December 4th, 2013
Lighting innovations have taken the world by storm over the past few years, moving us from the incandescent bulb of Edison’s day, to LED lights that use 10 percent of the energy. This efficiency gain is helping colleges brighten up for less, and also creating safer, more pleasant dorm rooms, hallways and byways. Read about how North Carolina State University is lighting the way forward.
October 29th, 2013
The EcoVillage at Ithaca is a showcase of sustainable living that demonstrates how humans can live more lightly on the land, clustering buildings together at the heart of a mass of native plantings, vegetable gardens and wildlife-friendly woods and pastures. Our photo tour captures the flavor of this grand experiment in low-carbon living, though we only scratched the surface of this green community marvel in upstate New York.
October 1st, 2013
Campuses continue to show it can be done. The latest to take home a top LEED rating? Binghamton University’s Science and Engineering building.
September 27th, 2013
Many cities struggle to maintain one community garden. The small city of Coppell has two, and they’re thriving. But while the gardens have produced tons of produce for a local food pantry over the past 15 years, it is about so much more than plants.
September 12th, 2013
Little did they know, when the students of Clarkson University pushed to have a more sustainable campus, they’d be learning to love goat cheese. Even Executive Chef Kyle Mayette admits goat cheese is an acquired taste. But it is a vital component of a delectable chicken sandwich that’s winning over hearts, minds and palates at Clarkson’s new all-local food grill.
September 3rd, 2013
SXSW Eco will host its third annual conference Oct. 7-9, which is expected to draw more than 3,000 attendees to see speakers on green power, energy efficiency, urban gardens, sustainable design, climate change mitigation, bike trails, mass transit, organic agriculture and nature conservation, to name a fraction of what will be featured at this green showcase at the Austin Convention Center. The public is invited to attend.
August 14th, 2013
Sierra magazine has released its Cool Schools rankings for 2013, revealing that the nation’s campuses are a hotbed of sustainable ideas that are helping cool the planet and set the pace for a new generation ready to confront climate change. We take a look at the Top 10….
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August 1st, 2013
It’s not easy being green if you’re Kermit, Texas, a small town so far off the beaten track you can’t even see it from Midland. But that hasn’t stopped the tiny municipality from jumping to become the Permian Basin’s leader in banning plastic bags.
July 18th, 2013
Obama’s climate action plan has strong support among Americans, according to a new poll, which shows majorities favor reducing carbon emissions from power plants, driving more fuel efficient cars and developing wind, solar and hydroelectric power.
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Sharing the land in India, supporting farmers in Mexico and Australia and other cool ways people are stopping desertification
June 21st, 2013
Desertification threatens lands across the planet as weather extremes worsen and development strips areas of protective trees and vegetation.The process displaces farms, wildlife, green areas and impoverishes local people by stealing their means of support. But groups around the world are finding unique, organic and sustainable solutions that push back desertification.
Invasive zebra mussels muscle into Texas, but boat owners can save the day if they follow this advice
June 20th, 2013
Zebra mussels are ready to invade Texas, but boat owners can help defend the state’s lake reservoirs by taking steps to run a clean operation.
June 3rd, 2013
Homeowners will still have to submit their plans to their association, but they will be allowed to move toward more drought-tolerant landscaping under a new Texas law awaiting Gov. Rick Perry’s signature.