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Hamburg Will Extend Bike, Ped Routes & Remove Cars From City Core

Move over, Copenhagen. Hamburg is following you into the 21st century by deemphasizing the role of the car. Almost half of Germany’s second-largest city already consists of green areas, parks, gardens, squares, cemeteries, and sports facilities (see map). Hamburg plans to link two large green areas in the north and south with bicycle routes and pedestrian […]

January 10th

Apple's New MacPro Uses 74% Less Material, More Recyclables

Apple’s new MacPro is a computing powerhouse that’s sure to make the lives of theoretical mathematicians and Pixar animators a lot easier. It’s also a triumph of conservation-driven “green” design, as the new version uses 74% less aluminum, uses less power than similar systems, and takes up 80% less space for transport and storage. You […]

January 9th

What Makes A Town An "EV Town" — Normal & Others Show Leadership

How come Normal, Illinois–about 150 miles south of Chicago–has ten times as many electric vehicles per capita than the U.S. average? (You’re right; it’s not just coincidence.) A coalition of business, industry, nonprofits, all levels of government, and farsighted individuals has converged to transform Normal into an EV town. And it’s not an exclusive community. […]

December 16th

"Lousy, Spoilt, and Defiled Planet" Climate Talks Begin In Warsaw

Officials open the 2013 UNFCCC meetings with determination and louder warnings…. (Photo source: http://ow.ly/qL43P) It’s time for the governments of the world to struggle with climate change policy again. Every year, late in November and early in December, representatives of 195 nations gather for two weeks to try to negotiate global responses to the increasingly […]

November 12th

Empowering Support for Federal Investment in Bike/Ped Planning

  Princeton Survey The Streetsblog DC recently published a story on a telephone poll of 1,003 Americans, which was commissioned by the advocacy group America Bikes and conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. The results were “unequivocal: 83 percent said that federal bike-ped funding should increase, or at the very least be maintained.” The car is becoming […]

May 22nd

Earth Day Perspective: U.S. Ranks 49th in Global Environmental Index

  As we approach the quintessential ‘green’ holiday — April 22, Earth Day — one academic study should provide important perspective on the United States role in the world. The Environmental Performance Index (EPI), a project of the Yale University Center for Environmental Law & Policy, this year ranked the United States 49th in overall […]

April 4th

Cycling For Everyone — an Expose: Organically Flowing

Seamlessly Integrated Bike Flow “Cycling is part of everyone’s life, because it was made part of everyone’s life.” This film, Cycling for Everyone, is a light, moving record of health and happiness. The film shows Amsterdam as a place where sharing the road is easy and safe. Inhabitants of this city and country value cycling so much that the rich and the […]

January 31st

American Bicyclists Celebrate Spontaneity with New Urban Forms of an Old Love

A recent story that celebrates spontaneity, cycling, urban wanderlust, and the wonderful wave of sustainable bike-sharing programs is a welcome happiness to all of us wanting more biking freedoms. From an article found on the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) website: “Bike sharing is like a big advertisement for bicycling,” says Darren Buck, a Virginia Tech (VT) student. “Folks walking by […]

January 17th

Greening the Holidays: Green Gift Ideas

The holidays are a time for giving. This season, make the eco-friendly choice, and give gifts that will bring joy to your loved ones and to our planet! Need some inspiration? Check out some of the latest green gifts and gadgets that are ringing in the holiday spirit! Water-Powered Clock Image Source: Bedolwhatsnext A water-powered […]

December 13th

Incompatible Trends in Our Midst: New Fossil Fuel Projects and the Changing Climate

The Incompatible Trends Before Us: The concurrent increase in weather extremes and new fossil fuel projects As I ponder the dramatic media warnings of yet another imminent, record-setting storm (“Crushing, Cruising Snowstorm to Plaster the Northeast,” per today’s accuweather.com), I am reminded of the old parable used in teaching children about safety: The curious child will […]

October 30th

Greening your Community Part 2: The First Meeting

Most people don’t have much money at this point in time but that’s ok, by spending a small amount more or even the same amount, we can all benefit by saving energy and in turn reducing our electric bills. Solar panels are expensive, the majority of people won’t be able to afford them, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reduce their electric bill by helping them implement energy saving habits like turning off lights!

October 26th

How to Green your Community

I have spent hours researching how to turn my community green. I suppose I’m a little too anxious to create change. I went directly for who I should contact locally for changing laws and such. Again, I was reminded that all things take time. One of the first things pretty much every site said about community change was that you should form a group. And it’s true, there is great strength in numbers, so here’s how to go about it.

September 18th

Upcoming Green Events & Conferences

First and foremost, I would like to mention September 24, 2011 and Moving Planet! It’s time to get away from dirty energy. Join in on an already organized event or start one of your own! More info can be found including the events nearest you, at the Moving Planet website.

September 11th

5 Green Back-to-School Tips

A representative of used clothing recycler USagain shot me these 5 green back-to-school tips via email. I think they’re good tips, so posting them here. Green your back-to-school preparation with these 5 tips (and more)!

August 30th

13-Year-Old Creates Breakthrough Solar Technology.. Then Gets Debunked (+ Top Green Living Stories)

One of the biggest green living stories of the past several days is one of a a 13-year-old, Aidan Dwyer, who reportedly created and filed a patent for a groundbreaking, super energy-efficient solar panel array setup based on the Fibonacci sequence of some tree branches. The system was supposedly 20% more efficient than traditional, flat solar panel arrays, in general, and 50% more efficient in winter.

August 24th