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Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 20th, 2013

The incredible image above is from National Geographic Wallpapers.

“The Green Movement has gone from Political to Moral!”

Monday, November 26th, 2012

“The Green Movement has gone from Political to Moral!” – quote from Wendy Liebmann of WSL Strategic as reported by Richard Wright, Publisher/Editor of Hearth & Home. Click HERE for more info.

What does the 2012 Election Mean for the Environment?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

“The full story of the 2012 election has yet to be written”. – excerpt from The Huffingtonpost.com. Click HERE for more info.

Proterra coming to ICAR!

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

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“Colorado bus maker Proterra Thursday officially announced they plan to build a state of the art research and manufacturing facility at the Clemson University ICAR campus, an investment of $68 million that should create 1,300 jobs over the next seven years.” – excerpt from journalwatchdog.com. Click HERE for more information. The image above is from the article.

Eco-friendly Stone and Mud Home Dug Into the Hillside

Monday, November 24th, 2008

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Doesn’t this home look like something straight out of The Hobbit?

The “low impact woodland home” exists in Wales.  It was built by the owner with regard for the environment.  It’s dug into the hillside, which means it’s probably energy efficient too.  The foundation and retaining walls are made with mud and stone. Straw bales in the floor, walls, and roof help insulate the home.  Reclaimed wood was used for the floor and fittings.

This building is one part of a low-impact or permaculture approach to life. This sort of life is about living in harmony with both the natural world and ourselves, doing things simply and using appropriate levels of technology. These sort of low cost, natural buildings have a place not only in their own sustainability, but also in their potential to provide affordable housing which allows people access to land and the opportunity to lead more simple, sustainable lives. For example this house was made to house our family whilst we worked in the woodland surrounding the house doing ecological woodland management and setting up a forest garden, things that would have been impossible had we had to pay a regular rent or mortgage. This is an excerpt from Alternative Housing

Icynene® as “Green”

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

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Many buildings constructed within the last decade have already experienced major failures due to water damage and air leakage across the building envelope that caused condensation and mold growth. Now, building scientists are emphasizing the benefits of using effective air barriers for homeowners and trades. Air barriers significantly reduce random air leakage, conserving up to 40 percent of a building’s energy loss and improving indoor air quality, when combined with mechanical ventilation. Air barriers also extend the life of a building by minimizing the flow of airborne moisture that can breed condensation, mold growth and decay.Icynene delivers high-performance solutions for efficient building envelopes, thermal comfort and a healthy living environment – all of which are integral components of green building and design. Icynene can also contribute points/credits to LEED for Homes + the NAHB National Green Building Standard. – excerpt from Icynene.com

SC Guide to Climate Change Released

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

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“A new publication provides a thorough yet easy-to-read overview of the issue of climate change in our state.  “Climate Change in South Carolina” describes the impact of climate change on South Carolina’s environment, public health, and economy.  It goes on to detail solutions both individual and collective:  efficiency and conservation, renewable energy innovation, and political leadership.  The 24-page booklet is the product of former Upstate Forever intern Colin Hagan’s yearlong Compton Mentor Fellowship and was co-sponsored by Upstate Forever, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and Abell Muiltimedia”. – Excerpt from Upstate Update monthly bulletin.

Click on the link below to view the guide.

SC Guide to Climate Change

Building Directory Highlights Green Companies

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

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“The Sustainability Institute is embarking on a new project to make green building a little easier.  The institute has launched the S.C. Green Building Directory, on online resource that lets users search for products and services that further green building efforts.  Companies register on the site at no charge, and the institute approves each company before adding it to the directory.  Users can search by company, product, service, LEED credit or construction topic.  “Overall, the goal is that it (the directory) really promotes green commerce in South Carolina,” said institute Executive Director Bryan Cordell.  “We hope it turns into a green building exchange.”

About 120 companies have registered, and Cordell said he hopes to quadruple that number. 

The project is funded through grants from the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control, Department of Commerce and Energy Office”. – Excerpt from SC BIZ Magazine

Click on the link below for more information on the SC. Green Building Directory.

Green Directory

Thinking and Acting “Green”

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

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“We’ve all heard often enough that it’s time to start thinking and acting green. We’re depleting the Earth’s resources in record amounts, and it’s becoming more and more clear that we need to start thinking in terms of protecting and preserving the Earth and her resources when we build. Despite all the public knowledge about the importance of sustainable and renewable building practices, there’s still a lot of resistance to the idea of “going green”. One of the biggest reasons – the notion that it’s more expensive to use sustainable materials and consider environmental issues.
Obviously, it’s not financially feasible for most of us to completely gut our homes and replace them with totally green and environmentally responsible buildings, but that’s not the only way to accomplish the goal of living a greener life. There are a lot of things that you can do on a shoestring budget that don’t require any major investment of either time or energy. You can take bigger steps toward living a greener life when you’re ready to make major renovations to your home. While there’s a general belief that choosing greener products and alternatives will cost you more money, that’s not always true. In many cases, the greener alternative costs no more than or even less than the traditional option. In nearly all cases, you’ll make up any additional cost over the course of a few years.

