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,” detailing a study by 16 scientists at MIT about the consequences of various likely societal paths. It was clear that we were heading in the wrong ... Read More

Windows, Efficiency and Techniques

Windows in the sand.

Windows have been around a long time. The origin of the word is centuries old and the original “wind eye” was nothing more than an unglazed hole in the roof that provided ventilation and day lighting. Today’s windows have come a long way since then. Good windows add much to the enjoyment, comfort and value of a home, but bad windows... Well, let’s just say they can be more like a “wind eye.” In ... 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

Las Vegas’ Green Decade Marked by Decathlon Success

Desert Sol interior

Here’s a riddle for you: What is beautiful, totally green, and red all over? The answer: DesertSol of course! DesertSol is the name of the green home designed and built by the amazingly-talented UNLV students collectively known as Team Las Vegas. They recently completed the Department of Energy’s prestigious Solar Decathlon competition held in Irvine, California.  Students from colleges and ... Read More

2013 Solar Home Tour

2013 Solar Home Tour

The 9th Annual Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour is just around the corner! October 5, 2013 @ 10 am The American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour is the world's largest grassroots solar event. It offers people from all over the country an opportunity to visit innovative green homes and buildings to see how you can use solar energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies to ... Read More

Las Vegas’ Historical Harrison House Goes Green

Historic Harrison Boarding House of West Las Vegas, NV

Hey, are you doing anything this evening?  You are invited to the August Green Drinks event at the Harrison House! Mingle with many of Las Vegas’ green leaders, movers and shakers at this historic West Side property that is being rehabilitated into a green demonstration resource for the community. Food and beverages will be on hand and local band “Do Little Too Late” will playing the tunes. It’s a ... Read More

Greened House Effect is a Must Read for Homeowners

Author Jeff Wilson (photo by Sherri James)

It has been said that the greenest building is the one that’s already built, because so much energy is embodied in the existing structure. There is some truth to that statement and greening an existing home or building can be the shortest route to energy efficiency, long-term savings, increased comfort and environmental healing. I would say that the greenest building is one that’s already built ... Read More

Save Some Dates, Save the Planet!

First Friday's Green Street

Green living is a broad topic and there are many ways to go about it. From my perspective the overall goal is to live lightly on the planet so as not to exceed the Earth’s ability to naturally sustain the entire diverse tapestry of life, not just us humans. Everything we do is an opportunity once we realize we are responsible for the outcome. Our homes are a good place to focus since they ... Read More

A Sense of Urgency: It’s Too Late to do Nothing for Earth

The first atomic explosion, 1945

I try to keep the tone mostly warm and friendly here but what drives me to write is very serious. We are facing… no, strike that. We are creating a planetary emergency. Let me state a few facts and then tie them all together. The Earth has an energy imbalance due to added greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Just like adding a blanket on cold night, the gasses trap heat so less of the sun’s ... Read More

Green Real Estate in Nevada

High Performance Home Symposium in Las Vegas

Imagine you had some great products to sell. They were the best available in terms of value and longevity. They helped protect people’s health and improved their quality of life. They were so good that the people who actually found out about them agreed to buy as many as you could make for the price you were asking. Sounds like a great scenario right? Now add one little twist. The sales could ... Read More