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1 month and 3 days

When I first launched this website in 2009, I did so in conjunction with my graduate thesis, which I spent studying ways to encourage people to save energy. I did this because of global warming and because I believed that we could fight it. I set up the entire HTML page, and I put a […]

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Why cold weather does not equal global “cooling”

This graph is from the NY Times Dot Earth blog written by Andrew C. Revkin.  Mr. Revkin mentioned a few days ago that while, yes, it is pretty darn cold out there, this current activity is not a result of the Earth’s warming, nor is it an indication that the Earth is cooling.  It’s more […]

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Climate Killers

Happy New Year, and Happy New Decade everyone!  Here’s to hoping we can make big strides this year in our efforts to save energy, reduce waste, and generally try to keep the Earth as hospitable to human life as possible. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, there are some pretty vocal people who are still working […]

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Copenhagen Concludes

Copenhagen wrapped up over the weekend with, at best, a whimper.  There was no legally binding agreement settled on… about the best that came out of the conference was the fact that the world agreed to “limit the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius”.  And that’s pretty much it.  Unfortunately, if we want to […]

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Copenhagen … Continues

So much for keeping you up to date with news from the United Nations COP15, aka, the Copenhagen Climate Conference, as it happened.  It turns out that not a lot has gone on that was worth reporting, aside from a brief kerfuffle on Monday when much of the developing nations’ delegation walked away from the […]

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Copenhagen Commences

Ah, Copenhagen.  You’ve been getting all sorts of action this year, haven’t you?  First you crush our hopes of having the Olympics in Chicago and now you gather our world leaders together via their 1,200 limos and 140 private planes … to a conference on the deleterious effects of pollution on our global climate.  But […]

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“When Al Gore sees his shadow, it means the Earth is dying”

I had the absolute privilege of seeing Al Gore here in Portland last Thursday, at an event where he was standing up in support of our gubernatorial candidate Bill Bradbury (who himself seems like a committed supporter of environmental issues).  I’m happy to say that after departing Portland, Al Gore traveled to New York, where […]

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Green Building Policy in a Changing Economic Environment

The title of this post is taken from a report recently released by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which I found through my daily Department of Energy update.   The report can be found on this AIA’s Local Leaders in Sustainability Web page, which also has some great links to case studies done over the […]

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Rogue Wave

First of all, no, this post is not about the outstanding indie rock band called Rogue Wave.  (Although they are quite good and I do encourage a listen.) This post was actually inspired by a somber anniversary that I missed last week, and I’ll use it to make an analogy to get where I’m going.  […]

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Quietly practicing my “religion”

I (obviously) haven’t had a lot to say lately about green design, mainly because I’ve been working hard at my new job, trying to get acquainted with projects and staying on top of current news in the energy efficiency and green building markets.  There have been a couple of interesting things going on, but none […]

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