The Obamas just revealed a first look at the new Presidential Center in Chicago

May 3, 2017 by  
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Former president and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama just revealed plans for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. The park-like campus will feature three buildings including a museum, a forum and a library. The highlight of the design is the museum, which is clad in light-colored stone and stands as a sort of “lantern” for the campus. Designers are focusing on merging the best of the outdoors with the best of the indoors by including plenty of green spaces, green roofs , and public gardens. The campus, located in the neighborhood Jackson Park, will host exhibition space, education rooms, a restaurant, public gardens, and the Presidential library, which will house documents, photos and artifacts from Obama’s time in office. Related: Obama’s presidential library will be set in Chicago’s Jackson Park Pathways will criss-cross the campus, allowing visitors to walk from green spaces on the ground level to the green roofs of the two lower buildings. An outdoor plaza will connect everything together. The design was created by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and will cost approximately $500 million to construct. Once completed, the buildings will comprise 200 – 225,000 square feet. Via The Chicago Tribune images via The Obama Foundation

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Cadillac unveils their new CT6 Plug-in Hybrid – a large, green luxury sedan

May 3, 2017 by  
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Cadillac is pushing a new green car strategy they hope will make a bigger impact than their ELR plug-in hybrid – a low-performing vehicle in terms of sales success. Rather than produce a standalone plug-in hybrid , like the ELR, Cadillac will release plug-in hybrid versions of its regular lineup, starting with the new 2017 CT6 Plug-in Hybrid. The 2017 CT6 plug-in hybrid is just now reaching showrooms, giving Cadillac a rival to other luxury sedan plug-ins, like the Mercedes-Benz S 550e, BMW 740e and Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid. The CT6 plug-in hybrid can travel up to 31 miles in electric mode, which is better than the embarrassing 12 mile EV range that the S550e manages to squeeze out of its battery. If you open the hood, you won’t see a V6 or large V8 engine, like many Cadillac loyalists are used to. Instead, the CT6 plug-in hybrid is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine and two-motor electric variable transmission. A large lithium-ion battery powers the electric part of the system from behind the backseat and takes up to 4.5 hours to fully recharge on a 240-volt outlet. Related: Honda steps up with new green car strategy In total, the system generates 335 horsepower and 432 lb-ft. of torque, which puts it directly in the middle of the CT6 lineup, with only the twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 beating it. The CT6 plug-in hybrid can reach 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and has a 62 combined MPGe rating. Plus the 31-mile driving range is longer than almost every other plug-in hybrid on the market, with the exception of the Chevy Volt and BMW i3, but neither of those models are as luxurious or comfortable. On the road the CT6 tries to find the perfect balance between performance and efficiency. You can select between three driving modes: Tour, Sport and Hold. Tour is the standard setting, but if you want a more exciting driving experience, there’s the Sport mode with its more aggressive pedal mapping and steering response. The Hold mode allows the driver to save the EV range for later use, maybe in a city center, for example. There are also four selectable battery regen modes to recuperate as much energy as you want. The strongest setting almost allows for one pedal driving, which is something that makes the i3 so great to drive in traffic. What’s it like to drive the CT6 Plug-in Hybrid? Driving around Los Angeles in the CT6 Plug-in Hybrid, it’s easy to forget you’re driving an electrified Cadillac. The instantaneous torque makes acceleration a breeze and the 31-mile EV range is enough for short errands around town. With a 0-60 mph time of only 5.2 seconds, the CT6 Plug-in Hybrid can speed past many sports cars. Although it is fast, it’s still not a true sports sedan. If you’re looking for a sportier driving experience, you’ll probably want to check out the Panamera instead, but if you’re in the market for a large, luxurious sedan, without the fuel economy penalty, the CT6 Plug-in Hybrid is hard to beat. Pricing for the 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in hybrid starts at $75,095. It only comes in one trim with standard features like, a head-up display, panoramic sunroof, rear seat infotainment system and the Enhanced Vision package. Images @Inhabitat and Cadillac + Cadillac

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Revolution Foods Launch ‘Grow Food. Give Food.’ Campaign to Transform America’s School Meals

