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Solutions Farms Combats Family Homelessness with Aquaponics Training in Vista, CA

The nonprofit’s Solutions Farms aquaponic training program provides “an opportunity for homeless families to regain their financial viability, their place in the community, their security and their happiness,” according to the project’s website.[read more]

New Chicago Compost Ordinance Eases Restrictions for Urban Farmers and Gardeners

The new regulation will allow community gardens in Chicago to compost various types of organic waste, including food scraps such as vegetables and eggshells. Previously, only landscape waste was permitted for compost, such as grass and shrubbery clippings.[read more]

Brooklyn Aquaponics Pioneer Talks Tilapia

September 30, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

The rooftop venture VertiCulture Farms, established in 2012, is an indoor aquaponic farm that offers fresh produce and fish to the surrounding area through several sales channels. The founders hope their rooftop farm model will illustrate the potential of aquaponics in cities.[read more]


Let's Use Solar Energy to Power Air-Conditioning, Save Billions and Cut Emissions

September 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

Let solar power cool you off – no sweat!

According to the NREL, "air conditioning currently consumes about 15% of the electricity generated in the United States. It is also a major contributor to peak electrical demand on hot summer days, which can lead to escalating power costs, brownouts, and rolling blackouts".[read more]

Energy Use in Buildings: What’s Culture Got to Do with It?

September 29, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

When the March 11, 2011 earthquake in Japan caused a series of energy shortages throughout the country, the national government recommended that office buildings cut back on air conditioning during the summer months in order to reduce power usage. Through a campaign called “Super Cool Biz,” the government encouraged office workers to adjust to this change by wearing cooler outfits, like short sleeve shirts.[read more]


Cloud Computing: Understanding the Environmental Benefits of Modern Technology

September 28, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Environmental sustainability is an essential aspect that many businesses are taking advantage of. As the world becomes more conscious of their contribution to the demise of natural resources, many have begun to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint by going green[read more]

Is Solar Really Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels?

September 24, 2015 by GBIG Insight

If you want to be smart on solar, you have to hold one key distinction in your mind at all times – system costs vs. total lifecycle costs.[read more]

Pioneering San Diego Business Builds Urban Edible Landscapes

September 23, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Established in 2008, Urban Plantations was one of the nation’s first edible landscaping companies. Offering year-round organic gardening and landscaping services to corporate, residential and assisted-living clients, this small company of 11 continues to grow while providing jobs and quality organic food to residents in the San Diego area.[read more]


Growing Your Garden and Other Great Ways to Go Green

September 23, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Do you know why the veggies you get from the farmers’ market taste so much better than the veggies you buy at the store? Because more often than not, the veggies you get at the farmer’s market are much fresher than the veggies you purchase at the grocery store.[read more]

Why We Should Reframe America's Approach to Pollution

September 21, 2015 by David Levinson

Instead of addressing pollution through a regulatory regime, we should use pollution charges to allow the market to allocate the scarce resource of clean air, water, and land. A levy would be imposed on polluters proportionate to their pollution.[read more]

Boulder Gets “Bee Happy” to Prevent Hive Loss

September 15, 2015 by City Parks Blog

Recognizing their importance, and in alignment with regional and national trends to support bee-safe practices, Boulder’s City Council recently took major steps to encourage citywide bee-friendly initiatives. The city passed Resolution No. 1159, A Resolution Concerning the Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides in the City of Boulder, in May 2015, and declared September 2015 Pollinator Appreciation Month – a cross-departmental effort with the goal of encouraging our community to celebrate our pollinators and take steps to protect them.[read more]

The Waste Biz: A Comprehensive Look At Recycling Industry Woes

September 14, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Single stream: The ability to toss all of our recyclables into one bin has increased overall rates of recycling… but it’s also led to more contamination of materials. Furthermore, many of us toss items into our bins that may not be recyclable.[read more]