Festival of Green Building in Santa Fe

The quaint town of Santa Fe, New Mexico is home to a sustainable mixed-use community called Oshara Village. It’s home to the 2nd annual Festival of Green Building and will be free and open to the public. A tour of green-built homes will be featured, along with displays of solar equipment, alternative building materials, and […]

Deciphering Labels: What’s Really Green and What Is Not

Now that mainstream America has become at least somewhat environmentally-conscious, marketers are vying for our attention with seemingly green labels on a broad spectrum of products. However, are those labels honest and accurate?

Why Your Car Doesn’t Get 50 MPG

Newsweek has a good article about why automakers are not yet mass producing cars for the United States market that get 50 miles per gallon. It might seem ludicrous to you that there isn’t a mass market right here and now for a 50mpg car. For crying out loud, we’ve entered the age of the […]

Green Countertops…Safer Than Granite?

In light of my series of blog posts last week about kitchen countertops, I thought I’d write about an another advantage of green countertops — they don’t emit radon or radiation like some granite.

Energy Star Power Adapters

We all use them for our MP3 players, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), camcorders, digital cameras, laptops, and cordless and mobile phones…power adapters that consume more power than you might think.  Now, Energy Star has qualified some of these power supplies which are more energy efficient.

A Green Frontier Project

Construction is set to begin on a new 14,000 foot green, multi-use, demonstration building in Rancho Cucamonga in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. It will be built entirely to high performance green building standards, utilizing the latest in energy-efficient, water-conserving, and environmentally-friendly materials and technologies.

Kitchen Makeover Series: Green Countertops, Part V

How can the ancient craft of Terrazzo be translated into the 21st century? How about mixing porcelain from pre-consumer sinks, tubs and toilets with an epoxy resin or cementitious binder to create cool countertops and flooring.

Clear Clutter for Clean Water

Blue Planet Run Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting clean water projects worldwide, has a new campaign that encourages yard sales (re-use) to raise money to donate to the organization.

Kitchen Makeover Series: Green Countertops, Part IV

Onto the next innovative green countertop…This sustainable surface called eco-X, is a blend of 70% recycled glass and cement. It is ideal for countertops, table tops, bath and shower surrounds, vanities with or without integrated sinks, fireplace surrounds, and walls in both residential and commercial applications.

Kitchen Makeover Series: Green Countertops Part III

Another resourceful solid surface countertop, Alkemi, is made from fine flake aluminum milling scrap and polyester resins. “By re-purposing this aluminum scrap which commonly burns up as a heavy smoke pollutant during conventional aluminum recycling, Alkemi leaves no hazardous footprint.”

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