Chicago snags green city spotlight for second year running

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A new study has revealed Chicago to be the greenest city to work in within the United States. About 70% of the Windy City’s office spaces are certified for environmental efficiency, up from 66% last year. Other top cities include runner-up San Francisco, Atlanta, Lost Angeles, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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The annual survey is taken by the United States Commercial Real Estate Services (CBRE Group) and evaluated in… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Dairy farmers’ excess milk gets a second life feeding the hungry

When automation caused a significant surplus and price drop of dairy products, one non-profit stepped up to ensure food – and farms – don’t go to waste. Philabundance, a food bank in Philadelphia, is working with cow ranchers to sell their foods while keeping hungry families fed in the city.

After shifting farms from traditional milk packaging and sales, Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers struggled to keep family businesses afloat. According to a study by the Center for Dairy Excellence,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elevated glass-bottomed pool hovers over a second pool in the hip Wall House

An outdoor swimming pool with a glass bottom hovers above the patio and other pool of this gorgeous residence in the Portuguese Riviera. Guedes Cruz Arquitectos designed the entire Wall House as a sprawling, open-plan house that embodies the principles of indoor-outdoor living.

On one of its side, the residence features an expansive glass wall that can be opened to create a direct connection between the interior space, the garden and golf course. Wood slat coverings cover the concrete exterior… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elon Musk announces that Tesla will build a second Gigafactory in Europe

Tesla CEO Elon Musk just announced that the electric vehicle maker and clean energy company plans to build a second Gigafactory in Europe next year. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Beautiful public gathering space grants second life to a former fish processing plant

The project. located in a village in the Magdalen Islands, Canada, is part of a larger initiative to build a series of public spaces on 12 panoramic sites. It pays tribute to the workers at sea and reinvigorates an otherwise inaccessible area. An openwork wooden stockade surrounds the site to guide passersby and provide privacy.

Related: Canada’s Gorgeous Green-Roofed VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre Now Open to the Public

The entire project comprises a service wing, a belvedere,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Turning Cemeteries for the Dead into Parks for the Living

by Peter Harnik
A second excerpt from the recently released book published by Island Press called Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities. In this post, we look at cemeteries used as parks and some best practices.
In the past, before official parks came into being, cemeteries were the principal manicured greenspaces for cities – most famously [...]
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