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Killington Resort’s Exemplary Sustainable Practices

By Roger Lohr

Ski areas in the U.S. continue to implement innovative energy conservation measures and environmental practices to reduce energy consumption and the effects of climate change. Killington Resort in Vermont strives and continues to exceed customer expectations as a steward in the battle against climate change.

Renewable-Sourced Electricity

Recently, Killington announced its intention […]

Planting, Gathering and Storing Nuts

A Squirrel’s Guide to Homegrown Sustenance in the North

Credit: Gabriel Tempesta

By David Fried

Inspired by The Man Who Planted Trees, a book by John Giono and Bill Mackentley (my mentor), I planted black walnuts, Korean pine nuts, hazelberts and shagbark hickories on our hill in northern Vermont. They grew and […]

The Way Home to Love – A Guide to Peace in Turbulent Times

By Maresha Ducharme, Balboa Pres, August 1, 2017, 138 pages, $13

Book Review by George Plumb

We are certainly living in turbulent times with global warming, extreme political divisiveness, mass killings, and tremendous suffering going on around the world for a variety of reasons. How we personally deal with all the conflict that is going […]

When Natural Products are More Effective than Synthetic Ones

The inner bark of the white willow was used for pain relief long before aspirin. Image: Pixaby.com.

By Larry Plesent

Most of what we call medicinal drugs are in fact synthetic versions of the healing molecules found in plants. Plants, it seems, have been fighting cancer, viruses, bacterial and insect pests for […]

Hollis, NH Public Schools – Solar on the Roof, Solar in the Classroom

A 125kW PV rooftop solar array at the Hollis, NH Upper Elementary School. Photo courtesy KW Management.

By Ted Vansant

“We can’t wait to start integrating the data from our new rooftop solar energy systems into the everyday curriculum at our schools,” says Nicole Tomaselli, Curriculum and Instruction Administrator for the Hollis, NH Public […]

Princeton University’s Microgrid is Still an Inspiration

East Pyne Hall, Princeton University. Photo by Andreas Praefcke, Wikimedia Commons

By George Harvey

In 1996, Princeton University replaced its old coal-fired heating plants, which had been around since the 1920s, moving to natural gas as a fuel source. This was not a simple change, however, as it had a set of […]

The Plainfield School Solar Project

Plainfield Elementary School. Courtesy photo.

By George Harvey

The Plainfield Elementary School, in Meriden, New Hampshire, is now being supplied with electricity from its own solar array. It was installed by Norwich Solar Technologies (NST), of White River Junction, Vermont, in the early autumn of this year.

The solar array is […]

Nanogrids: A Whole-Building Approach to Distributed Energy Resources

By Eric Wallace

Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) are a growing part of the energy landscape in the United States, and they are becoming an ever more attractive opportunity for households, companies, and building owners to gain control of their own energy needs. By 2024, it is estimated that solar PV […]

Is Natural Ventilation Enough to Overcome Moisture Problems?

In the winter, does moisture form in the bottom corners of your windows? Photo: diy.stackexchange.com

By Bob Tortorice

Moisture is the silent killer of houses. Just as with cancer, you may not know it’s a problem until it’s too late. But, in a way that’s similar to many cancers, if detected early, a moisture […]

A Net Zero Concrete Home

 

Homerun House, a net-zero concrete demonstration home where the concrete modulates the temperature Cont’d on p.29 and a solar PV array is employed. Photos courtesy of Dave Sellers.

The low cost of longevity

By George Harvey

Tell and environmentalist that you are building a net-zero home out of concrete, and […]