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.

You can follow Lloyd on Twitter, Facebook and Google+

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    Aurelle LED Candles from Philips

    June 28, 7:54 AM by Lloyd Alter in Interior Design

    This treehugger was never fond of candles- perhaps it goes back to when our grandmother did not blow them out after Friday night dinner and almost burned the house down. Certainly there is a lot of research that says that they are not healthy for the

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    Vertical Farming is Already Here- Organitech

    June 28, 7:18 AM by Lloyd Alter in Green Food

    Treehugger talked about vertical farming yesterday but Israeli startup Organitech has developed an automated, high density farming module in that universal form, the standard shipping container that is available today. They eliminate costly labour,

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    Living Billboard

    June 27, 7:15 AM by Lloyd Alter in Lawn & Garden

    Remarkable things seem to happen in Toronto's Dundas Square, the oft reviled but truly elegant space designed by Brown and Storey Architects. Last week we covered the installation ATTACK and now we see a living billboard, made of 900 real plants,

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    Ikoo Contemporary Electric Scooter

    June 25, 7:32 AM by Lloyd Alter in Cars

    It's teeny. It's very very cute. It goes 18 MPH for 18 miles on a charge. It's made of surgical grade stainless steel. It's less than a thousand bucks US. Looks like a nice ride! ::Ikoo Scooter via ::Red

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    British kid's biggest fear: Climate Change.

    June 24, 7:43 AM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    According to British government department of Education survey, 24% of 10 to 18 year old kids think Climate Change is the biggest threat they face- more than violence (19%), more than terrorism (18%) and more than problems in developing countries.

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    Interview with Seth Godin

    June 23, 9:25 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    Seth Godin has published seven best-sellers on marketing including his recent "All Marketers are Liars". His blog was recently voted "best blog on marketing", He founded Changethis.com, a remarkable forum for ideas that published the

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    Mobile Phone helps make "wholesome food choices"

    June 23, 6:50 AM by Lloyd Alter in Green Food

    We step onto Gizmodo and Engadget turf with this one-The Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a camera phone that you aim at the bar code on your groceries and it tells you the nutritional content of what you are looking at, diarizes what

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    Questions from Treehuggers for Jim Kunstler

    June 22, 7:41 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    We invited our readers to submit questions, with a prize for the person whose question was chosen. (read the original interview here) The bad news: no prize. The good news: Mr. Kunstler thoughtfully and thoroughly answered all of the questions.odograph:

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    Power House- experiment with alternative energy

    June 22, 7:40 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Treehugger sooo wants one of these: A kit where you build a model house "with solar panels, windmill, greenhouse, and desalination system. You can build and operate an electric train, windmill, solar cooker, solar hot water tank, hygrometer, electric

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    Urban Underground Farming

    June 21, 7:46 AM by Lloyd Alter in Lawn & Garden

    the Royal Canadian Mounted Police would look askance at this suspicious looking grow-op, but in fact they are growing rice, fruits and vegetables in a vault in Tokyo. A mix of light-emitting diodes, metal halide lamps, and high-pressure sodium vapor

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    Interview with James Howard Kunstler

    June 21, 7:30 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    James Howard Kunstler is the author of the provocative and controversial The Long Emergency,and graciously agreed to be interviewed by Treehugger. We post the interview here and apologise for asking such long questions, we do run on. We also asked him

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    Butterworks Farm

    June 20, 8:41 AM by Lloyd Alter in Green Food

    We were intrigued to learn from our photo contest winner that the turbine pictured in the shot was powering an organic farm in Northeast Vermont. What could be more Treehugger? Butterworks Farm has been producing organic yoghurt for 25 years.

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    Windfarms- Beauty or Blight? We have a winner!

    June 20, 8:40 AM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    Our winner (in a close race) in the photo contest is Sohier Chistie, a young photographer and web designer from Nova Scotia, Canada. You can view his photography at soygeek.net, (great name!). We were impressed that in February, he volunteered to build

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    White house to scupper efforts to tackle Global Warming

    June 19, 10:13 AM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    Documents leaked to the The Observer in preparation for the G8 conference next month show that the US Government has hardened its position in oppositon to any action on global warming. The British Government had proposed sweeping initiatives and every

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    Be Cool: John Travolta on Hybrids

    June 18, 1:10 PM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    In the movie "Be Cool" John Travolta's Caddy is blown up and he is given a Honda Hybrid as a courtesy car. How he deals with this: Martin (Danny Devito) Hey Chili, that your car? Chili: Yes, Its the Caddilac of Hybrids. Martin: A bit tight for a guy

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    Flaunt Magazine- The Green issue

    June 18, 8:24 AM by Lloyd Alter in Style

    Flaunt Magazine "has made it a point to consistently break new ground, earning itself a reputation as an engine of the avant-garde and an outlet for outsider culture". It is not your usual enviro mag. This month's green issue includes articles titled

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    Windfarms- Beauty or Blight? CONTEST CLOSED

    June 16, 11:51 PM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    Thanks to all who entered the beauty or blight competition. Our judges found most of the pictures beautiful, some questionable depending on your biases, and only this one really a blight and that is more because of all of the electrical infrastructure

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    New study shows wind turbines don't harm birds

    June 16, 8:01 AM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    For those who thought they could survive the Long Emergency by standing under windmills and catching dinner, we have bad news. A recent Danish study shows that migrating birds learn quickly to avoid routes that pass through windfarms- less than one

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