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Ford Video Ad Promotes Sustainability and Minimalism as a Response to Arrogant Cadillac Nationalistic Materialistic Video Commercial

28 March 2014

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Cadillac created an arrogant nationalistic materialistic commercial about why the USA is wealthy. Ford responded with a clever and creative video commercial about sustainability and minimalist living. Take a look at the commercials below.

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Buying Local with Secondary Local Sourcing

24 March 2014

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Buying local is something you can do to help the environment and your local economy. However, not everything that’s sold as local is really locally sourced. For example, a manufacturers of food products, although local, may get the product ingredients from suppliers hundreds or thousands of miles away. A local computer store, although they are […]

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Monsanto, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Altria (Phillip Morris) Among Top Sustainable Agriculture Companies

14 March 2014

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The World According to Google Search Results When you think of sustainable agriculture, what comes to mind? Usually a Google search on just about any topic will provide authoritative sources of information among the top results. Among the top results you won’t find your friendly local natural foods store organic brands. Surprisingly Monsanto is in […]

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FOR SALE: 2013 Tesla Model S with 85 kWh Package

6 October 2013

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Own it Today You could spend over $100,000 on eBay for a Tesla Model S (see below). Or, you could get on a waiting list at the dealership. However, you could have this 2013 Model S with the upgraded 85 kWh package for only $83,000. Miles There are only 11,000 miles on the vehicle. It […]

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Made in the USA, Assembled in the USA, Engineered in the USA

12 September 2013

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The Shop Locally Trend There has been a recent resurgence of consumer demand for locally sourced, assembled, engineered, and manufactured products and services. So, we’re increasingly seeing companies proudly proclaim their products are “Made in the USA” or “Assembled in the USA” or “Engineered in the USA.” There is now a Made in USA brand […]

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Tiny House Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 5-6, 2014

22 August 2013

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The first annual Tiny House Conference is scheduled to take place in 2014 from April 5-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina. With multiple breakout sessions on different topics, conference attendees can choose what best fits their interests. The conference presenters are a diverse mix of people who have experience building and living in tiny homes. One of […]

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Texas Brine Salt Caverns Leave Sinkhole that Swallows Trees in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou of Assumption Parish, Louisiana

22 August 2013

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Summary. In the aftermath of a Texas Brine mining operation, residents of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou are concerned about a massive expanding sinkhole that is swallowing up entire trees. Here are two videos about this story. CNN Video Truth Loader Video Controversy. It’s common in industry not to compensate anyone for negative outcomes that may […]

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U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013

21 August 2013

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Greetings! We are recruiting volunteers for the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO to be held at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA from Oct. 3-13, 2013. May we ask if you could post on your page the below recruiting text and link for potential volunteers? Thank you for your […]

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Your iPhone Does NOT Use More Energy Than Your Refrigerator

19 August 2013

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Someone recently told me they refuse to purchase an iPhone because they read that the iPhone uses more power than a refrigerator. So, they were determined to purchase another brand of smart phone. Skeptical, I did a Google search and was surprised to find this article in Forbes: “Your iPhone Uses More Energy Than Your Refrigerator.” […]

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Scotland Promotes Community Owned Renewable Energy

2 May 2013

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Summary. Community Energy Scotland is one of many groups advancing sustainable energy initiatives in Scotland. From their website: We believe that communities can become stronger, more self reliant and resilient by generating their own energy and using it efficiently. We provide education, finance and practical help. We are a voice for communities who want to act now for […]

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Staples Inkjet Ink Cartridge Recycling Program Change in Rules and Requirements

16 April 2013

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Staples has been offering $2 for each used inkjet ink cartridge returned for recycling (up to 10 per calendar month for Base/Plus customers or 20 for Premier customers). This can result in $20 per month of in-store credit (that expires in 60 days). As of 15 March 2013, their policy is changing and they are only […]

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The Chauncey Development Construction Shadow Controversy in Iowa City Prompts Awareness and Conversation About Shade and Sun Protection

28 March 2013

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A recent Moen Group development project in Iowa City called The Chauncey (pictured above) has sparked some controversy because of the perception that it will block out the entire skyline and cast a shadow over the city. (See “The Sky Will Be Gone,” Press Citizen, 26 March 2013) Anti-Shade Activists. The Iowa Coalition Against the […]

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Birds of Paradise Project by Cornell University

25 March 2013

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Production Date. The video below was first published on Dec 3, 2012. Video Description. This fall, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Geographic are bringing the Birds-of-Paradise Project to the public. Get an advance look now…and witness diverse strategies of evolution at work and experience one of nature’s extraordinary wonders – up close.

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Panasonic “Ideas for Life” and “Say Yes to Less. More to Life.”

22 March 2013

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AT&T recently began an advertising campaign that promoted the “Bigger is Better” message. At a time when we all need to be conserving and learning to live with less, such messages are detrimental. From Panasonic, a new advertising campaign encourages people to live with less: “Say Yes to Less. More to Life.” 21 March 2013 […]

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AT&T Bigger is Better Campaign

22 March 2013

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AT&T recently launched an advertising campaign promoting the “Bigger is Better” message. Below is one of the videos from the campaign. At a time when we need to be living simpler, smaller, and more sustainably, this message seems to be in contrast to the shift toward living with less.

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Starbucks Introduces a Reusable Recyclable Travel Coffee Cup Made of Polypropylene (Recycle Plastic #5) Selling for $1

9 January 2013

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$1 Reusable Cups In October 2012 Starbucks announced their Reusable Recyclable Travel Coffee Cup Made of Polypropylene (Recycle Plastic #5). The announcement (a blog entry on the Starbucks.com website) focused on the low cost of the cup ($1) and the fast ROI (return on investment) after 10 uses — there’s a 10 cent discount on refills. […]

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Chico Sling rePETe Bag is Reusable and Made From Recycled Materials

26 December 2012

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Summary. The Chico Sling rePETe Bag shown here is reusable, light weight, and compact for storage when not in use. [Buy Now] It’s Green. It is made from 99% recycled materials. Comfortable. The wide shoulder strap spreads weight evenly for a comfortable fit. The fabric is smooth to the touch, making it a delight to hold. Benefits. […]

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Best Showerhead May be Least Expensive – Low Flow Water Saver Showerheads

7 December 2012

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Summary. Sometimes the least expensive product ends up being the better choice. Depending on your preference, you may find that an inexpensive showerhead like the one pictured above provides greater durability and a more effective water flow for showering. While more expensive showerheads tend to clog up with sediment and mineral deposits, these simpler alternatives […]

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