GOOD

World’s Largest Indoor Vertical Garden Comes to the Garden State

The AeroFarms facility is bringing millions of pounds of leafy greens, and dozens of green jobs, to Newark.

AerFarms anticipated corporate HQ.

The tri-state area may be in the middle of what some in the Yiddish speaking community call a “massive shvitz” (learn the word, it will come in handy), but that isn’t stopping Newark mayor Ras J. Baraka from going out and getting down and dirty with nature. Tomorrow Baraka, along with acting governor Guadagno, will break ground for the world’s largest indoor vertical farm at the AeroFarms Headquarters at 212 Rome Street.

Keep Reading Show less
Articles

Shoe Made From Recycled Ocean Trash Pops Up in Time for Summer

Adidas teams up with Parley for the Oceans to create a new line made from colorful sea garbage.

As a rule I’m skeptical of big brands “going green,” but it seems adidas might just be on to something. Recently the sporty retail giant teamed up with Parley for the Oceans—an idealistic group of “creators, thinkers and leaders” attempting to re-purpose the ocean’s overwhelming amount of trash into reusable material—for a mystery project. Monday at the United Nations the brand unveiled their collaboration: the world's first ever shoe upper made solely from harvested ocean plastic and illegal deep-sea gillnets. The nets were retrieved after a 110-day expedition by Parley partner organization Sea Shepherd, where they tracked an illegal poaching vessel off the coast of West Africa.

Keep Reading Show less
Articles

Recycled Seashells Transform Beach Into a Dazzling Art Installation

Artist Subodh Kerkar uses thousands of repurposed mussel shells to create a stunning, undulating “ode to the ocean.”

To celebrate the ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ festival in Aarhus, Denmark, artist Subodh Kerkar repurposed thousands of mussle shells into mesmerizing designs. Photo by Subodh Kerkar.

Each year for the last four years, the coastal city of Aarhus, Denmark, has turned their pristine coastline into a temporary outdoor art gallery. Sculpture by the Sea Aarhus, open from June 5th to July 5th along the coast of Tangkrogen to Ballehage, is Denmark’s largest art event and features an international roster of creatives. Now on view, the exhibition contains 60 sculptures and offers audiences “a unique opportunity to combine social and recreational activities, exercise, art, nature and common experiences.”

Keep Reading Show less
Articles

Architects Turn Gas-Guzzling Hummers into Earth-Friendly Micro-Homes

Hummers may wage war on the environment, but their parts rest in peace, as raw materials for a new sustainable, prefab home design.

We didn't shed a tear when we heard that General Motors planned to phase out the Hummer starting last spring. It felt like poetic justice for the gas-guzzling, military-turned-luxury vehicle favored by the former governor of California.

Yet a pair of architects may have found a way to redeem the environmentally disastrous vehicle. Craig Hodgetts and HsinMing Fung of the firm HplusF recently released designs for their "Hummer House," a prefabricated micro-home made from reincarnated Hummer parts. The Los Angeles architects, known for their work on local landmarks like the Hollywood Bowl and Egyptian Theatre, decided to take on the project after examining the car's materials and discovering that the sheet metal in its shell is rugged enough to serve as the exterior of a dwelling.

Keep Reading Show less
Articles

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Landscape Architecture But Were Afraid to Ask

This new series excels at explaining the exciting work happening in this field.


For the average person, landscape architecture = gardening. But while the field remains relatively unknown, landscape architecture is often at the forefront of developing design approaches to pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges.

Until now, the neophyte had few resources to turn to for learning about increasingly important concepts like bioremediation (which uses microbes and plants to restore the health of soil), or new approaches to stormwater management. But thanks to the efforts of the American Society of Landscape Architects, professionals and the general public alike can get up to speed on the latest in sustainable landscape design concepts by watching a series of clear and clever animations on subjects such as "From Industrial Wasteland to Community Park" and "Designing for Active Living" (narrated by yours truly).

Keep Reading Show less
Articles