Words like “sustainable,” “eco-friendly,” and “green” have become daily utterances in our vernacular. In a recent issue of Whole Living magazine, they discussed 50 ways to eat sustainably. We took 10 of our favorite suggestions from their list and compiled them into our own. Today, eating, living, breathing and doing with a greater mindfulness of how our actions affect not just ourselves, but our community, world and planet has never before been so urgent. And since it is the small actions we do on a daily basis that accumulate to a greater and more long-lasting benefit, the choices you make in your everyday eating and cooking practices can have a profound effect on the health of our bodies and Earth. Click here to read the full list of sustainable eating tips!
Archive for August, 2010
Yes, the stimulus has cut taxes for 95% of working Americans, bailed out every state, hustled record amounts of unemployment benefits and other aid to struggling families and funded more than 100,000 projects to upgrade roads, subways, schools, airports, military bases and much more. But in the words of Vice President Joe Biden, Obama’s effusive Recovery Act point man, “Now the fun stuff starts!” The “fun stuff,” about one-sixth of the total cost, is an all-out effort to exploit the crisis to make green energy, green building and green transportation real; launch green manufacturing industries; computerize a pen-and-paper health system; promote data-driven school reforms; and ramp up the research of the future. “This is a chance to do something big, man!” Biden said during a 90-minute interview with TIME. Click here to read why the Recovery Act is believed to be the most ambitious energy legislation in history!
Given all of the buzz around weatherization lately, and with temperatures getting ready to drop in the next month or so (hopefully), it’s a worthwhile time to quickly talk about one of the most important initial steps to making your home more energy-efficient: getting a home energy assessment. A home energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit, is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy-efficient. An assessment will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time. Click here to learn how to get started!
50 homes have been completed so far in the Make it Right development, spearheaded by actor Brad Pitt, which aims to incorporate renewable energy and efficiency into every element of design. Similarly, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s Global Green project in the Lower Ninth Ward’s Holy Cross neighborhood has five low-energy homes. And the Pontchartrain Park Neighborhood Association, organized by actor Wendell Pierce, also is aiming to rebuild with solar and geothermal energy in every home. Making use of Louisiana’s new incentives for renewable energy—among the best in the country—the projects aim to show that the up-front effort and investment in clean energy will pay dividends for the community, and for the individual homeowners, for years to come. Click here to read more about this green development project and how it is helping to revive a devastated area.
The United States expends a lot of energy studying green energy. There’s no shortage of ideas. For example, San Francisco considered installing giant turbines under the Golden Gate Bridge and harnessing tidal power to generate electricity. There are all kinds of research projects, coalitions and advocacy groups touting renewable energy, but the country is still heavily reliant on fossil fuels. Only 7% of energy consumed is from renewable sources. So why haven’t we made more progress and what can be done to change the numbers? Click here to read more!
Today’s American dream home consists of all the basics—roomy bedrooms, a large garage, the white picket fence, and, of course, solar panels. These days, buyers want all the latest in green features, including technology to control energy consumption in a home. A number of builders are accommodating this dream today, and are even partnering up with technology providers to increase energy efficiency in the home. In related news, Lennar Homes and GE announced the appliance supplier will be the single-source provider for Lennar. Lennar’s PowerSmart homes give homebuyers an energy-efficient option, with some green features such as programmable thermostats. In the future, these homes will also have GE smart grid-enabled appliances and Brillion technology to give buyers the ability to receive signals from utility smart meters and operate accordingly. Click here to learn more about this exciting partnership!