LA City Council unanimously agrees to ban the sale of fur


The Los Angeles City Council made a historic vote on Tuesday by unanimously agreeing to illegalize the sale of fur. The meeting resulted in a direct order to the L.A. City Attorney who is responsible for penning the formal policy outlining the new law. The document is expected to surface sometime next month and will effectively ban fur beginning two years from the date of its approval. When completed, this process will result in Los Angeles being the largest city in the United States to ban the sale… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

British Fashion Council commits to a fur-free London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week (LFW) will be the first event of its kind to go fur free. The British Fashion Council just announced that all of the designers at the event are excluding animal fur in their clothing lines. The move is a response to the criticism LFW has received over the past two years from activists and protestors alike.

Over 250 protestors appeared at LFW last year, an increase from the 25 that showed up in 2016. With more people boycotting brands that use real fur, companies are starting… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

San Jose city council approves tiny home village for homeless

San Jose has been struggling with homelessness, and now think they have an answer: tiny homes. The City Council recently voted nine to two approving a pilot program to construct a 40-unit tiny house village. Architecture firm Gensler unveiled two conceptual designs created pro-bono for the city earlier this month, with houses designed to be both aesthetically attractive and efficient. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

D.C. Council Holds First Hearing on Death with Dignity as New Poll Shows 67% Support in District

A poll released by Lake Research today shows 67 percent of District of Columbia residents (51 percent strongly) support the right of terminally ill adults with less than six months to live to legally obtain medication to end their lives. The findings were released as the District City Council’s Health and Human Services Committee met for the first time on the issue.

“The numbers come as no surprise,” said Peg Sandeen, Executive Director of Death with Dignity National Center, an advocacy organization. “National polls, too, show overwhelming—and growing—support for letting people make their own decisions about how to live their last days.”

Introduced in January 2015 by Councilmember Mary Cheh, D-Ward 3, and endorsed by The Washington Post last month, the Death with Dignity Act of 2015 would allow adult D.C. residents who have had two doctors confirm a terminal diagnosis to fill a prescription medication to end their lives in a peaceful and dignified manner at the time and place of their choosing.

A virtually identical law has been in place in Oregon since 1997. In 18 years, no significant problems have arisen, and it has been used relatively sparingly—only 1,327 times, with fully a third of those who successfully obtain a prescription opting not to use it.

“The Oregon law has been implemented carefully and worked exactly as intended for over 17 years,” Sandeen said. “The time is right for D.C. to adopt this law.”

At Councilmember Cheh’s request, the National Center helped draft, promote, and support the bill. “We’re pleased to see our decades of work continue in this historic Council hearing, as is happening in dozens of statehouses across the country. This is an important step toward providing District residents with the autonomy, freedom and peace of mind that has been a godsend in Oregon, Washington, and Vermont.”

Photo: DC Councilmember Cheh (left) with our Executive Director, Peg Sandeen, at the press conference before today’s hearing.

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Joe Sehee: Green Burial Council

SevenPonds sits down with with Joe Sehee to learn about the Green Burial Council. For more information, visit For more exclusive interviews of Bay Area industry experts, visit SevenPonds | Embracing the End-of-Life Experience