German University Wins Solar Decathlon

In a previous post we wrote about The Solar Decathlon, a competitive event that takes place annually on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. It enables colleges from around the world to exhibit solar powered homes built by its students. This year’s winner is Technische Universität Darmstadt of Germany. The low-tech appearance of the house […]

Wake-Up Call: Planet in Peril

Well, anyone who watched the first half of the new CNN documentary, “Planet in Peril”, surely had their eyes opened wide. Last night, the footage concentrated on the effects that overpopulation and species loss has on our environment. It was quite unnerving. You might think it’s bad now, but by the year 2050, the world […]

‘Planet in Peril’ Premieres Tonight

CNN will be debuting its new special documentary, Planet in Peril, October 23rd and 24th, at 9pm EST. My favorite news reporter, Anderson Cooper, along with Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be exploring environmental changes happening right now around the globe in the two-part series. The film was shot in high […]

Wood Burning Stove or Pellet Stove? Part 2

The EPA provides a list (pdf) of certified stoves, by model name, that meet particulate emissions limits and comply with The Clean Air Act. Most wood burning stoves are either 72% or 63% efficient, while most of the pellet models listed have a 78% efficiency. (Since pellet stoves burn so cleanly, there is no requirement […]

Lights Out Campaign

This year there have been some energy-saving initiatives in famous cities around the world to show that we can make a difference just by turning off the lights.  This past Saturday, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Santa Barbara took part in turning off the lights for 1 hour which was expected to save enough energy […]

Wood Burning Stove or Pellet Stove?

The changing colors and falling of the autumn leaves reminds us that cooler temperatures will be upon us soon, and it’ll be a perfect time to curl up in front of a warm wood-burning or pellet stove with a good book. In our two part series, we will compare the two stove types which look […]

Natural Home Cleaning

If you have an exciting weekend of household cleaning ahead of you, here are some tips that will allow you to breathe easier. Basically, you have three good options:

Local Environmental Home Stores

If you’re thinking about fixing up your house, you may want to visit your local environmental home store or showroom for some inspiration.  Whether you live in a loft or a cape cod, there are plenty of options available to suit your style home.  From eco-friendly flooring, cabinetry, countertops, tile, to paint and hardware, these […]

California Passes Select Green Bills

Well, you win some and you lose some. Recently, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed some environmental bills, but unfortunately rejected others, pertaining to green building, that could really have an impact. One that passed was: to ban the use of chemical plasticizers in kid’s products (believe it or not, this one was rejected by the […]

Energy Analysis Before A Building Is Constructed

One of the key ways to make a building or house more sustainable is to make it as energy efficient as possible. But how exactly is that done with so many variables from the weather (sunlight, wind, humidity, temperatures); location of the proposed building; amount of and type of insulation and windows used; the foundation; […]

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