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I thought about posting something around Earth Day, since it was the 40th anniversary this year, and since I spent that day watching the awesome PBS special Earth Days about the inception of the holiday in 1970. I thought about posting something, and then this happened. And now I pretty much just don’t know what […]

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Shopping second-hand is easy on the planet and your wallet

How many times have you had a themed party to go to or simply needed a very – shall we say – “specific” wardrobe item, and you decided that going to Goodwill was your best option?  If you’re like me, then you’ve had that internal conversation a lot.  (Although, granted, most people might not like […]

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Green buildings = higher rent

It’s been a while since I posted, a fact that I may have missed because I was busy enjoying my favorite holiday of the year, St. Patrick’s Day.  I wore a green t-shirt that said “The Future is Green”, which I hope everyone appreciated, especially since it glows in the dark!  But I digress.  I […]

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Bundling up your house

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about insulation lately.  Part of that is because of HOME STAR, which provides incentives for homeowners if they choose to upgrade the insulation in their house, among other things.  My explanation of HOME STAR inevitably leads to explaining some of the measures available for incentives, and insulation […]

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Outstanding.

Tonight on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart interviewed William Kamkwamba, a young man from Malawi, Africa, who built a windmill in front of his family’s home after quitting school because of the famine in his country.  William visited the library in his village – which was sponsored by the U.S., by the way – and […]

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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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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 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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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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Greenwashing! Boo!

Don’t ask me why I had to go all the way to the UK’s Guardian to find out about this, but according to their article: “More than 98% of supposedly natural and environmentally friendly products on US supermarket shelves are making potentially false or misleading claims, Congress has been told. And 22% of products making […]

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