Archives for September 2011

The Facts About Solar Energy

We just received the following message from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and we want to pass it along:

“You have undoubtedly seen the news that Solyndra, a domestic solar panel manufacturer that received a Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantee, recently filed for bankruptcy.
This is not indicative of what’s happening with solar, and it … Read More.

Traveling? Have These Essential Oils With You

Pack These Essential Oils With You
photo courtesy flickr user markhillary
Cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum 1 drop daily for upset stomach or diarrhea. Ginger Zingibar officinale 1 drop 3 times daily for travel sickness.
Lavender Lavandula officinalis Blend with aloe vera oil and apply to skin. Use for bites, cuts, and scalds.
Lemon Citrus limonum 1 drop 3 times daily. … Read More.

Farm to School

The ABCs of Fresh Food
An innovative effort to bring locally-grown foods to Oregon’s school children and to help them understand where their food comes from received a big thumbs-up when the Oregon State Legislature unanimously passed House Bill 2800 in July.
HB 2800, aslo known as the “Farm to School and School Gardens” bill provides $200,000 … Read More.

Flea Time

photo courtesy of flickr user kat m research
Here’s our choice: utilize preventative measures for controlling fleas now, or, waiting until those pesky, pointed headed little bloodsuckers drive us to the brink of frustration by setting off some kind of poisonous flea bomb in our homes.
We humans are the one’s with the bigger brains (though we … Read More.

BRD Electric Motorcycles

BRD Motorcycles recently announced its new electric motorcycle, the RedShift, targeted towards off-road and urban use, and intended to outperform gas-powered equivalents.
“We just want to make faster motorcycles,” said CEO, Marc Fenigstein. “We’re a team of riders and racers with high-performance gas machines in the garage. We’re building the bikes we’d rather be riding.”
Like a … Read More.

John Day or Bust 2011

Editor’s prologue – Interstate 84 wasn’t exactly choked with electric vehicles leaving Portland for John Day to take partin the SolWest Fair and the John Day or Bust EV convergence that took place the last weekend in July. However, there were three hardy souls and two EVs that did strike out on Thursday, July 28, … Read More.

Shweeb: Light Rail for Bicyclers

image courtesy of
Here’s an idea that seems to be the Portland bicycler’s dream come true: a recumbent bike enclosed from the “Oregon Mist” and suspended safely above auto and truck traffic. Or, as their website states, “By integrating the unique properties of monorail and recumbent cycle technologies, Shweeb delivers a personal, efficient, and cost-effective … Read More.

Local Sources of Reused Wood

Compiled by Gary Munkhoff
As the demand for wood and products made from wood increases, the world’s forests will, at some point, no longer be able to sustainably grow all the fiber consumed. Reducing our demand for wood, reusing wood products that already exist, and recycling the disposable wood products such as paper and cardboard are … Read More.

Sustainable Schools-Sustainable Solutions

The Zero Waste Alliance’s Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative, SOSI (pronounced “so see”) has taken a systemic approach to fostering healthy school environments by engaging, educating and inspiring individual schools, districts, and the organizations that support them.
Oregon’s schools comprise an infrastructure large enough to house one-fifth of Oregon’s population and that means they have a large … Read More.

Behavior and the Human Dimensions of Energy Use

courtesy of Flickr user lindseyta
This is a growing area of research and activity for customer energy efficiency programs. Behavior is clearly a cornerstone of energy efficiency: it affects the purchases we make, the buildings and systems we design, and how we use energy-consuming equipment.
To leverage technology and practices for greater savings, energy professionals can use … Read More.