Christina Birchfield

An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience covering the shelter industry, Christina resides in Tucson and is long-established active member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

Recent Posts

Climageddon—Tracking the Path of Clipocalypse

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 16, 2014 12:20:42 PM

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Topics: Policy, Climate Change, sustainable living, environment

Land Trust Convergence

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 16, 2014 12:10:12 PM

In the spirit of, “Don’t ask, don’t get,” on April 2, land trust leaders from across the nation converged on Capitol Hill to give our legislators a crash course “on key land conservation issues that support the nation in securing local economic sustainability, fresh food, clean water, places to recreate and keep family farms in the family.” The day was the third annual Land Trust Advocacy Day sponsored by the Land Trust Alliance

Land trust leaders geared up for the day with “issue briefings and networking events before conducting more than 150 individual meetings with staff and members of Congress in the Senate and House.”

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Topics: land trust, conservation easement

Quantity Quotes Brings Bulk Product Savings to Green Builders

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 15, 2014 1:15:00 PM

 One way to bring Green Building to the masses is to lower materials costs. The Department of Energy (DOE) has developed Quantity Quotes to do just that.

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Topics: Builders and Manufacturers, Discounts, DOE

Mountain View Studios Provide Affordable Homes

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 15, 2014 1:12:00 PM

The city of Mountain View, Calif., in conjunction with ROEM Construction and Eden Housing broke ground for the 819 North Rengstorff Avenue Apartments—49 affordable studio apartments.

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Topics: California, 1500 square feet or less, affordable housing

Generation X for Excellence

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 15, 2014 1:10:45 PM


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Topics: electric vehicle, electric vehicle charging

Must Stream TV

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 9, 2014 12:18:34 PM

Sunday night Ann Curry narrated a special entitled Ann Curry Reports: Our Year of Extremes -- Did Climate Change Just Hit Home?

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Topics: Climate Change

Color Will Come to Cool

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 8, 2014 3:09:00 PM

Infrared radiation makes up a large portion of the solar spectrum. Graph courtesy of Berkeley Lab Heat Island Group

Someday soon it may not be necessary for a cool roof to be highly reflective white. Last week, the Department of Energy (DOE) awarded PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business $224,000 to develop a new class of pigments for cool coatings.

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Topics: cool roof, DOE


Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 8, 2014 2:49:00 PM

Is bamboo really green, or are we being bamboozled with greenwashing?

Bamboo is grass, that was once best known here in the United States for panda food and fishing rods.

A study brought to our attention on the Norwood blog reports on a Dovetail Partners study that criticises and recommends closer scrutiny of what has become the bamboo industry.

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Topics: Bamboo, FSC

DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 3, 2014 12:38:00 PM


Thirty-three team of students from 30 universities are competing to design Department of Energy (DOE) zero energy homes. 

DOE’s Challenge Home Student Design Competition, part of the Building America Program takes place over one extraordinary weekend -- April 26th to 28th at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colo.

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Topics: HERS Index, Student contest, DOE

Solar-powered Garden Umbrella

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 3, 2014 11:37:00 AM

A mushroom? A cloud? A weather balloon? The prototype “Cumulus Parasol” solar-powered umbrella by the Netherlands-based Studio Toer is fairly simple. Four solar panels on top of the umbrella power a fan that inflates the silicon-waterproofed nylon balloon into a garden parasol.

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Topics: PV, Green Landscaping, solar, energy efficient, garden