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EcoMeme: Facebook Under Fire for Coal Powered Data Center

Facebook is the second largest website in the US and the default social network of many environmental activists, where they (ok, we) go to develop supportive networks, raise awareness and funds for good causes. It’s also a platform for some excellent, environmental-fundraising games like Lil’ Green Patch (acquired by social […]

Eco Window Film Is a Glass Act for Conserving Energy

Window tints are optical grade polyester sheeting with colored dye and/or metal particles embedded into its surface. For years, homeowners have applied the film to their glass to add privacy and security to bare windows in a modern setting, and to keep expensive furnishings from fading. But as our energy […]

Eco Links to Green Your Week

First up – free stuff! We’ve rhapsodized about the joys of Freecycle before, and no doubt we’ll do so again – it’s that good. But it’s also an opportunity for people to offload the craziest possessions – take these 18 items at The Daily Green. Sustainable power is the way […]

How Your Internet Searches Can Fund Forests

Like many of us, I rely on the computer and internet for work and, increasingly, for pleasure. Switching it off is not really an option. Yet, I am also concerned by the fact that the IT industry is a growing contributor to the world’s greenhouse emissions. I am trying to […]

China Builds Bus That Drives Over Cars: Be Very Afraid

Not from the Hill or the Street this time, but I just had to bring this up… China has overtaken the United States as the world’s biggest producer of greenhouse gases and biggest energy consumer. That’s staggering and all the more terrifying, knowing the rate and capacity at which industry […]

10 Remarkable Nonprofits You’ve Never Heard Of

What you should know about collaborative hands moving mountains  – one volunteer, festival and tweet at a time. As Japan’s global relief missions move quickly to aid the mind boggling earthquake and tsunami recovery, school students throughout the U.S. are holding bake sales to swap lopsided muffins and chewy brownies […]

Need an Eco House? We Deliver the Nuts and Bolts

Look into the future of custom housing: steel frames and insulated panels delivered to your lot for quick, on-site assembly. That’s what’s being done at Eco Steel, a firm of architectural visionaries that connects with other forward-thinking industry partners to deliver these dwellings to homeowners and businesses. Instead of fully […]

10 Myths About Dry Cleaning

It’s hard to ignore those cautionary labels (even the misspelled ones). Do we dare wash a delicate garment at home and risk ruining the texture or shrinking it beyond recognition? Warnings are warnings, but there are exceptions to every wash ‘n wear rule. With the help of our blog readers, […]

Women Fueling the Clean Tech Industry

Did you know that women hold 39% of leadership positions in the sustainability sector? Compare that statistic with research that shows women holding only 8% of general management positions in the United States and we’ve got plenty of reason to be excited about this constantly growing industry, not only because […]

Stimulus Bill Paves the Way for a Greener Future

A nearly $800 billion stimulus package passed by our lawmakers contains incentives for we the people not just to follow our hearts, but also good common sense in preparing for the future that awaits us. The thinking is reducing energy waste and investing in alternative fuels go hand-in-hand with reviving […]

Veg Out

The U.S. is one very carnivorous nation. But what if, just for one day, everyone went vegetarian? Well, according to a Huffington Post article by Kathy Freston, just one meat free day in the U.S. would save nearly 100 billion gallons of water, 1.5 billion pounds of crops, 70 million […]

Discover Your Home Energy Use, Minute by Minute

Your house. You might not be there, but right now it’s still slurping up energy. How many appliances around your house stay on all the time? There’s the fridge, of course. But there’s also the DVD player, the phone, the computer. And don’t forget the oven and microwave clocks. Not […]

Sunday Recipe: Fig and Almond Energy Bites

Forget the oven, just mix and roll. These Fig and Almond Energy Bites are quick, easy, and don’t involve any baking. They go just as well with an afternoon bike ride or post-run recovery snack as they do with a Sunday evening movie. This is cookie dough without the need […]

What’s Worse For the Environment: Lattes or Facebook?

Time vs. energy waster.  Coffee and environment are inextricably linked, but to put your caffeine addiction into perspective, consider: one latte releases about the same amount of CO2 emissions as using Facebook for an entire year. In 2011, Facebook says its “data centers and operations used 532 million kilowatt hours […]

8 Impressive Solar Energy Fields Around the World

Sexy solar energy fields from around the world. The need for smart energy is high on the list of global priorities–up there with water and our waste issues. Pumping fossil fuel has gone on for far too long. Around the world, countries are addressing the need for alternative energy sources, […]

Harvard Graduates to Greener Energy System

The first ever large rooftop solar power system is ready to run at Harvard University after a year of construction. It is expected to generate enough energy to power 83 homes per year and offset 367 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year. And like many consumers, the university sought […]

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Exxon CEO Joins Hydraulic Fracturing Lawsuit, But Not Why You Think

Apparently everything really is bigger in Texas, even the hypocrites: The head of the biggest natural gas producer in the U.S. is suing to keep hydraulic fracturing (fracking) out of his own backyard. When we imagine anti-hydraulic fracturing activists, a well-suited executive from the fossil fuel industry almost never enters […]

8 Impressive Solar Energy Fields Around the World

Sexy solar energy fields from around the world. The need for smart energy is high on the list of global priorities–up there with water and our waste issues. Pumping fossil fuel has gone on for far too long. Around the world, countries are addressing the need for alternative energy sources, […]

The Dirt on Clean Coal: Looking Beyond the Alternative Fuel Hype

We’re all eager to find a viable solution to reduce greenhouse emissions without ruining the economy, but coal probably ain’t it right now. Clean coal is nothing but “a joke,” according to Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. And the reasons to believe him are compelling, turning ex-coal hopefuls like […]

Vampire Servers: The Energy Cost Of Business As Usual

Your online shopping is costing more than you think. Every year, more and more companies are shifting their business-critical systems and data online, into what has been nicknamed “the cloud” – and we’re just beginning to understand the real-world cost of doing that.

What’s Worse For the Environment: Lattes or Facebook?

Time vs. energy waster.  Coffee and environment are inextricably linked, but to put your caffeine addiction into perspective, consider: one latte releases about the same amount of CO2 emissions as using Facebook for an entire year. In 2011, Facebook says its “data centers and operations used 532 million kilowatt hours […]

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