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Maura Judkis

Entries by Maura Judkis

What a Waste: New Homes Demolished by Bank

(10) Comments | Posted May 6, 2009 | 11:42 AM

Here on this blog, there's a lot of talk about waste: How not to waste food, old electronics, energy, and more. But this story about waste may be the most egregious - a bank has decided to demolish new homes in Victorville, Calif. because...

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Power Shift Brings Young People to Washington to Lobby for Climate Action

(16) Comments | Posted February 27, 2009 | 3:22 PM

Today marks the start of Power Shift '09, a weekend that will bring 10,000 young people to Washington to lobby Congress for action on climate change. Those who attend will hear from speakers such as Sen. Nancy Pelosi, and learn the skills necessary to lobby on Capitol Hill....

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Will Carbon Offsets Survive the Downturn?

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2009 | 6:24 PM

To get through the recession, consumers are scrimping and saving, which posits an environmental catch-22. Since we're spending less, we're consuming less, but since we have less to spend, we may not be as likely to put money towards extras like carbon offsets. Recently, I caught up with Patti Prairie,...

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A Thrifty Green Inauguration Visitor's Guide to Washington, D.C.

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2009 | 5:33 PM

Welcome to Washington, if you can squeeze in here. We're expecting it to be packed. The White House has even declared the city in a state of emergency for the event. The massive influx of people certainly won't be good for our carbon footprint, that's for sure. And...

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How We've Changed Throughout the Bush Era

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2009 | 10:28 AM

The January/February issue of the Atlantic has a neat graphic that shows how our country has changed over the Bush years. There are some interesting environmental stats here:

-- The price of a bushel of corn has more than doubled, from $1.86 to $4.81, thanks to

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The Top 5 Environmental Newsmakers of 2008

(6) Comments | Posted December 30, 2008 | 3:53 PM

2008 was a year when environmental news was perhaps more prevalent than any other -- from green campaign promises to plastic bottle scares to the staycation -- but some names were in the headlines much more frequently than others. Here are five of the most environmentally newsworthy people of the...

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Recycling Organization Confused For Adult Phone Service

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2008 | 10:01 AM

Companies looking to recycle their cardboard through one organization got quite a surprise when they called a toll-free line printed on many boxes. Recent callers to the Corrugated Packaging Council's recycling information line were greeted with a pleasant "Hey there, sexy guy," and offered a variety of, well, eager conversationalists....

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"Recycle" Your Old Engagement Ring for Cash

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2008 | 2:59 PM

Time to give more green credit to the recessionistas. A New York Daily News story from today examined the trend of women selling their old engagement rings to websites like after marriages or engagements dissolve. In better times, women often kept the rings for sentimental reasons (even...

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How Green is Your Gum?

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2008 | 4:23 PM

Overheard at D.C.’s Green Festival: “Is gum really green?”

Good question. At Green Festival, where product demonstrations and samples took up much of the convention center's floor, free samples were as much a part of this expo as any other. Free samples also, necessarily, create...

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Environmental Groups Congratulate Obama on Victory

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 4:21 PM

Among the many celebrating Barack Obama’s victory today are environmentalists. Here's what some have to say:

Sierra Club: “During the past two years of campaigning, Barack Obama has spoken often and eloquently about the need to invest in clean energy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, kickstart...

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Sex Sells: Green Pinup-Girl Calendars

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2008 | 4:44 PM

Posters and public service announcements and "Inconvenient Truths" can attract only so much attention to green causes. That's why, when they wanted attention, a few green organizations have brought in something guaranteed to get our undivided focus: pretty girls in skimpy clothes.

The leader in this movement was the...

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10 Ways to Go Green and Save Cash -- No Excuses

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2008 | 10:57 AM

Everyone is feeling the squeeze right now, with our investments being decimated and our 401(k)'s withering away. Consumers across the country are looking for ways to cut back. Luckily, some of the best ways to save money are also simple steps toward living a little greener. And,...

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Sarah Palin: Cause of Global Warming 'Kinda Doesn't Matter'

(13) Comments | Posted October 1, 2008 | 1:14 PM

In the continual stream of open-mouth-insert-foot sound bites from Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric is this latest tidbit:

"I'm not going to solely blame all of man's activities on changes in climate because the world's weather patterns are cyclical, and over history we have seen changes there. But...

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7 Tips for Planning an Ecofriendly Retirement

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2008 | 4:18 PM

It's not enough to just retire to a community that's healthful or a place where the golf courses are abundant. Retirees are now looking for retirement destinations where they can live ecofriendly lifestyles that still include all the amenities of traditional retirement. Are you one of the

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Everything You Need to Know About the New Chevy Volt

(37) Comments | Posted September 17, 2008 | 12:23 PM

GM unveiled the production version of the Chevy Volt, the first extended-range electric vehicle, and lit up the Internet with opinions from car lovers and tree-huggers everywhere. Here's a quick guide to everything you need to know about the car of the not-so-distant future.

First, a quick rundown on the...

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Good Guide Helps With Green Shopping

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2008 | 2:53 PM

Without carbon labeling, it's hard for consumers to know which products make the eco-friendly grade and which don't (and some would argue it's difficult even with the labels). A new website, Good Guide aims to help shoppers make decisions based on a company's sustainability, health effects, and...

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4 Things Sarah Palin Believes About the Environment

(7) Comments | Posted August 29, 2008 | 3:24 PM

As America begins the process of getting to know surprise McCain VP pick Sarah Palin, here are a few of her positions on the environment.

1. Palin believes that we should drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which McCain has previously opposed. He's wavered on...

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Green Democratic Convention Not Going as Well as Planned

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2008 | 4:27 PM

The DNC has trumpeted for months its desire for the greenest convention ever, but now that it's in the midst of the convention, not all of its green schemes are working out. First, the bikes—Freewheelin has brought 1,000 bikes to Denver that will also go to Minneapolis next week...

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Why U.S. News Hasn't Ranked 'America's Best Green Colleges'—Yet

(2) Comments | Posted August 22, 2008 | 2:54 PM

A few others in the rankings biz have rated colleges by how "green" they are this year. We didn't, and some might be wondering why. I talked to Bob Morse, our director of data research, who told me why green rankings weren't in the cards for us this year...

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City Mouse, Country Mouse: Who Spends More?

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2008 | 5:03 PM

For decades, people have chosen life in the 'burbs because of the lower cost of housing, the extra space, and the family-friendly atmosphere. Gas prices, however, could change everything about suburban life—and a great tool that analyzes the true cost of suburban living can show us how.

According to...

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