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44 Eco-Friendly Home + Architecture Mods

Perfect for Obama's Greener White House

— December 12, 2008 — Eco
President-elect Barack Obama has said a number of times that he plans to make the White House green. The eco-friendly architecture and home modifications in the cluster below should be more than enough to give Obama and the White House design team some inspiration.

According to the CS Monitor, prior presidents have already given Obama a headstart in this endeavor. In 2002, 167 solar photovoltaic panels were installed on the White House roof. By 2007, low-flush toilets, ‘smart’ lawn sprinklers and improved insulation were also implemented. And former president Clinton commissioned a ‘Greening the White House’ report prepared by the Rocky Mountain Institute, which proposed modified skylights, efficient windows and upgraded HVAC systems.

From living walls to solar-powered cities, the eco-friendly modifications shown below can be scaled to suit nearly any home, from your two-bedroom flat to Obama’s 2009 White House.
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Activity
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Reclaiming Paved Paradise
Reclaiming Paved Paradise
Parking Day Redefines Public Spaces
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42
Eco-Friendly Paint
Eco-Friendly Paint
IdeaPaint
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41
Green Power Utility Company
Green Power Utility Company
Ontario Company Offers Alternative Power
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40
Eco-Friendly Instruments
Eco-Friendly Instruments
Walden Pond Wood Piano
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39
GreenPrint Saves Trees & Sanity
GreenPrint Saves Trees & Sanity
Million Tree March
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38
Green Urinals
Green Urinals
Water-Free Japanese Urinals
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37
NYC Goes Green For Christmas
NYC Goes Green For Christmas
Rockefeller Tree Now Eco-Friendly
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36
Air Force Base Goes Green
Air Force Base Goes Green
Nellis AFB Has Largest Solar Power Plant in North America
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35
Waste Heat as Energy
Waste Heat as Energy
ElectroTherm Green Machine
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34
Going Green With Plant Power
Going Green With Plant Power
Cradle 2 Cradle Spinach Concept Home
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33
Eco-Friendly Parliament Buildings
Eco-Friendly Parliament Buildings
Reichstag, Berlin
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32
Eco-Friendly Gaia Hotel and Spa in Napa Valley preaches 'An Inconvenient Truth'
Eco-Friendly Gaia Hotel and Spa in Napa Valley preaches 'An Inconvenient Truth'
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31
Eco-Eatery
Eco-Eatery
Eat, Drink & Be Eco-Friendly
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30
Green Energy Producing Canopies
Green Energy Producing Canopies
Cobra Solar Shades
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29
Green Graveyards
Green Graveyards
The Solar-Powered Santa Coloma Cemetery
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28
Ultra-Green Office Building
Ultra-Green Office Building
Hidden Eco-Friendly Corporate HQ
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27
Eco-Friendly Hotel Architecture
Eco-Friendly Hotel Architecture
Kimpton Key Largo Green Resort
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26
Green Next Gen Notebooks
Green Next Gen Notebooks
MacBook Earth, Fire and Water
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25
Oceanside Eco-Condos
Oceanside Eco-Condos
Dockside Green Victoria, BC
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24
Eco-Friendly Ice Cubes
Eco-Friendly Ice Cubes
Nordic Rocks
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23
Green Walls & Roofs from G-Sky
Green Walls & Roofs from G-Sky
Vancouver Turns A Healthy Shade of Green
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22
Peel & Stick Solar Panels
Peel & Stick Solar Panels
Lumeta PowerPly
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21
Eco Skyscraper Makeovers
Eco Skyscraper Makeovers
Sears Tower Gets Greener
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20
Eco-Friendly Decor
Eco-Friendly Decor
Bamboo Pulp Wall Panels By Inhabit
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19
Photovoltaic Solar Airports
Photovoltaic Solar Airports
Burbank's Hangar 25 is World's Greenest
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18
Gyms Powered by Exercising Patrons
Gyms Powered by Exercising Patrons
The Green Microgym
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17
Eco-Friendly Car Plants
Eco-Friendly Car Plants
Ford Rouge Truck Plant
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16
Green Technology Breakthrough
Green Technology Breakthrough
Inkjet Printed Solar Cells
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15
Green Museums
Green Museums
California Academy of Sciences (UPDATE)
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14
Living Walls
Living Walls
Oulu Bar & EcoLounge
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13
Green Metropolises
Green Metropolises
The Gwang Gyo Power Center in South Korea
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12
Vertical Farming
Vertical Farming
Skyscraper Farms to Combat Global Warming
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11
Kinetic Eco Gadgets
Kinetic Eco Gadgets
The Shake MP3 Player
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10
Eco-Friendly Nightclubs
Eco-Friendly Nightclubs
Greenhouse Opens in NYC (UPDATE)
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9
Solar Trees
Solar Trees
Streetlights Go Green via Solar Power and LEDs
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8
Sinuous Eco-Friendly Rooftops
Sinuous Eco-Friendly Rooftops
The Park House
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7
Eco Friendly Cork Furniture
Eco Friendly Cork Furniture
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6
Vertical Farming (Part III)
Vertical Farming (Part III)
Toronto Sky Farm
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5
Light Bulb Door Handles
Light Bulb Door Handles
The Knob Light Uses Kinetic Energy
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4
Eco-Friendly Architecture
Eco-Friendly Architecture
ReCURSO Houses
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3
Green Walls
Green Walls
Vertical Gardens
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2
Green Roof Tiles
Green Roof Tiles
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1
Personal Green Skyscrapers
Personal Green Skyscrapers
The 60 Story Antilia House
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