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  • Ideas To Conserve Energy This Halloween

    Conserving energy this Halloween

    Halloween is a fun time of the year for kids and adults. It is easy to get caught up in the festivities and use a lot of energy, but there are steps you can take to conserve energy and still have a blast!

    Decorating is fun, it is a great way to express your creativity and to add a little spunk to your home. Instead of going all out with lights, consider putting candles to use. They will add an eerie glow to your displays without using a lot of
    electricity.
  • Thanksgiving Decorating: How to Green Your Thanksgiving Décor

    eco-thanksgivingTo me, store bought décor just doesn’t make the cut (no pun intended).  For one, it can be pricey, and this is one time of year many of us are trying to save a penny or two where we can.  Secondly, purchased decor often times lacks character, hominess and warmth. Why would I want my home to look just everyone else’s – that’s pretty boring, isn’t it?  Most importantly, store bought décor, be it any time of year, is often made from harmful materials that not only damage the environment, but also our health.

    Going green with your Thanksgiving décor has no bounds — it can be as simple as collecting pinecones from your own yard and adorning them with paint and glitter, to a felted and whimsical autumnal wreath like you see above.  Here are five simple ways to transform your home this Thanksgiving with effortless eco style…

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  • 5 Wacky Alternative Energy Sources To Produce Clean Energy

    alternative-energyPeople who are concerned about the environment would agree that fossil fuels are not here to stay. They are the major cause of pollution, climate change and even war. When it comes to clean energy sources it doesn’t stop with solar and wind energy. There are a lot of other ways to harvest energy. We have listed below some of the most bizarre alternative energy sources available. You could be very well aware of some of the clean energy sources like, geothermal, wave power, or hydroelectricity. But, these are not the kind of methods you are going to see in the list below.

    Get ready to find out the weirdest and in some cases the most bizarre ways to produce energy.

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  • Dam It? The benefits and drawbacks of hydropower

    Srinkarin Dam In Thailand Srinkarin Dam In Thailand

                            This morning, I was flipping through a photography book of the Columbia River Gorge. The pictures near the front of the book depicted native people harvesting salmon from whitewater rapids, narrow canyons, and river-wide waterfalls. Towards the end, the pictures essentially showed a lake. Some of the most beautiful, culturally-significant sights on the river are now invisible, buried beneath sixty to eighty feet of water. The reason: Dams.

          Dams, historically, have been built for a number of reasons. In Ohio, where I grew up, most dams were built for flood control or to increase recreation opportunities. The dams of the American West and most dams built in the last thirty years, however, were primarily built to generate electricity. Hydropower was, and sometimes still is, touted as the solution to the problem of fossil fuel dependence. The truth is that, while hydropower does have benefits, it also has some very serious drawbacks that are often overlooked.

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  • A Good Year For Alternative Energy

     

    Wind Farm courtesy of Wikipedia.com Wind Farm courtesy of Wikipedia.com        

               The past year went by way too fast. As I write this, on the eve of a new year, I am struck by how momentous this past year was. Horrible shootings occurred around the country, Russia became the first to drill for oil in the high Arctic, and Miley Cyrus proved to the world that she was going to reinvent herself. In spite of all this terrible news, I think the readers of this blog have plenty of cause for celebration as they look back on the past year.

                Devastating climate change is like a desert mirage that is not vanishing as we get closer. Recently, we have learned that our best bet to fight this catastrophe is to shy away from fossil fuels in favor of alternative energy sources. Herein lay our justification for celebration. Wind, solar, and even wave-generated energy have had new advances in this past year that leaves me optimistic for 2014.

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  • Defining Appropriate Energy: A Goal Oriented Approach

    Over the years I have been responsible for defining or re-defining the mission, vision, and objectives of a number of organizations.  In many cases I was an outsider called in by an organization to come and help facilitate long-term planning and visioning.  I enjoy the work very much, but I find it remarkable how many organizations cannot seem to figure out what it is they are trying to do.  The number of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations out in the world without a clearly defined set of goals is staggering.  In many cases, individuals on the boards of these organizations actually believe there is a goal, but it sounds something like, "save the world and make money."  I know I'm a bit obsessive about detail (I am a professor), but without a clear and distinct goal, how in the world do you know if you are doing your job?

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