Italy is giving away hundreds of historic castles and villas for free

May 17, 2017 by  
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Have you ever wanted to own your own castle – or perhaps an Italian monastery? Here’s your chance. As part of Italy’s Strategist Tourist Plan, the country is giving away 103 historic sites – including old houses, farmhouses, inns, monasteries and even ancient castles. However, only those who intend to renovate and transform the structures into tourist hotspots (such as restaurants and spas) will be granted a plot of historic property. The State Property Agency and Ministry of Cultural Heritage are responsible for spearheading the project, which aims to relieve some of the strain on the country’s most popular and overcrowded areas. In effect, lesser-explored destinations will receive an influx of tourists and local economies will benefit. State property agency employee Roberto Reggi told The Local : “The project will promote and support the development of the slow tourism sector. The goal is for private and public buildings which are no longer used to be transformed into facilities for pilgrims, hikers, tourists, and cyclists.” In total, 103 historic sites are available across the country. Many are located near the famous Appian Way – the Roman road that connects Venice with Brindisi on the southern coast. After the initial properties are claimed and foreigners begin exploring more destinations aside from Venice , 200 more sites will be included in the project over the next two years. This isn’t the first time Italy has relied on the public to restore its historic sites. The “ Lighthouse Project, ” for instance, has resulted in the Italian government auctioning off approximately 30 historic lighthouses to investors over the past two years. The requirement has been the same: transform the ordinary structures into hotels and tourist facilities . Additionally, the country raised €502 million for its “ Kill Public Debt Plan ” by putting 50 of its most prized sites up for action in 2013. Full details of the project can be found (in Italian) on the State Property Agency’s website . + State Property Agency Via The Local Images via Hand Luggage Only , SUWalls , Pinterest

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Research shows the UK tosses out 1.4 million edible bananas – a day

May 17, 2017 by  
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Grocery stores to food banks to big corporations like Walmart and Hasbro have all taken measures to combat food waste . But there’s still a long way to go in the fight: new research from United Kingdom (UK) supermarket chain Sainsbury’s reveals daily Britons still throw away 1.4 million bananas that could have been consumed. The study found one third of the nation’s inhabitants would throw out a banana even if it just had a minor bruise. UK charity organization WRAP assembled the Sainsbury’s study, and the results weren’t good. One in 10 Brits would discard a piece of the fruit solely for having a bit of green on the skin. Millions of bananas are thrown away every day, even though they could still have been eaten. 61 percent of Britons don’t use discarded bananas in baking , according to Sainsbury’s head of sustainability Paul Crewe, and the grocery store is hoping to do something about that. Related: Stop throwing away banana peels – eat them instead Crewe said they’re creating an in-store area aimed at inspiring Brits to bake with bananas. They’ll launch these new pop-up banana rescue stations in over 500 stores across the nation. At the rescue station people can grab a Sainsbury’s recipe for banana bread, and find the tools they need to bake their own loaf like mixing bowls, baking tins, and blenders. Crewe said, “While we’re pleased with the success of the in-store trial, we’re determined to help shoppers reduce the number of bananas going to waste at home too.” In November the store announced a one million pound, or around $1.29 million, fund for the second phase of their Waste Less, Save More project. The first phase saw a pilot program in the town of Swadlincote, testing waste-saving ideas and technology the company said could save families around 350 pounds, or $452, on food bills each year and could slash the town’s waste by 50 percent. They’ve also taken actions like getting rid of multi-buy promotions in favor of a lower price structure. Via edie.net Images via Pixabay and Pexels

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England is building 14 new garden villages with a total of 48,000 homes

January 3, 2017 by  
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England just announced plans to build 14 new garden villages , each of which will hold between 1,000 to 10,000 new homes. One of the villages near Cornwall named West Carclaze will offer 1,500 new homes with energy-efficient features. A solar farm and bike paths are said to be a part of the ecovillage, along with pubs and a primary school for hundreds of new students. In total, the 14 villages will add up to 48,000 new homes to the country. England’s new garden villages will operate as their own independent communities. The 14 new developments will offer a range of facilities for new residents – including primary schools and adult care centers, according to The Guardian . England’s housing ministry says the villages will boost local economies, although some locals already living near the proposed areas aren’t convinced. Related: Ecovillage at Ithaca offers sustainable living in a community setting Some see the expansion as unnecessary urban sprawl that threatens established communities and designated green belts. Some worry the villages will put stress on an already congested infrastructure , as well. The promise that the developments will be locally led, instead of federally imposed, quells some fears, though others see it as a paper-thin pledge. Via The Guardian Images via Annie Spratt , Wikimedia , Albert Bridge at Geograph

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A small modern home in Tel Aviv boasts big eco-friendly features

November 5, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: The greenest buildings in the world

