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Project Greenhouse: Ideal for Invisible Parties & Invisible Men

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Friday the 13th is a date in which rare and uncommon events are known to occur. How fitting it was then for a surprisingly intimate and delightful soirée to be held on such a day at the East Hampton house built by architect Edvin Karl Stromsten. The architect, who incidentally looks like the Colonel Sanders, teamed up with people from Project Greenhouse, the brainchild of Events East, for the month of July to showcase green concepts in the green home. (Which is incidentally on the market for $1.39 million.)

One interesting guest only briefly at the party was the “invisible man” Josh May. This 32 year old “SUV-driving, multipack-smoking and big-meat-eating blogger” is living in the home in an effort to be carbon-neutral for the entire month of July. Being in StromLauren Bush & Feed Bagsen’s home, which is solar powered and features only sustainable furnishings, is part of Project Greenhouse and allows May, along with his bicycle and local foods to live carbon free for the month. His new no-footprint look must be popular with ladies too, because he had to leave mid-way through the party to go on an eco-date.

Another guest was none other than the socialite cum environmentalist first niece, Lauren Bush. Looking the part, Bush was seen toting both her “FEED Bag” and her oversized pug Sid throughout the night. Each $60 Feed Bag benefits the United Nations World Food Program, and ironically enough food was also the main thing on Sid’s mind. The dog jumped on the table a few times during the night to sample the delicious fair which was both local (within a 10 mile radius of the home) and organic. Fortunately for the party planners, the only person brave enough to scold the pug was this fearless and irreverent Ecorazzi writer. (I don’t care who your mama is, Sid…)

Summer Rayne Oakes @ Project Greenhouse. Photo credit: Melissa RosenbergAnother Texan was Blake Mycoskie, “designer and chief shoe giver” of TOMS Shoes. While TOMS are awesome and socially responsible, hopefully he learned a bit more about organic fibers to incorporate in his own line from the fashion closet – considering the party’s hostess was none other than model Summer Rayne Oakes. SRO, by the way did a bang up job of working the crowd, making a light but heartfelt post-dinner speech, and looking quite the part of East Hamptons Senorita; this “closet” showcasing the hottest in green fashion was only appropriate.

Other notable attendees enjoying the local Wolffer Wine and organic beer were eco-hunk Josh Dorfman, host of the Lazy Environmentalist on Sirius Radio, Spencer Morgan from the NY Observer with two homeys from Maxim, and eco-psychologist Massimo LoBuglio from the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions. And so a good time was had by all: eating, drinking, and being merry for mother earth.

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