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Glenda And The $8 Transformation

Francis Slakey | Posted 06.17.2016 | Home
Francis Slakey

How do you solve those dogged social problems, the really painful ones, the ones that draw the harsh contrasts between rich and poor, privileged and disadvantaged? Well, sometimes, the solution emerges from the smallest of steps and in the most unexpected of places. It begins with just one person, eight dollars, and a vision.

Is Your Landscape Lighting Polluting the Environment?

Paul F.P. Pogue | Posted 06.16.2016 | Home
Paul F.P. Pogue

(Photo by Brandon Smith) Avoid nuisance lighting and glare that bothers neighbors and interferes with the night sky view. Many homeowners turn to pr...

Climate Change This Week: Killer Crops, No More Fossil Fuel Subsidies, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.15.2016 | Home
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Sheltering Beautiful Biodiversity, such as this Common Indian Crow Butterfly cater...

Do Ceiling Fans Save Energy?

Brent Glasgow | Posted 06.08.2016 | Home
Brent Glasgow

(Photo courtesy of Chuck Redden) Ceiling fans offer savings in both summer and winter. If you want to improve home energy conservation and trim your...

Kids Get in the Game: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.01.2016 | Home
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we are highlighting seven grantees from East Africa to the Pacific Northwest that are affording individuals life...

Climate Change This Week: Tragic Drought in Africa & India, New Clean Power Strides, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving the BB: the beautiful biodiversity like this scarlet macaw found in Latin A...

Appreciating the Military for Combating Climate Change

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul Eaton | Posted 05.24.2016 | Home
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul Eaton

As a former soldier, as well as a father and husband of other soldiers, there is much I appreciate about the military. But, perhaps one of the things I appreciate about it most, recently, is its commitment to leading the way on energy efficiency, and combatting climate change.

Climate Change This Week: Hot Spiral, Big Oil Cleaning, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.24.2016 | Home
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Bizarre Biodiversity in the Boreal are wood frogs that freeze in winter, thaw in s...

Climate Change This Week: Sobering Suicides, Battery Breakthrough, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.17.2016 | Home
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Forests Protect The BUB: Bizarre, Useful and Beautiful biodiversity that sustains...

Climate Change This Week; Suffocating Seas, Climate Votes, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.11.2016 | Home
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. BBB: Beautiful Brazilian Biodiversity - as shown by these red-eyed tree frogs, is...

Two Words: Driverless Boats

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 05.02.2016 | Home

Remote-controlled ships could hit the high seas within a decade. While they might end up putting sailors out of a job, fully autonomous boats could he...

9 Ways To Hack Your Electric Bill

Trulia | Posted 04.28.2016 | Home
Trulia

You turn off the lights when you leave a room. You unplug small appliances when they aren't in use. You think you're being pretty smart about your ene...

Climate Change This Week: The Coral Canary, a Windy US Future, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.26.2016 | Home
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Another Reason To Save Africa's Forests - its butterflies, such as these glass wi...

Earth Day Scorecard for a Greener Chicago

Howard Learner | Posted 04.22.2016 | Chicago
Howard Learner

Clean air, clean water, cleaner energy and fewer toxics are important values shared by all Chicagoans. This Earth Day, let's be proud of our progress, and let's seize opportunities to advance a cleaner, greener and safer community that works for all.

Climate Change This Week: Avoiding the Heat, All Weather Solar Cells, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.20.2016 | Home
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. A Prickly Situation - this cartoonish katydid is found in Yasuni National Park, E...

Climate Change This Week: Seas Rising 6 Feet By 2100, Xeroxing Solar Panels, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.12.2016 | Home
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Bizarre Beautiful Jewels of the Forest are another reason to preserve forests, as...

Climate Change This Week: Big Savings Via Family Planning, Zooming Emissions, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.05.2016 | Home
Mary Ellen Harte

The Black Holes of Greenland are cryoconites are created when a deposited mass of soot, consisting of glued amalgums created by bacteria, focuses heat absorption, melting deep holes into the ice.

Supermarkets Could Be the Backbone of Smart Cities

Niels B. Christiansen | Posted 04.05.2016 | Home
Niels B. Christiansen

Twenty Danish supermarkets already send their surplus heat into the local district heating networks. The local supermarket close to the Danfoss' headquarters in the south of Denmark now saves more than 31,000 USD annually on gas for heating.

On the road to smarter building management

Adi Gaskell | Posted 03.30.2016 | Home
Adi Gaskell

It's tempting to think that the property world isn't the most fertile when it comes to innovative uses of technology, yet the past few years have seen...

A Simple Method for Managing Technological Change in (the Utility) Industry.

Seyi Fabode | Posted 03.30.2016 | Home
Seyi Fabode

The electric utility industry is glacial in its adoption of technology. There is evidence of this in never-ending pilot projects with startups that le...

On the Happiness Road: Temporary Inconvenience, Permanent Improvement

Ginny Sassaman | Posted 03.29.2016 | Home
Ginny Sassaman

I'm in the midst of a personal "inconvenient" situation on the road to more-or-less permanent improvement -- an improvement which is also, not coincidentally, a tiny drop in the ocean of changes we need for a healthy planet.

Climate Change This Week: Frying February, Minimizing Methane, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.21.2016 | Home
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When Forests Go, So Do These and many other baby animals. Source fluffyfeet at pi...

Climate Change This Week: A Really Hot 2016 Start, a Really Cool Battery, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.15.2016 | Home
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When The Forest Goes, So Does This Beauty, a beautiful tropical forest hummingbir...

How a Voluntary Carbon Fee is Helping Microsoft and the Planet

Tamara "TJ" DiCaprio | Posted 03.11.2016 | Home
Tamara

As a global technology company, we recognize the considerable amount of energy that our products and services require. That is why we committed to carbon neutrality and began our carbon fee program in 2012 and continue to take actions to address our environmental footprint.

Corporate Social Responsibility Matters: How One Company Is Changing the World

Ryan Rudominer | Posted 03.01.2016 | Home
Ryan Rudominer

These days, the public is demanding more than ever from brands they buy from--and increasingly it is rewarding companies whose services and products are both good for them and good for society.