a large performing arts center and a multipurpose indoors sports hall. To meet these requirements without overshadowing the school’s existing architecture, the firm built the spaces below ground—an...

This beautiful Washington cabin meets net-zero targets even in extreme temperatures

Sep 13, 2018: Nestled in a historic mining area in Washington State’s Cascade Mountains, a holiday retreat offers luxurious comfort without compromising sustainability targets. Despite the region’s freezing cold winters and extremely hot summers, Bainbridge Island-based Coates Design Architects crafted the Tumble Creek Cabin to net-zero energy standards using renewable energy and passive solar strategies rather than traditional energy consumptive cooling and heating systems. Powered by solar energy, the energy-efficient...

Mobile app Karma tackles food waste with discounted meals

Sep 12, 2018: The 2016 launch of Karma in Sweden has brought about a new way of fighting food waste. Since then over 1,500 businesses such as restaurants, bakeries, cafes and hotels as well as the three largest supermarket chains in Sweden have joined the battle to reduce produce and meals that are thrown away despite being perfectly edible. The mobile app offers restaurateurs and retailers the opportunity to sell their otherwise wasted products at a fraction of a price to hungry Swedes and now Londoners as well. Related:...

Hurricane Florence could cause dangerous floods of toxic sludge and animal waste

Sep 12, 2018: Torrential rains are not the only thing Hurricane Florence will bring once it hits landfall. The massive storm is expected to dump record amounts of rain in the Southeastern United States, rain that could overflow toxic waste and animal manure sites along the coast. One toxic waste site in North Carolina is particularly vulnerable to the incoming storm. The state tasked Duke Energy Corp. with cleaning up coal-ash ponds in the area because they posed serious hazards to nearby communities. The...

Two design students build a charming, off-grid summer cabin in a remote Finnish forest

Sep 12, 2018: https://vimeo.com/119255501 Related: Norwegian cabin weathers a harsh climate for breathtaking views + Studio Politaire Via Houzz Photography by Andre Boettcher Photography Studio Politaire, Summer Cabin Norway,…

Striking, solar-powered LA roundabout manages stormwater runoff with art

Sep 12, 2018: Public art and stormwater management go hand in hand in the Riverside Roundabout, a circular intersection that’s far more functional and eye-catching than your average traffic rotunda. Designed by local art studio Greenmeme, the Riverside Roundabout is the “first modern roundabout in Los Angeles” that doubles as a stormwater detention landscape vegetated with native, water-wise plants that also help fight air pollution. Powered with solar energy, the bio-retention installation is also marked...

Natural Habitat Adventures launches world's first zero-waste vacations

Sep 11, 2018: In a travel-industry first, Natural Habitat Adventures is spearheading the first ever zero waste vacation package. The groundbreaking trip will take place in summer 2019 where 14 travelers are set to visit Yellowstone Park from July 6-12. The Safari America: Yellowstone Country adventurers will pioneer the sustainable travel industry, refusing, recycling, composting, upcycling, and reusing at least 99% of all waste produced during the trip. Sponsoring organisation, Nat Hab hopes to be able to avoid...

Climate change is expected to bring more intense storms like Hurricane Florence

Sep 11, 2018: Hurricane Florence is on a collision course with the Southeastern United States. The immense and powerful storm will create high winds and surges along coastal towns and cities, but scientists are more concerned about how much rain Florence might produce. James Kossin, a climate scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says flooding is the biggest risk with the incoming hurricane. Florence is moving so slow across the ocean that it might come to a standstill once it...

Timber-clad modern home in New York takes a sensitive approach to the landscape

Sep 11, 2018: When an experimental modern dance choreographer tapped Anik Pearson Architects to design and build a legacy family compound in Upstate New York, the New York City-based firm took to the challenge by not only finding an appropriate site, but also designing the master plan, which includes the recently completed main house. Clad in timber and set on a steep slope, the spacious abode prioritizes low maintenance care, sensitivity to the environment and energy efficient design. In addition to the use of...

ESCAPE offers free tiny home rentals that could earn you money

Sep 11, 2018: If you’ve ever wanted to earn some side cash with a tiny house rental but never had the means or time to invest in one, here’s your chance. After having long wowed us with their luxurious tiny house builds, Wisconsin-based ESCAPE Homes has launched the “Free ESCAPE Tiny House Program” and they’re looking to partner with anyone with a qualifying property. If you’re approved, ESCAPE will deliver and set up one of their award-winning homes as a rental unit on your site completely free of...

The ugly truth about the imperfect food movement

Sep 11, 2018: The imperfect food movement is rising in popularity as companies, like Imperfect Produce in Silicon Valley, capitalize on a growing trend around the country. Imperfect Produce offers boxes of ugly and misshapen produce to customers, saving a lot of food that would otherwise be discarded. While the movement is cutting down on food waste, small farmers are worried that it might have a negative affect on their livelihood. Origins Of The Imperfect Food Movement Startups like Imperfect Produce are not...

Role-playing video game sparks climate action in players worldwide

Sep 10, 2018: Research published last week in the journal PLoS One examined the effects of World Climate Simulation, a role-playing game of the UN Climate talks. The video game found that 81% of participants showed an increased desire to combat climate change. The catalyst even propelled inducements in players that identified with politics that favor free market systems and often neglect or deny human complicity in bringing about global warming and environmentally destructive climate trends. The game's ability...