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Architects Karl Wanaselja and partner Cate Leger have a goal for every project – shrink the ecological footprint while creating lyrical and enduring buildings.  Following their aspirations they built a unique small house in Berkeley, CA, called the McGee House. This eye popping habitat consists of 104 salvaged car roofs which cover the upper side [continue reading...]

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Jim Juczak, a middle-school shop teacher, hates mortgages. When he decided to build his own home on his 50-acre property, he decided to do away with debt. What resulted from his efforts is an 18-sided structure with 3,000 square feet of living space, built for under $20,000 from salvaged materials. Working to his strengths as [continue reading...]

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EPA says Americans generate about 251 million tons (228 million metric tons) of trash per year and this figure is growing. That is about 4.5 pounds of trash per head. This doesn’t even account for industrial waste. So what do we know about our garbage, and what really happens to it when it leaves our [continue reading...]

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If you’ve never been to Newby Island Landfill in Milpitas (near San Jose, California) you would be up for a treat if you visited.  It would totally blow all of your concepts on how our trash is managed.  During an annual Earth Day event, organized by Allied Waste, one can go on a romantic date [continue reading...]

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How Much Water is Your Home Really Wasting?

Though 70% of Earth’s surface is water, only 1% is available for human consumption. Between  faucets, washing machines, showers and toilets, an average family in the United States uses 127,000 gallons of water per year. However, we have the power to change that. By making small adjustments to your appliances with low-flow fixtures, you can [continue reading...]

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When many of us think of a solar home we normally envision a specially designed, carefully crafted construction .  Hardly ever we can think of a modest 1,200 square foot tract home in South San Jose as being a model for passive solar benefits that almost all of us can achieve.  This is exactly what Frank Schiavo [continue reading...]

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Oh my goodness, it’s 50 cents off of eye lash extensions at Longs this week!  Great deal on our dead sea sodium dense soup at Safeway!  You’ve just been pre-approved for a new tractor!  Rush… offer expiring soon! Offers like these are haunting our night dreams.  No wonder an ever increasing amount of people find that sifting [continue reading...]

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Composting: Simply a Sequestering Sink or Much More?

Composting can be either an enjoyable or a dreadful experience, can it not?  Personally, being a landscaper I love to play with dirt so to me it’s sort of like playing in sand box – fun! Composting is good for the environment and it’s a smart way to put the nutrients back in the ground.  [continue reading...]

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