A goodbye from Inhabitat founder Jill Fehrenbacher

June 7, 2017 by  
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After 12 years as the Editor-in-chief of Inhabitat.com, I say goodbye today — as I step down from running Inhabitat in order to focus on my soon-to-be-expanding-family. This change is bittersweet for me, as Inhabitat has been one of the central focuses and passions in my life for more than a decade. I started Inhabitat.com back in 2005 as a way to explore the power of design to improve the world for the better – first quitting my digital marketing job and then dropping out of grad school to focus on all of my energy, money and attention on growing the website. For years I put all of my blood, sweat and tears into growing Inhabitat to be the premiere website for green design and innovation, and I believe that our website has really made an impact in shaping the global conversation around what design can and should be. I worked on Inhabitat through the births of my two children, and even launched a parenting website the day before my first son was born – merging my personal and professional lives in a way that might not have been entirely healthy! I roped my husband into penning columns for Inhabitat , my kids made videos and starred in sponsored promotions , and this endeavor has always been more like my third child rather than just a job for me for more than a decade. But now that I have a real third baby coming, I realize I needed to make more time for my growing family. Inhabitat’s wonderful Managing Editor Mike Chino , who I have had the pleasure of working with for almost 10 years, will be taking over the leadership of this website moving forward. I want to thank him, and all of the amazing and inspiring people I have worked with over the past 12 years, who helped to make this site what it is today. First, the current Inhabitat team of Mike Chino , Tafline Laylin , Kristine Lofgren and Lucy Wang – thank you guys so much for all of your hard work, creativity and amazing ideas that you bring to Inhabitat on a daily basis. I know the site will be in great hands with their talents and I can’t wait to see how it evolves. I also want to give shout outs to my early partners in the fledgling years; creative-powerhouses Sarah Rich and Emily Pilloton – you guys have both gone on to do so many incredible and inspiring things, but Inhabitat to this day is still shaped by your input from so many years ago. I have so much gratitude for the Inhabitots and Ecouterre Managing Editors Jasmin Malik Chua and Beth Shea , and the many awesome editors and project managers I had the good fortune to work with over the years. And thank you to our early investor Thomas Ermacora for supporting the website, business advisor Shayne McQuade , and the folks at out parent company Internet Brands for taking a chance on our boutique website back in 2011. Finally, thank you to all of the readers, without whom Inhabitat wouldn’t be possible. I have met so many amazing people, and had so many inspiring conversations through the course of this project, and Inhabitat owes a lot to all of you. I look forward to seeing how Inhabitat evolves in the coming years. If you want to reach me, you can find me on social media and at my personal email address JillFehrenbacher at gmail.com

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50 Days In: How Trump Is Handling Eco Issues

March 13, 2017 by  
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With the Trump administration inspiring plenty of heated debate on a daily basis, one of the hot-button topics remains the earth. In the immediate aftermath of the election, environmentalists were worried about several issues, including climate…

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Eco Living Expedition: Why Two City Slickers Chose Off-The-Grid

May 26, 2016 by  
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What on earth could inspire two city slickers to shun the city life and set out on a new adventure? One that would challenge their knowledge and survival skills on a daily basis? Meet Jesse and Alyssa, who decided to leave behind their comfortable…

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Flow Batteries for Household Power Storage

March 31, 2016 by  
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Residential power storage options are starting to get more competitive with a flow battery being introduced to the market in Australia. Flow batteries have been something we’ve looked at for grid-scale storage , and the research into the technology has been making advances. But it has been primarily a utility-scale technology. However, the technology has been developed to suit a smaller scale, and a commercial version of a household-scale flow battery is coming to market in Australia with a 10kWh flow battery called ZCell . The ZCell uses a zinc bromide flow battery developed by the parent company Redflow . The Redflow battery offers several advantages over lithium-ion battery packs, including high temperature tolerance without a need for active cooling; full cycle depth available and no cycle depth limitations; no concern about thermal runaway; and an electrolyte that is also naturally fire retardant. The system has been announced with an installed price of “between $A17,500 and $A19,500 a system” (around 14,000 US dollars or 12,500 Euro). The annual average household energy demand for Australia (in 2010) of 7,227 kWh translates to about 19.8kWh per day, so the ZCell would only account for half of that if it was fully charged and then discharged on a daily basis. However, it is likely that many of the homes and businesses with the greatest interest in the ZCell would be more efficient than average. Local power storage such as the ZCell or the Tesla Powerwall allows direct storage of energy produced by solar panels or other on-site generation when that production exceeds demand, and then allows that stored energy to be used later, when needed. Local power storage can also be used for load-shifting in areas with tiered electricity rates, where higher prices charged for power during peak periods and off-peak periods have lower rates. In cases like that, the battery is charged during less expensive, off-peak times, and then the battery is used instead of the higher-priced grid power for things that need power during the peak periods of the day.

