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Ciudad Verde

Mayors around the world, including San Francisco’s Gavin Newsom, have traveled to a certain city to learn about sustainable development and urban planning.  This city has rooftop gardens, is creating more greenbelts and bike paths, and has a “today don’t ...

Papering over Uruguay

Uruguay is one of my favorite destinations, a country through which I've traveled three times and which I fantasize about visiting again and again.  Many tourists, and Argentines especially, complain about Uruguay and its capital, Montevideo:  it is "boring," with ...

Djibouti, a geothermal model?

Despite its proximity to the oil-rich Arabian peninsula, Djibouti has no fossil fuel sources of its own.  Lack of resources in general has led to high unemployment, almost no industry, and a huge national debt. 

A Sustainable Hope

Africa is the continent Westerners most misunderstand.  An experience my classmate, who was born in Zimbabwe, had a couple years ago here in LA sums up the knowledge many Americans share about this continent.  While the local cable guy (who ...

How to Find a Green Job 101

I’ve been to many “green” events over the past several months . . . from huge conferences such as Intersolar to events in the basements of skanky restaurants where I couldn’t wait to claw myself out . . . sometimes ...

The $3 garment bag

Here’s another one of my favorite quips from the British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous: Saffron:  “Mum, it’s the thought that counts.” Edina Monsoon:  “It’s just the thought I’m worried about, darling.” Edina’s character was afraid of getting some Yardley of London toiletries.  I’m scared ...

General Hospital

I don’t think we’ll see organic food on flights anytime soon.  Well, of course we don’t see food on flights period.  But if you’re in Northern California and happen to get sick, you may feel better about having a Kaiser ...

Finnishing dependence on fossil fuels

Finland is the quiet sibling amongst the Scandinavian family of nations.  Bordering Russia, it doesn’t have the “brand” recognition that Sweden (Ikea and ABBA), Norway (fjords), and Denmark (Maersk).  In the renewable energy debate, you don’t hear about Finland’s policies ...

How can we become energy independent?

There is not one straight path to energy independence and efficiency. While some sources such as biofuels and hydrogen are “sexy” and “exotic,” they are not a complete solution to the fix we find ourselves in.     I find that the ...
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