Uganda's terrain varies wildly, from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest's dense, jade-colored rain forests to Kidepo Valley's fat acacia trees and dry, tawny plains. A recent visit to these remote national parks and their surrounding communities gave me a glimpse into how Mother Earth could serve as inspiration for our built environments.
Many properties in Uganda are designed to leave as small an impact on the beautiful surrounding land as possible by relying on solar power and making smart swaps.
After my visit, I brought some green tweaks home with me to New York—a wildly different landscape where the planet needs just as much love. Here, four ways to make like a Ugandan tree-hugger without leaving home: