Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

The E-Lawn Care Movement Ramps Up in Vermont

Gravely’s new Pro-Turn Z-turn mower. (

Steven Wisbaum

A recent DOT- Federal Highway Administration analysis () estimated that about 5.5 million gallons of gasoline are burned every year by lawn care equipment in Vermont. Since burning a gallon of gas emits around 20# of CO₂, that represents 5,500 tons of CO₂ released into […]

A Lawn You Can Feel Good About

Robot lawnmowers keep emissions to zero, ticks at bay with time for gardening for thishomeowner. (N.R. Mallery)

Jessie Haas

Your lawn: green oasis or something you feel vaguely guilty about? Many people these days think that lawns should be a thing of the past. The trouble is, they actually […]

How to De-contaminate Your Recycling Bin

Mile End Residents (Flickr)

Cassandra Hemenway

Despite what you may have heard in the national news over the last few years, the recycling industry is alive and well, catering to growing market demands for recycled content products and creating ever more domestic outlets. However, in order to do that, we have […]

What We are Meant to Do

Photo by Joyce Dutka

David Fried

There is a duck sitting, floating in the river under some leafy branches, so I can barely see him.

The camel stands up tall and watches us as we walk out from the rocky path. I am thirsty from my hike, but I do […]

The Hippies Had It Right

Young people near the Woodstock music festival in August 1969. (Wikipedia)

Larry Plesent

The polls are closed, the results are in, and four out of five of my IPA-drinking friends agree. The hippies had it right. And if we had continued on their track, western civilization would have evolved much differently over the […]

Dick Soule Refrigeration of Enosburg Falls, VT

Efficiency Vermont’s Efficiency Excellence Network (EEN) Contractor Spotlight

Chelsey Lawyer is CEO of Dick Soule Refrigeration. Courtesy photo.

Interview with Chelsey Lawyer, CEO, and Micah Murray, Operations Manager

Efficiency Vermont Staff

Dick Soule Refrigeration has been servicing dairy and commercial businesses in New England and Eastern New York since 1967. […]

A Bunch of B.S.* (*Building Science, of course)

Celebrating the Spring and Autumn Equihume

Condensation on a window. (Ozgu Ozden,

By Nate Gusakov

The practice of marking and celebrating the spring and fall equinoxes is a human custom that is older than Stonehenge. The two points of the year when day is equal to […]

Integrating Social Equity into Green Building – Part 2: Pre-Design Phase

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James Wilson

Reprinted with permission from Steven Winter Associates (SWA), Inc. blog on October 12, 2020. Part 1 can be found in the April-May 2021 issue of Green Energy Times.

The social and environmental context can vary greatly from one project to the next. To achieve social equity goals, a […]

So, You Want to Build a House?

Part 1 of 2: How to Begin

Barb and Greg Whitchurch

Few enterprises in life are as exciting as designing your own home. By “exciting,” we also mean stressful. We’ve done it three times and concluded that, to our credit, we made different mistakes each time.

Kicking off your project on the […]

Climate Crisis and the Fossil Empire

The dreadful face of climate change shown by Australia’s wildfires in 2019 and 2020. {

Alan K. Betts

Australia is far away, but it has some climate lessons for us. The fire season in the dry southern summer of 2019-2020 was horrifying and bush fires scorched a record 46 […]