San Francisco breaks ground on new "Tunnel Tops" national park

November 7, 2019 by  
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Today, San Francisco has broken ground on “Tunnel Tops,” a new 14-acre national parkland that will span two sections across the top of the Presidio Parkway highway tunnels. Designed by New York-based James Corner Field Operations, the landscape architecture firm behind the High Line, the new park will include a campfire circle, scenic overlooks, a play area and more. The project is slated to open in fall 2021. Building on the international movement of turning post-industrial structures and underutilized transit areas into public green spaces, the new Presidio destination will provide direct pedestrian access from Crissy Field to the Presidio’s Main Post for the first time in eight decades. Created with input from more than 10,000 community members in the city, the elevated park will be free to access and provide dramatic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the bay, the Presidio and the San Francisco skyline. Related: James Corner Field Operations wins major competition to design a new national park in San Francisco Tunnel Tops will offer a variety of amenities for all of San Francisco’s communities and visitors. It will include interactive educational and recreational opportunities. Located directly adjacent to the newly opened Presidio Visitor Center and a planned transit center, Tunnel Tops will welcome guests with the Gateway Plaza and Visitor Center at the heart of the park. From there, visitors can explore the Campfire Circle; the spacious Golden Gate Meadow; a Cliff Walk with 360-degree panoramic views of the surroundings; the Crissy Field Center Youth Campus with new Learning Labs, a new Field Station and a new Youth Courtyard; and a multisensory learning environment for children called the Outpost. “The Tunnel Tops will provide greater access to fresh air, beautiful views, gardens and gathering spaces, where people can come to relax, play and connect with each other,” said Jean Fraser, CEO of the Presidio Trust. “Having a national park so close to downtown is part of what makes San Francisco great, and we hope it will inspire new visitors to discover the many things the Presidio, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and other national parks have to offer.” + Tunnel Tops + James Corner Field Operations Images via James Corner Field Operations

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Study shows reusable menstrual cups are safe and just as effective as tampons, pads

July 18, 2019 by  
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Reusable menstrual cups have been around for decades, but they are just starting to pick up in popularity. Most people can’t shake their familiar comfort with tampons and pads, but a new study indicates that the cup is just as effective as the disposables and has no health risks. If you can get past the learning curve and “ick” factor, the menstrual cup is one of the easiest and most sustainable options for your period. Reusable cups are typically made from silicone or rubber and are inserted into the vagina. The cup stays put via suction against the vaginal walls. A finger must be inserted to break the suction, and then the user removes the cup, empties its contents, washes it and reinserts it. It can stay for up to 12 hours. The initial cost of cups might seem expensive, around $40 USD, but they last up to 10 years. Related: 5 eco-friendly menstrual products that also protect women’s health The study in The Lancet Public Health used data from more than 3,000 people around the world and proved that the cup is safe and effective. Not only are there no associated health risks, including vaginal infection or discharge, but the cups are light, compact and easy to travel with. Once you get past the initial sticker price, cups are one of the most affordable options and could be helpful for people in poor and rural communities. “People in non-profits assume that [the cups are] not suitable,” said Mandu Reid, founder of The Cup Effect , which trains people how to use cup. “That’s based on presumptions about these women’s preferences. That they wouldn’t like them because they have to be inserted or because they don’t want to touch their own menstrual blood.” There is certainly an “ick” factor to get past and some challenges in areas with limited access to clean water ; however, the study found that 73 percent of first-time users expressed a willingness to continue using it. + The Lancet Public Health Via NPR Image via Shutterstock

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Recycling Prodigies Wanted! Big Prizes on the Line

November 16, 2016 by  
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Eco-minded students, listen up: You can be rewarded for your creativity and recycling prowess, thanks to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and JASON Learning. They’re holding a contest providing young filmmakers, artists and…

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Iridescent hand-folded metal panels clad Snøhetta’s Learning Center at Toronto’s Ryerson University

December 8, 2015 by  
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Recycling Contest: Bigger Than The Bin

November 12, 2015 by  
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When we think about recycling, we usually think about what can be placed in the blue bin. But what about all those things that aren’t so small? The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and JASON Learning have teamed up to challenge…

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Adorable Gobble furniture is made of recyclable cardboard to teach children about sustainability

July 6, 2015 by  
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It’s never too early to teach kids about the importance of green. Eco-conscious design firm Form Maker wants to make the learning process fun and easy with Gobble , a series of recyclable and lightweight cardboard furnishings ranging from chairs to toy boxes. Designed in the shape of animals like hippos and crocodiles, these adorable eco-friendly pieces boost ecological awareness and emit “nearly six times less carbon dioxide per kilogram compared to plastic.” Strong enough for an adult to stand on, the sturdy water-resistant pieces are built with an engineered fluted core held together by water-based adhesive with non-toxic ink. Want to get your hands on Gobble? Head over to their website to sign up for their email alerts to be the first to know when Gobble launches on Kickstarter! + Gobble 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: “green furniture” , eco form maker , Form Maker furniture , Gobble , Gobble cardboard furniture , Gobble furniture , kickstarter , reader submitted content , recyclable furniture

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INFOGRAPHIC: These pollution-busting houseplants will have you breathing easier

July 6, 2015 by  
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With all those nasty chemicals floating inside our homes, its no wonder that indoor air quality can be downright dismal. Gasses from things like benzene in paints and detergents, and formaldehyde in fabrics and furniture can build up, which may make you start longing for an expensive air filtration system. But fear not, NASA has released a list of pollution-busting plants that will not only beautify your home, but make your indoor breathing a little easier. Check out the following infographic from Barratt Homes for all the details and find out which plant reigns supreme in the fight against toxic air. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: These pollution-busting houseplants will have you breathing easier Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air filtering , air filtering houseplants , air filters , Air quality , best plants for air quality , filtering indoor air pollution , houseplants air quality , indoor air pollution , indoor air quality , Pollution

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SPONSORED: Hands-On Learning and Mentorship Are Encouraging More Women in the STEM Pipeline

November 11, 2014 by  
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Sponsored by Chevron See how Fab Labs are encouraging girls to embrace science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), giving them access to the tools and hands-on activities to develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in STEM. Visit The Atlantic to learn more. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: engineering , fab labs , girls education , math , science , STEM , Technology

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Auto-balancing Jyrobike for Kids Removes the Fear of Falling for First Time Riders

June 8, 2014 by  
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Learning to ride a bike is a classic rite of passage, but it can be incredibly daunting to kids scared of crashing or falling over. To help remove fears and streamline the learning process, a team of designers and cyclists has created Jyrobike , the world’s first auto balancing bicycle that uses gyroscopic precession to keep its rider upright. Currently available on Kickstarter , this magical bike eliminates the need for training wheels and can even shorten the learning process to just one afternoon! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: auto balancing bike. learn to ride a bike , bicycle kickstarter , bicycles , bike , jyrobike , jyrobike kickstarter , kickstarter , kid bike

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University of Chicago’s Daylight-Filled Early Childcare Center Earns LEED Gold

November 1, 2013 by  
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