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

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

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

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

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

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

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