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Xcel asks for changes in solar garden rules 6.3.2015 Star Tribune: Business
Xcel Energy says many proposed community solar projects are so big that they should be competitively bid.
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Local Briefs 5.3.2015 Durango Herald
Julie Westendorff to hold office hours La Plata County Commissioner Julie Westendorff will hold office hours to meet with residents from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Pine River Library Conference Room, 395 Bayfield Center Drive, in Bayfield.Westendorff invites Bayfield-area residents to stop by to discuss their interests and...
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David Eskenazy named president of Merrill Gardens 2.3.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Notable hires and promotions.
Why I Returned to the TEDx Stage to Talk About Climate Change 27.2.2015 Green on
Why I Returned To The TED Stage- TEDxZwolle- Climate, Activity, Cities After delivering my first TEDx presentation at the O2 in London last October at the amazing TEDxTeen event I did not envisage that I would be returning to that prestigious stage so soon. After watching my "game-changing" presentation on how to talk about climate change organisers of TEDxZwolle invited me to talk some more. In my first TEDx talk I asked the question "What is the first word you think of when you hear climate change?" My top 3 guesses at your answer would be Carbon Dioxide, Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming. Am I right?.. Climate change has been communicated in the wrong way. For me and many people that I've talked to in my 10 years of climate change work the topic has become scientific and far-removed from everyday life- the most common words used to talk about it show this. We need to change the conversations we have about climate change and talk about it as a topic which is affecting our everyday lives. Talk ...
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Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket 27.2.2015 NPR Health Science
Warmer temperatures in Alaska are giving farmers flexibility to plant a wider range of crops over a longer growing season. One farmer says the secret to his bounty is soil enriched by flooding rivers.
Ready to garden? Go indoors 25.2.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
If you're missing your garden and its fresh-picked goodness, why wait? Just about anyone can produce a few fresh edibles, even in the dead of a Minnesota winter.
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7 People Who Care for Nature and Community 24.2.2015 Green on
Whether planting trees in New Orleans or picking up trash in Tehran, one of the most effective ways to heal disaster-struck and neglected places is through community led and driven action. The folks who take care of their local environments and communities are not famous. But we could all learn from their bold actions. Nilka Martell Nilka Martell lives in the apartment in the Bronx where she grew up. One morning, after being laid off from work, she stared out her kitchen window at the garbage in the vacant lot across the street. She decided she'd had enough. She convinced her two kids to go out with her and pull out the weeds and pick up trash and dog waste. Neighbors would walk by and ask why they were bothering to clean up a place in the Bronx. But eventually the neighbors joined in and the efforts expanded to planting flowers and trees and taking care of not just the vacant lot but their city block. Today Nilka has her own non-profit--Getting Involved, Virginia Avenue Efforts, Inc., or G.I.V.E. -- and ...
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Congregations Practice Faith through Environmental Leadership 23.2.2015 Green on
A growing, multi-denominational religious movement is placing environmental protection at the center of its teaching and practice. Expressed in part by the phrase "creation care," these leaders believe that protecting the earth is a religious value, and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility. In his highly personal 2009 book Gardening Eden , Michael Abbaté puts it this way: "Imagine the power of a multitude of faithful people who join together to say: This world is a gift from God. We want to pass it on to future generations in better condition than we received it." Abbaté, who is a landscape architect and city planner as well as religious thinker, goes on in Gardening Eden to explain how the practice of creation care can lead one to a life of worship and compassion with respect to food, energy, transportation, and green living at home. Some houses of worship, most of them in cities and suburbs, are stepping up big-time to practice what they preach. Through an article written by Caitlin ...
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How Chipotle is forcing sit-down chains like Olive Garden to rethink lunch 23.2.2015 Washington Post
For years, casual restaurants such as Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings have been battling for your dinnertime dollars, to be the place where you take the kids for a heaping bowl of spaghetti on their birthday or where you slurp beers with your buddies on game night. Read full article ...
India wants to turn 25 million in the diaspora into global ambassadors 18.2.2015 Washington Post: World
NEW DELHI — For years, Indians viewed their countrymen who emigrated abroad for better opportunities with suspicion — as if they’d somehow betrayed the motherland. But with roughly 25 million people of Indian origin now scattered across the globe — including more than 3 million in the United States — attitudes about the Indian diaspora are changing dramatically. And the country’s new government is looking at the huge expatriate population — second only to China’s — as a valuable component of India’s foreign policy, in much the same way the Jewish diaspora in the United States influences international opinion and policy on Israel.Read full article ...
