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.

Uncommon Good Constructs a Zero Carbon Building with Superadobe

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.

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Iowa City’s New Green Recycling Center

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.

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

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.

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Green Building 101: Using Solar Energy For Renewable Power

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.

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The Importance of Attic Insulation for Energy-Efficiency

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.

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New Recycled Insulation Controls Pests

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.

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Recycled Glass Counter Tops

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.

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

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).

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Recycled Rubber Roofs: Cheap and Eco-Friendly

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.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Go Solar

The Arizona Diamondbacks are going solar at their baseball field in 2011. The Chase Field, home of the Diamondbacks, will soon have a new solar array doing double duty at the stadium The 75 kilowat array will be pulling in solar energy to help reduce the amount of electricity used by the stadium during baseball season. The project, designed by HKS Inc. and built by Ironco division, will include electric car charging stations and battery storage for fans who want…

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Can Homes Be Built Carbon Free?

The leading UK house builder, Morris Homes, is undertaking a huge new green project: building zero-carbon homes. The 295-home development is being designed by sustainable architecture specialists to meet level 6 of the “Code for Sustainable Homes,” which is the technical guidance from the UK government to build homes that reduce carbon emissions.

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Orgeon College Goes Solar

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.

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One Green Home at a Time Foundation Rebuilding Community

The Oliver neighborhood in East Baltimore is full of vacant houses and run down buildings. That is why One Green Home at a Time Foundation stepped in to rehab the houses with a green touch. The nonprofit organization was started only 15 months ago, funded by Bridge Private Lending. Their aim is to purchase and rehabilitation of homes in low- to middle-income neighborhoods with a focus on eco-friendly building techniques. Giving the communities a green face life and springing them…

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Clif Bar Headquarters Goes Green

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.

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Company Makes Flooring From Reclaimed Wood

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.

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Metal Shipping Containers Recycled Into Office Building

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.

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