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http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf greenability: In this funny and insightful talk from TEDxHouston, builder Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he’s built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways. Brilliant, low-tech design details will refresh your own creative drive. (Source: http://video.ted.com/)

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Clearscience

clearscience: Fossil fuels are a huge fraction of where we get energy. Some of these are used at power plants to make electricity (mainly coal and natural gas) or to power something like a car directly (mainly petroleum). Where does the energy come from in fossil fuels, and why do we use them so much? Petroleum is a mixture of

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Volatile organic compounds: something’s in the air

A highly informative article on….Volatile organic compounds! Aka, VOCs Preview: You can’t see them, but they’re all around us. They aren’t listed as ingredients on the objects we bring in our home, but they’re often there. They’re volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, a wide range of carbon-based molecules (organic compounds) used in a wide range of products that find their

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Operation Energy Save Can Help You Weatherize Your Home

Audrina Jennings, a 21-year-old student at Mountain Empire Community College who lives in Duffield,Va helped older Virginia residents save on their heating bills. Jennings was among 40 people who weather-sealed homes for clients of Mountain Empire Older Citizens Inc., two years ago. The area agency on aging in southwest Virginia asked Mountain Empire Community College AmeriCorps to carry out Operation Energy

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What Makes a Building Green? Here’s a hint…it’s not the color ;)

Some common features of green buildings include HVAC systems, daylight harvesting or daylighting, ENERGY STAR appliances, technologies that reduce water waste such as low-flow toilets and showerheads, and water recycling systems. In Virginia, a green building is defined as a building that: Exceeds the energy efficiency standards prescribed in the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code by 30 percent; or Meets

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