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Polar Bears

I don’t have much to say this week, but I would like to tackle Section 2B of my Green Blogger’s Top Ten List, so let me talk to you for a moment about polar bears. If you ever need some motivation for trying to reduce your energy consumption or otherwise lead a more sustainable life, […]

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So long Cash for Clunkers, we hardly knew ye

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced this week that after a wildly successful and very brief run, the Car Allowance Rebate System, aka CARS or Cash for Clunkers, will end this Monday, August 24.  I took a screen shot of the Web site just in case it isn’t there when you click the link. Soooo… […]

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Weatherization: not just a long, fancy word

I love it when the topic of weatherization comes up in political debates or speeches.  To me, it means that the people in charge are actually paying attention and realize that buildings need to be more energy efficient.  But, what exactly IS weatherization? First the definition:  Dictionary.com says that weatherization is the process of making […]

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Green housing round-up!

I’ve been collecting links to interesting articles about green housing and design lately, almost all via Treehugger, and I finally have a break in the action where I can repost them and shine a light on what I think are some worthwhile endeavors.  Have a look! GE recently introduced a Net-Zero Energy Home, which uses […]

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Trying to get Americans to care about climate change

Last week, Treehugger posted an interesting piece about a poll that was conducted on average citizens in countries around the world, the U.S. included.  The question asked was, on a zero to 10 scale, “How high of a priority should the government place on global warming?” and the answers, shown in the nifty bar graph […]

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Is the Stimulus stimulating?

Today on GreenBiz.com, their contributor Sarah Terry-Cobo published a terrific piece called Mapping the Path of Stimulus Funding that takes a look at where the billions of dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) are going in this country.  Even better, they made a map!  Who doesn’t like maps? Have a look below: […]

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Update / Al Gore

I wanted to post a quick update of my Unemployment Tour of the West Coast.  The update is… I’m still unemployed!  But I’m stationary because I’ve decided to set up camp in Portland, so I’ve given up “touring”, so to speak.  I’m still looking for jobs, and since this city has embraced me so warmly, […]

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How do you recycle a car?

Tucked away in Wednesday’s edition of All Things Considered on NPR was a short bit where they discussed listener letters, and they answered one letter that was sent in after a report on the Federal Government’s “Cash for Clunkers” program.  Specifically the listener wanted to know “what happens to the ‘clunker’ after it is turned […]

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Don’t know how to clad your building? Use a plant

…or at least, if you are French architect Edouard François, this is a frequent choice.  He builds with what are called “green facades”, which differ from “living walls” in that they do not require elaborate watering systems.  Plants on the exterior facade of a building are a great way to help moderate the interior temperature […]

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