About Summer Minor

Summer Minor Summer is a freelance writer and mother of 3 who is passionate about caring for the earth. She enjoys sharing news and stories on how everyone can make their homes a little greener. She also blogs at Finding Summer and works for a living at SummerMinor.com.

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Uncommon Good Constructs a Zero Carbon Building with Superadobe

April 6th, 2011 | by Summer Minor

Uncommon Good is an non-profit organization that fights against poverty in their local community of Claremont, Calif. The organization works to break the poverty cycle in families as well as benefit the earth through sustainable means. Uncommon Good takes things a step further by creating a new superadobe building that will benefit the residents of Claremont and of the earth

Iowa City’s New Green Recycling Center

April 5th, 2011 | by Summer Minor

Iowa City's new East Side Recycling Center will be a green building to behold. The new building, scheduled to open later this year, is being built with sustainable and energy- efficient designs that will make it a one-stop green hub for the city

GE Awarded Energy Star’s Highest Award Six Years in a Row

April 5th, 2011 | by Summer Minor

Once again, GE Appliances & Lighting has been awarded Energy Star's highest award. This is the sixth year that GE has received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). GE has been offering more than 750 ENERGY STAR-qualified lighting and appliance products, all aimed at helping consumers reduce their energy spending and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Green Building 101: Using Solar Energy For Renewable Power

March 31st, 2011 | by Summer Minor

The sun provides an unlimited resource for power around the world. And more and more people are tapping into that energy for their homes and businesses. Solar power is becoming a positive energy source for many people who are looking to reduce their carbon footprint. Despite solar power's great potential, few people are actually using it

The Importance of Attic Insulation for Energy-Efficiency

March 18th, 2011 | by Summer Minor

Attic insulation is one important way you can lower you energy bills and make your home more green. The attic is often one of the easiest places to add insulation to your home, making it a great place to start when making weatherizing changes for any season. Insulating your attic can help prevent air from escaping the house and stop outside air from coming in

New Recycled Insulation Controls Pests

March 17th, 2011 | by Summer Minor

A newly designed home insulation does double duty at keep out the elements and pests. The new TAP insulation, made from recycled materials, featured a special borate additive process that helps keep bugs out of the home as well as protecting the home indefinitely

Recycled Glass Counter Tops

March 14th, 2011 | by Summer Minor

Using recycled material for our homes is an important part of being more green. Everything from reclaimed wood floors to recycled rubber roof tiles. You can also use recycled material to decorate inside your home as well, adding a green and beautiful touch to your living environment. The company Curava believes this is important for every home, which is why they offer beautiful counter tops made from recycled glass

Eastern Michigan University’s Science Building Strives for Silver LEED Certification

March 2nd, 2011 | by Summer Minor

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is making their improved science building LEED certified through changes such as a green roof and a radiant cooling system. The $90 million dollar energy-efficient renovation of the Mark Jefferson Science Building should ring the building up to Silver LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. One of the most impressive renovations is the design of a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS).

Recycled Rubber Roofs: Cheap and Eco-Friendly

February 23rd, 2011 | by Summer Minor

Recycled rubber roof shingles are an innovative roofing material that saves home owners money and saves the environment. Made from recycled tires, these roofing shingles are durable, dependable, and more eco-friendly than ordinary wood or slate

Arizona Diamondbacks Go Solar

February 17th, 2011 | by Summer Minor

The Arizona Diamondbacks are going solar at their baseball field in 2011. The Chase Field, home of the Diamondbacks, will [&hellip

Can Homes Be Built Carbon Free?

February 16th, 2011 | by Summer Minor

The leading UK house builder, Morris Homes, is undertaking a huge new green project: building zero-carbon homes. The 295-home development [&hellip

Orgeon College Goes Solar

February 15th, 2011 | by Summer Minor

The Clatsop Community College is going green with new solar panels installed on the college's rooftop. The roof of Towler Hall building is now equipped with enough solar panels to keep the entire building going on pure sunshine.

Clif Bar Headquarters Goes Green

February 12th, 2011 | by Summer Minor

Clif Bar is more than just a yummy, healthy snack for active people. It is also one of the growing number of companies that is looking at green options for their businesses. The headquarters for Clif Bar has just installed one of the largest rooftop solar array on a communal building in North America. This installation will generate enough power for the entire headquarters building, harnessing just the sun.

Company Makes Flooring From Reclaimed Wood

February 8th, 2011 | by Summer Minor

Universal Floors has made it their mission to create beautiful floors from reclaimed materials. The family company takes reclaimed wood to create floors that sparkle. In some cases, 100 year old wood is being in many historic houses in the Washington area. Even the East Room of the White House features flooring from Universal Floors

Metal Shipping Containers Recycled Into Office Building

September 25th, 2010 | by Summer Minor

Gong green is often as much about saving money as it is about saving the earth. Building designers in Providence, R.I., have managed to do both by creating an office space from used shipping containers. The building not only reuses, it was also done for half the cost of the conventional building plans

Boston Scientific Plant Becomes Costa Rica’s First Sustainable Building

September 22nd, 2010 | by Summer Minor

Costa Rica is known for the lush rain forests, beautiful beaches and amazing surf. Now they will also be known for their great sustainable buildings as well. The Boston Scientific medical device plant in Alajuela, Costa Rica, has just been recognized as the country's first sustainable building. More are certain to follow!

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