400W Small Wind Turbine [Giveaway]

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To be considered for this random giveaway, leave a comment below through the end of Thursday, May 6, 2010.*

After writing about Sam's Club's installation of 17 Skystream turbines in California, we were approached by the company with an opportunity to give away a 400W wind generator.  We jumped at the chance given this could help out one of our readers.  For informational purposes, the micro turbine is available for purchase online at Sam's Club, but at the end of this giveaway, one random commenter will be chosen to receive one for free. 

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LEED, Prefab, Apartments: The Modules

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Update: Read about recently completed The Modules.

This 72-unit building, The Modules, is under construction near Temple University in Philadelphia.  Designed by Interface Studio Architects, the apartment project includes 60,000 square feet of living space with a green roof, parking for 38 cars, and storage for 50 bikes.  What’s impressive is not just that this will be a prefab, green, contemporary, apartment building, but that it may be the largest modularly-constructed LEED for Homes project in the nation.

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Blazing City Trails, Urban Beekeeping, Claim Lawsuits, + Insufficient CSR

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April Green Coverage in Review

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With Living Future 2010 from Cascadia Region Green Building Council right around the corner, you're probably looking ahead.  But with Earth Day and all sorts of green activity during the last month, perhaps you'll take a moment to review some of our most recent coverage.  We were a little heavy in prefab and homes, but look for that to balance out more in May.  Here's the good stuff:

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Nine Green Home Projects to Do Today

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Eric Corey Freed, architect and principal of Organic Architect, has a new book in stores this month — Green$ense for the Home — and Allison Arieff was able to pry a list out of Freed of simple green home projects for renters and homeowners.  This is the low-hanging fruit, to use the proverbial phrase, but that doesn't mean there's no impact or benefit.  To paraphrase Freed’s responses to Arieff, here are the nine green projects:

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Modern Coop with Reclaimed Cedar

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Whether its urban farming or backyard chickens, there’s a movement afloat to raise and grow food locally and organically.  If you’re interested in running a chicken coop — and speaking from personal experience, it’s not easy — you might have a look at the Modern Coop by John Wright.  His stylish, sporty coop is made with reclaimed cedar, and it’s mobile, so you can move it around every couple weeks.  The standard roof is a translucent fiberglass or durable metal, but you can opt for the green roof version, too.

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