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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 […]

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 […]

The Alchemy of Turning Toxic Waste into Homes

Some people have an incredibly creative ability to make a pretty sweet lemonade out of very, very rotten lemons. What I mean is this: I live in northern Arizona, and much of our electricity comes from coal power plants on Navajo and Hopi land. Not cool. Not a sustainable industry […]

Good Vibrations: the Power in Pandemonium

The modern world needs to shut up. Every weekday I walk to work along one of my city’s streets, and I’ve given up trying to listen to my mp3 player. I mouth frustrated obscenities at the roaring cars and replay scenes from I Am Legend in my head. I wish […]

The Pros & Cons of Being Married to an Eco Man

How do I love thee? Let me count the watts! And so it goes when betrothed to a well-meaning eco sentinel, a man on a mission to recognize the dangers and combat the plagues of global warming. Don’t get me wrong; I’m very committed to a greener lifestyle. I write […]

Gribble Power: From Nuisance to New Science

Hundreds of years ago, it used to eat the bottoms of sailing ships. Now, it could help keep the bio-energy industry afloat. It’s called the gribble. A marine isopod with a taste for wood (think woodlouse), the four-spotted variety called Limnoria quadripunctata used to burrow through the hulls of wooden […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gribble Power: From Nuisance to New Science

Hundreds of years ago, it used to eat the bottoms of sailing ships. Now, it could help keep the bio-energy industry afloat. It’s called the gribble. A marine isopod with a taste for wood (think woodlouse), the four-spotted variety called Limnoria quadripunctata used to burrow through the hulls of wooden […]

IKEA Digs Deep for Energy Efficiency

Every time I pass a Best Buy, Wal-Mart or Target, I can almost see a pulsing blue aura hovering around the mammoth plex; or rather, an anti-halo that screams: “This facility couldn’t give a rat’s ass what it eats. Enjoy your rolling blackouts this season.” And inside, I hear the […]

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 […]

Drying For Freedom: Clotheslines and a Culture Crisis

Drying For Freedom is a documentary about the very real repercussions of owning a clothesline. Do you dare to use a clothesline? You represent a dying breed and quite possibly, a hindrance to progress. Steven Lake, the director of Drying For Freedom, a film exploring a “new eco battlefield where […]

A Light Workout

Some of my best friends enjoy going to the gym. They say they get a charge out of a good workout, a buzz from a good schvitz. I have to admit, though, I never was much of a gym rat. I mean, take a walk or ride a bike and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Good Vibrations: the Power in Pandemonium

The modern world needs to shut up. Every weekday I walk to work along one of my city’s streets, and I’ve given up trying to listen to my mp3 player. I mouth frustrated obscenities at the roaring cars and replay scenes from I Am Legend in my head. I wish […]

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 […]

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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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