Big Ideas in Green Design


August/September 2008




Cover of Issue 23

Featured in this issue:


Home Renovator's Guide


The complete Plenty manual for healthy, renewable, energy-efficient materials that will add value to your home and let you breathe a lot easier


By Brita Belli, Brian C. Howard and Tracy Tullis



Less Than Zero


Forget simply cutting a building's footprint. A new wave or architectural thinkers wants to create buildings that help regenerate the environment like living organisms. Structures that give back: Is that future so far off?


By Lisa Selin Davis



Greenlined Design


Ten Innovations of the Last Century that Better our Planet


By Elizabeth Thompson



Letter from the Editor


Beyond the Bulb - The future of green design


By Mark Spellun



Land of Plenty


Our readers across the country (and around the world) are making strides toward living the green life and creating a modern Land of Plenty. We've selected a few of their eco accomplishments - both big and small - to share. Send us stories about how you're trying to make a difference; we'll choose the best to publish in an upcoming issue of the magazine


By You



Ask Plenty


I know it is terrible for the environment and also a serious health threat, so I hesitate to use pencils. But plastic pens seem like a bad idea, too. What should I stock up on before heading back to college?


By Tobin Hack




Spectrum:

One Shot: Jug Boat



By the Numbers: China's Fortunes


China's been in the spotlight lately thanks to the Beijing Olympics. But despite efforts to green the Games, the country doesn't exactly get the gold for the state of its environment. take a look at how massive development and population growth are taking their toll on China.



He Said/She Said



Transportation: How They Roll


By Dianna Dilworth



Policy: Brook Learning


By Ben Whitford



Eco Speak: Grolar Bear



The Big Picture


By Bob Eckstein



Sports: Salute Their Shorts


By Molly Webster



Trend: Magical Misery Tours


By Ben Whitford



Art: Message in a Bottle


By Steven K. Lee



Act Out: Oil-La-La


By Nicole Scarmeas



Miss Eco Etiquette: Cut the Cord


QUESTION: To save energy, I unplug electronics when I'm not using them. Is it ok to do the same at a friend's house?


By Kiera Butler



Life in the Green Zone


Lizz Winstead comes across a bad case of separation anxiety and channels her inner therapist to save the day


By Lizz Winstead



Current:


Science: Smoking Grass


An ancient technique for enriching soil could revolutionize farming and curb climate change


By Ben Whitford



Science: Findings



Science: Ask a Scientist


If sharks are in decline, why are shark attacks on humans more prevalent now?


By Susan Cosier



Science: The Trying Game


China's efforts at a clean and environmentally sensitive Summer Olympics


By Victoria Schlesinger



Business: Stamp of Success


By evaluating whole companies instead of products, B Labs aims for a new standard in business practice


By Eileen P. Gunn



Business: A Smarter Spark


Adventurous startups are taking the energy industry out of the dark ages by introducing green IT to the grid


By Dan Fost



Tech: All Systems Go Green


As private space tourism nears launch, some companies are climbing to new heights for less-polluting rockets


By Eliza Strickland



Tech: Full of Crop


Farmers are planting more genetically modified plants worldwide every year


By Dave Zuckerman



Tech: On the Drawing Board


Breaking Down Is Hard to Do


By Nicole Scarmeas



Tech: Patent Watch


Chalk It Up


By Sandra Upson



Activist in Residence


Bill McKibben finds a potential blueprint for linking modern-day environmental stewardship with religion in more than 20,000 pounds of free food


By Bill McKibben




Living:


People: Eco Star - Kelly Rutherford


12 questions for Gossip Girl's pampered mom whose real-life motherhood sparked her green lifestyle


By Victoria De Silverio



Travel: Eco-Hopping


A modern-day Greek odyssey that cruises the Aegen Sea by (mostly) wind-powered means, taps unspoiled destinations, and zeroes in on sustainable island life


By Jennifer van der Kwast



Going Places: Buenos Aires


Argentina's capital lags behind other major metropolises in offerings like solar energy and green architecture, but it compensates with several earth-saving customs that are ingrained in the city's daily life


By Fernando Cwilich Gil



Food: Market Economy


Thanks to engaged vendors, enterprising organizers, and hyper-local efforts to serve their communities, today's best farmer' markets are changing more than just our diets


By Christine Cyr



Food: Pure Perfection


By Kristine Hansen



Food: Sweet Success


By Jessica Tzerman



Food: Farm to Fork with Dan Barber


An enterprising farmer transforms already sublime tomatoes into out-of-this-world fruit with a bit of salt and a careful hand. Try them alone, or in this simply amazing late-summer salad


By Dan Barber



Trash to Treasure: Fit to be Lit


Max McMurdo transforms a discarded industrial coffee canister into a stunning, flower-inspired lampshade


By Max McMurdo



The Green Fiend


Annemarie Conte extreme-recycles for a day, tending to all the urinals and floppy disks people stockpile in their garages


By Annemarie Conte



Style: Rainbow Brights


Low-impact dyes paired with organic and recycled fabrics let you wear nature's brightest hues and keep her waterways free of toxic colors and pesticides, too


By Starre Vartan



Style: Take Two


A boring old jacket gets a mod makeover with a few simple snips. THE RESULT: an inexpensive look equally suited to the urban safari and vests-are-everywhere du jour


By Starre Vartan



Style: Critical Mass


By Starre Vartan



Style: Bronze Standard


Mineral-based bronzers that are good for you and the planet


By Alexandra Zissu



Style: Natural Selection


Recapture the summer with products infused with sea salt


By Alexandra Zissu



Reviews: Green Media


New reading and film for the ecophile


By Tobin Hack



Green Gear:


Fun and Games


Summer's winding down and fall has come a-knockin'. Here are ten reasons to embrace earlier mornings, spending more time inside, and, yes, the inevitable daily grind-you may even have a little fun while you're at it.


By Jessica Tzerman



Plenty Labs:


A Good Green Wash


Detergents that won't drag the planet down the drain


By Deidre Dolan



Seal Watch: Desperately Seeking Standards


How organic is organic in personal-care products?


By Alexandra Zissu



Behind the Wheel


Camry Hybrid


By Stuart Schwartzapfel



Best of the Rest


Rain Barrels



Green, Greener, Greenest


Is it worth it to drink eco-friendly brews, and what are my options?


By Lori Bongiorno



Last Word: Herbicide in the First Degree


How to kill your lawn and not feel bad about it


By Kristin Gore




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