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Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, metal to… a new house? When the city announced plans to demolish the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, many mourned the loss of this 76-year-old icon, but one local tech entrepreneur saw it as the opportunity to take on the ultimate recycling project – turning the [continue reading...]

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Many of you may turn your heads and decide this is gross but the benefits of using human urine to create fertilizers is astounding. Not only does recycling human waste work efficiently but the environmental benefits alone should be plenty to convince you to start being mindful of new re-cycling methods Let’s face it, we [continue reading...]

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A team of students from Santa Clara University designed the 980-square foot Radiant House which was entered in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon. While their entry did not win first place in this competition to design and build energy-efficient sun-powered homes, it got the highest rating of any entry for comfort and [continue reading...]

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With the modern push to eat healthily and avoid processed foods, many have taken to creating small (or large) gardens in order to grow fresh fruits and organic vegetables. The benefits of such a system are countless; however, there can be some serious drawbacks for an average gardener.  Here we address those challenges and want [continue reading...]

Larry Hagman, the actor who played J.R. Ewing, a Texas oil tycoon on the hit TV show “Dallas,” ironically turned into a super solar enthusiast.

Contrary to popular belief, solar energy is being used increasingly in American homes. In fact, every four minutes, another American family installs solar panels on their home.  However, many Americans still struggle with misconceptions about the process and practicality of solar energy. According to energy expert Kevin Moore, president of Midwest Wind and Solar, “The [continue reading...]


A California-based modular design company Simpatico Homes, is pioneering an affordable, sustainable and infinitely customizable system based around a series of modular building blocks. These homes combine the budget-friendliness and flexibility of the best modular systems with a sleek, modern design that completely de-stigmatizes the modular concept. The founder Seth Krubiner grew up in a [continue reading...]

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Fred Flintstone, eco-warrior – who knew?  Yes, it turns out that everything really, really old is new again…for sustainable, eco-friendly living, you just can’t beat a cave. In fact, there are some parts of Asia and Europe where people have been cave dwellers for centuries, right up through modern times. The Sassi di Matera, in [continue reading...]