Author Archives: Glenn Meyers

Guest Post: New Proposal by Egyptian College Student Promises Endless Free Energy

The physics behind renewable propulsion systems of the future Grady Winston’s guest post may cause a few to raise their eyebrows, wondering about the reason for speculating on such futuristic concepts as zero-point energy, or energy that comes free to all because it just happens to be there for the taking. This is an informational report, based on work from…

GUEST POST: Washing Away Waste from a Large-Soda Ban

The Beverage Marketing Corporation recently reported that 9.1 billion gallons of bottled water were sold in the U.S. just last year. That’s just over twenty-nine gallons per person.

Warburg House: Building an Energy Efficient Home for Under $100,000

This is a nice study of an energy efficient home that was built for less than $100,000. Enjoy the view.

Four Urban Sustainability Projects You May Not Know About (Yet)

Each city in the piece has a distinctly different approach to their sustainability initiatives, and some of the realities encompassing the cities are quite inspirational. (Medellin, for example, has seen a 90-percent decrease in crime throughout its makeover period. Songdo on the other hand–a state-of-the-art city built from scratch in South Korea swampland–happens to be the country’s first LEED Neighborhood.)

GUEST POST: Five of the World’s Most Sustainable Building Concepts

As most of us know from hearing the word too many times, sustainable building covers a very wide range of definitions. But regardless of how we might define something and spar on who has the best meaning, the idea of practicing sustainability for what we build and how we live is a measure we should put into practice as often as possible. Here is one competent analysis by guest writer, Jay-Jay Stephens concerning five of the world’s most sustainable building concepts.

GUEST POST: LED Lighting Rebates & DSIRE

An excellent resource for consumers and businesses looking for ways to save money is available online at the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) can help anyone save money by replacing inefficient appliances and lighting systems with those that are energy efficient or that use renewable energy sources

GUEST POST: Underfloor Heating Fuels Energy Efficiency

Underfloor heating is an incredibly efficient way to heat the rooms of a house; it can be relatively cheap to install, there are no mechanisms on show and no maintenance. One of its main benefits is that the heat is distributed evenly about the air space of a room, again making it more efficient to run.

GUEST POST: The Importance Of Making Your Home Asbestos-Free

As much as we want to avoid the subject, the reality of asbestos still exists for many people in the world. This guest post by Brenda Panin provides some useful information on the matter.

Possible Material Breakthrough for Thermoelectric Field

Liquid-like materials that may form a foundation for new thermoelectric energy devices have been discovered by researchers from Caltech, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University of Michigan, and the Chinese Academy of Science’s Shanghai Institute of Ceramics. The scientists have identified a liquid-like compound whose properties give it the potential to be more efficient than traditional thermoelectrics, which convert heat into electricity.

Waste from Pulp and Paper Mills Could be Used for Cheaper Batteries

According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), scientists have discovered that a plentiful natural byproduct of the pulp and paper industry – lignon – can be used to store an electrical charge.

Top Eight Alternative Fuels

It’s always good knowing as much as possible about alternative fuels, especially those that can be considered renewable. This is a list that was posted this week on Clean Technica. Top Eight Alternative Fuels (via Clean Technica) Gasoline and diesel are still fossil fuel kings of the fuel supply chain but alternative fuels are now…

George Nez: Habitat Pioneer Who Builds the Roof First

Walking a backyard in northwest Denver, visitors will encounter an unorthodox-looking roof that has been coated and strengthened using thin-shell concrete. The roof takes on the sculptural shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid. Called a hypar roof, this beautiful form is the creation of George Nez, an 91-year old international habitat and resettlement pioneer who long ago (1958) served as the planning director for this city.

GUEST POST: What to Do With Unwanted Cell Phones

Cell phones have become a necessary part of daily life, and with the advent of the smart phone they are only becoming more of a daily fixture. Every month or so a new model comes out that has faster processing speeds, updated features, and the coolest new applications that many feel they absolutely need. Because of this, the average shelf life of a cell phone is 18 months, which leads to 100 million phones being replaced each year and at least two million ending up in landfills each week.

GUEST POST: Lou Dobbs v. The Lorax

I liked what I read in this guest post from Sarah Parker, challenging the audacious proposition from commentator Lou Dobbs that green policies have far less to do with liberal or conservative leanings, and far more to do with the planet we leave for our children to inherit.

Materials Discovery: From “Sticks Like Glue” to “Sticks Like Gecko”

Biologists have long been drawn by the adhesive power of gecko feet that enable these 5-ounce lizards to scale vertical walls with nary a slip. Now polymer scientists and a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have duplicated how the gecko accomplishes this feat. The result: “Geckskin,” a sticky material that can hold up to 700 pounds on a smooth wall.

GUEST POST: Create Your Own Sustainable Water Source with Water Butts

Water butts are large water tanks that store rainwater, which is collected from the roof and is transported through a system of pipes and guttering. Rainwater is ideal for garden usage and would suit those who tend to spend a reasonable amount of time in their garden.

Living Homes Launches Prefabricated Zero-Energy C6 Home

Prefabricated home developer LivingHomes has announced the launch of the new LivingHome C6, a smaller zero energy home that has been modestly priced for a small family or couple.

GUEST POST: Five Tips for Green Moving

The following guest post from Kevin Hagan focuses on steps that can be taken in making a green move. He should know, as residential and commercial moving is his business. Remember what you did with all those boxes the last time you moved? Thanks for the tips, Kevin.