Wow. Five hundred blog posts already? It seems like just yesterday that I published my first post, on LED holiday lights, on a soft-launched version of MNN. But it wasn’t yesterday. It was on Nov. 24, 2008 … exactly a year ago today.
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In celebration of 500 MNN posts, here’s a look back at a few highlights from the last year … 25 posts that I particularly enjoyed writing and thought you enjoyed reading and might want to revisit. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?
• December 4: Is the condo always greener on the other side?
One after another, LEED-certified high-rise residential buildings are being erected in Manhattan’s Battery Park City neighborhood.
• December 24: The green home audit
The first in a series of unscientific, slightly intrusive green home audits where unsuspecting homeowners (my parents) are visited by a green home auditor (me).
• January 16: Ancient teak that speaks
I visit the studio of Jason Lamberth who makes home furnishings out of sustainable “buried” teak from Indonesia.
• February 9: A Green Acres for the new millennium
On TV sitcoms, a good chunk of the action takes place in the characters’ homes. When will these prime-time domiciles get green makeovers?
• February 12: Little green house on the Bowery
I attend the opening party for the Green Depot, the fabulous, LEED-certified green home-supply store in Manhattan.
• February 23: Captain Can
To honor the MNN-hosted return of eco-super hero cartoon, Captain Planet, I recommend six ways superdudes can spiff up their bathrooms with green gusto.
• February 26: Gone to the Dogs
The Obama family finally settles on a Portuguese water dog named Bo (a gift from the late Ted Kennedy). I give my recommendations for a few eco-friendly canine bedding options fit for a First Pooch.
• March 9: The Green Building Magician
Meet Frank McKinney, the flashy, Fabio-haired real estate "artist" behind the $29 million green mansion, Acqua Liana.
• March 20: Ding, dong, Irene Calling
Seen all the ads offering the consulting services of Green Irene? Who exactly is this green guru-ess, and should you let her into your home?
• April 27: The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Composter
Yes. You read that right. The communal literary-themed worm bin is in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and I’ve got photos.
• May 5: The $75K green mobile home
After beginning marketing in January, Clayton's i-house is finally been priced. Will there be any takers?
• June 5: Rogue Amish Outhouses
The rigidly archaic Swartzentruber Amish sect butts heads with authorities over decidedly old-school sanitation methods.
• June 8: A wicked green Q & A
Filmmaker and urban farmer Ian Cheney explains how his documentary, The Greening of Southie, is helping inform and entertain the blue-collar construction trade.
Two attention-grabbing home designs: Daniel Libeskind's prefab villa and a pint-sized "Shed for Living" from UK-based firm FKDA Architects.
• June 24: It takes two
Writer, industrial designer and certified poo doyen Virginia Gardiner explains her low-tech waterless toilet, LooWatt.
• July 7: Brad Pitt’s sweet 14
Fourteen new duplex designs from a slew of top architects are announced as part of Brad Pitt’s New Orleans rebuilding effort, Make it Right.
• August 3: Franken Fixes
Soda bottle sprinklers and wire hanger toilet paper holders are just two of the weird, wonderful DIY contraptions at the website, There, I Fixed It.
• August 5: The Girl from ‘Impeenema’
A TV ad campaign in Brazil urges folks to urinate in the shower to conserve water ... and save the rain forests.
• August 24: Wonderful, weird and wheeled
The Camper Bike and the Porta Hedge give the traditional mobile home concept a peculiar new twist.
• September 2: Extreme rainwater harvesting
Meet 'Rain Man' Jerry Block of Mount Sereno, Calif. whose backyard rainwater harvesting system can collect 20,000 gallons annually.
• September 20: The Dutch are coming!
Sustainable design, slow food and senior citizens invade NYC's Governors Island for the Pioneers of Change exhibition.
• October 6: 5 humane critter catchers
As temps fall, tailed boarders may take up residence around the house. Here are five devices that send mice packin'.
• October 14: Going compostal
The Wall Street Journal's Gwendolyn Bounds tests user-friendly composters and strikes inspiration in this compost-shy blogger in the process.
• October 18: Battle of the greenest
Even though Team Germany took the top spot at the 2009 Solar Decathlon, I visited the competition to bestow honors on some of the other entrants.
Just in case you were wondering who in the world is behind this oddly labeled, eco-friendly line of castile soaps.