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Climate Change News from Earth Gauge

Get your weekly dose of climate change news from Earth Gauge! Earth Gauge is a free environmental news service from the National Environmental Education Foundation. This super in-depth (and slightly scary) US national climate change news is from their weekly email. Sign up here to get climate change news in your inbox too! National Climate Summary: […]

July 26th

Air Quality in the US- an Infographic

We love infographics- super good information wrapped up in a nicely designed package! Last week we shared an infographic about the importance of water conservation, and today we have another infographic about the existing air quality here in the United States. Infographic authored by Oransi, LLC. To view the original post, check out the original […]

February 26th

At the Intersection of Renewable Energy and Historic Architecture, A Wreck of Old Forms and New Ideas

The Soulard of St. Louis is one of the city’s oldest settled areas, featuring homes and business establishments built more than 150 years ago during the heyday of American westward expansion. The neighborhood is so historic, in fact, that it’s covered by both state and federal historic building legislation from end to end. That’s fine in most cases, and it has created a neighborhood with a distinctly “Americana” feel that most residents enjoy and want to preserve.

June 22nd

WorldWatch Institute Closes Shop with a Bicycle Bang

The WorldWatch Institute is a stellar independent research organization helping to create “an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs.” When I was doing research for my Master’s thesis on the relationship between bicycle facilities and bicycle travel, I ran across a great WorldWatch Institute publication from 1989 (before bicycling was so hip) titled The […]

July 5th

New EPA Rules for Greenhouse Gases

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released final versions of their new rules for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from what they call “stationary sources,” which includes power plants, refineries and factories. The rules apply the Clean Air Act permit requirements to include six greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydro fluorocarbons, per-fluorocarbons and […]

May 24th

Ethanol Producers Concerned About Antibiotic Regulation

Antibiotic overuse concerns the health care industry, as bacterial infections have become resistant to them, but why are ethanol producers concerned?  What do antibiotics have to do with making fuel from corn?  The answer lies in the process to convert corn into fuel involving enzymes, yeast and sugar and the by-product called distillers grain sold […]

April 15th

Generating Your Own Wind Power

So you’ve pledged your allegiance to clean, green energy and are looking for ways to support it.  How about generating your own?  You’ve probably seen giant, commercial wind turbines, but did you know that you can buy your own mini wind turbine to put in your backyard? Last year, roughly 7,000 Americans purchased a residential-scale […]

January 15th

Why It’s Cool to Carpool

Almost everyone knows the feeling of being stuck in traffic next to the HOV lane and just itching to pull out and test their luck.  Well, nowadays it’s easier than ever to be a legit member of that two-person-or-more haven as you lower your carbon commute-print and become a green commuter! Carpools have been a […]

January 8th

Furnishing Your Green Home Office

One of the great things about having a home office is that you control how green your office is, not a boss or a corporation. And green office products offerings have expanded far beyond recycled copy paper… Now there are many businesses that stock a variety of green office supplies.  Some big box retailers, such […]

December 3rd

2008 Holiday Air Travel

By now we all know of the environmental burdens of air travel, and at certain times—particularly during the holidays—flying becomes a necessary vehicle for bringing together family members who may live thousands of miles and/or continents apart. But even if you can’t get around jet travel this season, there are a few steps that you […]

November 18th

Eco Sporting in a Winter Wonderland

If there were an athletic equivalent of the endangered species list, most winter sports, like skiing, snowboarding, and sledding, would have to be on it.  As global temperatures rise, the world’s major mountain resort areas are losing substantial portions of their snowpack. The season for winter sports is shrinking so much that many mountain resorts […]

November 9th

Keep Warm with Green Home Heating

The energy market is extremely volatile, hence you never know what to expect with fuel oil and natural gas prices come winter time.  About the only thing you can count on is a bill that keeps getting higher while you burn up more and more irreplaceable fossil fuels. You can stay warm in the winter […]

November 7th

Safe Drinking Water: One Family, One Country at a Time

An estimated 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to a safe water supply.  For many in the U.S., this is a fact far removed from every day life.  The truth is the worldwide water crisis is exactly that—worldwide. Though significantly worse in developing countries lacking improved sanitation, everyone has reason to […]

November 6th

Green Building/Remodeling

It used to be that years ago home builders weren’t terribly concerned about building materials and their impact on the environment.  The goal, especially during the post-war housing boom in the United States during the 1940s and 50s, was to put up a lot of houses and put them up fast. Keeping building costs down […]

October 14th