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Lloyd Russell’s Rimrock Ranch House


Architect Lloyd Russell’s Rimrock Ranch House is a tasty blend of practical functionality and sustainable style.  The home sits 4,500 feet above sea level in the California desert outside Palm Springs.  Russell, who describes his design aesthetic as “handmade modernism,” created the canopied home to both integrate, and flourish in, the challenging desert environment.


The most striking feature of the residence is its steel canopy designed to shield the home from the sun’s unforgiving rays and winter snowfalls, while simultaneously promoting air flow and passive cooling.  The exterior walls of the the house consist of a well thought out combination of corrugated steel and sliding glass.  Many of the home’s fixtures and details are recycled or salvaged providing the space both sustainable function and character.  The home is designed and situated to take advantage of its open patio space and desert surroundings.


The modern take on ranch-style living space recently won the AIA San Diego architectural design award.

Rimrock was built for Jim Austin, (photos by Harrison Photography).

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Help is on the way – kinder, gentler pain relief

From the inside, out — the Help line was created as a clean, green alternative to traditional over the counter pain remedies.



In stark contrast to the garish graphics slapped on typical packaging, Help’s bandages and array of pain and allergy relief appeal to more modern aspirations. Packaging made from materials that will biodegrade, and “is compostable – which means that one day, they might become part of a large tree.” And a neat array of product ingredients, as natural and effective as possible, (500mg of acetaminophen is sans coatings and dyes; waterproof bandages made of hydrocolloid to heal wounds faster, reduce scarring and stay on for days), all sourced east of the Mississippi.


They’ll even help you express yourself.  Order a custom tee, ($20).

We all need Help at one time or another — available @ their online store, or elsewhere.

Relatedpreviously on altCon
(8.13.08) – i need Help – who doesn’t?

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sustainable t-shirt

mens_sustain.jpgAre you sustainable?

Ladies and men’s tees – 92% organic cotton fine Jersey, 8% Lycra.

Available in short or long sleeve, fitted and straight cut;

make an eco statement

$19.99 / $24.99 @

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a mixed bag of green news


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San Diego welcomes its first LEED certified hotel


An undeniable mix of West Coast calm and night life buzz, San Diego is a destination that’s worth the trip. And luckily, it just became even more desirable, thanks to the certification of the city’s first LEED-certified hotel, the Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. (That makes 19 total LEED-certified hotels in the U.S.)

Hotel_Indigo_Fire_Pit.jpgThe 12-story boutique property, anchored near the Gaslamp Quarter and a block from the Padre’s PETCO Park, offers several sweetly sustainable features, including green roofs on the ninth and 12th floors, an outdoor meditation deck, and a terrace herb garden that sprouts seasonings like basil, rosemary and tarragon. Naturally, the locally-inspired exterior gives way to an interior that’s decked out with the work of local artisans, photographers and designers.

Spend the night in one of 210 guestrooms, pamper yourself with Aveda toiletries, and dine at Phi Bar and Bistro, where gourmet dishes serve up the freshest seasonal ingredients.


To make reservations, click here, or call 877-8-INDIGO. Our initial room search turned up available rooms for an upcoming weekend, priced $399-$549.00. (Keep in mind that the Hotel Indigo brand is a part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), meaning you can use your Priority Club rewards card here, or at any other IHG location, like Crowne Plaze or Holiday Inn.) If the hotel’s booked, check out the nearby Hotel Solamar, one of my personal favorites by Kimpton, featuring the EarthCare program.

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