Achilles’ Heel

  Dear Friends, If you have ever watched a dog chase its tail, you know how funny that can be. However, when I catch myself doing the same thing, it isn’t so humorous. Today was one of those days when I felt like I was running in circles. My Achilles’ heel is overcommitting on projects and under-estimating the amount of […]

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Solar Panels Light the Road Ahead

In 2009, Solar Roadways received a contract from the Federal Highway Administration to build a crude prototype Solar Road Panel. Using conservative calculations, Solar Roadways found that replacing asphalt roads with solar roadway panels could produce more than three times the electricity that we currently use in the United States. The “lower 48” could produce just about enough electricity to […]

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Increasing Solar Development

Here are the current opportunities. Hopefully, we aren’t losing the race for renewables to China after all! Crowdfunded Solar: The UK has removed the investment tangles and is moving quickly to cheaper and more efficient solar and even community wind projects with crowdfunding. Here though, companies like Solar Mosaic offer low-risk investmentloans in solar photovoltaic systems across the U.S. (repaid with interest over […]

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The Story of Stuff

When Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios set out in 2007 to share what she’d learned about the way we make, use and throw away stuff, they thought 50,000 views would be a good result for her “20-minute cartoon about trash.” Today, with more than 15 million views, The Story of Stuff is one of the most watched environmental-themed […]

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Join Northwest’s Pride Efforts

This year’s Atlanta Pride Festival will be October 12-13 at Piedmont Park. The main purpose of the festival is to promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) persons and to promote a positive image in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern US through community activities and services. For more information, go to Atlanta Pride or […]

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Changing Minds on Climate Change

Ohio State researchers may have found a way to persuade more people to take action on climate change. In a study, researchers tested volunteers for open-mindedness, then showed them either one or two videos. One illustrated the challenges associated with climate change. The other said that trying to stop climate change was a waste of money that would involve higher taxes […]

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Women!

We’ve been hearing lots of talk about a book on how women can have higher levels of influence and leadership in the workplace, Lean In by Sheryl Armstrong. I’ve heard about it from family, reviews, and now in the fine talk at Northwest by Rev. Joan Armstrong Davis on Sunday, June 30. (We have one copy left in the bookstore.) Interestingly, on […]

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Police Give Chase in a Prius

Well, what fun! Cops in Athens, GA are now chasing bad guys and ticketing speeders in police-marked Priuses and Ford Fusions. This is a happy thing. Not only does the police department save money by using about a third as much fuel (as miles per gallon rose from 18 to 49), they inspire everyday people to join the environmental game. […]

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Earth in the Balance

“The world is once again at a critical juncture. We are invading ourselves and attacking the ecological system of which we are a part. As a result, we now face the prospect of a kind of global civil war between those who refuse to consider the consequences of civilization’s relentless advance and those who refuse to be silent partners in […]

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Is the New Eco-clothing Recycled Water Bottles?

From Seth Leitman, with edits– Organic cotton is a start in the right direction to find the least impact fiber for the environment. An article called Bottles to Boxers from John Otsuki gives a best case view of recycling plastic bottles that makes sense.  Here’s what his article said: Cotton is the world’s largest non-food crop, estimated at 166 million bales in […]

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