Solar Synergy 2.0

We at the Green Living Journal believe that the solar photovoltaic (PV) system, combined with in-home battery storage, is the only sensible, sustainable tool that individuals can use to reduce their impact on the environment, protect themselves from rising electric rates, and provide energy security in the event of disasters (natural or otherwise). In other … Read More.

The Grass is Always Greener

Ok, so it’s not the grass that we are talking about, it’s the tools that we use in our yards – mowers, trimmers, clippers, pruners, cultivators, and saws – that can be a lot greener. As Bob Dylan says, “The times they are a – changin,’ ” and, as history has so often shown, it’s … Read More.

Crossroad in the 21st Century

The Future of Our Energy
Solar?
Wind?
or
Fossil Fuels?

America is changing the way it produces energy, and that change is taking place at an increasing rate as the years go by. In order to get an idea of the magnitude of these changes, we at Green Living checked out two recently released reports that tell the story with … Read More.

Green Collar Jobs

We are on the verge of technological breakthroughs that promise stimulating new careers and may transform old occupational niches. The new frontier of eco-friendly trades will require  retrofitting, designing, and building, which will open green-collar opportunities, that will fall on the labors of highly trained technicians.
Construction Retrofitting
Green technology means nothing if it does not deliver  … Read More.

SolWest Fair is Moving to La Grande

[ June 27, 2014; 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm. June 28, 2014 9:00 am to June 29, 2014 9:00 pm. June 29, 2014; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. ] After 15 years of success, SolWest Fair will shift sponsorship from EORenew to Oregon Rural Action. This year’s fair will highlight the “energy for sustainable communities” with three days of workshops, demonstrations, and vendors that focus on renewable energy and sustainability.

Learn about energy efficiency, solar and wind energy, alternatively fueled vehicles, sustainable food and living, … Read More.

Solar Now! University, Make Solar Projects Happen

[ June 13, 2014; 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. June 14, 2014; 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. ] Solar Now! University (SNU) is a conference for those who make and want to make solar projects happen in the Pacific Northwest. It’s where community leaders connect with industry experts; where big ideas meet hands-on information; and where renewable energy leaders illuminate where solar is now and how to help steer it.
This year’s conference is hosted by the … Read More.

April Solar Drinks, Oregon Energy Policies and Statutes That Encourage Solar Energy

[ April 22, 2014; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] April Solar Drinks

Date: Tuesday – April 22nd, 2014

Location: 1600 Pioneer Tower 888 SW Fifth Avenue Portland Oregon 97204

Oregon energy policy and related statutes encourage development of sustainable energy resources, including solar, and give cities and counties the authority to adopt solar access ordinances.  Energy law attorney, Duncan Delano, will explain state laws that eliminate prohibitions … Read More.

March Solar Drinks at the Old Market Pub and Brewery

[ March 26, 2014; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Get some solar powered fuel refreshments
Date: Wednesday – March 26th, 2014

Location: Old Market Pub and Brewery – 6959 SW Multnomah Blvd, Portland, OR 97223

Event Details:

Solar Oregon takes its March Solar Drinks to the Old Market Pub and Brewer for some solar powered fuel refreshments and conversation on bringing down the cost of solar led by … Read More.

The Better Living Show!

The Green Living Journal is proud to be a media sponsor of the 6th Annual Better Living Show.
If you have any interest in, or want to be a part of, a more sustainable future, make plans to spend time at the sixth annual Better Living Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show at the Portland Expo Center … Read More.

A Cleaner Burn

Aprovecho means “to make the best use of ” in Spanish. A most fitting name for a non profit research center in Cottage Grove Oregon that has been working on sustainable and best use methods since 1982.
Researchers at Aprovecho have created a commercially available rocket stove with GreenFire Technology™ which could make a large impact … Read More.