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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

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

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

MOST Architecture: Brandbase Pallet

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Recycled pallets make for a perfect studio interior in Amsterdam.

There have been plenty of attempts to build with recycled wooden pallets, but none have quite pulled it off like the Pallet Project at the offices of Brandbase in Amsterdam. When the creative agency approached MOST Architecture to design the temporary space for their new studio, their only requirement was that it had to be furnished by recycled materials. The Dutch firm went all out with the......read more

GM Recycles Oil Booms for Car Parts

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Dirty booms move from the Gulf to your car's interior.

After doing their job absorbing leaked oil, dirty oil booms typically go to the their graves in the landfill, where they languish for eternity. But, as GreenTech Media reports, that doesn't have to be the case. In a triumphant PR move, General Motors has found a way to intervene in the cycle, by making use of oil booms from the Gulf for passive car parts like air dams and water deflectors.......read more

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