California legislature passes historic bill to achieve 100% clean energy

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California is going all in on clean energy. Legislators just passed a bill that puts the state on a path to become 100% reliable on clean energy by 2045, making it the largest economy in the world to enact such an environmentally friendly policy. Governor Jerry Brown has until the end of next month to sign the bill and make it official.

This is not the first eco-friendly move in the California state legislator. The state previously had a goal to become 50% reliant on clean energy by 2030, a goal… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Dominica makes historic pledge to combat plastic pollution

Many countries enforcing harsher regulations on plastic production on use from special labeling to consumer taxation, but the island nation of Dominica is pulling ahead in the pack-ing race by announcing that it will ban styrofoam and common plastics by 2019. With less than five months left to go the heroic stand plans to eliminate the use of single-use items such as plastic straws, plates, forks and knives as well as styrofoam cups and containers effective this January.

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Historic warehouses transformed into a swanky boutique hotel in New Orleans

New York City-based architecture and interior design firm Stonehill Taylor tapped into New Orleans’ storied past for their design of The Eliza Jane, a new boutique hotel a few blocks west from the city’s iconic French Quarter. The unique hotel was created from seven centuries-old warehouses that were combined and renovated to form a variety of elegantly dressed spaces including 196 guest rooms with 50 suites, a fitness center, garden courtyard, lounge, restaurant, and lobby.

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Historic Danish cottage with lush seaweed roof hits the market for $414,000

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Historic Polish microbrewery and mountain lodge gets a beautiful 21st-century update

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Historic Zhuhai sugar factory to be reborn as a low-carbon cultural hub

A new adaptive reuse project is looking to save a sweet piece of history in China. International design firm Woods Bagot unveiled plans to revitalize the disused Hongqi Zhen Sugar Factory in Zhuhai’s Jinwan District into a spectacular new cultural park. Designed to include a sugar industry museum and a chocolate factory among other facilities, the mixed-use development will aim to offset its carbon footprint with solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and geothermal heating and cooling systems.

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Historic Australian church transformed into a stunning family home for five

Doherty Design Studio revamped a 1910 church in Hawthorn, Australia into a lovely light-filled home for a family of five. While the renovation isn’t the church’s first residential adaptation, the recent restoration has done a fantastic job of contemporary design with features representative of the building’s past, like the stunning stained glass windows installed throughout.

Before Doherty Design Studio got their hands on the project, the 1910 Hawthorn church had already been… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

173 countries agree to slash shipping industry emissions in historic deal

Shipping was the sole industry not part of the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to Bloomberg, but if the industry were a country, it would be sixth on the list of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters. But most of the nations in the world just agreed to a historic, mandatory deal to slash shipping industry emissions.

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Elon Musk releases historic video of Starman cruising through space in a Tesla Roadster

In what may be the greatest car commercial of all time, SpaceX has released a video portraying the journey of Starman, a mannequin, and Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster as it rides the Falcon Heavy rocket through space. SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket currently in use, on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral as hundreds of thousands of people gathered from across the world to witness a part of history. The Roadster, which is attached to the rocket’s upper stage, will now be subjected… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This historic Italian town is selling homes for 1 Euro

If your idea of the perfect life is making your home in a stone-built cottage in some historical Italian town, stop dreaming. For just one Euro ($1.20), you can make it happen. That’s because the city of Ollolai in Sardinia is selling homes to buyers who are willing to invest a little blood, sweat and tears into restoring their aging stone homes.

The beautiful town of Ollolai rests in the mountains of Sardinia, an island off of Italy in the Mediterranian. The city has over 200 stone dwellings… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building