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Farmer's Fridge: The Healthy, Organic Vending Machine

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Chicago vending machines hawk fresh salads instead of junk food

Joseph Erbentraut for the Huffington Post: CHICAGO -- When 27-year-old Luke Saunders told his former boss he was turning down a substantial raise and promotion to create a vending machine that would sell exclusively organic, restaurant-quality salads and snacks, he was met with looks of disbelief and confusion. "They still think I'm nuts," Saunders, the founder of Farmer's Fridge,......read more

Lucid Stead by Phillip K. Smith

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Artist transforms Joshua Tree homesteader shack into luminous installation

On California artist Phillip K Smith III's five-acre property in Joshua Tree, there sits an old homesteader's cabin, a plain Jane structure with a history that dates back seventy years. For "Lucid Stead," a week-long project in October, Smith added a new chapter to the cabin's history, transforming the building's exterior into a large-scale light installation. By day, the shack’s......read more

SHFT in Austin for SXSW: It's On

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We're teaming up with Ford and The Weather Company to present a bunch of good stuff in Austin

The 2013 edition of SXSW Interactive promises to be bigger and better than ever, and we're more than a little psyched to be in on the action. With our two partners, Ford Motor Company and The Weather Company (formerly The Weather Channel), we're hosting SHFT in Austin, a tech and innovation event featuring the Green Gadget Lab, a Year on the Road travel photo exhibition, an expert panel on......read more

Bike Score Ranks the Top Biking Cities in North America

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The Walk Score team released new bikeability rankings, and they contain a few surprises

The website Walk Score has announced the extension of its "Bike Score" rankings for neighborhoods and places to 25 cities. The ratings seek to educate riders on how bikeable their city, neighborhood or block is based on a specific set of criteria, using an easily digestible scoring system that ranks bikeability on a scale of 1 to 100. Heat maps show the most bikeable areas in green, and least......read more

Dala by Stephen Burks: Food Packaging Recycled Into Furniture

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New York designer teams with Dedon for a collection of eco-minded seating

Stephen Burks, the New York-based designer and founder of Readymade Projects, has created a new line of outdoor furniture for Dedon that's as creative and colorful as it is environmentally sound. The collection, called Dala, is inspired by the idea of "improvised seating," which allows for a flexible arrangement depending on the needs and mood of the social gathering. The collection includes a......read more

Piotr Niepsjuj for RVCA

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Milan-based photog spends a day with the RVCA skate team

With a home base in Milan, it's no surprise that Piotr Niepsjuj has a fashion-focused photo portfolio. But for this particular series, the 26-year old photographer spent a day with the RVCA skate team, who appeared to be more into hanging out than hitting gaps and ledges. Who would have thought doing nothing could look so good?   For more, check out Piotr's nicely curated inspiration......read more

Teaching Sustainability at Business School

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Slowly but surely, the sustainability agenda is seeping into business education

From clean energy to green building, energy efficiency to footprint reduction, there are plenty of business opportunities in the sustainability space. Naturally, one might assume that business schools offer programs that speak to the eco-aware agenda. In fact, sustainability programs are only recently infiltrating business school curricula. But, as SustainAbility founder John Elkington notes,......read more

SHFT Teams Up With Ford for Web Series

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Adrian and Peter forge partnership with Detroit automaker

We have ourselves a new partner! Earlier this week, SHFT co-founders Adrian and Peter inked a deal with Ford, the venerated carmaker which is helping lead the revolution toward automotive sustainability. As part of the collaboration, Ford will sponsor a new SHFT web series that will profile innovators and game-changers in the green movement.  It's a perfect fit for SHFT, as Peter......read more

Coal-to-Fuel Movement Gains Steam

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But will it cause more problems that it fixes?

If the U.S. coal industry and their Republican comrades have their say, Americans will soon be filling their tanks with — you guessed it — coal. Or a refined version of it, anyway. At the Huffington Post, Tom Zeller Jr. lays out an in-depth exploration of liquified coal fuels, which are being pushed in Washington as an important element of the road energy independence. Sound like a......read more

Urban Homesteading

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Self-sufficiency in the city.

Homesteading is broadly defined as a lifestyle of simple, agrarian self-sufficiency. The sustainable, back-to-the-land movement is gaining popularity in urban areas, where applicable rural homesteading elements are being applied to city living. In theory, most people are into the idea of producing everything needed for survival on one's own land. While this isn't realistic for most of......read more

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