How I Helped a D.C. Neighborhood Go Solar

The inspiring story of one neighborhood that was so frustrated with the national and local government that residents took matters into their own hands.

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Tags: Collaborative communities, Energy, Solar

Millennium Consumption Goals—Part 2

The Millennium Consumption Goals are moving forward—and thanks to all the great comments we received, they’re getting more nuanced too!

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Energy, Environment, Food, Health, Policy

Tallying the True Costs of Fossil Fuels

Monday, the New York Times reported that a National Academy of Sciences study tallied the cost of burning fossil fuels and found that it was running the county about $120 billion dollars each year. That price tag is based almost entirely on health care costs and thousands of premature deaths from...

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Tags: Carbon, Climate, Climate change, Consumption, Economy, Energy, Environment, Global warming, Health, Policy

Energy Star Products Fail Audit

Does your household own any Energy Star products? If so, you may want to double check if it meets energy standards. According to an article submitted by the New York Times, the Department or Energy states that not all Energy Star products meet the energy standards. Energy Star is a energy effici...

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Tags: Energy

Do those opposing climate action even know where the high ground is?

I think it's fair to say that a measure of how morally bankrupt your position is on an issue is related to how much you have to lie to rally public support for your position. (No, I'm not talking about that other issue currently dominating the news. I'm talking about climate change legislation.) ...

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Tags: Climate change, Energy, Environment, Global warming, Policy

Villains "Phantom Energy" and "Vampire Plugs" Steal 10 Burritos Every Year

Use That Leaking Energy for Something More Productive I know that all my co-workers at New Dream are getting creeped out because I talk about Phantom Energy and Vampire Plugs nonstop. I send out regular emails reminding people to turn off their power strips at night and every time we have a new ...

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Tags: Burritos, Electricity, Electronics, Energy, Energy efficiency, Green office, Green school, Phantom energy, Plugs, Recession, Reduce waste, Save, Save money save energy, Saving money, Savings, Thrift, Vampire plugs

The Next Green Light Bulb: Just a Trend?

So you've gone ahead and switched from incandescent bulbs to CFLs. Is there another big home lighting switch just around the corner? Incandescent bulbs have been through a few transformations since their invention in the 1850s, but they are still very inefficient, losing about 80% of their energ...

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Tags: Efficient, Energy, Home, Lighting, Technology

Carbon Footprint of the Internet, and Cutting Carbon by Fighting Spam

Is it hypocritical to blog about reigning in the carbon footprint of internet? Treehugger posted recently about Google's comparison of the carbon emissions from google searches to that of other commmodities: apparently, a cheeseburger equals 15,000 searches: But when you think about how little ...

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Tags: Consumption, Energy, Google, Internet, Online, Web

Food: Shopping Globally, Drinking Locally, and other news

When I return to my RSS feed after a few days away, I'm amazed at the bounty that greets me (and sometimes overwhelmed by it). Today a bunch of food insights were waiting for me, so I thought I'd share the wealth: Do you know where your food has been? Use the Global Grocer tool from Food and Wat...

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Tags: Energy, Food, Food safety, Global, Juice, Microwave, Produce

Messaging 101

Watch this short video with a surprise ending.

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Tags: Advertising, Concept, Energy, Messaging

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