Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Conservancy

The Clark Fork-Pend Oriell Conservancy is non-profit land trust – a charitable organization concerned about the conservation of  natural resources in Bonner County, Idaho and Sanders County in Montana.  They partner with land owners to protect natural resources mainly through conservation easements. An easement is basically a legal agreement that transfers some of the property […]

E-Scrap

Summary by Scott McHale Ever wonder what to do with your outdated laptop? Or what about that iPod that stopped working four years ago and is sitting in your desk drawer? This article discusses the implication of disposing of these devices that have met the end of their lives. The amount of these EOLs, or […]

Clean Energy Funding

by Scott McHale Did you know that last year the Obama administration arranged more financing for clean energy than both Europe and Brazil?  The Federal Financing Bank completed 13 deals worth about 10 billion dollars.  One was with BrightSource Energy to build Ivanpah, the world’s largest solar thermal plant.  Government funding for clean energy also […]

Smash Putt & The Experiment Feb 17-19 & 24-26

The Experiment and Smash Putt partner up for the common good (and mostly for fun) This February in Seattle! Three years ago, I walked into my favorite cafe and saw one of the silliest fliers I had ever seen. It promised mechanized mayhem in the form of miniature golf.  Intrigued, I went to the event […]

Native Planting Volunteer Work Party: Saturday, 2/4

Join us in supporting the Forest Park Conservancy and Plant native trees and shrubs in Forest Park! When: Saturday, February 4th, 9 am – noon Where: Birch Trailhead off NW 53rd Drive Follow link to view map. Carpooling is encouraged. All training and tools provided. Remember to pack plenty of water and dress for all weather conditions. […]

Hydraulic Fracturing: Easy Energy, But What About Our Drinking Water?

by Meg Hartley Hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking, hydrofracking and fracing, is the process of pumping liquids down a well under pressures high enough to create openings or fractures in subsurface rock, thereby releasing oil or gas into the well bore. Fracing is combined with horizontal drilling to access otherwise difficult to extract natural gas reserves […]

Team up with Heal the Bay on Coastal Cleanup Day, September 17, 2011

  On Saturday, September 17th, 2011, from 9:00am until 12noon, over 14,000 Southern Californians will head down to their local beaches and inland waterways on a mission to clear the sand and water of harmful and unsightly pollution. Last year, over 80,000 volunteers from California removed a record 1 million pounds of trash! This year, […]

Access Fund’s 2011 National Access & Stewardship Summit

If you all don’t know this organization yet, you should.The Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Founded in 1991, the Access Fund supports and represents over 2.3 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock, ice, mountaineering, and bouldering. They rule, and are always […]

‘Tis the Season to Manufacture: Why “Made in America” is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

This article was published by the Center for American Progress Schott Solar employee Jose Zaragosa trims a photovoltaic panel in a glass room at the company’s plant in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Clean energy technology represents a promising area for innovation-led investment where the United States has historically led in dramatic growth and technology-led productivity gains, in […]

Are Biofuels the Way to Oil Independence?

Meg Hartley Oil is a finite resource, and it’s not a matter of if it will run out, but when. The United States has chosen to put its tax credits and farmer subsidies behind corn and its derivative, ethanol, as a way to cut oil consumption by motorized vehicles. Ethanol, or ethyl alcohol, is created […]