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, 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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The Door Prize

Toronto is not historically a bicycle friendly city, but in the last few years has been trying hard to change, pointing out that switching to bikes reduces congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and obesity. Unfortunately the drivers are not, and the Door

The Gas Powered Daiquiri Whacker

So many readers thought that the human powered bicycle blender was excessive and conspicuous consumption that we feel in necessary to point out that for about the same money you can purchase the Daiquiri Whacker- a blender powered by a 23cc noisy,

Cottagers: Take the Train to Toronto

This is a local story, a plea to the thousands of Torontonians fighting their way up Highway 400, the main route to cottage country. I often feel guilty about driving my Subaru such a distance every week (read There are worse things than hypocricy}This

the Scraphouse

How did we miss this one? 1) a team of architects, artists and engineers designed a 700 square foot house to be built entirely from scrap; 2) they all spent three weeks scrounging materials from dumps, recyclers and buildings sites; 3)in May they spent

Forbidden Fruit

Yesterday we discussed Living on the 100 Miles Diet- Here is another reason to shop at the local farmers' market. Recently border inspections of food coming into Canada showed a wide range of toxic and often illegal chemicals- California dates with

Seth Godin on Whale Oil

We recently interviewed Seth Godin and continue to be impressed with his insights. He recently posted an interesting entry on his blog about whale oil- how the Netherlands economy ran on it, how they adapted to the decline in whale oil production and
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Book Review: Fueling the Future

We spent the long weekend by the lake, reading Fueling the Future from House of Anansi, edited by Andrew Heintzman (co-founder of the late lamented Shift Magazine) and author and TV host Evan Solomon. A host of Canadian and international contributors

Solar Laptop Charger

Treehugger Warren regrets that the Voltaic Backpack won't power his laptop-Perhaps this would help. Made more for the briefcase set rather than the backpacker, it opens to provide enough surface area to generate 13 watts, enough to power computers, hand
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