Lloyd Alter

Lloyd Alter

Writer / Toronto, Canada

Lloyd Alter is design editor of TreeHugger. He has been an architect, developer, inventor and prefab promoter.
He contributes to MNN.com, The Guardian, Azure and Corporate Knights magazines, and is Adjunct Professor teaching sustainable design at Ryerson University School of Interior Design. Lloyd is a Past President of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.


In the course of his work developing small residential units and prefabs, Lloyd became convinced that we just use too much of everything- too much space, too much land, too much food, too much fuel, too much money, and that the key to sustainability is to simply use less. And, the key to happily using less is to design things better.

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    Researcher walks at work with computer/treadmill

    June 8, 8:16 AM by Lloyd Alter in Renewable Energy

    In the discussion of Solar Swadeshi we talked about generating electricity from our treadmills. Today we learn that it is also really good for our health. Dr,. James Levine, who just can't stop moving, has turned his treadmill into a desk and walks at a

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    Seth Godin on Green Marketing

    June 8, 7:48 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    Seth Godin writes wonderful, funny little books on marketing. The message in his latest hit: Marketing is about telling stories. "Make no mistake: This is not about tactics or hype or little things that might matter. This is a whole new way of doing

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    Clean Air Foundation: Green Marketing Programs

    June 7, 7:01 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    Canada's Clean Air Foundation is a non-profit group of "entrepreneurs to the core" ..." dedicated to developing, implementing and managing public engagement programs and strategic initiatives that lead to a measurable improvement in air quality."

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    Materials Monthly II

    June 6, 7:32 AM by Lloyd Alter in Green Architecture

    When we last wrote about Materials Monthly Reader Christy questioned its treehuggerness; This month there is no question at all. Editor Jennifer Siegal has picked a formaldehyde free and incredibly strong Strandwoven bamboo material that can be used

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    Toronto's Becel Ride for the Heart

    June 6, 7:24 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    by remarkable coincidence Toronto's annual Ride for the Heart took place on Sunday, on two of what are normally the busiest expressways in the City. The Gardiner expressway is a 60's vintage eyesore, but at the slower speed of a bicycle the view from

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    NY Times Reporter Test-Drives a Hydrogen Honda

    June 5, 8:29 AM by Lloyd Alter in Cars

    New York Times reporter Jim Motavalli seemed to like his week in a Honda hydrogen fuel cell car. The fact that its range was only 190 miles, that it was worth between one and two million dollars, and that there was nowhere to fill it up did not seem to

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    Green Diesel: New Biomass converter is far more efficient

    June 4, 8:47 AM by Lloyd Alter in Renewable Energy

    Treehugger has discussed the silliness of ethanol production before , a process where it takes one unit of energy for every 1.1 unit of energy created. It was recently called "a subsidy business, not an energy business". Now it appears that the

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    Nukes and King Coal love Peak Oil

    June 3, 7:32 AM by Lloyd Alter in Renewable Energy

    Well, gee, why didn't we see this coming? Westinghouse and GE, that new green wonder, have designs for nuclear plants with "fewer possible points of failure" to give us cheap dependable power. And guess what? they will be really good at producing "the

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    Solar Swadeshi: handmade electricy

    June 3, 7:11 AM by Lloyd Alter in Renewable Energy

    a treehugger commenter has proposed a remarkable concept on his blog: just as Gandhi would spin yarn for an hour a day, practicing "swadishi- that spirit in us which restricts us to the use and service of our immediate surroundings to the exclusion of

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    Bikeshare: Yellow bikes. Yours for the Taking.

    June 2, 7:21 AM by Lloyd Alter in Cars

    Its hard being into bikes in Toronto. The utilities aim for the bike lanes to make them teeth-rattlingly awful; the Fedex trucks think they are their personal parking lane; drivers do not know that right-side mirrors exist and you risk the door prize

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    DIYParts.org- a free exchange for computer parts

    June 2, 7:06 AM by Lloyd Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    This treehugger does not buy corporate boxes but bakes his own. Its a hobby, like people who used to work on cars, and the last great joy of wintel over Mac- the ability to get inside and muck around. When our neigbours put their old machines on the

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    Treehugger Photo Contest getting down to the Wire

    June 1, 10:42 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    The entries are getting positively arty in the Windfarms- Beauty or Blight? Photo Contest- we love this Nova Scotia night shot by Soyahz. Look at them all at treehuggerwindfarm and send in your entries- time is running

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    Massive Change: Second Thoughts

    June 1, 7:38 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    This Treehugger has never been a fan of Bruce Mau. We thought the book he designed for our favourite living architect, Rem Koolhaas, was a massive doorstop. We could not understand why this guy who dips his feet into every profession is treated as a

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    The Day After Tomorrow (yes, really!...)

    May 31, 8:54 AM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    Kurt at Resource Insights calls it The most important story you didn't see -an article in the Times of London about how, in fact, the Gulf Stream is slowing down with possible results much like in the movie (albeit over a longer time than 140

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    You like us! you really like us!

    May 31, 7:31 AM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    We were so suprised to open our Business 2.0, write a post about environmental investing from page 38 and then see on page 94 that Treehugger is one of 5 websites in their article about "how to capture the buzz" along with our buddies at mocoloco and

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    More Turbines in our Wind Turbine Picture Contest!

    May 31, 7:18 AM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    We have more entries in our Turbines- Beauty or Blight competition! Today we show three from the south of France, by ThorntonR. view submitted pix here at treehuggerwindfarm. Don't forget about our fabulous prizes! Contest closes July 12 so don't

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    Treehugger Investment Advisor: Banking on Wind and Sun

    May 31, 7:03 AM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    Business 2.0 has a "Big Picture" article about how "Oil prices show no sign of easing. That is bad news for consumers, but it creates plenty of opportunity for adventurous investors" read how if you invest in BLDP and PLUG you can get in on the ground

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    What is Biodegradable?

    May 30, 7:54 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    Toronto's alternate weekly Now Magazine has a regular column on evironmental issues called Ecoholic. This week they raise an issue of some importance in a city where so much of our garbage is trucked to landfills in Michigan- what does biodegradable

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