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 GiveCamp, where local web designers, graphic artists and others with technical skills spent a full weekend working with 26 local non-profits, helping ... 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,” 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

Watershed Management Group is Making a Difference

Watershed Management Group in Tucson, AZ

The task of creating a more resilient community can often seem overwhelming, assuming one is even thinking about it at all. Fortunately more and more of us are not only thinking about it, but actively looking for ways to make a difference. There is so much to do. Effective change has as much to do with the way people think as the nuts and bolts of it. Community is Key The best efforts I have ... Read More

Adapting Las Vegas

Adapting Las Vegas

For over eight years, I have shared ideas about Green Living in this space. The intent has been to hasten a shift toward sustainable community in Southern Nevada while also addressing big issues like climate change. There are many who share my concerns and I am grateful for the significant steps so many have taken to be part of the solution, adapting Las Vegas to meet the challenge of our changing ... Read More

Paying Solar’s Fair Share

What are you waiting for?

New changes are going into effect for NV Energy’s net metering customers, mostly those with solar electric systems on their homes. I’ve received several calls about a letter that NV Energy sent out last week that outlines changes to the way certain fees will be assessed. The changes are a result of the passage of Nevada Assembly Bill 428. For those who are not familiar with net metering, it is ... Read More

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

Spring Into Green 2014

Earth legacy.

It’s time to spring into green again. Several green events for Southern Nevadans are underway or coming soon. To be clear, green events have become so popular that they happen all the time in our community, it’s just that some major ones tend to occur at this time of year. Creating a sustainable community requires the participation of everyone at every level. When businesses and government get ... 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

Water and Technology

Water and Technology

Not long ago I heard about an interesting new product designed to make showering more efficient, reducing water use by 90% and energy use by 80%. The Orb-Sys or Orbital Shower is being developed by Orbital Systems in Sweden. The shower starts off with fresh water like normal, but instead of disappearing down the drain, the reclaimed water is collected in the base, cleaned and filtered to tap water ... 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