Illinois gears up for rapid clean energy expansion

December 6, 2018 by  
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The Prairie State is using a carrot-and-sticks approach to grow solar and energy efficiency.

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Modern House on the Prairie Complements its Natural Surroundings

June 10, 2014 by  
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On the expansive prairies of Yelm, Washington, almost every home is traditional and decidedly farmhouse , except one. Eric and Melinda and their two Labradors live in a “modern home on the prairie,” custom-designed by Coates Design Architects to incorporate nature and modernism into one structure. Their decidedly contemporary, birch-paneled main room is entirely transparent, flanked on North and South sides by floor-to-ceiling glass walls that overlook expansive foothills and wetlands. This design essentially creates a massive terrarium where the couple can see well beyond their 10-acre parcel from the comfort of a fireside couch. Read the rest of Modern House on the Prairie Complements its Natural Surroundings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: birch , cedar , cfl , Coates , coates design architects , LED , natural house , prairie , responsible architecture , soy concrete , soycrete , terrarium , terrarium house , washington state , Yelm

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3 magic words to mute ‘sustainababble’

April 12, 2014 by  
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A university town's transit system and a packaging company offer examples of how to keep sustainability meaningful in the Prairie State.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

January 28, 2014 by  
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About twelve thousand years ago, humans hit on a bright idea. Why not grow food in our backyards instead of having to go look for it every time our tummies grumble? It was a masterful stroke of conscious evolution, but hardly a new one. Leaf-cutter ants tapped into sustainable agriculture some 50 million years before us. These busy little beasts spend their days harvesting leaves and trucking them, one-by-one, down, in the ground, to get out, of the rain. Boom boom. But instead of eating the leaves, leaf-cutters masticate them into a thick fluffy paste, spit it into their special growrooms, and fertilize it with their own feces. Before long, the domesticated fungus they adore sprouts forth. These hard-working farmers even evolved fungicides to keep marauding non-edible mushrooms out. Humans farms are pretty fantastic too. Somehow, we manage to feed the vast bloom of global humanity (more or less). But our agricultural techniques require endless inputs: water from far away, petroleum-intensive fertilizers and pesticides that accumulate in our water, soil, and bodies. Meanwhile, the endless rows of identical corn and wheat are dangerously vulnerable to climate change , and glaringly obvious to insects that want to eat them. What can we learn from nature about sustainable farming ? Find out in today’s entry of   The Biomimicry Manual ! Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable agriculture” , biomimicry , green fertilizer , leaf-cutter ants , pesticide resistance , pesticides , prairie , the land institute , Urban Farming , vertical farming        

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Conservation banking takes flight to save the prairie chicken

December 13, 2013 by  
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Protecting a rapidly disappearing grouse is so important, a massive mitigation banking effort has grown on its behalf.

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Big Box Supermarket Transformed into Gorgeous Eden Prairie Library in Minnesota

October 17, 2012 by  
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Japan’s House C is Covered with a Swaying Wildflower Prairie

January 26, 2012 by  
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Seung-Yong Song’s Multi-Tasking Chair Lets You Hide, Store and Even Dry Your Clothes While You Sit

January 26, 2012 by  
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Even though a chair’s main purpose is to provide a platform for sitting, we all use them in an array of different ways. Designed for hiding, climbing, storing and even drying clothes, Seung-Yong Song ‘s ‘Object Collection’ is a series of chairs with an added function. Made from white birch and a combination of other materials, these South Korean designs playfully explore the boundaries of an iconic furniture piece. Read the rest of Seung-Yong Song’s Multi-Tasking Chair Lets You Hide, Store and Even Dry Your Clothes While You Sit Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , birch chair , bookshelf chair , cloth drying , cocoon , cozy space , Interactive Objects , ladder chair , multifunctional chair , multifunctional furniture , paper lantern , south korean design

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