Treat your Windows to Natural Fiber Shades

Looking for a decorative and eco-friendly solution to control sunlight and heat in your home?  One option is to use window shades and draperies made from natural fibers, such as reeds, grasses and hemp, without the use of chemicals, dyes or other harsh processing.  An amazing variety of styles and natural hues are available to […]

Recycled Materials + Concrete = Cool Countertops

Looking for a modern, green countertop for your kitchen or bath?  Many durable, eco-friendly options are now available that will transform the look of your space.  Some forward-thinking manufacturers, here in the U.S., are adding a waste product, fly ash, to increase the green quotient of concrete and cement (most of which is not energy-intensive […]

Green Ways To Give New Life To Recycled Furniture

The following is a guest post by Caroline Smith of, where you can find a selection of bar stools made from recycled or sustainably-sourced materials. Since I moved to my new house I’ve been concentrating on redecorating one room at a time, as my budget allows.  Furnishing a room from scratch can be expensive, […]

Sustainable Workshops offered in Colorado

The Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Association, a non-profit organization based in Fort Collins, Colorado, is offering a series of environmentally-focused workshops this spring.  Its Sustainable Building and Energy series will focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy and green building design.  Attendees of another series called “The Abundant Backyard” will learn about gardening, beekeeping and raising […]

Decorating with Eco-friendly Fabrics

If you want to create a designer look in your home using eco-friendly materials, one way to accomplish this is to use organic cotton and hemp fabrics.  They are grown without the use of harmful pesticides, chemical fertilizers and herbicides, which make them healthier for the soil, air, water, farm workers and you!  The low-impact […]

The Power of Photovoltaics

Photovoltaics, also referred to as PV or solar electric systems, convert sunlight into electricity.  Harnessing the sun’s rays is a non-polluting way to provide power to our homes and buildings, large and small.  In many circumstances, photovoltaics will generate more electricity than is needed by a home’s occupants, and some utility companies will even allow […]

Add Renewable Energy to Your Home and Enjoy Federal Tax Credits

Not only will you have peace of mind and lower utility bills when you add clean, renewable energy to your home, but you’ll also benefit from new and improved federal tax credits.  Installing such systems as solar panels and solar water heaters, small wind energy systems, geothermal heat pumps, biomass stoves, and fuel cells, will […]

BuildingEnergy09 Conference Scheduled

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association is calling all architects, engineers, builders, building systems designers and owners, facility managers, developers, investors, real estate professionals, municipal & building code officials, sustainability coordinators, policy makers, planners and students to its 34th annual BuildingEnergy09 Conference. The event will feature major speakers, seminars, workshops and trade floor exhibits focusing on […]

New York’s First Green Winery

Tourist attractions and natural beauty abound in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, and the Red Tail Ridge winery will be no exception.  The construction of a new, high-performance green winery building will be a first for the state of New York. Its owners are committed to sustainable wine-making and harvesting practices and […]

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