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SHFT Sampler 8-19-10

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Weekly links: Oceanic garbage patches, green universities, and zero-waste fashion.

And so on, and so on, and so on: Zoom in on National Geographic's infinite National Parks photo, which reveals hundreds of pics making up each original. The magic box: Trunz Water Systems' portable, solar/wind-powered water filtration unit is the next level of disaster relief. (via Core77) Oh, super. Wired tells us about new research showing that the plastic garbage patch in the North......read more

America's First Waste-Free Grocery Store

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Zero-packaging food retailer to start up in Austin

In the world of sustainable food, Austin, Texas is known best as the home of Whole Foods, the natural foods giant that first opened there in 1980. But it's another Austin-based retailer of local and organic food that has people talking these days. The store, called In.gredients, is looking to lay claim to the title of America's first ever "package-free, zero waste grocery store." The idea......read more

Stag Takes Dining Underground - and Beyond

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With a shared passion for sustainability, Stag Dining Group & SHFT team up at Sundance

The latest food rage that's sweeping the nation is taking place underground. Clandestine dinners are one-off events held at secret locations, where in-the-know guests rub elbows with like-minded diners. Next week, Stag Dining Group, Cocktail Lab, and FAIR. Spirits team up with SHFT at Sundance (in conjunction with Ford and W Residences Hollywood) to bring a shared......read more

Meet the 23-Year Old Who Has Produced No Waste For the Last Two Years

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Collectively sits down with Lauren Singer to discuss her waste-free lifestyle

Lauren Singer, a 23-year-old living in New York City, has produced no trash for the last two years. And by no, we mean none, zilch, zero. What sounds practically impossible is in fact totally doable, and as Lauren explains, the benefits go well beyond helping the environment. The transition to a waste-free lifestyle means she eats better, has more money, and is a happier person for......read more

Uncharted Waters

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In the chaotic aftermath of the Gulf oil disaster, one thing is clear: we need to start tapping the clean energy potential of our oceans.

At present, upwards of 200,000 gallons of oil are pouring into the Gulf of Mexico daily. President Obama is rushing to assign responsibility, which BP CEO Tony Hayward readily accepted before shifting the blame to the drilling contractor. The left-wing is trying to contain damage to the environment as the right-wing does the same with its political agenda. But, for all the commotion, precious few......read more

SHFT Sampler 7-15-10

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From a next-gen EV charger to the top eco-volunteer vacations, here are your weekly links from around the web.

Plug and play: The Yves Behar-designed GE WattStation will juice up electric vehicles and spruce up the streets. Oh, the humanity! When Humans Ruled the Earth explores the human consumption machine in animated form. An efficient water solution in the rural West: Farmers and ranchers are replacing windmills with solar power wells. Want to take an exotic holiday AND help the environment? Try one......read more

Gesterbine Skyscraper

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A Polish architecture firm's visionary concept for a net-zero skyscraper.

With dozens of wind turbines integrated into the building and tendrils hanging down like tree roots, the Gesterbine Skyscraper looks like an imaginative piece of science fiction. And, in a way, it is. The building concept, envisioned by Polish architects mode:lina for the eVolo Magazine 2010 Skyscraper Competition, may be more fanciful than realistic; but hey, people thought geodesic domes were......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

C6 by LivingHomes

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Low-cost, zero-energy prefab benefits Brad Pitt's Make It Right foundation

Santa Monica-based green building specialist LivingHomes has unveiled the C6, the company's first affordable (starting at $179,000) LEED Platinum prefab home. Designed with a post-Katrina New Orleans in mind, the C6 meets LivingHomes' ambitious "Z6" environmental goals: zero energy, zero water, zero indoor emissions, zero waste, zero carbon, and zero ignorance. The "C" in the......read more

Yin Yang House by Brooks & Scarpa

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Net-zero residence in Venice Beach takes full advantage of plentiful SoCal sunlight

The net-zero building movement is alive and well in Venice, CA, where architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa have recently wrapped construction on this stunner of single family residence. Dubbed Yin Yang House, the home takes full advantage of the sunny SoCal climate with a a 12 KW solar photovoltaic panel system (the biggest available on the market) that serves the dual purposes of generating power......read more

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