Thankful Green Living

Thankful

Home is especially meaningful on Thanksgiving, where we gather with family and friends to express our good fortune. Just having a home provides much to be thankful for, since far too many go without. Imagine how different it could be for the less fortunate among us if, through our actions to help ourselves, we could also help them. The way I see it, that is the essence of a successful ... 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

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

Edible Landscapes Delight the Palate!

Anna Peltier's edible yard, Aria Landscape Architecture.

Recently, I had the good fortune to participate in a panel discussion at the monthly meeting of the U.S. Green Building Council - Nevada Chapter. Appropriately, their meetings are held in a beautiful green building built with straw bales, one of several LEED-Platinum structures at the Springs Preserve. The topic was green homes and my talk encompassed a combination of many strategies and ... Read More

A Bevy of Green Happenings!

oct-fest-2013

There are a lot of green happenings in Southern Nevada this weekend! Whether you are in Las Vegas or Henderson, or anywhere in Southern Nevada (or maybe even California), here are some events worth attending: U.S. Green Building Council - First Friday OctoberFest 2013 Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour Southern Nevada Trails Day Solarbration Team Las Vegas Solar Decathlon 2013 in Irvine, ... 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

Using Solar Around the House

Solar water heating at our home.

Solar energy is wonderful and I like to use it around the house a lot. It provides the electricity for our home, including enough energy to charge an electric car. It provides illumination, most of our hot water and we even use it occasionally to cook delicious meals. Even though it all comes from the sun, each form of use is unique. SolaTubes for Light In our case, perhaps the simplest and most ... Read More

Buycott: Make Empowered Buying Decisions

Buycott

Green Living is all about making informed decisions. I love the fact that people with good intentions can make a difference when they have the right information. That’s empowerment and it allows us to “vote” with our dollars on a regular basis, not just on Election Day. Our purchases have a tremendous impact on our lives and our society. With our dollars, we decide which products, services and ... Read More

How Do You Feel About Plastic?

Van Gough's Starry Night

Take a look around your home. How many pieces of plastic can you find in just 30 seconds? Of them, how long will they actually be in your possession before they are disposed of? Water and soda bottles, shampoo and detergent, food containers and toys; these are just a few of the thousands of plastic items that flow through our lives. When we’re done with them, often in less time than it will ... Read More

Clean Energy: Renters Can Do It Too!

wind-turbine

One of my recent columns prompted a reader named Paul to write, “I want to move toward a greener lifestyle, especially want to incorporate solar. But since I am renting a house, I’m concerned there’s little I can do without installing things on a house I don’t own. Any ideas?” This is an excellent question since many others are in a similar position. There are several options available that fit ... Read More