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Our Prosperity Depends on Protecting the Planet

Interview with Geoffrey Heal Union of Concerned Scientists (USC)

Geofrey Heal. Photo: © European Union

Geoffrey Heal is a UCS board member, a professor at Columbia business school, and a leading expert on economics in the environment. He chaired a national Academy of Sciences committee on ecosystem services and is a coordinating […]

Corporate Sustainability: Look Who Is Leading the Way

The Drive Toward Corporate Sustainability Increases Globally

At around 5MW, Apple’s new solar roof could make it among the biggest in the US. Photo:

by Hope O’Shaughnessy

As global sentiment continues to build for a more sustainable planet, corporations are increasingly adopting more sustainable business practices. The Paris Climate Agreement provided […]

Green Revolving Funds Transform Opportunities

By N.R. Mallery

City of Montpelier, VT participates in Billion Dollar Green Challenge with a $30,000 Net Zero Revolving Loan Fund. Photo from

The Billion Dollar Green Challenge is transforming energy efficiency upgrades from perceived expenses to high-return investment opportunities.

The Billion Dollar Green Challenge (The Challenge) encourages colleges, universities, and other nonprofit […]


North Lennox in the Inspire Space. Photo courtesy of GMP

By George Harvey

Last spring, North Lennox was working on starting a business in Brooklyn, New York, with a goal of fostering the transition to sustainable homes. These, he reasoned, would ultimately be net-zero energy consumers.

There was a slight […]

Perfecting the Search for Green Homes

Home buyers may benefit from using the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Home Energy Score. This free tool enables home seekers to check the energy use and potential improvements for prospective homes. Photo: DOE Better Buildings Solution Center.

By Hope O’Shaughnessy

Today’s home buyers are becoming increasingly interested in a prospective home’s energy efficiency […]

Too Big to Fail – Too Big to Save

Image: Shutterstock

By George Harvey

For those who are interested, two books that describe economic bubbles are Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles MacKay (Richard Bentley, London, in 1841, currently in print from various publishers and at Project Gutenberg,, and The Big Short, by Michael Lewis (W. […]

Incorporate Permaculture Practices into Your Business

By Ryan Hvizda

Permaculture is quickly becoming a word that no longer results in blank stares, and now sparks a light in those that believe in sustainable living and being. Typically when one first starts to learn about permaculture, it is through the garden design process. The garden is a great place to implement this […]

Top 10 Reasons Why Solar PV Has Reached Escape Velocity

And why SolarCity and net-metering subsidies are distracting outliers

Solar Panels. Photo courtesy of Living Off Grid via Flickr, Creative Commons license (CC BY 2.0).

By Laurie Guevara-Stone

With Nevada rolling back net-metering and solar company stock prices falling, one might think the solar industry is in big trouble. In fact, a New York […]

Homeowners’ Associations Can Rule Out Solar

Just for the Look of It

From Joan Rech

As solar power systems have become more affordable, more homeowners are installing such systems to meet some or all of their homes’ electrical needs. But others face a major obstacle – their homeowners associations (HOA’s). Many HOA’s were incorporated before solar was a realistic possibility, and […]

What’s the MPG on your house?

By Jeffrey Gephart

If you’re under 54, every new car you’ve ever bought has had a miles-per-gallon (MPG) rating on it. Maybe the vehicle purchased didn’t get great mileage, but at least you knew what you were getting into.

If you are building, buying, or even refinancing, what about your “MPG” for the house? For […]