September 26, 2004 


My Own Bag

San Francisco: It's hard to work up the discipline to bring your own bag to the grocery, but for small trips, anyone can agree it's emminently sensible. Even if... [read on...]

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 September 08, 2004 


Subsidised Efficient Light Bulbs

Milwaukee: Imagine a light bulb appearing, cartoon style, above someone's head. Ding! That's basically what Wisconsin did when they slapped a utilities surcharge to pay for subsidised compact flourescents, then... [read on...]

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 September 02, 2004 


Sustainability Labeling System

To come: Have you ever been frustrated by misleading labeling stating that a product is recycled, when it really isn't? Or have you ever wondered why labels like "Free trade... [read on...]

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 August 15, 2004 


Creative Sign Recycling

Washington: What to do with old roadsigns? Why not turn them into a funky recycling bin! This one is at the National Building Museum. The only problem is it's not... [read on...]

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 July 23, 2004 


The SMURRF

Santa Monica: Polluted stormwater runoff is a far bigger problem than people realize. The Santa Monica Urban Runoff Recycling Facility is the first project of its kind designed to treat... [read on...]

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 April 20, 2004 


Solar Batteries for Cell Phones

Phoenix: At Solfest this weekend, I ran into a guy talking on a regular Nokia cell phone with what looked like solar panels on it. Astonished, I asked him about... [read on...]

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 April 14, 2004 


Renewable Energy = Jobs

Berkeley: In an article straight from the annals of Natural Capitalism, Berkeley's Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory has issued a report tying job growth directly to the universal adoption of... [read on...]

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 April 04, 2004 


Permacultural Simplicity Illustrated

Tucson: The aerial photo above illustrates something both fascinating and incredibly simple. Sometime during the great depression, a works project went out into the desert near Tucson and built a... [read on...]

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 March 30, 2004 


Permacultural Parking Lots

Tucson:If you can't have a permeable parking lot, then the next best thing is to get rid of curbs and put your water runoff into a useful place. The Sonora... [read on...]

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 March 03, 2004 


Waterway Preservation

Scottsdale, AZ: The design of Foothills Academy Prep School, also notable for being one of the largest straw-bale buildings ever constructed, includes a preserved desert wash in front of the... [read on...]

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 February 25, 2004 


The Toilet/Sink Combo

Phoenix: Looking for ways to optimize water usage without setting up a costly greywater system? This fabulous toilet attachment not only flushes a super-low 1.5 gallon volume of water,... [read on...]

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 February 18, 2004 


Earthwater Stencils

Your Watershed: I've seen these stencils all over southern California and Florida, the idea being to discourage people from dumping polutants down the drain, but they can obviously be used... [read on...]

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 February 04, 2004 


Local Harvest Finder

Your Neighborhood: One of the most important, and often overlooked, things to consider when "buying green" is the distance your food traveled to get to you. You can buy fabulous... [read on...]

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 December 11, 2003 


Big Solar Plan in Fresno

Fresno, CA: In what is supposed to cut the city's utility bills by 60 grand a year, Fresno is unveiling a massive solar panels on the roofs of several major... [read on...]

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 November 26, 2003 


Greenest Building of them all?

Santa Monica: Not exactly sure how you rank buildings for their "greenness", but the new headquarters for the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) achieved the following: "uses 60 to 75... [read on...]

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 November 23, 2003 


Permeable Parking Lots

Erie, PA: Facing requirements to reduce storm water run-off, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie chose a permeable-surface for their parking lot, allowing rainwater to soak through the lot instead... [read on...]

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 November 18, 2003 


Thoughtful Use of Gambling Revenue

Crandon, WI: Legalized gambling really isn't that bad. At least in the hands of thoughtful management. Using some of their massive gaming revenue, two Wisconsin Indian tribes have purchased the... [read on...]

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 July 28, 2003 


More on Green Roofs

Milwaukee: As described in this article in the Journal Sentinel, the sewerage district in Milwaukee is implementing a large scale green roof on its main property "mainly designed to demonstrate... [read on...]

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 January 24, 2003 


Greening the Fleet

Boston: The state of Massachusetts has proposed cutting its fleet of SUVs in favor of more environmentally responsible (and cheaper) vehicles. They also propose scrapping some vehicles altogether in favor... [read on...]

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 January 08, 2003 


Photovoltaic Investment

San Francisco: The Moscone Center has just unveiled plans to install a massive photovoltaic array on the roof. Despite the fog (though SOMA is one of the sunnier parts of... [read on...]

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 January 01, 2003 


Wetland Filtration in a Box

Milwaukee: The Alterra coffee house on Milwaukee's lakefront has created a tiny artificial wetland to filter runoff from the shop's parking lot. Water from the lot flows through a variety... [read on...]

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 December 20, 2002 


Materials Reuse

San Francisco: Building REsources is a non-profit firm in San Francisco who collect, via donation, used materials and architectural remnants from building and demolition sites. They organize it all, and... [read on...]

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 December 16, 2002 


More on Green Roofs

The City: Continuing the discussion on Green Roofs, here is an interesting article from Metropolis mentioning two more interesting benefits that go beyond the building itself: Reduced ambient summer temperature,... [read on...]

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The Smart Car

The Motorway: This is the famous "Smart Car". A miniscule 2 seater that supposedly gets up to 100mpg. I tried one out on Saturday and it's every bit as... [read on...]

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 December 11, 2002 


Decent Gas Mileage

Europe: This is the Opel Station wagon, don't remember the model, Diesel powered and a completely basic, but quite adequate automobile. I drove around in it for a week in... [read on...]

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 December 05, 2002 


Grass Roofs

Munich: Well, this particular building is not the most attractive grass-roofed structure I've ever seen, but I thought it was a nifty because of how it imbeds itself in... [read on...]

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 November 01, 2002 


The Human Footprint

EARTH: I just discovered a really remarkable set of maps produced by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Columbia University. They are entitled "The Human Footprint" and basically map out the... [read on...]

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