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Marijuana Company Buys Entire California Town

Phoenix-based American Green announced that the 120-acre plot will eventually become the “country’s first energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination.”
Source: Huffington Post

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Elon Musk Unveils A Not So New Solar Roof

Elon Musk is expected to unveil a new solar roofing product for his energy company, SolarCity, this week. Based on what Musk has already said about the product, his solar roofing would put the photovoltaic cells used to generate electricity from the sun in the shingles themselves, instead of in a system of solar panels […]

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Did Tesla Just Kill Nuclear Power?

It would be almost three hours until Tesla’s big announcement, but inside a Northwestern University classroom near Chicago Thursday night, the famed nuclear critic Arnie Gundersen had the inside scoop:
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was about to announce an industrial-scale battery, Gundersen said, that would cost about 2¢ per kilowatt hour to use, putting the […]

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Freedom Cove, B.C. Float Home, Is A Whole New Level Of Off-Grid Living

Home is where the heart is, and for one Canadian couple, it’s also where the boat docks.
Wayne Adams and Catherine King live on a massive float home made of 12 platforms in Cypress Bay, just northeast of Tofino, B.C. The couple appropriately named their vibrant creation “Freedom Cove.”
The abode is completely off-grid, off-land, and off-the-chain […]

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Meet the Ultra-Efficient Homes of the Future

Resources are dwindling, prices are rising, and energy efficiency has never been more important. Commercial buildings have long been designed with conservation in mind: Taiwan’s national stadium is covered almost entirely with solar panels, and the CaixaForum Museum in Madrid boasts a living wall of 15,000 plants. However, with the world’s population predicted to exceed […]

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Google Wants To Help You Buy Solar Panels For Your House. Seriously.

If you to want to install solar panels on your roof but haven’t yet because it’s too expensive, Google really wants to help.
The search giant, valued at $370 billion, is once again boosting its investment in SolarCity’s residential solar power model by $300 million, both companies announced Thursday. Combined with a new financing structure from […]

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In the Energy Wars, It’s Solar Power: 1, Fossil Fuels: 0. For Now

According to a new survey from The Solar Foundation, the U.S. solar industry is expanding at a breakneck pace—so quickly that it’s a major driver of the nation’s economy. One out of every 78 new jobs created in the U.S. since 2013 was part of the solar industry—representing 1.3 percent of all new jobs. According […]

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Lawns Gone Wild

Because environmental challenges are so complicated, potential solutions are rarely as simple as they seem.
For example, the market for electric vehicles EVs is growing rapidly, outpacing hybrids, although the supply is nowhere near the million EVs President Obama called for in his 2011 State of the Union Address which might be why he didn’t mention […]

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7 Ways to Be Less Wasteful This Holiday Season

Piles of food, piles of presents, piles of holiday guests—it all adds up to piles of waste. And while the wrappings and boxes might temporarily make great playthings for your cats, what do you do with it all? And how do you make sure there is less of it to begin with?
1. Be creative in […]

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Keeping Up with the Greens: Neighbors Can Spur Conservation

Mindful of the growing dangers of climate change, I always strive to be an environmentally conscientious consumer. I’m on my second Prius. I don’t eat red meat. My indoor light comes only from compact florescent light bulbs. Local clean wind powers my primary residence in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington.
So, understandably, I was more than […]

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A Zero Energy House That Truly Pulls Its Weight

We’re always looking for ways to be more energy conscious, but what if your house already did the legwork for you? This tilted, ecologically savvy model dwelling near Larvik, Norway, actually creates more energy than it consumes—a “plus house,” it’s called. Brought to life by the combined creative genius of the Research Centre on Zero […]

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10 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many. It’s a time to eat, indulge and spend uninterrupted time with family.
It’s also a time for reflection. A time to think about what we’re thankful for and a time to think about how the choices we make impact our families and the planet.
Although every day provides an opportunity […]

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Cheap Solar Power Just Became An Employee Benefit For More Than 100,000 People

If free donuts, gym memberships, or flex pay programs aren’t your preferred employee benefit, cheap solar systems could soon be an option. On Wednesday, three major companies — Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly-Clark — announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes.
Called the Solar […]

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Agrihoods come to SoCal

From the LA Times:
“I had only one tomato plant,” recalled Stan Sokolove of the window garden he maintained in his former San Diego high-rise apartment. Last year, he and his wife moved to Rancho Mission Viejo’s Sendero village, a new agrarian-oriented residential development in south Orange County. He chuckled as he compared that single high-rise […]

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Living Small

Mother Earth News on living in a really small house:

Remember the game of Twister? You put your feet and hands on different colored circles, which sometimes ties the players up in knots, and if you fall off of the space, you lose.
Often when I’m getting up for a bowl of ice cream in the evening, […]

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The farm in our neighborhood

The comments criticize this, perhaps legitimately, but it’s an idea that would have been laughed out of the developer’s office ten years ago. This is a step forward, and every step counts.
Harvest Public Media reports:
For decades, housing developments in the suburbs have come complete with golf courses, tennis courts, strip malls and swimming pools. But […]

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Energy harvesting: Lighting the office – by walking

Thanks so much to Cinema Verde Board Member Lynn Dirk for sharing this cool story with us! Technology lights the future….
By Mark Gregory Technology reporter, BBC News
Strange as it may seem, human footsteps could play a significant role in solving the world’s energy problems.
via BBC News – Energy harvesting: Lighting the office – […]

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Pat Foreman on Backyard Chickens

Pat’s a good friend and a great advocate chickens and sustainable agriculture systems. Read on and see videos at the Times Dispatch and on Virginia This Morning:

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Scientist and author Pat Foreman raises about 40 chickens on her small farm near Buena Vista.

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For details on classes and books, as well as other […]

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Sustainable Brew- USGBC heart of Florida Chapter

Meeting with Ryan Davis of EnergyIT and Gainesville Green an online tool that provides G-villians acccess to data on their home energy consumption. http://gainesville-green.com/

Leonardo’s 706, 706 W University Ave Gainesville, FL 32601

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Sustainable Living Center

The Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice is developing a Sustainable Living Center in Hampton, about 20 miles north of Gainesville toward Starke.  They have built a Peace Education Center and two eco-homes.
Their board recently approved a project that would harvest the pine trees on the property in order to establish a longleaf pine ecosystem demonstration project.  When the harvest occurs […]

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