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Give it up for Streetcars!

I am a native of the Midwest, specifically the Greater Cincinnati area, so I try to pay attention to what’s going on in my hometown. Today I was pleased to stumble upon this post on the CincyStreetcar Blog entitled, What do America’s Top Ten Cities have in common? Why, streetcars of course!  As per usual, […]

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My new favorite eco-superhero :)

Jimmy Fallon – from Late Night on NBC – went to Comic Con in San Diego over the weekend, and he took with him an idea for a superhero that he had been hatching for, oh, 20 years.  Apparently his character was “learning karate at a strip mall” when there was an explosion and a […]

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Be lazy! Buy nothing! Do less!

While it’s not exactly a winning strategy if we are going to get our depressed consumer economy at least partly back on track, I have to say I agree in principle with this article by Matt McDermott on Planet Green.  Simply put, the consumer economy is, itself, largely to blame for many of the problems […]

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The 29 most important pages of the Waxman-Markey climate bill

Ed Mazria is a bit of a legend in the Architecture and design community.  He’s been in practice forever; he wrote a big, fat book all about energy-saving passive design in the 70’s entitled The Passive Solar Energy Book; and he’s the driving force behind the organization known as Architecture 2030.   Basically, when Ed talks, […]

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu on The Daily Show

Watch Nobel-Prize-winning Energy Secretary Steven Chu on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night. It’s “must-see TV” for anyone interested in reducing our carbon emissions… which, frankly, should be most of us at this point! Also, Secretary Chu gives Jon Stewart a t-shirt that I simply must have. You’ll see.

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7 years toward zero energy

The Beddington Zero Energy Development – BedZED for short – is now seven years old in England and a report has been drafted that describes how much its residents have reduced their carbon footprints.  I won’t get too far into the report, as Treehugger does a great job of that already, but I think it’s […]

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The Environmental Impact of Poor Health Care

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the health care situation in this country as the Obama administration tries to find a solution for the 50 million or so Americans who don’t have health insurance (watch Kathleen Sebelius on The Daily Show here to hear more about it).   As I am unemployed and will […]

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Every city should have one of these

Today I visited the Portland ReBuilding Center, and hopefully you can get an idea of what it is from the title:  it’s a place where people can donate used building materials so they can be sold again for new building projects.  It’s building recycling, or, “rebuilding”.  And it’s great!  Have a look: I am originally […]

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Portland is awesome!

Look at what I found while perusing the city of Portland’s various pages about sustainability:  it’s a handout that details things that you can do, both at home and at work, to reduce your impact on the environment.  It’s great! And this is why Portland is leading the country on sustainable design issues!  Awesome.

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Gray (Grey) Water

I’m now in Portland checking out the job market here. Portland is one of the most “sustainable” cities in the United States, a point proven to me after less than 2 days when I visited a restroom that uses a graywater system. Graywater systems recycle water that is used in washing hands and dishes to […]

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