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

Ending Our Addiction to Oil

Oil rig fire.

The oil spill off the Louisiana shore is exacting a huge toll on the environment. Another thread is being pulled from the grand tapestry of life and, no matter how distant, it affects us all. Fingers are being pointed in plenty of directions, but how many of us take personal responsibility for the disaster? We have all contributed. We’ve grown up in a society based on the oil standard. It’s so ... Read More

Future Vision

I was pleased by a recent report detailing the substantial rise in property values in certain neighborhoods that are now the most desirable in the Las Vegas Valley. It was not completely unexpected. Ever since the light rail system was completed back in 2015, the value of nearby homes and businesses really took off. Ridership is more than double the projections. Everyone now wonders why Las ... Read More

Transition Town

By now, the concept of sustainability is one that most people are familiar with. Though there are many ways to define a sustainable society, there is really only one alternative to it. Basically, you’re either on or off the bus. By definition, being unsustainable only lasts for so long. It’s the ultimate dead end. What does that mean in the current context of our lives, our homes and ... Read More

Corn, Oil & Electric Rates

I recently attended a series of seminars designed to inform realtors, lenders, appraisers and builders about the importance of energy efficiency and green building. The program, hosted by the Green Alliance/Nevada Energy Star Partners, featured Sam Rashkin, the national director of the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star for Homes program. The seminars were very informative and those in ... Read More

Food Inc.

Society has shifted in many ways in this historically brief Age of Oil, and our means of food production is no exception. The once-rich diversity of food crops has been decimated over the last few decades due to the intensive industrialization of farming industry. A vast array of products found on supermarket shelves is manufactured from just a few primary mono-crops. Unfortunately for people ... Read More

House Like a Tree

Vertical farming

Hiking is one of my favorite activities since I love reconnecting with the natural world. Safety is always number one so I try to avoid paths that get too close to dangerous cliffs. Call it self-preservation. I’m also not a speed demon, preferring to savor the experience – noticing the details. Did you know that a ponderosa pine gives off a scent similar to butterscotch? You have to get real ... Read More