US Navy Gets Its First Shipment of Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell Vehicles

January 3, 2011 by  
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The US Navy just added a few good green  vehicles – Chevy Equinoxes, to be specific – to their fleet in Hawaii as part of an Aloha State initiative to make hydrogen fuel cells a realistic option for residents.

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Urban Oasis: Giant Solar Powered Flower Lights Up the Night

January 3, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Urban Oasis: Giant Solar Powered Flower Lights Up the Night http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arup , Arup lighting , Chelsea Flower show , chetwoods , eco design , environmental technologies , floral sculpture , green design , Laurie Chetwood , London Oasis , solar flower , Solar power sculpture , wind power sculpture

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Collared Greens

June 1, 2010 by  
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Today, we’re shining our CFL spotlight on Collared Greens, a eco-conscious clothing company from head to toe. Recently, green is sexy had an opportunity to talk to Founder and President Randy Ashton about how the company started, their CG/24 initiative, and even some great customer reaction stories.

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Green Tips from the Cast of Glee, How to Celebrate Earth Day with the Stars, and More

April 9, 2010 by  
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Photo via Jerk Magazine With the smash hit Glee , about highs and lows of a high school choir, coming back to the airwaves on April 13, the singing, dancing cast has been showing up all over–and showing off their talent for making green choices…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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7 Weird, Yet Helpful Green Tips from Celebrities

April 7, 2010 by  
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From cooking recipes for gas-free beans to sipping on sustainably sourced biodiesel, find out which of your favorite celebrities are serving up (at times) more than a little weird, yet helpful tips to leading greener lifestyles. A star finds an unusual cure for acne, excess phlegm, and other unmentionables; a Hollywood heartthrob and HBO star rummages through the lost-and-found; and a Grammy Award-winning musician suggests steamy shower sessions for curbing water consumption.

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The Office of the Future: How We Will Work in 2025

April 7, 2010 by  
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Shannon McGrath in Fast Company It started with glorious failure: Chiat/Day’s offices in the early 90s, designed by Frank Gehry. Cliff Kuang writes at Fast Company: “Each day, employees checked out a phone and a Powerbook at a concierge–and then scrambled to find one of the few available seats. Despite Jay Chiat’s bold vision, it was a fiasco: Employees reliant on paper used their car trunks as filing cabinets.

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Today on Planet 100: Massey Explosion (Video)

April 7, 2010 by  
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Greenbutts Cigarette Filters Create Garden of Flowers from Discarded Butts

April 7, 2010 by  
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Image via Greenbutts New patent-pending technology could turn cigarette butts into little flower pots.

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EcoJoe’s Hosts Carnival of the Green

January 18, 2010 by  
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Today marks Carnival of the Green #211 , and it’s being hosted by EcoJoe’s , a blog that reports on green thinking for the “average Joe.” You’ll find environmental news, eco-friendly experiments, and other green topics as well as a message forum with green tips and ideas. So head on over to this week’s jam-packed Carnival , which includes a round up of green news and events from the past week and your best green tweets, submitted by other bloggers and green sites. From black energy to making homemade soup to tax increases to he..

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Green Ways to Decorate and Design Your Kitchen

November 17, 2009 by  
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After decades of neglect, the environment is starting to receive the attention it deserves, and with good reason. As a result, some homeowners are choosing to implement green designs into their kitchens, especially since the kitchen can use a lot of energy through appliances that constantly run and water that regularly drips.

Here are several tips for each category in your kitchen so that you can choose a green decorating scheme based on your needs and budget.

Green Appliances and Water Saving Technology

Energy Star appliances are getting a lot of attention, and with today’s range of options and price ranges, upgrading your older appliances for more energy efficient options is viable. Energy Star appliances use anywhere from 10 to 50 percent less energy.

Don’t overlook your kitchen faucet as a potential source of water conservation. Especially if your budget doesn’t include new appliances, consider choosing a kitchen faucet with an aerator. You’ll have the same water pressure with less volume. A recirculation pump will keep your hot water in your tap, meaning no running the water for up to a minute waiting for hot water.

Big Ticket Items Going Green

Cabinets and countertops are seminal components that affect the look of your kitchen. If you are considering the possibility of refacing your current cabinets, one popular option is choosing a hardwood that wasn’t finished with urea formaldehyde, which emits harmful gasses. You can also choose green materials such as wheatboard that is finished with nontoxic products.

Recycled quartz countertops are the most popular green option, and are engineered by DuPont, CaesarStone, Silestone, Zodiaq and IceStone. These recycled quartz countertops are antimicrobial, mold and heat resistant. They offer a wide range of color options with good color depth and a hint of sparkle that will complement any kitchen.
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Green Underfoot

If you are considering updating your kitchen flooring, before you go the laminate flooring route, do some research into green options such as cork flooring, linoleum and bamboo or reclaimed hardwood. Bamboo is popular because it’s easily renewable and has been improved to be more durable as well as to stand up better to moisture. Cork is environmentally friendly and you’ll have a many options for color, just make sure you like the texture and look before committing.

Because linoleum is made from linseed oil, rosin and wood flour, it’s durable and environmentally friendly to produce. If you are set on tile, consider purchasing recycled tile that was well preserved, perhaps a terra cotta for a warm, rustic look.

Don’t Throw That Away!

Whether you are updating your entire kitchen or just several items, don’t overlook how you dispose of the items you’re replacing. After all, throwing your current appliances into the landfill won’t justify buying Energy Star appliances. Instead, either sell or donate your used appliances (if in working condition). This way, someone else will reuse them and this will prevent them from clogging a landfill. The same goes for replacing cabinets and even countertops. If you’re taking down your cabinets, take pictures first and try and sell the lot or donate to your local home improvement charity that will reuse your materials, such as Habitat for Humanity. This way, you’ll have done your part for the environment.

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