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Reclaimed wood home resembles barns in Sonoma Valley

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This modern farmhouse boasts several energy-efficient features

Energy 186

Pop-up prefab hospitals proposed as healthcare centers during pandemics

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Moved by the stories of COVID-19 patients and medical professionals, Studio Protoype designed a pop-up hospital made for quick assembly

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These recycled plastic tracksuits are naturally dyed with plants

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PANGAIA creates fabrics that are responsibly made to the benefit of the environment and your wardrobe

New Santa Monica City Services Building will produce more energy than it uses

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The City of Santa Monica will soon welcome a new civic building that will meet the Living Building Challenge

Energy 222

Fully circular office can be sustainably demounted and rebuilt in weeks

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In its latest example of circular construction, Dutch architecture firm cepezed has completed Building D(emountable), a modern structure that can be fully dismounted in the heart of Delft

Is almond milk bad for the environment?

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Almonds are a nutritious and satisfying food source, and almond milk is a top dairy alternative. But is our obsession with almond milk hurting our planet

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Sasaki weaves an ecological landscape into Tianfu Vanke City

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Sasaki Associates will preserve native species and emphasize aquatic life in this landscape architecture project

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Coronavirus and its impact on carbon emissions

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The drop in emissions at the expense of public health is far from sustainable

Health 227

These adorable fish lamps raise awareness of plastic pollution

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Heliograf found design inspiration from tiny, fish-shaped soy sauce packets

Upcoming vegan festivals around the US in 2020

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Find a vegan fest near you and enjoy all the plant-based food you could ever dream of eating

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Whimsical timber home in England is inspired by oast houses

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The architects found inspiration in traditional oast houses used for drying hops

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Offshore oil platforms are reimagined as self-sustaining homes

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A symbol of pollution becomes a beacon of sustainability

Saving the Scottish Wildcat from extinction

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Conservationists are rushing to save this unique wildcat

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Contemporary Camp O communes with nature in the Catskills

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Humble natural materials and modern sensibilities combine in Camp O, a light-filled house-studio nestled in the middle of the Catskills’ preserve.

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Sustainability for York National Railway Museum Central Hall

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London-based architecture practice Feilden Fowles has won an international design competition to create the new Central Hall for the National Railway Museum in York, England.

Carbon 169

A clean-energy school in southern France draws power from the sun

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In addition to its energy-saving and -producing features, the Ada Lovelace Secondary School features a bold and contemporary design to help boost the neighborhood’s ongoing urban revitalization efforts

Energy 224

Electric motorboat features a sleek Danish design

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The Leisure 28 is a modern, electric motorboat made from recycled plastic

The Garden House features greenery and bee-friendly landscapes

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The Garden House by Christos Pavlou Architecture is a physical representation of the potential for urban gardens to create micro-climates that improve the living conditions of cities rather than make additional contributions to climate change

Volkswagen revamps classic 1960s microbus into a cool electric ride

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VW has updated the classic T1 Samba Bus into an electric van called e-BULLI

Vincent Callebaut unveils bioclimatic LEED-Gold timber tower

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Known for their love of infusing modern structures with an abundance of greenery, the prolific Paris-based practice Vincent Callebaut Architectures has just unveiled their latest sustainable design.

California winery innovates with sustainable recycling creation

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In the California city of Paso Robles, architecture firm Clayton & Little has given old oil field drill stem pipes unexpected new life — as an equipment barn that offsets over 100% of the energy needs for a sustainably-minded winery

EPA suspends environmental law enforcement

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Businesses will not face any repercussions for polluting American air, land or water, as long as they can claim their practices are related to COVID-19

Law 173

Innovative food tracker uses app to help you live zero-waste

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The Bubble Food Tracker is an app-controlled food tracker that monitors products in your kitchen, keeping you aware of what you have in stock and your regular consumption habits, all to bring you closer to a zero-waste lifestyle

Waste 232

Zero-carbon home uses hemp fiber for innovative design

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As designers and architects continue searching for innovative, sustainable building materials, hemp is becoming a front runner in the world of green design.

Three prefab modules make up this contemporary rural home

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This stunning, prefab home features outstanding landscape views

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Project Blu turns plastic bottles into sustainable pet products

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Project Blu is transforming waste into comfy pet beds, stylish collars and fun toys for Fido and Fluffy

Waste 164

Dakota Access Pipeline placed under environmental review

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Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have, for many years, been voicing concerns about the likelihood of environmental hazards from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). And, once more, the DAPL has made headlines, thanks to a federal judge’s recent decision to strike down permits issued by the U.S.

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Sustainable city block in Hamburg goes for gold in energy-efficiency

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The mixed-use building is energy-efficient to boot

Fisker debuts an electric luxury SUV for $37,500 at CES

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The new Fisker Ocean, debuted at CES, will come with many sustainable features — inside and out

Prefab homes on stilts include solar panels, water collection systems and organic gardens

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Bali-based architect Alexis Dornier has unveiled a beautiful, eco-friendly concept for a series of prefabricated homes that are elevated off the landscape on stilts

Olli Ella releases capsule wardrobe made with organic cotton

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Olli Ella is creating long-lasting, organic cotton clothing designed for capsule wardrobes

Nearly 20 living trees support this lush garden arbor in Japan

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The architects created the new White Flower Arbor, a stunning open-air pavilion, supported by 17 living oak and cedar trees, that blurs the boundaries between nature and architecture

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Nonprofit plants 80,000 trees in Kenya and Rwanda

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The name of global environmental charity One Tree Planted seems excessively modest now, as they’ve just finished planting 80,000 trees in Africa. Rwanda got 60,000 new trees, and Kenya got 20,000

Africa 163

UK university unveils efficient, BREEAM-certified learning center

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The massive, three-level student center was built to be incredibly energy-efficient, so much so that the innovative design has already been BREEAM-certified for its sustainability profile

Where to order vegetable seeds online

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There's no better time than now to start a garden. Here are some tips for buying seeds and getting started

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This lovely lampshade is made from cabbage

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Veggie Lights are just that — lamp shades made out of red cabbage leaves

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5 Wellness trends that are bad for the environment

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Wellness is an ongoing pursuit that involves diet, exercise, mental health, and many other factors. But the activities that make us feel good might be causing harm to the planet without us even knowing

Health 200

Ramboll helps Lombok locals build earthquake-resistant bamboo housing

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Back in 2018 when Lombok was struck by several earthquakes, some of which measured up to magnitude 7, local communities around the seismic region were greatly affected by loss. After the series of earthquakes settled, there were over 500 dead, 129,000 homes damages and 445,000 people homeless

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Are these zero-carbon domes the future of sustainable housing?

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Geoship is creating affordable, zero-carbon dome homes

Carbon 186

PaperTale app shows the ethics and sustainability of clothing with a simple scan

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PaperTale is an app that scans smart tags on clothing to reveal the items' materials and how ethically they were made

Ethics 280