Kilowatt Ours

October 21, 2007 | Comments Off on Kilowatt Ours

Filmmaker Jeff Barrie is trying to kick a habit. As part of this crusade, he recently attended a showing of his film, Kilowatt Ours at William & Mary. When the film ended, he stood up in the front of the theater, and introduced himself as an addict: “Hi, my name is Jeff, and I use […]

“Green Collar” Jobs

October 17, 2007 | Comments Off on “Green Collar” Jobs

I have to admit, I’m a big fan of Thomas L. Friedman. Yes, at times he can be a bit Biden-esque with his incredulity over the originality of his own ideas. And true, he has a penchant for trying to coin kitschy catch phrases. But Tom Friedman is a thinker, and more importantly, he’s a […]

Say Hi to Hydrogen

March 28, 2007 | Comments Off on Say Hi to Hydrogen

Hydrogen, long lauded as a potential alternative to fossil fuels, has had a slow start. But for those of you sick of filling up your gas tank with expensive and polluting fossil fuels take note; Honda has announced that they plan on selling a hydrogen fuel cell powered car in 2008. Granted, the current ticket […]

Ranking the Cleanest Cities

March 8, 2007 | Comments Off on Ranking the Cleanest Cities

SustainLane Government an “open-source knowledge base” focusing on sustainable development at the state and local level, recently released their rankings for 2006’s top U.S. cities for clean technology incubation clusters. The group defines a Cleantech incubation cluster as a combination of “Cleantech investments, infrastructure and supportive policies [that form] a physical “cluster.” Ideally, these clusters […]

A Convenient Screening

February 26, 2007 | 3 Comments

Please join us tomorrow, Tues., Feb. 27 @ 5:15pm for a screening of the Academy Award winner for Best Documentary: The film documents Mr. Gore’s travels around the world to present his slideshow describing the threat of global warming. A review on IMDB.com writes that, “A longtime advocate for the environment, Gore presents a wide […]

Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency

February 21, 2007 | Comments Off on Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency

On November 29th, 2006, the Supreme Court heard Massachusetts v. EPA (Docket #05-1120), an important challenge to the Bush administration’s refusal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. Petitioners included eleven states, three major American cities, including New York, and several major environmental groups including Greenpeace and the Sierra Club. Spearheaded by Massachusetts Attorney General […]

A popular buzzword(s) these days is “alternative energy.” Conservatives, like President Bush and his band of merry White House environmentalists, give it a perfunctory mention every State of the Union Address, while progressives stress the importance of energy independence and “green” technology. The problem, of course, is that while most people agree that devising new […]

This article from a Lansing, Michigan newspaper caught my attention a few weeks ago–I received it from Google’s neat alert service–and I wanted to post it for any who are interested in green land use and smart growth. What struck me the most was how a group of grassroots conservationists decided to put their money […]

Kick That Filthy Habit

October 25, 2006 | Comments Off on Kick That Filthy Habit

I wrote a little something for the Georgetown Public Policy Review’s new online publication and thought I’d share it here. I’ll cut and paste the first couple of paragraphs, but check out the whole piece over at their website if you’re interested in reading about an effort to increase America’s energy independence. At the State […]

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