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Offshore Wind Takes a Step Ahead

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With a positive new federal report, offshore wind farms in the Atlantic move closer to reality

Offshore wind development along the mid-Atlantic coast took a major step forward last week, with the completion of a federal review that showed "no major environmental damage" would be caused by tapping the renewable power source.  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar also said his department also was trying to speed up the process for issuing renewable energy leases. There are wind projects......read more

Gilt Sale | SHFT Curated Collection

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Adrian shows some of SHFT's fave sustainable products we've curated for Gilt

Like sustainable design? Like bargains? Of course you do. This week's Eco Hero on Gilt is none other than our very own Adrian Grenier. SHFT curated a selection of our favorite sustainable clothing, furniture, and products for this first-time collaboration in a 48 hour SHFT X Gilt Flash Sale, with healthy discounts on all the products. The eco style sale runs from Wednesday, June 1 at noon EST......read more

Frugal Elegance in Maine

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With some help from the landfill, a creative couple lives in rustic style

The most advanced practitioners of frugal living understand that the pursuit requires patience, commitment and, most of all, a willingness to resurrect other people's trash. Jennifer Wurst and partner Michael Fleming, who live in a 200-year old home on 20 remote acres near Phippsburg, Maine, have honed their thrift skills to a finely tuned artform. Their home's rustic decor owes a debt of......read more

Space Bending Photos of Painted Rooms by Georges Rousse

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French artist creates 3D optical illiusions in empty interiors

Nothing against the original Op artists of the '60s, but Georges Rousse is on some next level business. The French artist applies the perception-warping art technique to 3D space, creating hypnotizing optical illusions in deserted interiors. What appears to be the result of some digital trickery is in fact entirely real. Rousse's method involves arranging materials and paints to blend with the......read more

Area Rugs: Buy Well, Go Vintage

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Quality craftsmanship, character mean handmade rugs retain and even increase in value over time

When it comes to shopping for the home, we are big believers in the practice of buying once and buying well. Whether it's a stereo or bed linens, a crib or tableware, it's always better to pay more for something that will proudly live in your home for your entire life, than to pay less for something that will end up in a landfill in a few years. We are also big believers in going vintage. After......read more

Research Lab Sets Green Building Standard

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The DOE's new Research Support Facility in Golden, Colorado will generate as much energy as it uses.

The US Department of Energy's new Research Support Facility at the National Renewable Energy Campus in Golden, Colorado is taking green construction to a new level. The building, which is 222,000 square feet and will house 800 employees, is zero-energy, meaning that it will create as much energy as it uses. Once finished, it will be awarded LEED Platinum certification. Using smart design......read more

Home Energy Score

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The Department of Energy unveils its new home energy ratings tool.

Cars have miles-per-gallon ratings, neighborhoods have walkability rankings, and people have carbon footprint calculators. What's up with homes then? Why isn't there be a comparable, affordable way to size up your home's energy performance? Well, now there is. The Department of Energy just released a program called the Home Energy Score that shows the energy efficency of a home on......read more

Huge New Area to Open for Offshore Wind and Power in New England

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The Department of Interior to auction the largest-ever area of federal waters

Ari Phillips for Climate Progress: On January 29, the Department of Interior (DOI) will auction off the largest area of federal waters in the nation for the development of offshore wind power. More than 742,000 acres, or over 1,160 square miles, will be offered for wind development off the coast of Massachusetts. While the U.S. is yet to install its first offshore wind turbine, across the......read more

Elliot Modular Planters

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Dress up a drab interior with these terrific tabletop planters from Good Erdle $28.00

These modular planters are handmade by the father-son team at Good Erdle using white stoneware clay from Ohio. The good-looking tabletop system can be arranged in endless configurations to suit your space and liven up the vibe. Because there are no drainage holes in the legs, the planters are best used with flora like succulents and cacti that require less watering. There's no danger of leakage,......read more

Salazar Looks to Streamline Offshore Wind

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Interior secretary vows to spur wind projects along the Atlantic coast.

Ken Salazar says he will help accelerate the development of wind projects along the Atlantic coast, vowing to use a "smart permitting process" that will decrease project approval time from seven plus years to two. The Interior Secretary is working with governors in 11 different Atlantic states to determine the most suitable spots for offshore wind farms. He said permits could start......read more

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