Perspective on Modern Life

Human history provides perspective on modern life.

Take a look at the history of our species. We’ve been around a while. The oldest evidence of our human ancestors is a fossilized skull that dates back about seven million years. Most anthropologists agree that so-called “modern” humans came on the scene about 130,000 years ago. The industrial age began a couple hundred years ago but the age of fossil fuels and our massive use of energy has only ... Read More

Just Because We Can

Just because we *can* change someting does not mean we should.

We live in a culture with abundant choices and if anything, Green Living is all about choices. But having the freedom to choose is not enough. Choices can be good or bad. Context is a necessary ingredient when making decisions. Think about these two statements: Just because things are a certain way now does not mean they always have been or will continue to be that way. And, just because we can ... Read More

Home Improvements for Planet Earth

Earth, our only home.

Home improvements for Planet Earth are in order. But before taking on such a big topic let's look at more traditional forms of home improvements. There are so many options. Common improvements include makeovers in the kitchen or bathrooms, new flooring or wall coverings, or even entire additions. In every case I can imagine, there are worthwhile green options that make sense. Improvements that ... Read More

Green Living Reader’s Poll

Global Warming Mindmap by Jane Genovese, http://learningfundamentals.com.au

Lately I’ve been thinking about this column and just what it’s all about. Green Living, Home, Living Lighter on the Planet: topics that are probably helpful to some while others couldn’t care less. How does a writer connect with more people, especially those with different values? For me, this is a place to share ideas that address, and hopefully help solve, much larger issues. There are plenty ... Read More

Looking Back at a Green 2013

Green 2013

Green Living covers a lot of territory. Let’s take a look back with a recap of the topics we covered in this Green 2013. Winter We kicked off the year with “Liking Las Vegas,” highlighting some great green things that have been happening in the valley. The topic of “Solar-Ready Homes” revealed the logic of building with the sun in mind. “Shake and Fold: Drying Your Hands Without Using a Whole ... Read More

Learning from the Solstice

Winter Solstice

It is common to think of a solar-powered home as something new and unusual but people have been learning from the solstice for a long time. We’ve come to accept the idea that you cannot have comfort and convenience without paying a significantly large power bill. That is due to a lot of things, not the least of which are effective marketing strategies by power companies and nearly unrestrained ... Read More

The Human Race – Can We Win It?

The race continues...

It is interesting how some words have more than one meaning. Race is one of them. It can be a form of competition where the fastest one wins, but it can also be a group of people, such as the human race. The irony of this juxtaposition is that the human race is in a race, against ourselves. Even though we are the only competitor, there is no guarantee we will win. In fact, one could say that in ... Read More

Nevada’s 2013 Conservation Scorecard

Nevada Conservation League

The Nevada Conservation League (NCL) is an organization that works for everyone in the state when it comes to environmental issues. I am fortunate to be a member of the board of directors for both the Nevada Conservation League and the Nevada Conservation League Education Fund. It is one more way I get to practice the art of Green Living. As Nevada's leading environmental advocacy organization, ... Read More

Be a Clean Energy Leader

National Clean Energy Summit 6.0: Energizing Tomorrow

We recently survived the hottest June on record in Las Vegas, though five valley residents were not so fortunate as the heat wave turned deadly. My car’s thermometer, which has always been fairly accurate, registered an outside temperature of 121 degrees as I drove across town one day. It remained there for several miles before it slowly dropped back down, barely into the one-teens. It was still ... Read More

The Importance of Leadership

The Earth is heating rapidly.

Good leadership is important. It can make or break a community, a nation, even our world. As citizens we depend on leaders to establish policies and standards that make our community safe. They must balance the immediate needs of many while keeping an eye on long-term trends that will shape our future. It’s not an easy task and there are more opposing opinions (some with very loud voices) that you ... Read More