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Drought Dilemma Challenges Unlimited Growth

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 16, 2015 9:09:00 AM

California’s drought is putting the concept of unlimited growth under severe scrutiny, and for good reasons. 

When it comes to water, California is running out of options—and time. Suffering through its fourth year of excruciating drought...the state’s snow pack is at an all-time low... Governor Brown has issued unprecedented water restrictions...surface and ground water is quickly drying up...and crop and pasture losses are escalating.

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Fight Allergies with Energy Efficiency!

Posted by RESNET

Apr 15, 2015 12:45:00 PM

So what does home energy efficiency have to do with allergies? Nothing, right?

After all, one is all about making your home more comfortable and saving money and energy, while the other makes you sneeze, causes itchy eyes and a general feeling of misery. The two don’t seem to be related in any way whatsoever.

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An Eco-Friendly Kitchen Checklist

Posted by Darryl Crosby, Guest Contributor

Apr 13, 2015 9:55:26 AM

If you’re serious about creating a kitchen that’s less costly in terms of embodied energy for construction, here’s a primer.

A RESIDENTIAL KITCHEN ACCOUNTS FOR A SIGNIFICANT PORTION of its initial resource “footprint.” It typically involves products that are costly to extract from the earth: granite, metals and plastics for appliances, acrylic finishes, pvc-based flooring or heavily coated wood floors and so on. So when it comes time to remodel your kitchen, why not make the most sustainable choices possible? With the “big five” high environmental cost materials in mind (plastics, glass, concrete, paper and aluminum), it’s possible to reduce your project’s impacts significantly. Here is a helpful roundup of eco-friendly kitchen improvements you can refer to as you plan your sustainable kitchen remodel.

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How to Not Purchase Plastic Water Bottles When You Travel

Posted by Heather Wallace

Apr 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Changing habits such as purchasing plastic water bottles while you travel can help the planet and your conscience.

TRAVELING CAN BE STRESSFUL. Remembering every item you need while away for work or vacation takes some planning. But being more eco-friendly when you travel doesn't have to be difficult. A few years ago I made a commitment to limit my purchase of plastic water bottles and here's how I was successful.

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Study: Millennials are Less Likely to Take Action to Conserve Resources than Their Parents

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Apr 9, 2015 12:48:58 PM

When it comes to weighing environmental impacts, boomers may have created the problem, but they're actually doing more than 20-somethings to mend their ways.

COULD THE BOOMER GENERATION (those 55+) actually be living greener than their children? A study released by Washington Energy Services for Earth Day shows that the older generation participates more in the green practices necessary to reduce resource than younger people (those between 25 and 34),

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