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Aloha to Sustainability

April 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This guest post from James Wells provides thinking about islanding and sustainability sparked by a trip to ‘the’ Islands. On the way to catch up with my family on the island, I met Kai, who was the last of the siblings gathering for the imminent end of their father’s voyage.  Although for the most difficult […]

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Tags: environmental · environmental economics · Global Warming · guest post

A Conversation with Herman Daly

March 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Conversation with Herman Daly


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Cool shirt … but what is the carbon (and other pollution) footprint?

August 3rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Climate Reality project is an interesting concept: > a global day-long event looking to the realities of climate science and climate disruptions impacts (existing and forecast), time zone by time zone. While not surprisingly under attack from the global warming denial machine (GWDM), we can expect that Gore and his team will assemble 24 […]

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Tags: Al Gore · climate change · clothing · government energy policy

The Food Forest – Part I: Strategies for Green Urban Infrastructure

July 8th, 2010 · 2 Comments

This guest post comes from Jim O’Donnell who, in real life, has explored the taiga and provides consultant services on permaculture and greening the urban environment.  The idea of greenign the urban environment via paths that contribute to shifting our agriculture to a more sustainable path is one that is quite appealing. Whether Edible Estates‘ […]

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Tags: agriculture · Energy

Energy Bookshelf: A Super Ten more worth your time and money than Freaked-out Freakonomics

November 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Sad-to-say, the air waves and oped pages and blog posts have been filled with Steven Levitt’s and Steven Dubner’s shallow, truthiness-laden Superfreakonomics.   The continued attention feeds on itself, as ignoring the deceptions and the mediocre interviews booked due to the authors’ Super(freaky)star status has the problem of giving it credence due to non-truthful truthiness and […]

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Tags: building green · carbon dioxide · catastrophic climate change · climate change · climate delayers · conservation · eco-friendly · Energy · energy bookshelf · environmental · Global Warming · global warming deniers

“Technology is not going to solve our environmental problems”

November 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off on “Technology is not going to solve our environmental problems”

This is a guest post from DCoronata who argues that it was written in haste … yet that haste produced something worth considering. Technology is not going to solve our environmental problems. Yes we’ve made dramatic improvements in feeding the world, with current crop yields much higher than in previous generations.  But the environmental degradation […]

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Tags: Energy · environmental

Making Sustainable Options Fun …

October 13th, 2009 · Comments Off on Making Sustainable Options Fun …

Let’s face reality, it takes a sort of unusual person to describe crawling through attics to seal air leaks or slithering in crawl spaces to insulate piping as a “fun” activity. Turning over the compost pile; separating materials for recycling; turning off lights; putting on an extra sweater while turning the thermostat down in winter; […]

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Tags: advertising · environmental

Energy Bookshelf: Farming the City

August 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Here is a guest post from the passionate citisven about the potential for urban farming A good friend of mine who is a backyard beekeeper in Oakland invited me to meet his fellow urban farmer Novella Carpenter for a reading of her new book, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. Novella has taken […]

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Tags: agriculture · energy bookshelf

Lighting up the Developing World

May 8th, 2009 · 8 Comments

With ever-more attention being given to Black Carbon, ‘simple’ technology solutions like solar cookers and more efficient stoves have ever more appeal.  In the same realm of ‘small’ can make a great difference, providing just a low level of lighting for the night can provide tremendous economic boosts in developing countries. Think one efficient light […]

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Tags: Global Warming · green · renewable energy · Solar Energy

LEEDing the way…to a Green Collar job (w/poll)

November 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

A guest post from a fellow Energize America board member, DooLittle SoThere, who actually manages to do much, actually.   Welcome to my journey.  I am pursuing LEED PA certified to increase my sustainability knowledge base, to help guide my restoration of an historic opera house, and to improve my chances of landing a green collar job after […]

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Tags: Energize America · Energy · energy efficiency