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Israel oil-free by 2010

by: Heather on 02/05/2008

Renewable Energy Access featured a story last week on Renault-Nissan and Project Better Place's plan to make Israel oil-free by 2010.

Too good to be true? Maybe not.

The plan is based on a implementing a country-wide electric car infrastructure which will include 500,000 re-charging facilities across the country.

From the REA story:

"...this group …

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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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We're back! And better than ever (or at least faster)...

by: Heather on 01/31/2008
Posted in: Awards

A brief blogging break turned into a week's hiatus while New Society's website was migrated to a zippy new server - now our page loads (which were previously happening at the speed of erosion) are as fast as the blink of an eye! We hope this will make the site more user-friendly for everyone - I know it's already making a huge difference in my …

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New Society Publishers' Books on Noteable Titles List

by: Heather on 01/24/2008
Posted in: Author Events

Via Cecile Andrews blog...

The American Booksellers Association has recently updated their "Shop Local Notable Titles" list. The list honors "informative titles on the importance of building and strengthening a vibrant local economy" and includes four (that's right four!) New Society titles: Slow is Beautiful by Cecile Andrews, The New Village …

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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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