San Franciscos notorious Tenderloin district welcomes safe writing space for kids

July 11, 2016 by  
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The nonprofit writing center is a welcome addition to the city’s notorious Tenderloin neighborhood and provides a much needed safe space for local youth. Located at the corner of Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street, the building was acquired in such poor condition that it required extensive demolition, abatement, and structural upgrades, with no shortage of surprises along the way. Some of the better discoveries included the uncovering of an antique hand-painted map, which was preserved and displayed as a decorative finish. In addition to the writing lab, the center now includes a themed retail storefront, a fog bank, trapdoor, portholes, a hidden passageway, and a tree house. These playful features tie together a theme of exploration and discovery, while salvaged doors, windows, mirrors, building material, and even a fireplace, add to the center’s artistic charm. The 5,000 square foot space also houses a meeting room and administrative office. Related: Re-Imagining A City: Temporary exhibits take over San Francisco streets Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the project is the collaboration between over 50 firms providing their services and materials at cost or in-kind. Through an outreach program spearheaded by BCCI , design firms, architects, and subcontractors (many of which are competitors) banded together to lower costs and building time for a cause they supported. The 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center celebrated its Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 19, 2016. Learn more about 826 Valencia and its initiatives here . + 826 Valencia + BCCI Construction Company Photos via Matthew Millman Photography

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Forget the ink – this pen writes with wine, beer or tea

May 11, 2015 by  
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Forget the ink!  The WINKpen can use virtually any liquid with staining properties like wine, beer, tea, juice and more.  Simply place the writing end of the pen into your liquid of choice, and pull the fluid up into WINKpen’s (refillable) glass cartridge with a twist.  WINKpen writes smoothly on paper with its uniquely formed double-sided glass nib – go from calligraphy to finer penmanship in seconds.  Need to clean up?  WINKpen’s glass tip and modular construction makes cleaning and reloading a cinch.  Best of all, with no ink cartridges to throw away and biodegradable “ink”, WINKpen keeps everything eco-friendly.   + WINKpen 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: coffee ink , coffee pen , kickstarter campaigns , organic ink , reader submissions , soy pen , tea ink , tea pen , wine ink , wine pen , WINKPen , WINKPen kickstarter

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The Hemingwrite digital writing device lets you write your masterpiece – distraction free

December 15, 2014 by  
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  Ever wanted to write like Hemingway but find there’s just too much distraction in the digital world? A new Kickstarter project could provide the answer to your literary prayers. Hemingwrite is a distraction-free digital device that aims to channel the gestalt of an old-fashioned typewriter. However, instead of metal clacking against paper, when you hit a key it shows up on a six-inch “e-ink” display and stores your compositions in the cloud via a wireless signal. Read the rest of The Hemingwrite digital writing device lets you write your masterpiece – distraction free Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: device , distraction , hemingwrite , Literature , writer , writing

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Pope Francis is Writing an Encyclical to Address Pressing Environmental Issues

January 27, 2014 by  
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Income inequality isn’t the only important issue Pope Francis is taking on. Add environmental protection to the list as the Argentinian-born leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics has begun drafting an encyclical on ecology, according to the Vatican. A Papal encyclical — a letter addressing some form of Catholic doctrine — carries much weight in the religion and addressing man’s relationship to the environment could have a major impact in global efforts to address climate change . Read the rest of Pope Francis is Writing an Encyclical to Address Pressing Environmental Issues Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ecology , encyclical , Environment , green pope encyclical , Jorge Mario Bergoglio , Pope Francis , pope francis encyclical , pope francis to write an encyclical , pope takes on environmental issues , Roman Catholic Church , St. Francis of Assisi , the ecology of man , the green pope , vatican        

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How can I reuse or recycle whiteboard marker pens?

January 5, 2011 by  
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We’ve had an email from Julie asking: Can I recycle whiteboard marker pens?

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Wikileaks: Dalai Lama Says Tibet’s Environmental Problems Cannot Wait, But Political Solution Can

December 17, 2010 by  
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photo: Helene / Creative Commons In the latest environmentally-themed release from Wikileaks , published by The Guardian but not yet on the Wikileaks Cable Viewer at the time of this writing, it’s been revealed that the Dalai Lama told the US ambassador to India that the focus of the international community … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Planet 100 Presents: Examining Environmental Toxins (Video News)

December 17, 2010 by  
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Four Tips for Writing a Winning CSR Report

November 30, 2010 by  
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Thinking of writing your first sustainability report? Or want to take yours to the next level

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Sometimes, Even the Biggest Prize Is Not Enough

November 30, 2010 by  
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Despite the successes of some prizes in achieving environmental goals, prizes are not a cure-all for every woe, as the results — or lack thereof — of the overly ambitious $25 million Virgin Earth Challenge show.

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Can NASA Save a Struggling America?

November 1, 2010 by  
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This special guest post comes to us from Rebecca D. Costa, author of The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction (more on Rebecca in the bio at the bottom). If we took a moment to rank every government agency in the United States on the basis of tackling complex problems, NASA would have to be at the top of everyone’s list

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