March 13, 2015 by  
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Sustainability and environmentally friendly design has become an important part of the world of construction. This infographic explores some of the world’s most efficient buildings, ranging from structures as different as Arizona State University’s Student Health Services building to The Crystal in London. From geothermal heating systems to built-in wind turbines, the buildings outlined show just how we are pushing the envelope of green architecture . Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: The greenest buildings in the world Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , environmentally friendly architecture , environmentally friendly design , green architecture , Green architecture buildings , green buildings , greenest buildings in the world , infographic , reader submission , sustainable design , the crystal , The Pixel

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Salt Lake City’s New Zero Home is One of the Most Energy-Efficient Houses in the US

August 6, 2013 by  
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In San Jose, Purchase a Net Zero Home and Get a Free Tesla

June 26, 2013 by  
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If the American Dream is to own your own home with a car in the driveway, then a real estate agent in San Jose has quite possibly created the American Fantasy. Anyone willing to put down $1.35 million for a home in the Willow Glen neighborhood will also receive a Tesla Model S sedan . The listing agent has drawn a lot of attention to the four bedroom, three bathroom house with the promise of the electric vehicle, and to top it all off, the home was given a green makeover in February by SIDCO Home s (Sustainable Innovative Design & Construction). Read the rest of In San Jose, Purchase a Net Zero Home and Get a Free Tesla Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , electric sedan , energy star appliances , kgo-tv , mohan mahal , morris williams realty , net zero home , san jose , sidco homes , tesla model-s , willow glen        

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GREEN MY RIDE: Win a Brand New 7-Speed Linus Scout Bicycle + Accessories (Worth $645!)

June 26, 2013 by  
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The sun is out, the weather is warm, and the days are longer than ever — and pedaling around town on a brand new bicycle is the best way to savor all that summer has to offer! Inhabitat has teamed up with Linus Bikes to give one lucky reader a shiny new bicycle from their latest collection ! You could win a sweet package worth a whopping $645 — including a brand new 7-speed Scout bicycle , a  lightweight alloy rack  and an awesome  wire basket . All you have to do is share a photo with us that explains why you need this bike and why we should green your ride . The commenter with the best photo will claim the Scout  and all these great prizes as his or her own. The deadline for this giveaway is  Tuesday, July 9th, so enter today! HOW TO ENTER: 1. UPLOAD A PHOTO TO FACEBOOK  that shows why you need this bike and tag it with #GREENMYRIDE 2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW  with your explanation AND a link to your #GREENMYRIDE Facebook photo (make sure your photo is set to “public”—we can’t judge photos we can’t see!) 3.  SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE >  We’ll be announcing the winners in our  weekly newsletter , so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it! The deadline for this giveaway is  Tuesday, July 9th . We’ll pick the photo and comment we like best and announce the winner in our July 11th newsletter. THE DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, JULY 9th Read the rest of GREEN MY RIDE: Win a Brand New 7-Speed Linus Scout Bicycle + Accessories (Worth $645!) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bikes , free bike , free linus bike , green my ride , green my ride contest , green my ride giveaway , inhabitat giveaway , inhabitat green my ride , linus , linus bicycle , linus bike , linus bike basket , linus rear rack , linus scout , linus scout bicycle , scout bicycle , scout bike , summer contest , summer giveaway , win a bicycle , win a bike , win a linus bike        

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London’s 2012 Olympic Village to be Transformed into Affordable Housing Units

June 13, 2013 by  
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The greenest building is the one that’s already standing, and this week London officials announced that the buildings from the 2012 Olympic Village will be transformed into rental units, and many of them will be reserved for low-income housing. It has just been announced that the Olympic Village in London will be getting a face-lift to accommodate a new neighborhood, which London is calling the East Village. The East Village will have 2,818 brand new homes to be rented for this summer, and 1,379 of these homes will go to low-income Londoners. This is a great solution for London, since the city’s housing shortage was intensified by the global recession in 2007. Read the rest of London’s 2012 Olympic Village to be Transformed into Affordable Housing Units Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: affordable housing , Delancey , East Village , Get Living London , London , London 2012 Games , low income housing , olympic village , olympics , Qatari Diar        

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UC San Diego Develops a Firefighting Robot Capable of Creating 3D Images

June 13, 2013 by  
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Summer is here, and for many parts of the western United States that means fire season has officially begun. Scores of firefighters have already been battling blazes across the country. First responders could soon have an innovative new tool that can go where no human feet dare tread. Researchers at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have developed a Segway-like robot that is capable of exploring areas and taking thermal data to paint a 3D image. Using a pair of on-board RGB cameras, the machine can create virtual reality images in real time to assist firefighters. Read the rest of UC San Diego Develops a Firefighting Robot Capable of Creating 3D Images Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: conference on robotics and automation , firerfighter , first responder , Hong Kong , Jacobs School of Engineering , national science foundation robotics initiative , san diego fire rescue department , segway , thomas bewley , UC San Diego , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign        

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