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Five Colleges Cooperate for Solar Power

Hampshire College solar array. Photo: Hampshire.edu.

Hampshire College

By George Harvey

Five New England colleges have joined forces in a solar power cooperative. Three of them, Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith, are in central Massachusetts. One, Williams, is in far western Massachusetts, and one, Bowdoin, is in Brunswick, Maine.

Together, they […]

Toxic Dangers of Particle Board

Uniboard is one of the leading particle board alternatives out there that don’t use toxic formaldehyde to bind its filler material together.

by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss, EarthTalk®, From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine

Sadly, much of the furniture we enjoy every day is “off-gassing” toxins into the […]

Citizen Participation in 100% Renewable Energy Goals in Hanover, NH

By Barbara Callaway

Last year Hanover, NH adopted the goals of using 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy for heating and transportation by 2050. The town is actively taking steps to reach these goals. An organized group in Hanover, the Neighborhood Action Group (NAG), is working to encourage neighborhood residents to […]

NY Sets Energy Efficiency Target

to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Combat Climate Change

On April 20, 2018, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an ambitious acceleration of energy efficiency in New York, including a comprehensive plan to achieve a new target for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, decrease consumer energy costs and create job opportunities. Meeting the new […]

Imagine … New York City Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Stuy Town: Innovations in Solar & Grass that Cities Can Embrace

By George Harvey

In the 1840s, a new source of energy was being employed in Manhattan. It was coal gas, a product created by heating coal with insufficient oxygen to burn it. Coal gas included hydrogen, methane, and carbon monoxide, all of […]

Rebuilding After a Disaster

Photo courtesy of Wright Construction.

By George Harvey

Carl Lavallee is the Chief Operating Officer at Wright Construction in Mount Holly, Vermont. He has some insights about disasters. He told us, “With a forest fire, what we see is huge devastation and all seems to be lost. But there is rebirth. In […]

A Real Home-Grown, High-Performance Door

Gryphon Doors – keep your home warm and tight with mycelium

Gryphon Door in Charlotte, VT. Photo: Ben Graham

By Ben Graham

At the beginning of the last energy efficiency revolution that brought about Passive House, Living Building Challenge, Net Zero and Vermont High Performance Homes, it was widely reported that windows and doors […]

New Hampshire’s First Multi-Family Passive House

Slated for Occupancy in July

Gilford Knolls III, in late May, 2018. Photo: Greg Whitchurch.

By Greg Whitchurch

Gilford Knolls III (http://bit.do/GKIII) will provide 24 affordable, one-bedroom apartments for seniors and will be New Hampshire’s first multi-family dwelling to be built to the Passive House standard.

A passive building is designed and built in […]

Our Responsibility to the Earth

“Blue Marble,” January 4, 2012. Image: NASA.

By Dr. Alan K. Betts

Spring came late this year, as the daffodils did not start opening where I live in Pittsford, Vermont until April 18, and the forsythia were ten days later. Rain for days on end from slow moving weather systems led […]

New Product to Heat or Cool Homes:

Dandelion Air

Most of us know a company called Google, which is a subsidiary of Alphabet. Another Alphabet subsidiary is Dandelion, which arose out of X, Alphabet’s research and development laboratory.

Dandelion launched a new product system, the Dandelion Air, on May 30. The Dandelion Air is a smart, all-in-one home heating and […]