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Study Reveals That World Cash Supplies Are Contaminated With BPA

August 10, 2011 by  
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When you heard that the increasingly controversial plastics ingredient Bisphenol A, or BPA , was found in credit card receipts and other thermal copies you probably thought, Fine, I’ll use cash . But now there’s evidence that your good cash money is also contaminated with the stuff. Whether you’re using Euros, dollars, rubles or yuans, you’re being exposed to BPA on a daily basis. Read the rest of Study Reveals That World Cash Supplies Are Contaminated With BPA Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bisphenol A , BPA , cash , currency , environmental health , toxics

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Floating Islands Will Restore Life to Minnesota’s Spring Lake

August 10, 2011 by  
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What do you do with a “severely impaired” body of water and an unsightly shoreline park that is riddled with invasive species ?  Launch a series of luscious floating islands! In an effort to improve water conditions and restore natural habitats, the American Society of Landscape Architects has designed a series of seven  floating islands (aka floating treatment wetlands). The  islands , which mimic native wetlands, are constructed from non-toxic, post-consumer recycled plastics and then injected with inert polyurethane foam (the kind of stuff found in Memory Foam mattresses) for buoyancy. Read the rest of Floating Islands Will Restore Life to Minnesota’s Spring Lake Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae blooms , American Society of Landscape Architects , artificial island , ASLA , ASLA-MN , Climate Change , CO2 , contamination , eco design , eco habitat , eco-conscious , eco-friendly , Environment , environmental design , Floating Island , floating islands , floating treatment wetlands , green design , green infrastructure , green living , infrastructure , Minnesota , native species , natural habitat , nitrates , pH , polyurethane foam , Recycled Plastic , spring lake , sustainable design , sustainable living , water quality

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M DESIGN’s Builds Quirky New Designs Out of Trashed Furniture

August 10, 2011 by  
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As the official “Moving Day” of Montreal, Canada, every July 1st the city streets find themselves littered with abandoned  furniture . To save these pieces from dumpster doom, designer Marjolaine Poulin has made an art out of collecting the unwanted and creatively giving them new life as quirky designs with a whole lot of character. Going as far as to cutting and fusing two or more unlikey pieces together, to simply giving an exisiting form an unexpected splash of color, each of her creations are unique and highlight the possibilities of reuse. + M Design Via Recycleart Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , eco-friendly materials , m design , Marjolaine Poulin , montreal moving day , recycled furniture , Recycled Materials , scrap project

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Glenn Beck: Environmentalists Will Strangle You in Your Sleep (Video)

October 15, 2010 by  
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Photo: Indyposted We all know how Glenn Beck feels about environmentalists — his standard line holds that they’re some kind of undercover socialist agents looking to overthrow the American way of life.

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Weekday Vegetarian: Cauliflower with Salsa Verde

October 15, 2010 by  
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Photo: Kelly Rossiter I love the flavour of lemon and capers together. I like a sauce that is so piquant that it makes your mouth pucker. My husband isn’t so crazy about it, so it’s one of the first things I think to make for myself if he isn’t going to be home for dinner.

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break(er) dance.

April 10, 2010 by  
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Want to save max energy (and money) the next time you go out of town? Flip off breakers on large appliances (the ones you can’t move to unplug) when you leave your house for extended periods. For every day energy trimming, unplug out-of-use appliances such as coffee makers, microwaves, cell-phone chargers, computers and lamps.

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