Our Blog | June 2008

Warning - Quiet Blog Ahead!

by: Heather on 06/26/2008
Posted in: Events

Over the next 2 weeks or so posting will be light here as I will be out of the office. Comments are open, so feel free to post any news in the comment thread.

We'll be back in mid-July, but you can subscribe to our RSS feed so you'll be notified automatically when we're back up and running.

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350.org

by: Heather on 06/26/2008
Posted in: Activism

350.org is a new climate change initiative spearheaded by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, dedicated to starting an international grassroots movement calling for a global commitment to achieving a new climate target: 350 parts per million of carbon in the atmosphere.

From the 350.org website:

350 is the red line for human beings, the …

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White House Refused to Listen to the EPA

by: Heather on 06/25/2008
Posted in: Activism

I realize that there's absolutely no reason to be surprised by this, but somehow I still am.

According to today's New York Times, senior Environmental Protection Agency officials released a statement last week stating that in December The White House "refused to accept the E.P.A.'s conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be …

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Recipe Post - Mint Pea Lime Soup

by: Heather on 06/24/2008
Posted in: Cooking

Now that it's summer (sort of) and fresh, local produce is available, here's a wonderful vegetarian recipe from ExtraVeganZa by Laura Matthias for Mint Pea Lime Soup. It's fabulous!

Mint Pea Lime Soup

This elegant, zesty green soup has a stunningly bright color and a unique minty flavor that intrigues most every palate. It is also packed with …

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Guest Post - Paul Scheckel

by: Heather on 06/23/2008
Posted in: Guest Posts

This just in from Paul Scheckel, author of The Home Energy Diet, about the importance of pushing the envelope of your comfort zone when it comes to the environment. Thanks Paul!

Action for a healthy future

My resolve to foster energy awareness grew last month.

I usually offer my local workshops on home energy for free, and I'm thrilled if 10 people who care show up. I recently spent a week in Carbondale, Colo., to co-teach a one-week class on sustainable building practices for Solar Energy International. Twenty dedicated adult learners enrolled in the workshop. These participants came from all around the country and places as far away as Jamaica and Pakistan. They were all taking personal steps to make their homes, businesses, building practices, and lifestyles more sustainable and efficient.

The course included daily field trips. The local Waldorf School is the second-largest straw-bale structure in the country. I'm not a big fan of straw bale -- perhaps because I've seen too many early failures. But to my surprise, the building works, and my attitude towards straw bale construction has changed. The school is comfortable, efficient, welcoming, and feels "alive" -- an inspiring place to learn.

Another site visit took us to a contemporary residential development that adheres to the vernacular design of the old western mining town. Each of the dozen homes sports roof-mounted solar electric and hot-water panels. To our surprise, we learned from one homeowner that the developer had written covenants for the lots which included a no-clotheslines rule. This outdated practice shows that efficiency remains the unseen, unsung, and still struggling older sibling of younger track star "green" and the sexy "renewable." If only we could show off efficiency like we can show off a roof full of solar panels. (Psst! Guess which one costs less and saves more?)

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