No matter what renovations you’re doing, you’ll find that there are green alternatives that aren’t much more expensive than the traditional alternatives, and many that cost even less. When you factor in the ongoing savings and the added value to your home, green is the best way to go”. – Excerpt from greenbuildingarticles.com.

Click on the link below to read some valuable suggestions.

Going Green

NCARB Sustainable Design II

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

“Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has just published a monograph on the field’s hottest topic: building green. Sustainable Design II examines important new developments, tools, and techniques in sustainable design that have occurred since the publication of NCARB’s Sustainable Design in 2001.

Increasing concern about global climate change has raised public awareness about sustainable design and now requires architects to address these critical issues. “Sustainable design has entered the mainstream as a significant environmental and economic force in building design, construction, and development,” according to authors Muscoe Martin, AIA, LEED and Gregory Franta, FAIA. Sustainable Design II takes an in-depth look at the emergence of green building rating systems, most notably the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification. It also examines the costs and benefits of green buildings and integrated design strategies.

Successful completion of the Sustainable Design II quiz earns 12 professional development units (PDUs) and/or AIA learning units in health, safety, and welfare. The monograph’s price includes the monograph, the web-based quiz, the score reporting process, and one free retest if needed. Online, fax, or mail orders are accepted for all NCARB monographs.

Order online or visit the publication section of NCARB’s web site at
http://www.ncarb.org/publications/index.html to see other available titles.

Sustainable Design II
By Muscoe Martin, AIA, LEED, and Gregory Franta, FAIA
138 Pages
Regular Price: $275
NCARB Record holders: $175

NCARB’s monograph series provides a convenient, low-cost way for architects and other design professionals to learn about new developments in the industry and meet continuing education requirements. Current NCARB Record holders may earn multiple PDUs in health, safety, and welfare for less than $16 per unit— one of the lowest continuing education unit costs available today. All passing scores are reported to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at no extra cost.” – Copied from www.NCARB.org.

Click on the link below to find out more about this series.

NCARB Monograph Series

Lawn Maintenance In Drought Conditions

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

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Well we all know that summer brings a lot of hot weather and very little rain, especially here in the South.  Eartheasy has put together some tips that will help your lawn survive the drought this summer.  

Click on the link below for some very helpful tips.

Drought

Recycling Styrofoam…Yes You Read It Right

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

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Don’t you just hate all those styrofoam peanuts that you get in packages!  Or those styrofoam blocks around electronics and the like. 

Well, I received an email about recycling styrofoam and some tips on how to do just that.  Some of the tips I had not heard of before but were good ones.

I had heard that you can take the peanuts to places that ship packages and they will take them.  Just bag them up and take the bag to them.  I think the smaller shipping places would appreciate them more than the “big named” ones.

Click on the link below to read the article.

Styrofoam

Rock Port, Mo., first in country to run 100% on wind power

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

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On Friday, April 18th, Rock Port, Mo., became “the first city in the country capable of meeting 100 percent of its electricity demand from wind power, according to Wind Capital Group, the developer of the wind power facility in Rock Port.

St. Louis-based Wind Capital Group’s Loess Hills wind power facility, located in Rock Port, produces up to 16 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, which exceeds the 13 million kilowatt hours Rock Port uses each year.

“By generating enough clean, renewable electricity to meet all of Rock Port’s energy needs while also generating additional revenue for their tax base, the Loess Hills facility is a shining example of the benefits of wind energy development,” Tom Carnahan, president of Wind Capital Group, said in a statement.

Electricity generated from Loess Hills not used by homes and businesses in Rock Port will be purchased by the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC) for use in other communities across Missouri. As part of this arrangement, MJMEUC will supply Rock Port’s power needs when the wind turbines are not generating at capacity.

Rock Port and 31 other city-owned utilities across Missouri receive their electric supply as part of the Missouri Public Energy Pool (MoPEP). MJMEUC coordinates the joint action of Missouri’s publicly-owned utilities, including aggregated power purchases for MoPEP cities.

To celebrate being America’s first wind-powered community, Rock Port, which is located in the far northwest corner of Missouri, will host a “Green Switch” celebration on Friday.

Wind Capital Group, a wind energy developer, was founded by Carnahan in 2005. Carnahan’s brother is U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan and his sister is Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan”. – Excerpt from Baltimore’s bizjournals.com.  

Getting to Know Donnie Nix, Minister of Production and Missions – Part 3

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Click on the link below to listen to the 3rd part of the interview with Donnie Nix.

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