Tag Archives: green

Solar Sheep to the Rescue!

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Many solar farm designers didn’t plan for the high grasses that would grow up and block precious sunlight from solar panels.  The solution? Solar sheep!  Here’s an eco-business that’s new, different, and in demand.

Wind Tree Project Turns Street Art into Electric Power

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A new French start-up, NewWind, is making wind power beautiful!  Their new Wind Tree offers almost a hundred mini-windmills on an apparatus designed to look like a tree. Due to the light construction of the “leaves,” the Wind Tree generates power at wind speeds as low as 4.4 miles per hour!  This translates into sustained […]

Should Low Income Housing Be Next to Go Green?

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Architects love to design soaring skyscrapers and wildly innovative apartment buildings. At the end of the day, though, the developer wants to maximize the number of square feet of livable space that he or she can sell, and that – more than the site, more than the aesthetic tastes of the architect, and more than […]

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will Not Deny Love Affair with Solar Panel

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“I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, renewable solar power is a growing source of U.S. jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar.”

Struggling Hungry Bees will Work for Flowers

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This forlorn and starving cartoon bee from Occupy the EPA made me laugh out loud when I first saw it. The comic does a brilliant job of humorously expressing the very real plight of these vital insects, as they battle habitat loss, chemical pesticides and disease, in a desperate attempt to survive.

Green Inclinations, No Kids: Celebrating the Many Joys of Being Child-Free

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Just like Anderson Cooper this week, I also feel compelled to come out of the closet and highlight a very obvious fact about myself: I am child-free, never ever wanted to have kids, and I embrace these choices openly, with pride. Our culture often treats those who have no desire to be parents as abnormal, and there is still not much societal support for deciding to not increase our planet’s rapidly expanding population.

Green Renaissance: Helping Nature to Fight Back

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This inspiring image of a bicycle-powered lawn mower drifted through my social media stream today. The pedal-powered idea is so simple and beautiful, it is utterly genius. The photo came from a South African film production company called Green Renaissance; the organization specializes in working with non-profits and other environmentally conscious businesses interested in promoting nature conservation and sustainability.

Kleiwerks Empowers Global Communities through Natural Building Construction

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Asheville, North Carolina is a melting pot of many diverse ideas and progressive institutions, including everything from sustainable organic farmers to public bicycle repair racks. The city is also home to Kleiworks International, a very successful non-profit organization with an extended network of innovative natural building designers who collaborate with communities across the globe.