sustainability http://nhpr.org en A Surge For Solar Power? http://nhpr.org/post/surge-solar-power <p>This sun-fueled source is one of the fastest growing types of renewables in the country.&nbsp; Although still a tiny piece of the energy portfolio, many are taking note of this expansion, including traditional utilities.&nbsp; We’re looking at these brightening prospects for solar in New Hampshire and New England and the challenges that might cloud its future growth.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 39699 at http://nhpr.org A Surge For Solar Power? A Bicycle Built From Bamboo: Can It Get This Alabama Town Back On Track? http://nhpr.org/post/bicycle-built-bamboo-can-it-get-alabama-town-back-track <p><strong>Lance Rake </strong>is Professor of <a href="http://www.sadp.ku.edu/design/industrial/">Industrial Design </a>at the University of Kansas and the creative force behind “The Semester Bicycle,” a sleek and durable bike&nbsp; made of bamboo grown just three blocks from an assembly shop in Greensboro, Alabama. He’s collaborating with community development organizations in Greensboro to create more than an innovative bike, but a new manufacturing model to pull a town in an economic standstill back into the race.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:22:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35041 at http://nhpr.org A Bicycle Built From Bamboo: Can It Get This Alabama Town Back On Track? Greenwashing The New York City Skyline http://nhpr.org/post/greenwashing-new-york-city-skyline <p>Some big players turned out for the Bank of America tower ribbon cutting ceremony in 2010. Al Gore was there. His investment management company is a tenant of the 55-story building advertised as the most sustainable building in the country. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was there too. Along with developer Douglas Durst, whose company got almost $950,000 in incentives from a state agency for the structure’s innovative, energy saving design. The B.O.A. tower received a platinum <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/certification" target="_blank">LEED rating</a> – the highest score for building energy and efficiency.</p><p>New York-based journalist <strong>Sam Roudman </strong>found data published last fall by the city showing that the B.O.A. tower uses more energy and produces more greenhouse gases than some of the city’s historic buildings. The discrepancy between green ideals and reality raises new questions for more than fifty-thousand LEED certified buildings in the U.S.. Sam’s article “<a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/113942/bank-america-tower-and-leed-ratings-racket#" target="_blank">Bank of America’s Toxic Tower</a>” is in the <em>New Republic</em>.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:14:04 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32549 at http://nhpr.org Greenwashing The New York City Skyline California's Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Law http://nhpr.org/post/californias-sustainable-communities-and-climate-protection-law <p></p><p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: Three regions in California recently implemented transportation plans as part of a statewide strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Can you explain?</strong> <em>-- Bill Oakes, Reno, NV</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 31398 at http://nhpr.org California's Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Law The Growing Green Awards http://nhpr.org/post/growing-green-awards <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p></p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 20:25:21 +0000 18795 at http://nhpr.org The Growing Green Awards Defining "Sustainable Communities" http://nhpr.org/post/defining-sustainable-communities <p><strong>EarthTalk&reg;<br /> E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: The term &ldquo;sustainable communities&rdquo; gets bantered around quite a bit today. Could you define it for me?</strong><em>-- Holly Parker, Mechanicsburg, PA</em></p> Sun, 17 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 6867 at http://nhpr.org Defining "Sustainable Communities" Sustainability on the Home Front http://nhpr.org/post/sustainability-home-front <p>Majora Carter talks about her work helping communities across the nation to retake their environmental identity.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 16:53:13 +0000 Virginia Prescott 4480 at http://nhpr.org Sustainability on the Home Front More Than A Woodlot http://nhpr.org/post/more-woodlot <p>A new forestry has taken hold across the northeast.</p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:40:42 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2850 at http://nhpr.org More Than A Woodlot