Tiny house startup Getaway to launch off-grid tiny homes in NYC this weekend

May 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Tiny house startup Getaway to launch off-grid tiny homes in NYC this weekend

For New Yorkers who aren’t able to make it out of the hot city this summer, a few off-grid retreats will be popping up in NYC. Starting this Memorial Day, tiny home startup Getaway will launch three of their compact cabins on the shoreline of the Gateway National Recreation Area. Getaway at Gateway will provide lucky guests with all of the comforts of off-grid living – without even leaving the city! Getaway cabins are furnished tiny homes that are normally located in a remote wilderness setting about two hours away from either Boston or New York. Following the company’s ethic of “less is more,” they’re designed to be completely off-grid for those looking to get away from the chaos of their daily lives. Related: MUJI to sell eagerly awaited $27k minimalist tiny homes this fall Perfect for a romantic getaway, writer’s retreat , or just a complete do-nothing weekend, the cabins have all the basic necessities – a comfy queen bed, full kitchen, bathroom, and heating. Instead of receiving a Wi-Fi password upon check in, guests will find board games and books to pass the time. Each cabin also comes with a guide with helpful tips for off-grid living such as knot tying, stargazing, and fire building. The off-grid cabins , which typically run about 160 to 200 square feet, were designed by the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The subsequent startup named Getaway received a whopping $15 million in funding earlier this year. This summer’s popup event will be a first for the company and will run from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Reservations can be made at Getaway at Gateway . + Getaway at Gateway Photography by Sarah Ruehlow, Ball and Albanese and Roderick Aichinger

Read the original: 
Tiny house startup Getaway to launch off-grid tiny homes in NYC this weekend

Envirohaven’s super green geodesic homes can be built in just a few days

May 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Envirohaven’s super green geodesic homes can be built in just a few days

Geodesic homes are extremely energy efficient – and they’re a great option for those looking to reduce their footprint while living off the grid. Nevada-based company, Envirohaven , is offering beautiful, custom-made “eco havens” that can be constructed virtually anywhere in just a few days. At 1,600 square feet, the prefab structures are not exactly “ tiny homes “, but their decagon shape only measures 32 feet across. The design is ultra-efficient, affordable, and can be custom made to suit individual tastes. For easy assembly, the structures come with a set of site-specific engineered plans that are guaranteed to qualify for local building permits. Related: Zendome: Gorgeous Geodesic Domes Create Flexible Green Spaces The homes can be built using 30 percent less materials than conventional structures of similar stature. Each home ordered comes standard with sustainable green windows , siding sheeting, and a waterproof coating. They can be equipped with solar panels on the roof as well. Due to the nature of the decagon design, which places the core of the home in the center, energy consumption is minimal. Heating and cooling the home requires minimal energy thanks to the close proximity of the rooms. According to the Environhaven team, an entire house can be heated with a just a simple pellet stove – even in extreme cold climates. The many windows also help provide optimal air circulation during the warmer months while filling the home with a natural light . + Environhaven

Read more from the original source: 
Envirohaven’s super green geodesic homes can be built in just a few days

Obama creates two new western national monuments in last minute effort

December 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Obama creates two new western national monuments in last minute effort

The clock is ticking. Before the United States and the world is snapped by political whiplash on January 20, 2017, the Obama Administration is working quickly to secure its environmental legacy by creating new national monuments in environmentally sensitive areas of the Western United States: Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and Gold Butte National Monument. As usual, the land on which these new public resources have been created has been fiercely contested for their political and economic significance. President Obama has nonetheless pushed forward with the national monuments to cap off an ambitious and sometimes controversial environmental agenda that his successor will likely seek to dismantle. The establishment of Bears Ears National Monument in the Four Corners region of Utah , a state where two-thirds of the land is owned by the federal government, represents a victory for the American Indian tribes that have called the region home. In an historic first, an inter-tribal commission composed of members from the Hopi, Navajo, Uintah and Ouray Ute, Ute Mountain Ute and Pueblo of Zuni will be established to provide management input of the national monument, which contains sacred sites, ancient petroglyphs, and remnants of Pueblo structures over 3,500 years old. Most elected officials in Utah are opposed to the site’s protection, though the state’s congressional delegation had supported a scaled-back plan. “The midnight move is a slap in the face to the people of Utah, attempting to silence the voices of those who will bear the heavy burden it imposes,” said Republican US Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Chaffetz intends to seek assistance from President-elect Trump in abolishing the national monument. Related: President Obama establishes controversial new National Park in Northern Maine The Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada is similarly packed with politics. Supported by retiring Democratic Senator Harry Reid but opposed by Nevada’s Republican Representatives, the national monument outside of Las Vegas will preserve 300,000 acres of ecologically sensitive, pristine land that contains important archaeological sites and rare fossils. Gold Butte carries special significance because of its proximity to the site of the armed standoff led by rancher Cliven Bundy in 2014. The establishment of these national monuments “protect some of our country’s most important cultural treasures, including abundant rock art, archaeological sites, and lands considered sacred by Native American tribes,” said President Obama in a statement. “Today’s actions will help protect this cultural legacy and will ensure that future generations are able to enjoy and appreciate these scenic and historic landscapes.” Through authority granted under the 1906 Antiquities Act, President Obama has protected more land than any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. His successor and his supporters seek to use the Act, which allows for the creation of national monuments without congressional approval, to unilaterally remove protections, a policy that has not been attempted in modern times. Via the Guardian  / Washington Post Images via Ron Reiring   (1)