December 31, 2013 by  
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Trying to improve kid’s diets is tough, even with Michelle Obama on the case. But California based Revolution Foods —a company started by two moms—is looking to transform the way America eats by providing healthy and affordable meals to all school children. Nutrition is at the heart of the meals they offer, and so far they’ve served over one million fresh dishes in public schools across the country. Now, the team has paired up with Back to the Roots  to kick off their awesome “Grow Food, Give Food” campaign, a national movement to bring kids more veggies. Read the rest of Revolution Foods Launch ‘Grow Food. Give Food.’ Campaign to Transform America’s School Meals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: back to the roots , food revolution , green meals , grow food give food , healthy food , Michelle Obama , nutrition , revolution foods , Revolution Foods – Grow Food. Give Food , school meals , sustainable food        

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Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

December 31, 2013 by  
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  Photo © Shutterstock A recent Reuters report reveals that a black labor market run by Japanese gangsters, or yakuza, has been using taxpayer funds to clean up radioactive fallout in northern Japan. The gangs have been rounding up homeless men and illegally putting them to work for less than minimum wage. These exploited workers are often charged for food and shelter, which just makes the situation worse when they end up in debt to their employers. Due to the dangerous nature of the job , it’s been hard to find enough workers for the project, which is already running behind schedule and expected to take decades to complete . Read the rest of Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima , fukushima cleanup , government corruption , homelessness , Japan , minimum wage , nuclear disaster , nuclear power , nuclear power plant , nuclear reactor , nuclear waste , workers rights        

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13 Green Design Valentines for the Designers, Architects and Visionaries We Love!

February 14, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of 13 Green Design Valentines for the Designers, Architects and Visionaries We Love! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architect crush , design crush , designer crush , eco valentine’s day , flora grubb , green crush , green valentines day , hot architects , hot designers , hottest eco architects , hottest eco designers , inhabitat crush , inhabitat crushes , inhabitat valentines , jennifer siegel , jonas damon , Joshua Katcher , Kengo Kuma , lousie campbell , Michelle Obama , Pepe Heykoop , thomas heatherwick , valentine’s day , valentines to architects , valentines to designers

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Michelle Obama Launches Book to Help Encourage Aspiring Gardeners to Plant Edible Patches Across the US

May 30, 2012 by  
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First Lady Michelle Obama has launched her first book ‘American Grown’ as part of her awesome mission to get children across the US off the couch and into gardens to learn about healthy food! With a smiling face adorning the cover, and a title like  ‘American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America ‘, the colorful book looks like a pretty uplifting read. In it, First Lady Obama combines her own personal experience of  growing an “ edible garden” with those stories of people all around the country, and she heartfully encourages readers to try and grow their own healthy produce. Read the rest of Michelle Obama Launches Book to Help Encourage Aspiring Gardeners to Plant Edible Patches Across the US Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: american grown , book launch , childhood obesity , community gardening , edible garden , first lady , gardening initiatives , healthy eating , lets move , Michelle Obama , national parks foundation

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Walmart Announces Healthy Food Label and Effort to Reduce Sodium, Fat and Sugar Intake

February 8, 2012 by  
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When the world’s largest retailer says it is doing something to make people healthier, we listen. Walmart announced this week that they are reducing fat, sugar and sodium in their private-label foods, and will start marketing other healthy food items in April with their new “Great for You” icon. Walmart is already the largest seller of organic produce in the United States , and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the big blue retailers green initiatives. Though they aren’t all green, they are doing a lot to bring affordable, healthy food and eco-education to the masses and for that we say, bravo. Read the rest of Walmart Announces Healthy Food Label and Effort to Reduce Sodium, Fat and Sugar Intake Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biggest green retailer , environmental efforts , food label , great for you , green retailer , healthy food , healthy food label , largest green retailer , largest organic produce retailer , Michelle Obama , obama healthy food initiative , obesity epidemic , organic food , sustainability efforts , walmart , walmart green , walmart healthy food initiative , walmart healthy food label , walmart organic

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IRS Provides Tax Break to Breastfeeding Moms

February 27, 2011 by  
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Photo: paparutzi Breastfeeding is easier on the planet because formula takes energy to produce, transport, and it wastes space in landfills. Not to mention that breastfeeding is the most natural means of giving your baby the best possible start. Michelle Obama even promoted breastfeeding as a means of reducing childhood obes..

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Lessons on Obesity from Michelle Obama’s Historic Summit

April 22, 2010 by  
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Image credit: David DeFranza Recently, Grist attended the White House Childhood Obesity Summit and they walked away with some key insights into the nation’s new approach to food policy…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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School Meals Can Rock! Does Yours?

April 12, 2010 by  
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Truman School Green River (WY) Classroom Tasting Party Image via Meals That Rock! School lunch programs are often criticized for their lack of nutrition. But now, just as Jamie Oliver joins the North American food revolution with his U.S

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