Rob Dorinson: Green Leader

Rob Dorinson

Recycling has been in the news a lot lately. Pilot programs have run for years and finally, after overwhelmingly positive results, local governments are adopting residential single-stream recycling valley-wide. That’s good news for all of us in Southern Nevada since it will be easier than ever for homeowners to reduce their waste and help the environment. Recycling is now a mainstream component ... Read More

Consider the Lowly Carpet

High-quality recycled PET carpet is now widely available.

My previous Green Living column focused on the benefits of recycling and the transition to an enhanced single-stream system that dramatically increases participation and reduces waste. Perhaps this is a good time to look closer at what that really means. When we recycle we save energy, improve air and water quality and reduce our need for raw materials. We could rebuild our entire commercial ... Read More

Recycling for Freedom

One 36-gallon container has the same footprint as three recycling bins.

I am so excited! Finally, after what seems like an eternity, my community (Sun City Anthem in Henderson) will have an opportunity to participate in a new program that really makes a difference. Every homeowner in our area will benefit and the results promise to be spectacular. It will make lives easier, improve the community and help strengthen our country. It won’t add a dime to the monthly ... Read More

Computers and Humanity to Others

Humanity towards others via an old PC - with Ubuntu.

Most of us use a computer these days and, like everything technical, they evolve. They also tend to get slower over time. Eventually, it’s time to upgrade. If you are savvy, your old PC will be responsibly recycled. The Blind Center of Nevada has a fantastic program to handle that. It is part of the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Reducing and reusing products take priority over recycling ... Read More

Our Tragic, Plastic World

Beach trash is mostly plastic.

One thing that distinguishes human beings from other species, according to human beings anyway, is our use of tools. There are a few other animals that use primitive tools but they are quite limited in number and scope. We, on the other hand, are so damn smart! Not only did we invent shovels, we used them to dig up stuff that could power the shovels so we didn’t have to hurt our feet anymore. We ... Read More

Lessons Learned

2009 has been a year of learning. With economic challenges at every turn, many have been forced to do more with less. People have downsized, minimized, economized and localized. In a sense it could be considered a sort of natural correction. As we move forward into the New Year we should not forget these important lessons. For example, average home size has been growing for decades. Now there ... Read More

Read a Book, Kill A Watt

I doubt there’s anyone who has not been affected in some way by the current economic crisis. This is a big deal – a game changer of major proportion. Things are tight and getting tighter, causing many of us to reexamine our lives and our assumptions about what we’ve so often taken for granted. I’ve heard there has been an upswing in the use of public libraries. This makes perfect sense, since a ... Read More

Time to Reflect

Happy Holidays

It’s that time of year again. Whether you celebrate the Solstice or Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, or even Festivus, may you and your loved ones experience much joy, happiness and good health. We’ve turned the corner in our annual journey around the Sun; our days are again growing longer. The New Year offers promise and a lot to look forward to. I think 2009 will be a major turning point in ... Read More

Green Burials – Return to the Earth, Naturally

A green gravesite at Forever Fernwood may be marked by a tree or natural rock and also logged precisely using GPS.

Many of the benefits of green living are in real time. We enjoy them as they happen. Paying less money at the gas pump or for a utility bill can be a rewarding activity these days. Our lives are also enhanced by green buildings or by making healthy dietary choices. In my humble opinion however, the greatest benefits are those that accrue over time as a result of our collective actions. A ... Read More