Read more:
Obama creates two new western national monuments in last minute effort

Poland is planning to log one of the last primeval forests of Europe

March 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Poland is planning to log one of the last primeval forests of Europe

One of the last remaining untouched forests in Europe will be opened up to logging activity , according to Poland ’s environment minister. Around 180,000 cubic meters (6.4 million cubic feet) of wood will be taken from Bialowieza Forest over the next decade, much to the disappointment of environmentalists and naturalists. While government officials say the logging efforts will be controlled and limited, others worry this may be the beginning of the end of Europe’s last primeval forest, as well as the wild creatures who call it home. Read the rest of Poland is planning to log one of the last primeval forests of Europe

Excerpt from: 
Poland is planning to log one of the last primeval forests of Europe

Breathtaking photos show U.S. National Parks illuminated by LED hoop tricks

October 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Breathtaking photos show U.S. National Parks illuminated by LED hoop tricks

Read the rest of Breathtaking photos show U.S. National Parks illuminated by LED hoop tricks

More here: 
Breathtaking photos show U.S. National Parks illuminated by LED hoop tricks

Sweden’s house-in-a-greenhouse grows food sustainably with recycled wastewater

October 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Green, Recycle

Comments Off on Sweden’s house-in-a-greenhouse grows food sustainably with recycled wastewater

Read the rest of Sweden’s house-in-a-greenhouse grows food sustainably with recycled wastewater

See more here:
Sweden’s house-in-a-greenhouse grows food sustainably with recycled wastewater

SHIFT_DESIGN installs a beautiful vertical garden at Urban Outfitters’ Philadelphia headquarters

September 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on SHIFT_DESIGN installs a beautiful vertical garden at Urban Outfitters’ Philadelphia headquarters

Design firm SHIFT_DESIGN recently installed a beautiful living wall for Urban Outfitters’ headquarters at the Philadelphia Navy Wall. The vertical garden is the latest collaboration between SHIFT_DESIGN and URBN—in 2013, the design firm installed a unique tile-based green roof system on the same building. Both the living wall and the green roof are made from locally sourced materials and help collect and filter stormwater runoff. SHIFT_DESIGN is currently working on a project for the National Parks Service and The Philadelphia Water Department to install a living wall with stormwater management capabilities in Center City. + SHIFT_DESIGN 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 more here:
SHIFT_DESIGN installs a beautiful vertical garden at Urban Outfitters’ Philadelphia headquarters

GustaVino is a 3D-printed wine holder that can be endlessly customized for any space

September 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on GustaVino is a 3D-printed wine holder that can be endlessly customized for any space

GustaVino is a stylish and versatile modular wine rack made from renewable materials that can be reproduced in any 3D printer . The light, organic form was inspired by the work of Gaudi, in particular the application of his studies of trees and bones to create beautiful structures of natural engineering. GustaVino is a symmetrical interlocking component that can be combined countless ways to hold any number of wine bottles in any space. It’s a flexible and scalable wine rack that follows your wine collection growth. GustaVino is versatile enough that you can display your wine collection horizontally, vertically or even pyramidal. For instance, using only 3 pieces you can hold 3 or 4 bottles depending on how you arrange them! Moreover, The space inside the honeycomb accommodates a wide wine ranges of bottles. Register on GustaVino’s website to be the first to know about their Kickstarter campaign! + GustaVino 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!

Here is the original: 
GustaVino is a 3D-printed wine holder that can be endlessly customized for any space

10 of the most gorgeous national parks you’ve likely never heard about

April 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on 10 of the most gorgeous national parks you’ve likely never heard about

Read the rest of 10 of the most gorgeous national parks you’ve likely never heard about Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beautiful national parks , camping , Capitol Reef National Park , Congaree National Forest Park , Dry Tortugas , Great Basin National Park , Great Sand Dunes , Guadalupe Mountains National Park , Gunnison National Park , hiking , Lassen Volcanic National Park , lesser-known national parks , national parks , petrified forest , USA parks , USA parks to explore , USA tundra , volcanic park , Voyageurs National Park

Read more:
10 of the most gorgeous national parks you’ve likely never heard about

UK invites fracking companies to drill under national parks lands

February 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on UK invites fracking companies to drill under national parks lands

Enjoy Britain’s national parks while you can, because they may soon be forever changed by shale gas exploration. UK lawmakers have amended earlier legislation to allow for fracking in protected areas, so long as the surface drilling takes places just outside the border of those areas. Fracking companies will be permitted to drill down and then horizontally into protected areas, as if in attempt to fool environmental activists into thinking it doesn’t count. Read the rest of UK invites fracking companies to drill under national parks lands Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fracking in natural areas , fracking in nional parks , fracking protections , protecting nature from fracking , UK , UK amendment fracking , UK fracking , UK laws , united kingdom

More here:
UK invites fracking companies to drill under national parks lands

Next Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 2381 access attempts in the last 7 days.