Splinter Creek is a sustainable community of 26 lakeside homes in Mississippi

October 3, 2017 by  
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The owners of Splinter Creek , a property situated among 650 acres of pine forest, lakes and meadows in Mississippi , originally purchased the land for timber. But once they began harvesting, they realized how stunning the local ecosystem was, and decided to share the land to create a carefully considered community development around three spring-fed lakes. Helping them realize this vision, architecture firms Lake Flato , Lang Architecture and the Loch Collective conceived a masterplan of rustic homes built in concert with the environment. While Texas-based architecture firm Lake Flato produced a master site plan of roads, trails, and common structures, Lang Architecture focused on creating a concept design for a rustic modern lake house that blends seamlessly into the natural landscape . The Loch Collective produced the outdoor plan for the concept house, as well as a unique seed mix of wildflowers and native grasses for the adjacent meadows and wetlands. Related: Gorgeous Jardines del Sur House combines concrete, glass and native wood from the south of Chile The architects drew inspiration from the classic agrarian buildings of the area and came up with a design that integrates into the natural landscape and maximizes views of the pristine lakes and ridges of pine and hardwood forests. “We think holistically about the land. So it’s not just as simple as figuring out how to design one house,” said Lake Flato founder Ted Flato. “It’s, ‘What should the land be? And where should a house go?’ Our approach is architecture that’s very connected to its place.” Related: Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy The property features 26 ready-to-build sites defined by creeks and terrain. New owners can bring in their own design and builders or choose a turnkey option of the Splinter Creek concept house, with the possibility of customizing the original design to fit individual tastes and lifestyles . + Splinter Creek + Lang Architecture + Lake Flato + Loch Collective

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BREAKING: Scotland bans fracking indefinitely

October 3, 2017 by  
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Go, Scotland! After hearing an overwhelming response from the public on the process of fracking , the country’s government put an “effective ban” on the controversial technique. Scotland’s energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse, told MSPs that the practice “cannot and will not take place in Scotland .” Wheelhouse said there is little economic justification for fracking, and that the ban would deeply cut Scotland’s climate emissions. Over 65,000 people showed up to the public consultation on fracking; reportedly, 99 percent opposed the process. The energy minister said allowing fracking would cause “Long-lasting negative impacts on communities,” as well as impact Scotland’s public health and the environment. As a result, the moratorium which was put in place since 2015 would continue “indefinitely.” He said, ”The decision I am announcing today means that fracking cannot and will not take place in Scotland.” In 2015, the country banned fracking and underground coal gasification. This development followed a series of reports on the potential health, environmental and economic effects of allowing the technique. Once Wheelhouse saw that 99 percent of the public opposed fracking, he realized “there is no social licence for unconventional oil and gas to be taken forward at this time”. Related: Ireland set to ban fracking after both houses of Parliament pass bill Environmentalists are celebrating the move. WWF Scotland official Sam Gardner said it was “excellent news.” He said, “the climate science is clear” that dirty fuels should be “left in the ground.” However, some are saying the move did not go far enough. Labour MSP Claudia Beamish, for instance, argued that the ministers were “merely extending” the existing moratorium which “could be overturned at any point at the whim of a minister.” The Scottish Green agrees that a permanent ban needs to be instated. Mary Church, of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said ministers should “go further than relying on planning powers” and “instead commit to passing a law to ban the fracking industry for good.” Not everyone is in favor of the move. Scottish Conservatives say Scotland will miss out on a “much-needed economic boost” and high-skilled jobs. Tory MSP Dean Lockhart commented that ministers had “ignored scientific and economic evidence to take a “short-sighted and economically damaging decision which is nothing more than a bid to appease the green elements of the pro-independence movement.” According to Wheelhouse, MSPs will be given a vote on the issue later this year before a final decision is made. The BBC reports that because only Conservatives oppose the ban, the vote is likely to be a formality and nothing more. Via BBC , The Guardian Images via  Claudia Beamish MSP , Pixabay,   Wikimedia Commons  and DepositPhotos

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GM’s plans for "all-electric-future" spell doom for fossil fuel industry

October 3, 2017 by  
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General Motors , a symbol of 20th century automotive domination, has decided to embrace the “all-electric future” of the 21st century and beyond, declaring that someday in the near future, it will produce and sell only electric cars . “General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, GM’s chief of global product development. “Although that future won’t happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles.” To accelerate into this future, GM announced two new electric car models, scheduled to be released next year, followed by an additional 18 all-electric models by 2023. General Motors is riding high as it shifts gear into electric; the car company was the third-largest in the world in 2016. Because of its immense size, the company would not yet commit to a specific year in which it would make the transition away from combustion engine cars. However, its recent actions speak as loud as its words. At a press event on Monday, GM revealed several concept designs for upcoming electric vehicles, including an SUV, a crossover, a non-traditional model which resembled a small, boxy bus, and Surus, a heavy-duty truck with two electric motors, powered by fuel cells. Related: Renault’s Trezor is the electric car of the future Though renowned already as a pioneer in the field, thanks in part to its Chevy Bolt, GM will face heavy traffic on the road ahead. Tesla , Volvo, Nissan, Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover have all made various moves into the electric car industry, with more expected in the future. Ford, a fellow Big Three American automaker, announced on Monday, the same day as GM’s press event, that it will form an “Edison Group,” focused on the development of electric cars. “We see an inflection point in the major markets toward battery electric vehicles,” said Sherif Marakby, head of electrification and autonomous vehicles at Ford. “We feel it’s important to have a cross-functional team all the way from defining the strategy plans and implementation to advanced marketing.” Via Washington Post Images via Car and Driver  and Wikipedia

