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Energy Conservation

Run-Away Rain: No Rescue for California's Crippling Drought

Peter Getty | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Peter Getty

Since most of the rain run-off ended up in the Pacific Ocean, there's little left to quench the thirsty empty reservoirs and therefore, unusable.

The Big Island Is Throwing Away Electricity

Richard Ha | Posted 11.04.2013 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Here on the Big Island, we throw away at least seven MW of electricity per day. It's geothermal energy tapped at night, when people are sleeping and so the utility requires less electricity.

How the World Bank Puts Self-interest Before Development

Peter Bosshard | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Peter Bosshard

If they are serious about promoting least-cost solutions to the world's energy and climate crisis, they need to redirect their funds towards institutions that are better equipped to support renewable energy, energy conservation and efficiency improvements.

Happy Birthday, Emmy Noether

Victor Stenger | Posted 05.21.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

On March 23, 1882, a girl named Emmy Noether was born in Erlangen, Bavaria. The daughter of a mathematician, she would turn out to be a mathematical genius and make one of the most important contributions to physics in the twentieth century.

Why The Electric Company Pays This Family Every Month

The Huffington Post | Rain Embuscado | Posted 03.21.2013 | HuffPost Home

If you're building a new home, you too could enjoy this very real perk.

The Power Of Interfaith Collaboration: Linking Energy Conservation And Faith Communities

Peter Adriance | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Peter Adriance

When several faith groups made visits to Congress last spring under the auspices of Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, the power of diverse faiths speaking with one voice on this issue became clear for me.

Solar Electric Backup for Disasters? Not as Easy as You Think

Dan R. Fink | Posted 09.22.2012 | Green
Dan R. Fink

Why not just cut that electrical umbilical cord from the power company to your home and go off grid completely, in the middle of the city or suburbs? Unfortunately it's not that simple, and not cheap.

Third Graders Help Their School Win Green Cup Recycle Challenge

Veronique Pittman | Posted 07.16.2012 | Education
Veronique Pittman

Winning the Recycle Challenge was a source of pride for the children, which showed them that the work they do every week pays off.

Students Prevent Over 1.5 Million Pounds of CO2 Emissions. Winners of the 2012 Green Cup Challenge Announced

Veronique Pittman | Posted 04.29.2012 | Green
Veronique Pittman

Given that there are 132,600 schools in the U.S. alone, the GCC demonstrates that the potential benefits of a national school-based resource conservation movement are enormous.

Students Cut Energy Use By Up to 17%

Veronique Pittman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Education
Veronique Pittman

Preventable energy waste costs Americans hundreds of billions of dollars a year and studies have shown that most Americans continue to live in denial about their energy consumption. But students are turning that around.

Re-kindling America's Golden Era of Building Large-Scale Parks and Reserves

Sean Gerrity | Posted 04.04.2012 | Green
Sean Gerrity

I don't believe our window of opportunity has closed on building new big reserves; not yet anyway. But we need to be much more creative and more optimistic if we are going to breathe new life into, and reawaken, that Golden Era.

Conservation 2.5 -- An Essential Upgrade for Human Survival

Peter Seligmann | Posted 04.02.2012 | Green
Peter Seligmann

If we can get decision makers to value nature's services, if we can help them understand that this is in their enlightened self-interest, then we can transition to sustainable development.

U.S. Schools Compete to Slash Energy Use in 2012

Veronique Pittman | Posted 03.29.2012 | Education
Veronique Pittman

Students in more than 116 schools across the U.S. are competing to reduce their electricity consumption by participating in the 2012 national Green Cup Challenge® (GCC) during peak winter energy usage, Jan. 18 to Feb. 15.

Con Edison Charges New Yorkers More Than Double The National Average

Posted 11.28.2011 | New York

As the country's most expensive city to live in, New Yorkers are accustomed to paying a bit extra, whether it be for luxury dog runs or high-end sushi...

Changing the Conversation: From Nature's Wonder to Nature's Value

Mark Tercek | Posted 12.25.2011 | Green
Mark Tercek

As South by Southwest has proven in the areas of technology and music, the best new thinking and creative ideas often emerge when we cross boundaries to seek out new relationships and ideas.

I Remember Reading That My AC Thermostat Should Be Set to 60

Gernot Wagner | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Gernot Wagner

It's hard to take the train in New York without encountering a pop quiz about energy usage. The trouble with this sort of public advertising campaign? Presenting myths and facts often sows more confusion than it dispels.

The Smart Grid: A Better Forecast for Reliable Power and Clean Energy Jobs

Jack Darin | Posted 10.18.2011 | Chicago
Jack Darin

Crazy weather we're having, right? It's been a stormy summer, and one full of reminders about the need to invest in our electric grid.

Too Hot to Handle

Rebecca Anderson | Posted 09.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Anderson

This heat wave made a name for itself for both the high humidity that accompanied it and pushed heat indices above 110º as well as for the wide region of the country it affected.

The Blue Revolution Is the Optimal Solution for Japan

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 07.24.2011 | Green
Patrick Takahashi

During the past two months, I have spent some time in Japan and, no particular surprise, they are in deep trouble regarding energy supply. The great T...

Spiritual Solutions #19: Effortless Responsibility

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Deepak Chopra

By Deepak Chopra Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond Annie Bond What Does Responsibility Mean? Responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for yo...

John Steinbeck, Michael Moore, and the Burgeoning Role of Planetary Patriotism

Thomas Steinbeck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thomas Steinbeck

The Steinbeck Award points to examples of American patriots who have made an indelible impact on our culture. Mr. Moore aptly fulfills every required parameter designed to guide the choice of award recipients.

What Kind of Jobs?

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig K. Comstock

While Obama proposes to build highways, and the national GOP continues to say "no," is there anything that can be accomplished on the state or county government levels?

Eco Etiquette: Should I Turn Off The TiVo?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. I try to unplug all my ap...

Enough Already With The Oil Spills!

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

This isn't about politics -- it's about people, livelihoods and quality of life here in the U.S. Let's wean ourselves of fossil fuels and put America on a competitive path to the future.

The Hour of No Power: Lessons from the Light

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

Earth hour may not have saved our planet, but it certainly worked wonders for our family. After turning off all our lights, we gathered in our living room by candlelight.