Spoon Feeding the Birds in Your Garden

September 28, 2009

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I love Swiss designer Dino Salvatico’s novel minimalist bird feeder, Spuntino, for its simplicity and wit. Constructed of two pieces of steel sheeting, a single piece of plastic, and a spoon. Available from the designer.… Read More...

10 Ways to Get Green Tax Breaks

September 27, 2009

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Get some green by going green. The United States government is offering tax incentives and credits to people who renovate their homes with energy-saving technologies and/or buy hybrid vehicles. These technologies usually save money, and with an added tax … Read More...

Watering with a Drop of Style

September 26, 2009

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Seed, whose design is based on a water drop and a wheat seed, is a remote control centrifugal water pump designed to simplify and automate garden irrigation. Through the remote control one can set the watering time and duration, … Read More...

Largest Green Wall in North America

September 24, 2009

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PNC (NYSE: PNC) has successfully installed a 2,380 square-foot living wall with 602 modular panels on the exterior of their Pittsburgh headquarters building, One PNC Plaza..  Each 2’x2′ panel has roughly 24 plants, so there’s approximately 14,448 plants covering the … Read More...

Brooklyn Farm Keeps on Truckin’

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Using green roof technology on the streets of Brooklyn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis are growing tomatoes, broccoli, arugula, and parsley inside the bed of a 1986 Dodge half-ton pick-up. Undeterred by having no land of their own, the … Read More...

Sowing Seed: Remember the “S” Words

September 22, 2009

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When planting a vegetable garden, here are five important “s” elements you’ll want to consider:

Sun
Fruiting vegetables (e.g., beans, tomatoes, peppers, squash, eggplant, cucumbers, etc.) need at least 6 hours of direct sun a day. All others can make … Read More...

Landscape Architects Unveil Sustainability Design and Planning Resource Guides

September 20, 2009

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Cayuga Medical Center, Restorative Garden

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced a new series of comprehensive online resource guides on sustainable design and planning. Created for national and local policymakers, government agencies, design professionals, planners and students, … Read More...

Spoon Fed Environmental Art Sprouting Up Globally

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100 billion individual disposable pieces of plastic cutlery, according to some sources, are used and disposed of each year around the globe. In a landfill, these plastic utensils can take an estimated 500-1000 years to break down into smaller components.… Read More...

Flocks of Urbanites Raising Chickens Under Green Roofs

September 19, 2009

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You don’t have to ask why the chicken crossed the road to get to one of these sophisticated coops. It’s an idea that seems to be hatching all around us, an extension of the urban farming trend that has city … Read More...

Manhattan Vacant Lot Becomes Temporary Tree Nursery and Cultural Space

September 18, 2009

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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) has announced today’s opening of LentSpace, which transforms an entire city block into a platform for contemporary art exhibitions complemented by public programs. A model for citywide land use, this temporary project—made possible by the … Read More...

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