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Infographic: The Benefits of Home Automation Systems

February 25, 2014 by  
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Did you know that home automation systems can lower your electricity bills, improve energy efficiency, and boost your home’s security to boot? Today’s smart systems allow you to monitor your lights and thermostat as well as your locks and security system, saving energy while providing peace of mind. My Alarm Center just launched a new infographic that shows how a home automation system can save you up to $1,352 every year – check it out after the break! 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! Read the rest of Infographic: The Benefits of Home Automation Systems Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , Green Building , green building systems , green design , green home , green lifestyle , green lighting , home automation , infographic , smart grid , smart home , sustainable design , Sustainable Home Design        

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HOW TO: Use a Carbon Footprint Calculator to Maximize Energy Savings

February 17, 2014 by  
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Carbon calculator photo from Shutterstock At one time or another, you’ve probably used a carbon calculator to find out how you’re impacting the planet. But what’s next? What happens after you know how many tons of emissions you’ve caused? Your carbon footprint is tied directly to how much energy you consume. By reducing one, you effectively reduce the other. It’s time to leverage the information gained calculating your carbon footprint to save energy and money each month – read on to learn how. Read the rest of HOW TO: Use a Carbon Footprint Calculator to Maximize Energy Savings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , carbon calculator , carbon footprint , energy efficient living , Energy Savings , green design , green lifestyle , green living , how to use a carbon calculator , sustainable design , sustainable lifestyle        

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Ecover to Launch Bottles Made From Salvaged Sea Plastic and Bioplastic

September 26, 2013 by  
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Two million plastic bottles are used in the UK every day, and over 50% of them are recycled. To help ensure the sustainability of its cleaning products, Ecover introduced a new plastic made from sugarcane that is 100% renewable, reusable, and recyclable, and the company has also partnered with Waste Free Oceans to salvage plastic waste from the sea and turn it into new bottles. Check out the infographic after the jump a closer look at the ways this innovative company is closing the loop. 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! Read the rest of Ecover to Launch Bottles Made From Salvaged Sea Plastic and Bioplastic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bioplastic , ecover , green design , green lifestyle , plant-astic , Plastic bottles , Recycled Materials , Recycled Plastic , recycling , Recycling initiatives , sea plastic , sustainable design , water issues        

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Infographic: The Environmental Benefits of Proper Waste Disposal

September 13, 2013 by  
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Did you know that North America alone produces 50% of the world’s garbage? TheJunkGuys recently created an eye-opening infographic on the ‘ Benefits of Trash Removal ’ that shows the big picture of trash in North America and explains it is imperative to dispose of it properly. The infographic is full of statistics on garbage and trash production in North America, and it brings to light some interesting facts about garbage – like harmful chemical components and the cost of disposing of trash. Check it out after the jump! 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! Read the rest of Infographic: The Environmental Benefits of Proper Waste Disposal Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Benefits of Trash Removal , e-waste , electronic waste , green lifestyle , infographic , north america , thejunkguys , trash , Waste , Waste reduction        

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Recycled Wood Plant Pickets Point out Fruits and Veggies in Your Edible Garden

June 24, 2013 by  
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Plant Pickets are recycled eight-inch wood stakes that can be stuck into the ground to help organize the complexity of edible gardens. Whether you’re growing broccoli, tomatoes, peas, or kale, Plant Pickets make it easy to identify your crops with transparent windows that display different varieties of fruits and veggies. + Plant Picket 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: edible garden , Gardening , green design , green lifestyle , plant picket , Recycled Materials , recycled wood , salvaged wood , sustainable design , urban gardening        

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Sales of gDiapers’ “Gift of Love” gPants Benefit Hands to Hearts International

January 26, 2013 by  
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Just in time for Valentine’s Day,  gDiapers  is debuting its new “Gift of Love” gPant diaper, featuring a rainbow hued print of X’s and O’s. In addition to reducing your impact on the Earth, you can feel good about supporting a good cause with your green lifestyle choice, as a portion of the proceeds from gDiapers’ “Gift of Love” gPants will be donated to  Hands to Hearts International , their global partner, to support their ongoing gift of love to women and children across the world. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: diapers , eco friendly diapers , gdiapers , gift of love , gpants , green parenting , hands to heart international , Inhabitots , parenting , valentine’s day

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Infographic Shows Which Cities are Embracing the Green Revolution Around the World

December 6, 2012 by  
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Countries around the world are becoming increasingly conscious of environmental issues, and major metropolitan centers are the new front line in the struggle to go green. But how are big cities taking on the challenge? This infographic from HouseTrip examines the measures being employed – from water consumption statistics to green building initiatives – in an attempt to find out which cities are embracing the green revolution. Check it out after the jump! 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! Read the rest of Infographic Shows Which Cities are Embracing the Green Revolution Around the World Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: global development , Green Building , green design , green graphics , green lifestyle , greenest cities in the world , housetrip , infographic , sustainable design , sustainable lifestyle , Urban design , world’s greenest cities

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