UN Environment and Yale present a sustainable tiny home in NYC

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Un Environment and Yale University’s School of Architecture just unveiled an innovative tiny-house that explores the intersection of policy and eco-conscious design. The Ecological Living Module, located at the UN Plaza in New York City, is a sustainable dwelling that embodies many of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Developments, several of which are under review this month at the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

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A striking concrete home in Ontario targets minimal environment impact

Toronto-based Teeple Architects has paired a beautiful but unusual site in Ontario with the sculptural Port Hope House, an award-winning residence that boasts a wide array of sustainable features. Located east of Toronto, the single-family rural home takes inspiration from the client’s 75-acre property that consists of a woodlot, a fallow field, an abandoned Grand Trunk railway cut and a steep cliff that falls into Lake Ontario. Built with long concrete walls, the Port Hope House appears like a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Escapods rugged Topo trailer lets you live off-grid in any environment

Taking your adventure off-road—and even off-grid—is now easier than ever thanks to the teardrop trailer makers at Escapod, a Utah-based company that recently launched their off-road-specific Topo series. Clocking in at 1,200 pounds at dry weight, each Topo is crafted—like its predecessor the Dreamscape—from the ground up in Warship, Utah and features a minimalist and stylish weatherproof build with a hand-welded, powder-coated steel tube frame and lightweight aluminum cladding. Keep reading… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Buckwheat pillows offer a good night’s sleep without hurting the environment

The benefits of switching from an off-gassing synthetic pillow to buckwheat are well-documented by now: The crunchy hulls of this pseudo-cereal are densely packed into a surprisingly heavy pillow that conforms to each new owner’s specific contours, providing the kind of sleep dreams are made of. There’s no guarantee that mites won’t get to them, and certain people susceptible to allergies should proceed with care, but generally, buckwheat pillows last longer than their conventional cousins—especially… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Why Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan is a disaster for the environment

Trump has finally revealed his much-hyped infrastructure plan

So what does this mean for the environment? Trump’s infrastructure plan aims to speed up environmental reviews for projects. Part of this proposal would give Secretary Zinke control over reviewing oil and gas pipelines in National Parks. Currently, pipelines require congressional authorization. Trump’s proposal also weakens protections provided by the Endangered Species Act.

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What Trump’s victory means for the environment (it’s not good)

In a shocking upset that has warped our perception of reality, Donald Trump — a climate change denier — has prevailed as the victor in the 2016 presidential race. The newly elected 45th President of the United States is fighting to reverse the progress many have made in the fight against climate change. Just mere days after the Paris climate agreement was enforced, the United States has elected an individual who has been on a rampage to cancel the entire agreement, has suggested to abolish the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

How Much Does a Green Burial Cost?

For people who like the idea of continuing to help the environment after they die, a “green” or “natural” burial forgoes harsh embalming fluids, sealed metal caskets and concrete vaults of a traditional burial. “Green” cemeteries often combine an open space conservation easement or trust with natural burial techniques.
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Natural Burial -Why it’s the best

Natural Burial -Why it's the best
Why all the other methods are invasive on the environment and how a natural burial is the way to go. A cheerleading for natural burials