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Green Your Thanksgiving, from Travel to Turkey
November 21, 2008 08:43 PM - , Low Impact Living
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday — I show up, stuff myself with some of my favorite foods, help clean up a little, and then lay on the couch and watch TV. No agonizing over the perfect gift, no holiday crowds”ŽI don’t even have to cook. But all of that gluttony does have a price that’s paid by the environment. From travel to turkey and beyond, there are many ways that this wonderful holiday can be more eco-friendly.
Alternatives to an Auto Bailout: Help the Economy and the Planet
November 14, 2008 01:10 PM - , Low Impact Living
Are you as tired as I am of the unending bad economic news? From the subprime crisis to the collapse of the real estate bubble to the near-failure of the global finance industry, it just goes from bad to worse. More scary news this week — major retailers are failing (Circuit City) and one or more of our domestic auto manufacturers appears to be next.
The E: Mini’s New Electric Car
October 22, 2008 11:03 AM - , Low Impact Living
The BMW Group is about to become the first manufacturer of premium automobiles to deploy a fleet of nearly 500 all electric vehicles for private use in daily traffic. Powered by a 150 kW (204 hp) electric motor and fed by a high-performance rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the vehicle will be nearly silent and emissions free.
Nuclear Power is NOT the Solution to Our Global Warming Woes
October 20, 2008 08:57 AM - , Low Impact Living
As our presidential campaign season draws towards a close and the attacks / counter-attacks reach a fever pitch, it’s almost impossible to separate fact from fiction. So many contradictory proposals, so many disparate numbers — I wouldn’t be surprised if someone says the sky is bright pink before we’re through.
Benefits of the Bailout Bill for Green Consumers
October 8, 2008 09:55 AM - , Low Impact Living
So say what you like about the bailout bill that was passed last week in the House, but it includes some pretty excellent benefits for those of us Americans looking to embrace energy-saving and renewable energy. The bill makes it cheaper for us to go solar or to get a plug-in hybrid. Here’s a summary of the incentives included in the bill, courtesy ofGreen Wombat, The New York Times, and Speaker Pelosi’s website.
Chrysler to Sell Electric Cars in U.S. as Early as 2010
September 26, 2008 10:16 AM - , Low Impact Living
Chrysler has announced that it is working on an electric powered version of its Voyager MPV, which could be put into commercial production as early as 2010.
New Options for Home Wind Power
September 16, 2008 09:29 AM - Philip Proefrock, Low Impact Living
Utility-scale windpower is an important and growing part of the US energy portfolio. Farms ranging in size from dozens to hundreds of turbines can produce in excess of 60 megawatts of power. Plans for gigawatts of wind power are being proposed all over the globe, and new wind farms are regularly being proposed that outstrip one another to be the largest in their respective locations, or in the world.
Showing the Green Building Process
August 4, 2008 12:23 PM - , Low Impact Living
Building Green on Montrose offers a wonderfully in-depth view into the process of constructing a green home. The project is the product of a couple of architects, Christopher & Emily Stromberg, working on the renovation of a rowhouse in south Philadelphia to turn it into a modern, efficient, green home. They are building this project as a speculative property, rather than a home for themselves, so it avoids some of the quirky indulgences that other green homes sometimes include. All of this has to make sense and be justifiable for an eventual buyer for the house.
The Costs of Not Building Green
July 30, 2008 09:13 AM - , Low Impact Living
Despite the narrowing gap in cost between green building and traditional "to-code" building, most builders and home buyers still perceive the green option to be significantly more expensive. The reality is that due to increased builder education and an influx of affordable green building products, a building can be built green within the same budget as a non-green building. According to Clark Wilson, CEO of Austin based Green Builders, Inc., "It’s our job as builders to find those green products that don’t drive up the price of the home."
BMW Mini Electric Cars Coming to U.S. in Summer 2009
July 28, 2008 08:52 AM - , Low Impact Living
BMW has announced plans to sell all-electric versions of its popular Mini car in the U.S., starting from summer 2009. Speaking on Tuesday, Mini USA Vice President, Jim McDowell, said that the company is still deciding whether to sell or lease the vehicles. He remained tight-lipped over exactly where in the country the cars will be available, and declined to comment on other aspects, such as range, power, charging time and price. He also said that speculation that Mini will sell 500 EVs in California next year was premature, since no exact plans have yet been finalised. Mini will apparently make a further announcement later this year, possibly to coincide with the Los Angeles Auto Show.