Passive Solar for Do-It-Yourselfers:
Living in Harmony with Nature
Designing and building with passive solar and sun spaces in mind makes more sense, if saving money and leaving a light footprint on Mother Earth are high on your priority list of things worth doing. Noteworthy is the technique of building with dry stack blocks without mortar that utilize Quikwall or a similar surface bonding product. Nowadays, living in harmony with nature can be as practical as it is beautiful. More.
New Category of Eco-Realtors
Ginny Lentz of Beverly-Hanks & Associates, Weaverville, NC, is one of the nation's first designated Eco-Realtors. Her new video is a primer on how she hopes to preserve the mountains. More>
North Carolina One of Top Six States with Energy-Efficient, Environmentally Safe Buildings
Energy Star status was conferred on more than 2500 buildings in 2005 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. All states had some Energy Star status buildings, but most are located in six states with Food Lion leading the way. More>
How to Determine Solar Potential on Your Property
The manufacturer of "Solar Pathfinder" said that its affordable technical field instrument can help you determine your site's total annual solar potential in just five minutes. More.
Make Your Roof Out of Photovoltaic Shingles
This article explains how and why some builders are installing PV collectors that resemble traditional roof shingles. More...
New Generation of Photovoltaic Cells
PBS and Scientific American have teamed up to offer "Hydrogen Hopes," a wonderful series about what some people are doing to make the world a greener, better place. Noteworthy is Part 3, entitled "Sunshine Hydrogen." The info about a new generation of rugged, thin-film, photovoltaic cells is incredible. More.
Asheville's First Public Compressed Natural Gas Station
The community’s first public compressed natural gas station opened in January 2006 for public use. More.
Consortium of Education & Research
Consortium of Education & Research of the Carolinas's mission is to further economic development in the Western Carolinas through education, infrastructure and capital development. More>
NC "Net Metering" Takes Effect in 2006
North Carolina producers of renewable energy may sell back excess capacity to the power companies on a first-come, first-served basis, effective Jan. 1. More.
Georgia Nature Center To Feature Solar Power
The Georgia Nature Center, located on 144 acres in Oconee County, Georgia, 20 minutes south of Athens, features exhibits and information about organic farming and solar energy, as well as five miles of nature trails to contemplate a greener home. More.
How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient
Alliant Energy's PowerHouse is an educational program designed to help improve the energy efficiency, safety and comfort of your home. We in the mountains would do well to borrow a page from their book. More.
Wild South (formerly Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project) is a favorite among greener advocates in the Asheville Area. If you're looking for a local green group to join, this might be your match. More.
Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice
Some say this book is the seminal text on green chemistry. The concept of lowering risk by reducing hazard rather than exposure is discussed. The 12 principles of green chemistry are described in detail. More>
Earthaven Develops Village-Scale Economy
Earthaven Ecovillage, an intentional community located in Rutherford County, explains how some of its members earn a living on-site or in nearby Asheville. Tours of Earthaven are available to the public by reservation. More.
U.N.'s Sustainable Development Division
The United Nations' Division for Sustainable Development initiates and participates in many "greener" meetings, conferences and initiatives offered around the globe. More>
Access and Write for Wikipedia, The Free Online Encyclopedia
Wikipedia is a most wonderful grassroots resource in every way. If you're so inclined, you too can author your own articles about what it is you know and care about. Power to the 'Pedia! More>
* PROPOSED U.S. ENERGY BILL Boosts Fuel-Economy Standards Reports Los Angeles Times Click Here
* EXTREME DROUGHT IMPACTS NC and SC Click Here
* NEW GREEN TRANSIT Company Serves Asheville Click Here
* NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION CALENDARS By County Click Here
*AL GORE'S Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech Excerpts Click Here
* NEW SUSTAINABLE ENERGY COUNCIL of WNC Promotes Greater Citizen's Voice Click Here
* REMODELED GREENER HOUSE Serves As Classroom Click Here
* EVERY TUESDAY: Free Parking at NC Arboretum Click Here
WNC Green Building Directory
Builder's Guide to Reuse and Recycling
The Sustainable Design Resource Guide
Henderson County Arby's To Use Solar Energy
Canary Coalition Posts Photos of TVA's Wind Project
WNC Residential Energy Survey
Southeast Drought Monitor
It Takes An EcoVillage
Live Lightly on Earth
Grow Local, Buy Local
NC Water Conservation Tips
NC Recycling Markets Directory
NC Steep Slope and Landslide Maps
NC Geological Survey Information
National Forests in North Carolina
Frequently Asked Questions About Saving Energy
Harvest Wind Power on Your WNC Property
See How A Wind Turbine Works
Laurel Valley Watch News
Meet You at the Landfill "Swap Meet"
The EcoBuilders' Passion: Green Building
The Amazing "Eloo" Toilet Comes to America
Alliance for A Sustainable Future
Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth"
Who Killed The Electric Car?
Build Electric Vehicles for Your Neighborhood
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
How to Save the World
Hike An Old Growth Forest
Rare Old Growth Forest Threatened
Where to Hike in Western North Carolina
Know Your Trees of Western North Carolina
Kimberly-Clark/Kleenex Destroys Ancient Forests
Aerial Art and Nature
George W. Bush (Sorta) on Global Warming
My New Year's "Greener" Resolutions
"Is God Green?" Asks Bill Moyers
"Energy Diversity" Speech
Blue Man Group Explains Global Warming
What Can You Do About Climate Change?
Pres. Bush's Advanced Energy Initiative 2006
10 Recommendations for America's Energy
Independence by Sen. Salazar
The Coming Hydrogen Economy
12-Step Program to End America's Oil Addiction
Smart Growth America, The Organization
Vote Solar, The Movement
Know Your Renewable Energy
n A Monorail in Our Midst
A comprehensive state-wide transportation proposal to help reduce air pollution is being circulated by the Canary Coalition Click Here>
n Join the March
Join the Virtual March at StopGlobalWarming.com Click Here>
n "DestiNY" Mega-Mall Dream That's All Green?
Developer Robert Congel has big plans for upstate New York that he says won't harm the environment. Click Here>
n Apollo Offers Report to End Our Addiction to Oil
Apollo Alliance Energy Report urges the President Bush to follow model state energy programs. The report, called "New Energy for States," outlines the best state-based clean energy solutions the feds can adopt nationally. More>
n How To Save Energy
This government website about ways to save money through greater home energy efficiency is timely given dramatically higher energy costs. More>