Issue 5: October/November 2011

The Solar Decathlon

Students Build Tomorrow’s Homes Today By Jeff Deal Those weren’t spaceships on Washington D.C.’s National Mall in September — they were entries for this year’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Every two years, the competition challenges teams of college students to design, build and operate solar-powered homes that are affordable to build and maintain, […]

Energizing the Clean Economy

How Efficiency Creates Jobs and Saves Money Political speeches, the nightly news and newspaper headlines are filled with reminders of the battered economy and the millions unemployed or underpaid. But as energy efficiency and renewable technologies advance, more domestic jobs are created that foster a sustainable economy, save money at home, and benefit human health […]

Putting the Able in Sustainable: One Homeowner’s Foray into Green Retrofits

Story and photo by Jamie Goodman After years of dreaming about building or buying a home I finally took the plunge into mortgage ownership this summer. We decided on a favorable compromise of our lofty fantasies, aspirations and budget; a home originally built in 1979 within easy walking distance of our work, grocery shopping and […]