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Making Every Drop Count

A combination of water-conserving landscaping and smart irrigation techniques can stretch even the tightest water budget.
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Our country’s daily residential water use tops out at around nine billion gallons. As much as half of that water is lost to poorly designed irrigation systems and wasteful watering techniques. Fortunately,  great examples in both the residential and commercial sectors demonstrate how to tighten irrigation budgets without sacrificing beauty.

Water Conservation: Putting It All Together

The water crisis will prompt us not only to rethink our approach to landscaping, but how we treat, use and recycle water inside our homes.
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WATER SECURITY IS a growing concern, not just in arid developing nations, but here in the United States. Public awareness is starting to catch up with this reality. According to the EPA, many of the states that have projected population growth increases also have higher per capita water use. This translates into heightened competition for an already limited resource. But the consequences of climate change, including unpredictable and prolonged droughts, are already spurring watering restrictions and higher utility rates.

Ray C. Anderson Foundation Blog: Ecocentricity - December

Summary: 
Friends, we need not wait for New Year’s Day to make a resolution, and so I will give you this promise.  With a hopeful heart, I will strive to live more sustainably.  I will recognize that sustainability is not easy, and so I will choose something hard to do each day.  And when I fail, when I look in my mirror at night and see the face of someone who says one thing but does another, I will do so with as much grace as possible.  I will trust that tomorrow is another day, another opportunity to be better.
 
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Friends, we need not wait for New Year’s Day to make a resolution, and so I will give you this promise.  With a hopeful heart, I will strive to live more sustainably.  I will recognize that sustainability is not easy, and so I will choose something hard to do each day.  And when I fail, when I look in my mirror at night and see the face of someone who says one thing but does another, I will do so with as much grace as possible.  I will trust that tomorrow is another day, another opportunity to be better.
 

Back-to-School Guide

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From shopping to your daily routine, this guide will help you keep your Back to School season easy and green.  Check out these tips from Domtarthe sustainable paper company, and Recyclebank, to set your sustainable resolutions this new school year.  

The Celestia Project Chapter 2: Let “Controlled Chaos” Reign

For real species protection, homeowner associations may hold the key.
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June 2, 2014 /3BL Media/ - “Simply invoking the word nature can get you in trouble these days.” ... So starts Chapter 2 of Green Builder Media’s Celestia Project. Addressing biofilia—our instinctive bond with nature—this  narrative gets to the bottom of why we need to preserve or restore ecoosystems. 

But unlike the usual approach, such as designing ecosystems into new developments or creating habitats that might attract a certain species, the case is made for “wilding” future cities. 

The List: 4 Sustainability Lessons My Mom Taught Me, and 4 Things I’m Teaching My Kids

Here are four sustainability lessons I learned from the most important teacher of all.
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I’ve gotten a lot of things from my mom: my love for trolling antique markets for treasures, an affinity for navy-blue clothing, and the best-ever recipe for caramel spice cake. But even at a time when protecting the environment wasn’t at the forefront of everyone’s mind, my mom taught me many habits and lessons about sustainability that still stick with me today. And her teachings have, in turn, made me think more carefully about the lessons I want to teach my own children.

Eco-Topia Is Coming

Green Builder Media’s Celestia Project smashes dystopian narratives about the future; promises instead an age of environmental balance and abundance.
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April 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ - A time capsule has been found in New York’s Central Park. But this is no ordinary artifact. It comes from the future—the year 2100. As researchers begin sifting through its contents, they find documents, videos and technology that shake the world from its dystopian trance. A hopeful future is both possible and probable, the record says, as long as we allow current trends regarding food, shelter and resilience to take shape.

Car Companies Take Expertise in Battery Power Beyond the Garage

By Todd Woody
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Originally published by The New York Times

DAVIS, Calif. — As more homeowners generate their own electricity from solar panels, they still need power from a utility after the sun goes down.

Now, automakers say they may have an answer, by storing that carbon-free energy in electric car batteries for later use.

Honda Smart Home US Offers Vision for Zero Carbon Living and Mobility

Project achieves more than 11 tons of CO2 reduction per year compared to a conventional home and vehicle
Summary: 
  • Super-efficient “living laboratory” seeks to address two major sources of U.S. CO2 emissions: cars and homes 
  • Project achieves more than 11 tons of COreduction per year compared to a conventional home and vehicle 
  • Honda home energy management system (HEMS) maximizes the home’s energy efficiency while communicating with the electric utility to improve grid stability 
  • Home surpasses California’s 2020 target for zero net energy residential construction 
  • Member of University of California, Davis community will live in home, drive Honda Fit EV (electric vehicle) 
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  • Super-efficient “living laboratory” seeks to address two major sources of U.S. CO2 emissions: cars and homes 
  • Project achieves more than 11 tons of COreduction per year compared to a conventional home and vehicle 
  • Honda home energy management system (HEMS) maximizes the home’s energy efficiency while communicating with the electric utility to improve grid stability 
  • Home surpasses California’s 2020 target for zero net energy residential construction 
  • Member of University of California, Davis community will live in home, drive Honda Fit EV (electric vehicle) 

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