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9 Great Reasons to Grow Fruits and Vegetables In the City 18.2.2015 Green on
1. For their taste Famous chefs, such as the ones who fill Paris's hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants, have vegetable gardens on their roofs to provide supremely fresh produce. Tomatoes, strawberries, aromatics, salad greens, or edible flowers are fragile and easily damaged in trucks, cold rooms, or stalls. Gourmets know that the taste of produce and its nutritional value are far better when they are freshly harvested. 2. To intelligently recycle our garbage Organic waste constitutes 30 percent of our garbage, and most of it is incinerated and placed in landfills. Instead, this mineral-rich waste could be transformed into compost and used to fertilize soil for urban farming. In Paris alone, we could avoid dealing with 400,000 tons of waste every year and thus decrease associated environmental hazards (garbage trucks, garbage dumps, incinerators) and their associated costs. 3. Because we can grow crops (almost) everywhere To grow aromatics, strawberries, or radishes you only need a window and a ...
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Your mother’s (community solar) garden: It's on the way 17.2.2015 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Sustainable Peralta Ultimately, community solar gardens will make solar possible for you or someone like your mother. Sometime in 2015, Xcel Energy will approve its first round of community solar projects in Minnesota. Community solar is  a new concept for Xcel , but it’s been done around the country by other investor-owned utilities and right here in Minnesota by several rural electric cooperatives. Because it’s a new program, Xcel and regulators are still learning how best to administer these projects and consumers are still learning about how to get involved as a participant in community solar. Michael Noble We haven’t even broken ground and already there  is some hesitation  [PDF] about how things might look when the dust settles. The truth is, every new program requires some problem solving as it gets implemented. In order to get a clearer perspective, let’s take a step back and build a community solar garden the same way we would build a community itself. Communities rely on anchor ...
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In Little Saigon, new street signs will pay tribute to fallen capital 15.2.2015 LA Times: Opinion
The smell of jackfruit hangs in the air and shoppers crowd the bright flower stalls that seem to blossom along the streets of Little Saigon in the final days before the Lunar New Year.
Cooking chard from the garden can be simply delicious 14.2.2015 L.A. Times - Food & Dining
I kept staring at that patch of chard in the garden. It's wild San Francisco chard, grown from starters from Logan's Gardens, which sells at the Santa Monica and Hollywood farmers markets. The leaves are so tender I'd been eating them simply sautéed in a little olive oil with a smashed...
Gardener's Twofer: First Ketchup 'N' Fries Plant Hits U.S. Market 13.2.2015 NPR Health Science
British horticulturalists have figured out how to graft a tomato plant onto a potato plant. This plant, called Ketchup 'N' Fries, has crossed the pond and is now available to gardeners in the U.S.
This office of the future will have you climbing the walls 12.2.2015 TreeHugger
There are a lot of good ideas in this competition winner, starting with lunch.
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Coming to a County Near You: Community Solar Helps to Expand Access to Clean Energy Benefits 11.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Katharine McCormick, Midwest Advocate, Chicago: Image by Ari Moore The Midwest is known for growing stuff, but we're seeing a whole new kind of garden crop up across the region. The Cook County Department of Environmental Control announced last week that they were the...
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Xcel Energy says proposed giant solar gardens don't look like 'community' projects 11.2.2015 Star Tribune: Business
Many plans are getting around a requirement that they stay small, and Xcel says these big projects could cost ratepayers.
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"Progressive" Gentrification: One Community's Struggle Against Affordable Housing 5.2.2015
As City Hall attempts to jam thousands of more housing units concurrently with new commercial development near subway lines, it is presenting the Lefferts Gardens community with an ultimatum: Accept new development in the name of affordable housing so that other parts of the neighborhood will be shielded from rising real estate values, or be left at the mercy of market forces that have transformed other neighborhoods. (Photo: Kevin Case ) Under the mayor's affordable housing plan, a New York City neighborhood's rezoning may result in its own kind of gentrification. Some Brooklyn residents were told they must accept rezoning, and likely development, near transit lines, if they want to protect other parts of their community. As City Hall attempts to jam thousands of more housing units concurrently with new commercial development near subway lines, it is presenting the Lefferts Gardens community with an ultimatum: Accept new development in the name of affordable housing so that other parts of the ...
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L.A.'s Broadway poised for a major revival 5.2.2015 LA Times: Business
After Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic in 1927, thousands gathered on Broadway to give the famed aviator a ticker tape parade. A similar throng hailed John F. Kennedy during the presidential campaign of 1960. For most of the 20th century, Broadway was Los Angeles' cultural center.
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