UPS rolls out first e-bike delivery in the United States

December 8, 2016 by  
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The United Parcel Service (UPS) recently announced their first e-bike delivery program in the United States. Continuing wide-ranging sustainability efforts, the company chose Portland , Oregon to host their environmentally-conscious program. 109 years ago, UPS got its start delivering messages and packages via bicycle . Although the company eventually steered towards delivery by automobiles and airplanes, bikes may now be making a comeback, according to UPS Senior Vice President for Global Engineering and Sustainability Mark Wallace. On November 21, UPS’s special electronically-powered tricycle started making deliveries in Portland, a city the company chose because they already deliver via bicycle there seasonally. Related: This solar-powered e-bike has a top speed of 30 mph Portland mayor Charlie Hales said in a statement, “Portland, like all cities, is looking for ways to fight urban congestion and pollution. It’s great when a company like UPS brings us a unique solution that will help us combat climate change and protect the environment.” UPS’ e-bike could allow the company to ramp up sustainable delivery, as they can carry more, travel further, and navigate hills easier than traditional bikes. Deliverers can either pedal the bike or allow the electric motor powered by a battery to do the work. According to UPS, the e-bike is most energy-efficient when a human is pedaling and relying on battery power at the same time. UPS tested e-bike delivery service in 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, where they evaluated both bicycle and on-foot delivery methods. The successful experiment saw emissions reduced and traffic eased, according to UPS, and in 2015 it was announced the program would continue for two more years. UPS will now assess the e-bike’s design and reliability, and how well the bike fits into Portland. Should the pioneering pilot project work, the company hopes to deploy more e-bikes, possibly as soon as 2017. + United Parcel Service Images courtesy of United Parcel Service

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Rotterdam’s new Parkstad development puts urban parks on every block

December 8, 2016 by  
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The new Parkstad residential development will introduce a new city block typology to the city of Rotterdam . The project designed by DELVA Landscape Architects and Powerhouse Company will consolidate three large city blocks and form parks in the heart of each one. Real estate companies Stevast Baas & Groen and Syntrus Achmea commissioned DELVA Landscape Architects and Powerhouse Company to design a new layout for a large residential area on Rotterdam’s Laan op Zuid avenue, part of the Afrikaanderwijk neighborhood which lies in the Feijenoord district of the city. The team’s proposal won the tender for Parkstad in South Rotterdam, and will provide 250 owner-occupied and rental dwellings organized around three unique urban parks . Related: DELVA Landscape Architects created a community oasis for the city of Utrecht Undulating landscapes, vegetables gardens and play areas for kids will dominate the three parks, while warm-toned wood and brick facades will ensure harmony between the built and natural environment. The project’s construction is expected to begin in 2018 and conclude in late 2019 or early 2020. + DELVA Landscape Architects + Powerhouse Company

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IUCN warns giraffes are in the process of a ‘silent extinction’

December 8, 2016 by  
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Giraffe populations have plummeted so drastically in the past 30 years, they are now considered vulnerable to extinction. In 1985, 151,702 to 163,452 of the magnificent creatures graced the earth, but in 2015 those numbers dropped to just 97,562, a 36 to 40 percent decline , according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The group has called on governments assembling in Cancun, Mexico at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference to take action now before we lose giraffes forever. IUCN updated the status of giraffes on their red list , an authoritative catalog of animals from Least Concern to Vulnerable. Illegal hunting, civil wars, and habitat loss due to deforestation and farming have all played a part in their altered status. Related: Scientists just discovered there are four separate species of giraffes If you were unaware giraffe populations were plunging, you’re not alone – IUCN’s Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group Co-Chair Julian Fennessy told The Guardian giraffes are in the process of a “silent extinction,” and many conservationists didn’t even know about giraffes’ plight. ICUN Director-General Inger Andersen said there are over 85,000 species on the red list, with over 24,000 at risk of extinction, but some species are not on the list because they haven’t yet been studied. Andersen fears before they can even be described, they too will be facing extinction. She said, “This red list update shows that the scale of the global extinction crisis may be even greater than we thought. Governments gathered at the UN biodiversity summit have the immense responsibility to step up their efforts to protect our planet’s biodiversity – not just for its own sake but for human imperatives such as food security and sustainable development.” + International Union for the Conservation of Nature Via The Guardian Images via Wikimedia Commons and Daniel Ramirez on Flickr

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Halfbike is a totally new way to get around that feels like walking and riding a bike at the same time

April 9, 2015 by  
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Halfbike is a totally new kind of personal vehicle, built with the goal of awakening your natural instinct to move. The basic core of Halfbike is built on a bicycle design with a wheel connected to a crankset, but that’s where the familiar design ends. With a movement somewhere between walking and riding, the Halfbike becomes a natural extension of the body and allows you to control the vehicle with your entire body, honing your balance and reflexes as you move. It’s perfect for any kind of transportation, from commuting to recreation, and it is available now on Kickstarter . + Halfbike +Halfbike on Kickstarter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle commute , bicycle transport , fitness , green bicycles , green commute , green transportation , Halfbike , Halfbike Kickstarter , Halfbike transportation , personal fitness , personal transportation , Urban Bicycle

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OpenFarm’s community-created guides help you learn to grow anything

April 9, 2015 by  
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Backyard gardens and home-scale farms are popping up all over the world as people re-develop an interest in cultivating their own food, but gardening newbies can get a bit lost at times. While the ideal situation would be to learn alongside a seasoned gardener, most folks turn to the web for helpful tips and tricks. OpenFarm is a new open-source platform in which people can create guides to help others with their food-growing attempts, and can learn new info that others have shared. The site just launched after a successful Kickstarter campaign , and is in need of all kinds of growing guides, so if you have expertise with growing  vegetables , herbs, flowers, or even f ruit or nut trees , consider creating an account and creating some how-tos for others to benefit from! You’ll be teaching countless people how to grow their own food , empowering them from where you’re sitting right now. + OpenFarm The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: backyard farm , backyard farming , community gardening , food empowerment , food gardening , food security , Gardening , gardening guide , gardening info , open farm , open-source farming guide , open-source gardening guide , Openfarm , sharing information , urban farm , Urban Farming , urban gardening

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Super strong, lightweight cardboard bicycle costs just $10 to make!

January 11, 2015 by  
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Colorful Frii Concept Bike is Built from Injection-Molded Recycled Plastic

July 31, 2011 by  
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Israeli industrial design student Dror Peleg has designed a colorful concept that combines two of our favorite things: cycling and re cycling. Peleg’s Frii bike strays far from the norm – not only in material use, but in production – it’s made from recycled plastic that has been melted and injection molded into a lightweight, durable and colorful bike born anew. Read the rest of Colorful Frii Concept Bike is Built from Injection-Molded Recycled Plastic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle concepts , bike concepts , cruiser bike , diy bike , Dror Peleg , green bicycles , green bikes , injection-molded bikes , injection-molding , plastic bike , plastic bottle bike , recycled bicycles , recycled bike , Recycled Materials , Recycled Plastic

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INTERVIEW: David Pierce of Ohio Design

July 30, 2011 by  
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If you haven’t yet heard of OHIO , it’s time. Founded by David Pierce, the San Francisco -based design studio is turning out some of the most stunning, innovative and diverse modern furnishings anywhere. From a starkly minimalist steel and wood bench to a printed bedframe so seductive it was too sexy for an SF magazine’s sex issue, David Pierce tries everything. And succeeds. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: David Pierce of Ohio Design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , “sustainable furniture” , David Pierce , eco design , eco furniture , green design , OHIO , Ohio Design , san francisco designers , sara rich

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