Important Home Maintenance

Important Home Maintenance - don't ignore it!

What happens to a home when it is not properly maintained? After a while, things tend to start falling apart, don’t they? Most of us take care of our homes. We take pride in them and want them to last. We care about how they look. And we certainly care about resale value. Some may be upside down financially or may simply be moving on to a new neighborhood and don’t want to incur further expense. Those homes usually deteriorate rapidly. Important Home Maintenance - A Story Now let’s use our imaginations a bit. Suppose you had your perfect dream home, whatever that looks like to you. Let’s say it is quite substantial, with lots of room inside and out. Even better, imagine it is completely self-sustaining. Rather than spend money to maintain it, all you really have to do is avoid messing ... Read More

Top 5 Things To Do

Top 5 Things To Do - Cut the carbon.

Living More Responsibly From my perspective, there is quite a gap between what is occurring in the world and the actions, or lack thereof, of the general public in the United States. Even those who understand the severity and potential harm of things like climate change and peak oil often behave as if somehow their personal actions do not matter. I think we are living in a time where every single choice we make is meaningful. A friend recently agreed and thought that a lot of people may not know where to start. She suggested listing the top 5 things to do to make a difference. Here is mine: 1. Educate Yourself The number one thing we can do is to turn off the electronics (television, computers, smart-phones) and spend more time reading good non-fiction. The goal is to better ... Read More

Local Food Movement Growing

Local food in the form of a Mesquite pancake breakfast by Great Basin Permaculture

Local food production is one of the most important elements of a sustainable community. Since we are situated in the Mojave Desert, most of our food is grown elsewhere and that needs to change. Fortunately, the local food movement is well underway ... Read More

More Humans, Less of Everything Else

What rape looks like. Halliburton fracks the Earth.

The extraction of “unconventional” fossil fuels, whether through fracking, deep-water drilling or the unimaginable waste of Canadian tar sands, has provided much of the motivation in my personal life to methodically reduce our family's CO2 footprint. ... Read More

The Real Value of a Solar Home

Real Value of a Solar Home

Solar energy systems are becoming increasingly popular. Many factors are driving the trend: lower system costs, improved performance, environmental awareness and new options for system acquisition. I’ve received a ton of calls and emails about the ... Read More

Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour – 2014

Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour

The largest climate change march in history recently took place in New York City. Over 400,000 people joined together to demand genuine action on the issue. Hundreds of thousands more participated in coordinated events around the globe. This is no ... Read More

When You Get, Give

When you get, give! Walter Bracken Elementary garden.

Helping Others is the Key to Your Own Success What’s the best way to live a satisfying, fulfilling life? It’s simple. Do your best to help others achieve the same. Would you like to live in a greener, healthier home but you need some ideas or ... Read More

Resilient Self-Sufficiency: The Garden Pool

Garden pools can create resilient communities.

Some may think my concerns are misplaced but for those who follow the science and pay attention to actual facts, we are living in a time of extreme and rapid change. Nothing like this has ever happened before. Climate change is not just about ... Read More

It Takes a Village

It takes a village and long term vision.

Street by Street, Green Living Can Transform an Entire City It Takes Long-Term Vision I recently had an opportunity to work with a great organization in our community, the Uplift Foundation of Nevada. It happened at the second annual Las Vegas ... Read More

Limits Exceeded – The Predicament of Mankind

Limits to Growth

Civilization has come a long way in the last 10,000 years. To those who follow the latest scientific findings, it doesn't look like it's going to be an easy ride going forward. In the early 70s I read the ground-breaking book “Limits to Growth,” ... Read More