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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    Today's chuckle: Wall Street Journal on Hybrids

    November 30, 5:08 PM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    In the op-ed section of the WSJ today Holman Jenkins does a fake letter from Toyota, but makes an interesting claim about what happens when you do something to save energy: "Petroleum not consumed by Prius owners is not "saved". It does not stay in the

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    The Sad State of our Construction Industry

    November 30, 1:00 PM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    After being so inspired by Bill McDonough, we descended into the bunker to see the Construct Canada trade show and see what is new and green, with a big promotion of products with an ecobuild label. What a depressing experience- little green balloons

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    Sustainability + Functionality with William McDonough

    November 30, 12:30 PM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    "Nicholas Pevsner

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    In Cars for Treehuggers, Less is Definitely More

    November 30, 7:23 AM by Lloyd Alter in Cars

    Where we live, one must have their older cars tested for emissions to get the licence plates renewed. Our 16 year old Miata passed with flying colours- you could suck on this tailpipe for a week and not get a headache. Hybrid Ford Escapes and, dare we

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    Sustainable Architecture

    November 30, 6:08 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    If you really want an impressive coffee table, put this on it. Since starting with shrines in the 17th century, the Takenaka Corporation has grown into one of Japan's biggest builders. They have just finished their head office as a shrine to

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    Goodbye Batteries Bike Lights

    November 29, 6:58 PM by Lloyd Alter in Cars

    We have seen pedals with LED's built in, but we can't use them because we wear bike shoes that clip on to our pedals. This is the answer: Bike lights that connect to the axle and are charged by magnets connected to the spokes. How elegant and simple.

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    41 to 66: Regional Responses to Sustainable Architecture in Canada

    November 29, 7:31 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    This exhibition at the Cambridge Galleries in Cambridge, Ontario does something that few books or shows on sustainable architecture do- it demonstrates regional diversity, that different climates and cultures deserve different responses. 41 degrees to

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    DVD's to put under the Treehugger Tree

    November 29, 6:59 AM by Lloyd Alter in Green Home

    Many years ago we went to the University Theatre (now a Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn) to see the ultimate environmental double bill- Road Warrior and Blade Runner, both demonstrating the dire consequences of environmental depredation. Movies (and

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    Building with Straw

    November 29, 6:15 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    Frank Lloyd Wright once said that Doctors were lucky; they can bury their mistakes, whereas architects can only plant vines. Perhaps that is a virtue of straw bale; you can take a crappy building and feed it to the cows. It is a very green building

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    Cycle and Recycle Calendar

    November 28, 7:03 AM by Lloyd Alter in Green Home

    The International Bicycle Fund "is an independent, non-profit organization. Its primary purpose is to promote bicycle transportation." Each year they issue a calendar as a fund-raiser- "The 2006 edition conveys a bicycle culture without borders — from

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    a little house of my own

    November 28, 6:28 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    If you liked Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond, you will love Lester Walker's book, which includes photographs, furniture layouts, elevations, plans and the story behind "47 grand designs for 47 tiny houses". They run the gamut from Thomas Jefferson's

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    Grass Roots Environmental Products

    November 27, 1:54 PM by Lloyd Alter in Green Home

    We just stumbled into Toronto's Grass Roots store and entered Treehugger Heaven- clothes, paper, hemp products, cleaning products, gifts, toys and more. Our product pick of the day: Picture frames from Treehugger postee Urban Tree Harvest. Two brick

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    Space: Japanese Design Solutions for Compact Living

    November 27, 6:16 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    Treehugger is obsessed with small spaces- when well designed, they reduce our footprint while letting us live comfortably in Treehugger style. We have previously covered Compact Houses- Architecture for the Environment and Compact Houses; Here is another

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    The Prefabricated Home

    November 26, 10:10 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    If someone on your list is interested in prefab, there are two books worth reading- Allison Arieff and Bryan Burkhart's

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    Thoughts on Buy Nothing Day

    November 25, 5:12 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    In America this is the biggest shopping day in the entire year, known as Black Friday, which sounds dire, but evidently derives from the fact that storekeepers lose money all year and this is the first day in which they finally get into the

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    Grist on Thanksgiving

    November 24, 8:55 PM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    Usually humorous in tone but serious in content, Grist is deadly serious in both on Thanksgiving and says what we did not but wish we had.

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    Cranberries and your teeth

    November 24, 5:09 PM by Lloyd Alter in Green Food

    Desperately casting about for a post with a Thanksgiving theme (we are in Canada and don't get the day off!) we found this: Tonight's cranberries might be good for your teeth. It turns out that the same compounds that make them effective against urinary

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    Neat things for Buy Nothing Day

    November 24, 10:14 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    Whatever one thinks about Buy Nothing Day (and thoughts at Treehugger World Headquarters certainly are mixed) There are some interesting things going on. At one high school, students are handing out film cannisters filled with...nothing. (except the

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