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November 6
Why we should all sign the Sierra Club petition to not repeal the Clean Power Plan

Why we should all sign the Sierra Club petition to not repeal the Clean Power Plan

The Repeal of the Clean Power Plan The Trump Administration plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The plan limits carbon pollution from our biggest source: coal-fired power plants. Carbon pollution from coal power plants… Read More >>

November 5
My installation of a Gray Water System

My installation of a Gray Water System

Gray Water System Installation – a hands-on experience I have given talks on gray water, but had never participated in the installation of a system myself…until now.  Thanks to a concerned citizen offering her house as… Read More >>

November 4
Intersolar 2017 A trip to the past, a glimpse of the future

Intersolar 2017 A trip to the past, a glimpse of the future

A trip down memory lane I received a pass to Intersolar 2017, the Super Bowl of the solar industry, in San Francisco while attending a networking event. I originally planned not to attend the trade show,… Read More >>

October 1
Biomimicry – The impossibility of beating 3.8 billion years of Research and Development

Biomimicry – The impossibility of beating 3.8 billion years of Research and Development

Solutions where we live? Engineers are trained to use processes to find viable resolutions to problems. Consider if a pool of tested “solutions” in place we could use? During my time as an undergraduate in engineering… Read More >>

October 1
Why you should not place your broken Sunglasses in the trash

Why you should not place your broken Sunglasses in the trash

A broken pair of sunglasses I broke a pair of sunglasses I had kept in my car. I considered throwing the pair away when I realized, like most things which wind up in a landfill, could… Read More >>

September 25
Keeping pharmaceuticals out of our drinking water supplies

Keeping pharmaceuticals out of our drinking water supplies

The presence of pharmaceuticals in our drinking water I have given talks and written blog posts on the existence of small amounts of pharmaceuticals in our water due to today’s water purification systems not being designed… Read More >>

September 24
Sustainable Sites Initiative – Green is not all about commercial buildings

Sustainable Sites Initiative – Green is not all about commercial buildings

The roadmap to sustainable buildings The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created LEED in 2000 as a blueprint for the certification of sustainable construction. The program was an excellent roadmap, but upon further review the… Read More >>

August 22
Lights Camera Action: What a TV show relating to sustainability might accomplish

Lights Camera Action: What a TV show relating to sustainability might accomplish

A TV show based on sustainability The idea of producing a local cable access television show based on sustainability presented itself unexpectedly. My initial feeling on the idea of creating a show to discuss sustainability-related topics… Read More >>

August 19
Remember: Motor Oil Can Be Recycled

Remember: Motor Oil Can Be Recycled

The sign I saw as I walked I was walking to board my local mass transit option headed to downtown San Francisco when I saw a sign that piqued my curiosity. The sign stated that one… Read More >>

August 15
Biodegradable and Compostable Are NOT One and the Same

Biodegradable and Compostable Are NOT One and the Same

The question: Can biodegradable items go into the compost bin? I was testing some green products for use in my house (in this case, a dryer sheet). After I finished, I planned to place the dryer… Read More >>

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