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ReGeneration Roadtrip: Earthships ahoy!, video

Living off-grid in a reclaimed gravel pit

      As sustainably minded folk, we tend to curse the environmental disruption that occurs when new roads are built through beautiful wilderness areas. But for a number of residents living just north of Taos, New Mexico, it was the creation of a nearby highway that actually helped pave the way for their unique community.   That's because their homes are actually built in a reclaimed gravel pit -- taking land that was cast off as worthless and turning it into usable living space. But these aren't just any living spaces, either. These Earthships are completely self-sustainable, off-grid homes. …

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How to find a green job

Tune in to greener occupational pastures. You love the idea of making the world a cleaner, greener place. Wouldn't you also love to get paid for it? You just might be in luck: Green jobs are growing at an impressive clip. In fact, the very definition of a green job has changed dramatically. Once the purview of foresters, farmers, and environmental-science professors (and, yes, the occasional website editor), green jobs now exist in all sorts of sectors. In fact, at the end of 2007, Achim Steiner of the United Nations Environment Program predicted that "millions of new jobs" would prove …

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ReGeneration Roadtrip: For them, the bell tolls, video

Bridging architecture and ecology at Arcosanti

    To get to Arcosanti, you must drive 70 miles north of Phoenix -- one of the fastest growing (read: sprawling) areas of the country, through gorgeous saguaro-covered desert hills to a 2.5 mile dirt road in the middle of the Arizona wilderness. At the end of that road, you’ll find what has been called one of this century’s most important urban habitat experiments. Yes, urban. The not-yet-fully realized vision of architect/urban designer/dreamer Paolo Soleri is built according to his philosophy of arcology -- an intersection of architecture and ecology that uses sustainable principles like natural lighting, passive solar …

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ReGeneration Roadtrip: Degrees of sustainability, video

Living and learning at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability

    This is a guest post by my travel partner, Todd Dwyer, head blogger for Dell's ReGeneration.org, where this post originally appeared. ----- The folks at Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability really rolled out the red green carpet for Sarah and me when we met them on a hot Friday afternoon. Through conversations with the school's key players and highly personalized tours of their facilities and features, they walked us through every step the university has taken to join the ranks of the world's leading environmental pioneers and thinkers. With LEED certified buildings, the nation's only sustainability …

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Umbra on shifting to vegetarianism

Dear Umbra, I recently became a vegetarian for environmental reasons. Everyone says I should start eating soy products and tofu. But doesn't soy come from evil industrial farms in Iowa? I thought the idea was to increase biodiversity, not just eat the same thing 20 different ways. Also, can I keep eating eggs and milk? Ben T. New Hampshire Dearest Ben, Why are people so dang bossy about food? There's a vein of "food as personal savior-ism" in the U.S., and it can be quite annoying. Umbra is no exception, admittedly, but we hope to limit our bossiness to environmentally …

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Iceland gives hydrogen the cold shoulder

Electric vehicles crowd out hydrogen brethren at sustainable driving conference

The following post is by Earl Killian, guest blogger at Climate Progress. ----- Iceland has long been touted as a hydrogen economy pioneer. So it is quite shocking that electric vehicles -- both plug-in hybrids and pure battery electric cars -- crowded out hydrogen at a recent Reykjavík conference. Iceland is blessed with abudant hydro-electric opportunities, and currently generates 6.5 TWh (Terawatt hours, which is equal to a million megawatt hours) per year, with the potential of 25-30 TWh per year. Geothermal currently generates 1.3 TWh per year, with a potential of 15 TWh per year over the next 100 …

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A nine-minute country-fried epic from every indie boy's biggest crush

Friday music blogging: Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis came to indie fame as the singer for Rilo Kiley; since then, her profile has all but eclipsed theirs. (I'd bet their latest album, Under the Blacklight, is their last.) Her 2006 solo debut album Rabbit Fur Coat had critics all in a tizzy and, if I'm not mistaken, sold better than any Rilo Kiley album. I suspect her new album, Acid Tongue, will mark her official arrival as a Major Artist. It has guest appearances from Elvis Costello, Chris Robinson of The Black Crows, and Zooey Deschanel of She & Him. Its adventurous-yet-classicist countrified torch-song sound is …

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From Vengeance to Volt

That's why she hated Skinner Scully wanted to believe Armani would leave Fox Mulder alone after the designer promised to stop using fur -- but with his fall collection, the truth is out there. Photo: Jon Furniss/WireImage.com Rabbit and go If we were eco-bunnies that needed a name, we'd be Isis Silvertower and Kate Wetthighs. Oh, not that kind of bunny? Woman wearing rabbit ears Less bounce for the ounce Who's hit hardest by rising gas prices? Your dealer. The only thing gettin' high is his fuel surcharge. Gas Robber If it's yellow ... Rubber duckie, you're the one / …

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ReGeneration Roadtrip: Verde in Vegas, video

Hitting the Vegas strip to see the world’s largest LEED certified building

  What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas ... except when it comes to spreading the news about exciting green ventures. To do that, Todd and I hit The Strip (official work business, I swear!) to visit the world's largest LEED certified building: the brand-new Palazzo Resort-Hotel.     Situated next to the Venetian, amongst all the flashiness of Sin City, the Palazzo Hotel-Resort is 50 stories of luxurious and classic elegance -- built to LEED silver standards. It's a property of Las Vegas Sands, a company that's recently committed to adopting green initiatives on a global scale. They've got …

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