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As if

As if you needed another reason  to love IKEA……. they have now gone and done away with all their incandescent light bulbs.  A step ahead of  The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that will phase out all incandescent light bulbs by 2012-2014 and the first major retailer to do so.

http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/about_ikea/our_responsibility/index.html

Now just too bad that I have to drive three hours to get to a store.

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Solar Decathalon 2009

cornellYesterday, Matt and I visited the solar decathlon on the mall in DC that is hosted by the Dept of Energy.  It was by chance that we got the opportunity to attend.  It was a gloomy drizzling rain kinda day, but that did not seem to deter the enthusiasm or crowds.  There are twenty teams competing for many different prizes.

The site is perfect for the set up.  Due to transportation limitations and construction times, the houses tend to be long and narrow.  This year not all were though.   I appreciated the round rods of the Cornel Silo house.  (They were really thinking outside the box, sorry too tempting.)  The teams have a week to construct their house on site, so pre-building as much as possible is a must.  By the looks of the group only one team appeared to have run out of time.

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What I took away…… is that no one team seemed to have all the answers.  There are many ways to achieve sustainability in houses.  Bits and pieces from all the houses will benefit the general population in years to come.  Also that the interest in a sustainable future is strong and as popular as ever.

Be sure to check out the link above.  You can view the virtual tours and vote on your favorite.

Shades of Green

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Kicking off the new blog with lots of sustainable ideas floating around my head.  As I move through my typical day, I see things green and things that should be greener, here is where I will present them to you and hopefully have some discussions.  Here is somewhere between yellow and blue – no matter what shade of green you happen to participate in, I hope you will find useful information to make your world a bit more sustainable.

I gets lots of emails everyday with great sustainable ideas and products.  Filtering through these ideas is somewhat like drinking from the green fire hose.  Hopefully we can drill down through some of these things and get to information that you and I can make most useful.

To get this site kicked off I will be posting some recent popular entries from my personal blog.  I found that some of the good green information was getting lost on my personal blog so they will find a new home here.

As I get ready for GreenBuild 2008 in Boston, I will try posting from the convention and keep you involved along the way.  Please feel free to drop me a line and let me know how your green thing is going.