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Earth911 Inspiration: Doing Just Fine

Earth911 Inspiration: Doing Just Fine

A sustainable life doesn’t mean an impoverished existence, it creates abundance by eliminating waste. Social change agent and Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, who first promoted the blue marble photo taken by the astronauts on Apollo 17. Brand wrote in Whole Earth Discipline that “Europeans and Californians use half the energy per person of most Americans, and they are […]

Homesteading DIY: Building a Shed with Reclaimed Wood

Homesteading DIY: Building a Shed with Reclaimed Wood

Looking to expand your storage space without splurging on a new shed? Consider making one from reclaimed wood. Not only is it sustainable, but it also adds rustic allure to your backyard. Follow our step-by-step guide to building a roomy shed from reclaimed materials. Follow the steps we recorded when we were tasked with relocating a horse stable to a […]

Toxic Exposure At Military Bases: A Civilian Perspective

Toxic Exposure At Military Bases: A Civilian Perspective

The military is built to keep citizens safe, but often, the environmental hazards associated with military operations pose unseen risks, not only to service members but also to civilians who live on base and in the vicinity. One of the many concerns is the prevalence of toxic substances discarded in these facilities. The health risks for those working on a […]

We Earthlings: Turn On Your Vehicle’s Auto Start-Stop System

We Earthlings: Turn On Your Vehicle’s Auto Start-Stop System

Most new vehicles now come with an automatic start-stop system that turns the engine off when idling at a stoplight. According to Natural Resources Canada, these systems are effective ways to reduce emissions and save money. Over 10 years, the start-stop system can reduce emissions by as much as 3,450 kg (7,804 lbs.) while saving you as much as C$2,000 […]

Automotive Start-Stop Systems: Environmental Savior or Mechanical Burden?

Automotive Start-Stop Systems: Environmental Savior or Mechanical Burden?

In the face of escalating urban pollution and the urgent need to conserve fuel, recent years have seen the rise of automotive start-stop systems as a new feature in vehicles. These systems, which automatically turn off a vehicle’s engine at stoplights or during idling, promise a future of reduced emissions, quieter streets, and a more sustainable relationship with our environment. […]

Do start-stop systems reduce emissions over the life of a car?

Do start-stop systems reduce emissions over the life of a car?

In the face of escalating urban pollution and the urgent need to conserve fuel, automotive start-stop systems have emerged as a beacon of green technology. These systems, which automatically turn off a vehicle’s engine at stoplights or during idling, promise a future of reduced emissions, quieter streets, and a more sustainable relationship with our environment. The allure of start-stop systems lies […]

Earth911 Podcast: Dandelion Energy’s Kathy Hannun on the Promise of Residential Geothermal Heat Pumps

Earth911 Podcast: Dandelion Energy’s Kathy Hannun on the Promise of Residential Geothermal Heat Pumps

Kathy Hannun, president and cofounder of Dandelion Energy, introduces an untapped heating and cooling capacity source for homes — geothermal energy. Typically associated with high temperatures and geologically active areas such as hot springs or locations at the intersections of tectonic plates, geothermal heat pumps tap into the consistent year-round temperature of Earth’s outer crust to maintain a comfortable home […]

Earth911 Podcast: Dandelion Energy CEO Kathy Hannon on the Promise of Residential Geothermal Heat Pumps

Earth911 Podcast: Dandelion Energy CEO Kathy Hannon on the Promise of Residential Geothermal Heat Pumps

Kathy Hannun, president and cofounder of Dandelion Energy, introduces an untapped heating and cooling capacity source for homes — geothermal energy. Typically associated with high temperatures and geologically active areas such as hot springs or locations at the intersections of tectonic plates, geothermal heat pumps tap into the consistent year-round temperature of Earth’s outer crust to maintain a comfortable home […]

Earth911 Inspiration: Nature Gives More Than You Return

Earth911 Inspiration: Nature Gives More Than You Return

Nature is a continuous cycle that, when humans break it, ceases to function correctly. Xenophon, a contemporary and friend of Socrates, recognized the integral role we can play in nature when we steward and care for the environment. More than 2,500 years ago, Xenophon wrote in Oikonomikos, “The earth willingly teaches righteousness to those who can learn; for the better […]

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