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Dan Chiras spearheads efforts to rebuild Greensburg, Kansas

by: Heather on 02/04/2008
Posted in: Activism

This just in from Dan Chiras, author of The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy and EcoKids, and co-author of The Natural Plaster Book and Superbia!:

NSP Author/Green Building Expert Dan Chiras Leads Design-Build Team to Rebuild Greensburg, Kansas

On January 14, 2008, author and green building expert Dan Chiras led a team of green home designers and builders from Denver, Colorado to meet with residents of Greensburg, Kansas to discuss ways they can assist in the green rebuilding of the town.

Greensburg, Kansas, a community of 1,000 people, was nearly completely destroyed on May 4, 2007 by one of the most powerful tornados ever witnessed in the United States -- one of the consequences of global climate change.

"The tornado leveled 95% of the buildings and killed ten residents in this small community in the western part of the state," Chiras noted. "Homes, businesses, schools, and churches were demolished by the storm. The devastation is almost unimaginable."

Soon after the tragedy, though, the town's citizens rallied behind the idea of rebuilding the town green, creating the nation's first green town. Their vision calls energy-efficient buildings powered by renewable energy, including wind and solar energy, both of which are abundant in the sunny wind-swept plains of western Kansas.

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ElectroCity

by: Heather on 01/23/2008
Posted in: Activism

OK, I admit it, today's blog post is really just an effort to justify the 20 minutes I just wasted invested in ElectroCity - a fascinating online game that lets players manage their own virtual towns and cities in order to learn about energy, sustainability and environmental management. The game comes complete with teacher resources and online …

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Low Carbon Diet

by: Heather on 01/22/2008
Posted in: Activism

Put your community on a low carbon diet! The Empowerment Institute is mobilizing communities to take action against climate change through its Cool America campaign. Make this year a turning point. For more information listen to "A Practical and Accessible Strategy on Global Warming" airing on radio stations worldwide between January 23 - 29 and …

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Carbon Offsets

by: Heather on 01/17/2008
Posted in: Activism

Reprinted with permission from EarthTalk by E/The Environmental Magazine.

Carbon offsets are monies that consumers and businesses pay voluntarily to compensate for the greenhouse gas emissions they generate directly by driving, flying, running the air conditioning and otherwise using non-renewable energy. Companies and nonprofit groups that sell …

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Shift Happens!

by: Heather on 01/16/2008
Posted in: Activism

Billed as "a movie made by a movement", The Shift is a work in progress documenting the biggest social transformation in human history. This looks like it will be a very important film, with the doom and gloom more than balanced by the emphasis on hope for our collective future. The movie's website offers you the opportunity to help participate in …

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