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Not So Simple Green

Suzanne Shelton’s life work is making sustainable lifestyles attractive and accessible. She’s the CEO of the Shelton Group, a marketing company she founded in 1991 that works exclusively with environmentally focused clients. But in 2009, when she built an off-the-grid lakefront pavilion in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, she found taking her own advice wasn’t so simple.
September 3, 2010
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The Future of Solar?

The Brooklyn–based start-up SMIT (Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology) was formed in 2005 by the brother and sister team of Samuel and Teresita Cochran. Their goal: to invent a hybrid new approach to solar and wind power. Their Solar Ivy—flexible photovoltaic 'leaves' made of sheets of recyclable polyethylene—is a modular, ivy-like system that can be used on the sides of buildings, to capture the sunlight much like plants do. As the 'ivy' flutters and shifts in the wind, it converts solar energy into electricity.
August 18, 2010
The Active House sits on a sloping plot on the outskirts of Aarhus, Denmark, with views to the south over the sea.

Test-Case Scenario

Beating out a host of competitors, one Danish family left their home behind (it’s just down the road, really) to camp out for a year in an Active House, a green-home prototype with all the bells and whistles. Here’s what they learned.
June 15, 2010
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Forwarding Dallas

Earlier this year, Dwell editor Aaron Britt traveled down to Dallas, Texas, for a design charrette with Re:Vision Dallas. The project is a collaboration between Urban Re:Vision and the Central Dallas Community Development Corporation that aims to turn a downtown Dallas city block into a beacon of sustainable building and urban design. In June, the three finalists were announced, and yesterday, the big winner debuted: a design by Portuguese team Atelier Data & MOOV.
December 3, 2009
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Solar: Lease or Own?

One of the most common obstacles to going green is upfront costs (though we all know the long-term savings are plentiful). Many new homes are built solar-ready, with intentions of installing panels once the construction loans are paid down. In April 2008, SolarCity, a Foster City, California-based solar energy company, launched SolarLease to offer residents a way to immediately capture savings from solar power.
August 19, 2009
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Building a Green Collar LA

Dwell in Design is a mere three weeks away and we're getting excited to welcome dozens of speakers and thousands of visitors to the LA Convention Center for the big weekend. On Friday June 26, the Dwell editors will moderate a day of panels based on the sections of the magazine. I'm very much looking forward to Off the Grid, in which I'll talk with three experts about sustainability and the green collar economy in Los Angeles.
June 4, 2009
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All Aboard

Helmut Jahn’s dynamic new supportive-housing facility brings green design and a new outlook on life to the Windy City.
May 13, 2009
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Pole Star

By creatively manipulating the angles and levels of exterior surfaces on this modest Polish country house, architect Peter Kuczia achieved exceptionally high solar exposure, increasing its capacity to gain energy from the sun.
May 13, 2009
The campaign for the greenest school in America: yet another reason why hope lies in youth.

Teaching by Example

When the Charlottesville Waldorf School bought 13 undeveloped acres outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2002, the idea was simply to build a permanent home for the school’s 130 students, replacing the rented space closer to the center of town that the school had outgrown.
April 13, 2009
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