10 Simple Tips for an Energy Efficient Summer

As we enter the dog days of summer, it's time to refresh yourself with some easy ways to save energy while staying cool. Here are ten tips to help you use energy more efficiently and save money at the same time.

This Week in Eco News - July 18, 2014

Like us, you're probably eager to get your hands on more summer bounty at the farmers' market. While there, have you also bought local eggs? Some food for thought this weekend along with our other food, water and energy Eco News!

Our Heroes: Tiffany Haworth of the Dan River Basin Association

It's been a year like no other for Tiffany Haworth, executive director of the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA). In early February, a coal ash waste pond on the banks of Dan River began to spill its toxic contents into the river. Here, Tiffany shares how DRBA responded to one of the worst coal ash spills ever to occur in the US.

This Week in Eco News - July 11, 2014

It's a Midsummer Night's Break for our Eco News team. We'll be back with our usual food, water and energy news briefs roundup next Friday. In the meantime, here are a readers' treasury of the most popular posts on Ecocentric so far in 2014.

In World Cup of Environmental Footprints, Tops Not Boss

The 2014 World Cup has been a great success as the finals draw near. Although knocked out earlier, the United States has few if any peers in the World Cup of large "environmental footprints." The problem is, winning that Cup is no triumph.

This Week in Eco News - July 3, 2014

Celebrate July 4 with sustainable food and fun. This week in Eco News, we're also cheering for the arrival of plum season and a video featuring the great work being done at Brooklyn Grange!

Passive House: High Performance Houses for a Warmer Future

Imagine you're building a home. What if you could design it so your electric bill was next to nothing, but the home would cost you 10 percent more upfront? Would it be worth it to you? For Jennifer and Sloan Ritchie, residents of Seattle's first certified Passive House, the answer was a resounding, "Yes!"

This Week in Eco News - June 27, 2014

Farmers' markets connect farms and cities, providing a delicious way for city-dwellers to actually meet those who grow the food for our tables. Whether you're at home or on the road this summer, stop by, visit with farmers (and your neighbors) and enjoy seasonal food together!

This Week in Eco News - June 20, 2014

Whether at Brooklyn's Whole Foods or your nearby IKEA, you might have noticed that big stores are getting in on the solar boom too. As it heats up, check out our tips and resources to help you save energy - and money - at home and on the road, whether you're a solar customer or not! Plus, this week's food, water and energy Eco News.

This Week in Eco News - June 13, 2014

It's time to hit the beach and relax on the water! Before you go, we have some tips on enjoying a fun, safe time swimming at your favorite spot this summer. On or off the sand, we hope you enjoy a picnic, watch this week's happy whale video and check out the latest food, water and energy Eco News.

Our Heroes: John Rogers of the Union of Concerned Scientists

With interest in the energy-water-climate nexus intensifying, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has emerged as one of the preeminent organizations and resources on this important environmental and economic issue. John Rogers, senior analyst in the Climate and Energy Program at UCS, is at the heart of their work on the nexus.

Years of Living Dangerously Recap: Episode 9, Moving a Mountain

This week's driving questions: "Why should we care about climate change? And, to a lesser extent, "What can we do about it?" The season finale featured an interview with President Barack Obama, an amazing glacial expedition in the Andes and the conclusion of Michael C. Hall's poignant trip to Bangladesh.

Energy's Big Bycatch: Power Plant Water Use Still Sucks

The 2014 River Rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania went swimmingly. But as one panel asked, how quickly can the United States end the process that allows hundreds of aging power plants from sucking up enormous amounts of water that kill billions of fish annually? Not as quickly as they - or the fish - would like.

This Week in Eco News - June 6, 2014

It was hard to miss the big Eco News this week as the EPA rolled out new carbon limits for power plants. In other news, a fascinating study on how taxes can discourage consumers from buying sugary drinks suggests that taxing the amount of sugar - not the size of the beverage - is more effective.

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