Alternative Spring Break Program for Climate & Environmental Issues

American Eagle Outfitters and theStudent Conservation Association (SCA)announced their fifth annual Alternative Spring Break program – a weeklong educational work experience for new generations of conservation leaders. AEO and SCA report they have doubled the number of volunteers and locations this year.

GUEST POST: California is on Cutting Edge for Green Building Regulations

Compliance with the newest California Building Standards Code, also known as the California Green Code, or simply as CALGreen, became mandatory on Jan. 1, 2011. The need for green construction methods has grown so substantially in past years that it sparked the creation performance bonds, even though there is still a legislation battle holding up their passage.

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.

“Thinking Cities” Documentary from Ericsson

The “Thinking Cities” documentary from Ericsson that was released early this month and can be viewed on YouTube discusses key concepts to a more sustainable future based on the role in which cities hold and will maintain in the future.

GUEST POST: DIY Solar Projects – Simply Super

Our guest post on do-it-yourself solar is written by UK blogger, James Hawkins. What a fabulous concept, especially for those without enough capital to purchase a system. Give it a try with family, friend, neighbors.

A Variety of Sustainable Home Options: Modular Lifestyles and Nueva Vida III

Off-grid Modular Lifestyles' Camper

Two different types of environmentally sustainable homes are being incorporated into neighborhoods or developed as their own neighborhood community across the country giving people the choice to not only be green but to be entirely sustainable in their living situation. They are Modular

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.

Top 10 Water Management Techniques

EPA’s Sustainable Facilities Practices Branch developed the following list of top 10 water management techniques that have proven helpful in managing water use at facilities throughout the Agency. We are pleased to publish this list.

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.

GUEST POST: Different Types of Solar Panels

Guest Post: Solar panels, formed from several types of photovoltaic cells, can be manufactured from a variety of different materials – most of which being crystalline silicon. Over a hundred different manufacturers produce photovoltaic cells all over the world.

A Return Visit to Doug Eichelberger’s Trash Barn

It’s time to revisit Colorado architect Doug Eichelberger’s trash barn and comment on the refreshing economic and sustainable philosophies that are behind the outbuildings he’s created using little more than scrap that was destined for the landfill or found materials.

Net-Zero Energy Homes Now Available from KB Home, Las Vegas

KB Home opened its first net-zero energy home in Nevada during a special event held yesterday at its Talavera at Mountain’s Edge community in Las Vegas. At the event, KB Home employees and Clark County Commissioner, Susan Brager, hosted a group of area school children for a morning of education, games and a guided tour of the innovative new home, dubbed ZeroHouse 2.0.