Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is Senior Editor at Green Matters and CEO of Better Farm, a sustainability campus and animal sanctuary in Redwood, NY.

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Living

California To Invest $1 Billion In Solar For Low-Income Housing Units

California’s Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar Roofs Program will allocate up to $1 billion to provide more than 200,000 low-income housing units with solar panels and energy-storage banks. 

By Nicole Caldwell
4 months ago
Food

Bartending Duo ‘Trash Tiki’ Battles Food Waste With Cocktails

Iain Griffiths and Kelsey Ramage are two trash-talking bartenders from London who founded Trash Tiki in order to bring the food waste discussion to your neighborhood gin mill. We sat Ramage down during the pair's international to talk.

By Nicole Caldwell
4 months ago
Community

Trees Can Reduce Energy Costs In Cities, New Study Shows

A study from the University of British Columbia has found that even one tree can help reduce energy costs in city buildings, and suggests foliage is likely a city's best line of defense against the chilling costs and effects of wind.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Living

How This Ugandan Startup Uses Sugarcane To Help Girls Stay In School

One Ugandan startup is helping girls stay in school by creating low-cost sanitary products out of a local, inexpensive material: sugarcane.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Living

This Solar-Powered RV Runs Without Fuel Or Charging Stations

A German motorhome company has unveiled an RV that's built for the open road with a sleek design and head-to-toe solar panels so you never have to worry about finding the next charging station.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
News

Kenya Passes World's Toughest Plastic Bag Ban To Fight Pollution

A ban on plastic bags came into force in Kenya on Monday in an effort to curb pollution with offenders liable to jail time or major fines. It’s the harshest punishment in the world for plastic bags.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Food

Anthony Bourdain Takes On Global Food Waste In New Documentary

Anthony Bourdain wants you to rethink your relationship to food. In his new documentary, WASTED! The Story of Food Waste, Bourdain tackles head-on the industry that has made him so successful in order to change how we shop for, prepare, and consume food.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
News

How Trucks Full Of Orange Peels Helped Regrow Costa Rica's Forest

If you’ve ever had any doubt about how compost can transform your garden, look no further than the illuminating tale of how a bunch of orange rinds revived a Costa Rican forest.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Living

Why Urban Trees Can Save Cities $500 Million Annually

The prettiest city streets are always awash in greenery. But vegetation in urban areas does more than look nice: It saves cities a ton of money—$500 million, to be exact. A new study published in the journal Ecological Modelling explains how.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Living

People Are Building Their Own Tesla Powerwalls Out Of Laptop Batteries

Unwilling to cough up $8,000 for a 14-kWh Tesla Powerhall? Then join a pack of industrious DIY-ers who have figured out ways to create their own home battery systems with three or four times the storage capacity of the Tesla Powerwall at a fraction of the cost.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
News

Elon Musk Just Revealed The First Official Look At SpaceX's Sleek Spacesuit

SpaceX wants to revolutionize space technology but first they have to get the gear right. Elon Musk has released photos of his new SpaceX suit design. Confirmed in their functionality, could this be the first phase of a futuristic space tourism industry?

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Community

How Green Rooftops May Solve The Stormwater Crisis In Hoboken

Researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken will spend this fall studying 19 duplicated rooftop setups and analyzing data to figure out what works best for filtering pollutants and retaining water.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
News

These Tiny Beads Remove A Toxic Sunscreen Chemical From Oceans

The same UV-blocking chemical that helps sunscreen protect your skin causes serious damage to coral reefs. Now, lab researchers created tiny beads that can actually absorb the offending chemical right out of the ocean; leaving reefs intact.  

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Living

By Switching From Plane To Rail, London-Scotland Travel Market Grows While Emissions Drop

Since switching from plane to train service between Central Scotland and London, the London-Scotland travel market has saved almost 700,000 tons of carbon emissions, according to a new report. Could a double-down effort on railways be a feasible, green solution for all commuter hubs?

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Living

Co-Housing Is The Latest Take On Eco-Friendly Community Living

Co-housing is an attractive and eco-friendly alternative to the potential isolation and wastefulness of living in separate dwellings. Whether you're searching for housing solo or with a family, co-housing may be the way to go.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Living

Why Designers Are Using Fruits And Vegetables To Dye Their Clothes

We worry about the ingredients in our food—why not our clothes? That's the thinking behind Fragmentario, a natural dye company in Brooklyn, N.Y., that is part of a growing design trend in the fashion industry.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Living

New Electric Bike Offers Customization At Affordable Prices

The Elbike promises to be the world’s first customizable e-bike on the market while also being among the most affordable.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Living

These Are The 10 Most Sustainable Cities In The United States

These are the top 10 United States cities for sustainability, according to a new report out this month, taking into account factors like alternative energy, gender equality, responsible land stewardship, and innovation.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Living

Sustainable Designers Thrive In Costa Rica's Fashion Hub

The world’s most sustainable fashion is now coming out of the most biodiverse place on the planet: Costa Rica, a country that is quickly becoming the world's center for eco-conscious living.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
News

Tesla's Tiny House Tour Hits The Road In Australia

The Tesla Tiny House is hitting the road in order to offer a public view of how anyone can create, store, and use renewable energy at home. People in Australia's major cities will be the first lucky ones to check out it in person.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Food

NYC 'Teaching Garden' Gives Kids Farm Life Without Leaving The City

Thanks to GrowNYC's Governors Island Teaching Garden, a 21,000-square-foot urban farm in the middle of the Big Apple, students can take free field trips to learn how to plant, grow, harvest and prepare organically grown produce and herbs.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Living

New Apparel Company 'Parks Project' Donates Part Of Every Sale To National Parks

Parks Project is an apparel and accessories business that donates a portion of every sale to various park conservancies—proving once and for all consumerism and activism need not be mutually exclusive.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Food

Hampton Creek To Release Innovative New Vegan Egg Substitute

Hampton Creek is set to wade into some of the most complex territory for a vegan brand. The company is poised to release a vegan egg substitute sometime in the next few months that mimics the taste and texture of traditional eggs.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Food

New Tech Offers Lower Prices On Food Nearing Its Expiration Date

A new company called Wasteless offers the world’s very first real-time tracking technology to supermarkets so they can provide consumers with variable pricing based on a product’s upcoming expiration date. It's the "internet of groceries.”

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Food

New Vegan Restaurant Vows To Donate All Profits To Charity

A new vegan eatery in Midtown Manhattan called P.S. Kitchen has promised to donate all its profits to various sustainable charities as a way to connect people’s ethical food choices with social movements.  

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Community

This Danish School Is Covered In 65,000 Square Feet Of Bright Aqua Solar Panels

At the Copenhagen International School, solar panels are part of the aesthetic with 12,000 blue-green photovoltaics covering the entire facade, and that's not the only sustainable aspect of this education center.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Community

Every D.C. Resident Could Have Curbside Compost Pickup In 5 Years

If city planners in the nation’s capital have their way, every D.C. resident within the next five years will have curbside pickup for their food scraps. That move alone would take more than three-quarters of city trash out of the waste stream.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago
Living

Stunning 'Tree Tower' Brings Nature To Urban Toronto High-Rise

The Toronto Tree Tower, proposed by architecture firm Penda, is an 18-story high-rise building that incorporates trees and vegetation onto every balcony for sweeping views, improved air quality, and a truly green metropolitan experience.

By Nicole Caldwell
6 months ago