Free Eco-Festival in California this Summer

Living green is easy and fun and the inaugural Eco-Festival in San Ramon is sure to inspire anyone interested in learning simple and cost-effective ways to go green.  The free two-day event will feature live music, organic food, a kids’ zone, and a fashion show and “vendor village” highlighting the latest in sustainable clothing and […]

Cool Down with Energy Efficient Air Conditioners

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner for that hot, stuffy room in your house, be sure to look for an energy efficient model to minimize your electricity bills.  A key step in making the right purchase is to buy an A/C unit that is properly sized.  If the room air conditioner […]

The Green Side of Drywall

A common element in today’s homes and buildings is the use of drywall as the finish construction of interior walls and ceilings.  Drywall is typically comprised of a common mineral called gypsum which is mixed with fiber, sandwiched between two thick sheets of paper, and then kiln-dried.  It provides a thermal resistance R-value of 0.32 […]

Grounds for Sustainability on Campus

The grounds of college campuses are typically landscaped to be attractive and welcoming to students, faculty and visitors.  Over recent years, a new element has been added to the landscape equation:  sustainability.  Not only do sustainable horticultural practices provide greater respect for Mother Nature, but they also serve as educational tools. Other common benefits include […]

Green Home Tours, Seattle Style

For those of you lucky enough to live in, or visit, this progressive northwestern city, mark your calendars for upcoming tours of local green homes.  Each month, for free, you can visit and learn about the latest sustainable design strategies in one completed home, as well as one that’s under construction.  During each tour, the […]

Face it with Artificial Stone

Stonework on the exterior of a building adds a timeless architectural element to any home or building and makes a beautiful natural statement.  However, if you’re not fortunate enough to have the rocks originate right there at the site, then it can be quite expensive and labor intensive.  There are some innovative companies that manufacture […]

Recycling Old Carpeting

Generally speaking, carpeting isn’t exactly the most sustainable flooring option since it is petroleum-based and needs to be replaced after only a few years.  Although, natural wool carpeting, like hardwood flooring, lasts for several decades.  So, what happens to all of the nylon, olefin, and polyester carpeting that does need replacement?  Does it just end […]

Fishing for Sustainabilty

The massive demand we place on seafood may not exactly be in the best interest of the fish and other sea creatures we consume, but our seafood selections can also affect our own health, as well as the health of the environment.  The good news is that some seafood is better than others in terms […]

Recycled Glass Makes Beautiful and Durable Countertops

It’s amazing how crushed glass mixed with a binding agent can create such cool countertops for the kitchen and bath.  The companies that make these solid surfaces not only divert waste materials from landfills, but many use sustainable manufacturing processes as well.  These eco-friendly alternatives to granite and quartz  are offered in a wide variety […]

10 Ways to Save on Water Bills, Part II

In an earlier post, I mentioned easy and inexpensive ways to save on water bills, along with some reasons pertaining to why it’s important to conserve water.  In this post, I’ll list some ways that you can go a few steps further.

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