What's not to love about wood? It sucks in carbon dioxide and when you put it in buildings, sequesters the carbon for years. It's a renewable resource when properly managed and harvested. It is often local. But it has
The phrase "war on the car" was common in Toronto, Canada whenever a bike lane was installed or new dedicated streetcar lanes proposed. The war quieted down for a while, until the new Mayor rode the meme to victory over
Phone book litter has been banned in Seattle, Washington. That means no more bulky yellow books in plastic bags on people's doorsteps, unless they want the directories delivered. The ban was passed by the Seattle City Council.
Rebecca Teagarden of the Seattle Times visits Steve Sauer's 182 square foot basement apartment. The 6'-2" tall engineer designs airplane interiors for Boeing, but notes a different inspiration:
If you've ever been upset to learn that a tree you loved either fell or had to be chopped down, you'll be glad to hear about Meyer Wells, the furniture company based out of Seattle. Operating under the
Buildings have a lot of embodied energy and should last a long time, particularly if they are built of concrete. Concrete is responsible for for a lot of CO2; perhaps as much as 7% of worldwide emissions. But in Seattle, the McGuire Apartments are
As the boomer generation hits retirement, where are they going to live? Many will want to stay in their neighbourhoods, close to their family. In an era where it is becoming impossible to get a mortgage, perhaps they may even want to share their house
The idea that Starbucks seems to be the last to jump onto the recycling bandwagon sort of blows my mind. Especially when their contribution to the problem is so massive. Currently, 3 billion of their paper coffee cups sold each year in
I have been trolling the reels of the the Planet Green show World's Greenest Homes and find quite a few that TreeHugger missed over the years. A good example is Pb Elemental of Seattle's PC1 House; PC stands for Politically
Stress-Free Green Commuting
We write a lot about how to reduce the impact of transportation and make our society less car-centric. Well, here's a good example: Seattle's relatively new Link light-rail. It currently has 13 stations
"No Free Parking at City Hall"
TreeHugger friend and ally Clarence Ekerson just sent me his latest video, and it's a great one. He went to Seattle and biked with the Mayor, Mike McGinn, on his morning commute. Mr. McGinn seems to be determined to make
Simple but Clever
My friend Clarence Eckerson gives this context for his most recent video: "Unfortunately, it's something I've seen even the most experienced cyclist do: wipe out while crossing a set of train tracks. As many of you know, you need to
This week seems to have been a tumultuous one in American politics, with Obama coming under heavy scrutiny after his first year in office, with Scott Brown's unexpected victory in Massachussetts, and with Murkowski, a Republican senator from Alaska,
Squak Mountain Stone is "A Fibrous-cement material comprised of recycled paper, recycled glass, and low-carbon cement. Material is hand-cast into "slabs" as an alternative to natural or quarried stone. Resembles soapstone or limestones."
Photo: Rent-a-Ruminent LLC Could goats be the past and the future?We've written many times about goats being used to replace lawnmowers and to clear brush (for example, in Arizona, in North-Carolina, and even at Google's Mountainview HQ). Well, we can
If you're building green in Seattle, you have to be pretty confident of your product. After all, these "Green McMansions" were were called out on a greenwashing foul and torched to the ground. Dwell Development, LLC