A recent report by the National Association of Realtors found that buyers are increasingly looking to purchase energy-efficient & green certified homes.
Though asphalt shingles are one of the cheapest and most popular roofing materials available, they’re also terrible for the environment.
Green walls can act as a passive system reducing energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions.
Forward Labs and Solar Frontier are two of the companies challenging Tesla’s dominance in the nascent solar roof technology market…
What advantages do vertical farms have over traditional gardens and farms? Agricultural may finally be growing up
Dear EarthTalk: What advantages do so-called “vertical farms” have over traditional gardens and farms? Sylvia Pleasant, Washington, DC When Dickson Despommier’s book The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century was first published, there were no vertical farms. Now, it’s an exciting movement […]
Is solar power cost-competitive with the grid yet? Future looking bright for residential photovoltaics
Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that the price of getting solar panels installed on a home is lower than ever, but has it gotten to the point anywhere in the U.S. where it’s actually cheaper than traditional grid power yet? — Lester Milstein, Boston, MA Rooftop solar panels on have always been the province of well-to-do, […]
Rooftops Gone Green A review of Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living by Nigel Dunnett, Dusty Gedge, John Little, and Edmund C. Snodgrass
A review of Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living by Nigel Dunnett, Dusty Gedge, John Little, and Edmund C. Snodgrass
Water Smarts From super-efficient potties to a rain-barrel water-sprayer to a new way to enjoy your green roof
The RainPerfect rain barrel provides pressurized water for spraying collected rainwater on lawns and gardens and even for running low-pressure sprinklers…
The rooftop at St. Simon Stock Catholic School on East 182nd Street in the Bronx, New York is a lone patch of green in the quilt of gray, beige and black that stretches across the southeast Bronx. Six inches of a patented, lightweight growing medium called Gaia Soil covers 3,500 square feet, divided into plots for both elementary and graduate school research. The roof hosts 20 native species: delicate columbine flowers, milkweed that attracts migrating Monarch butterflies, tomato and cucumber plants, and black-eyed susans, favored by bumblebees.
Homeowners can prevent pollutants from harming surface and groundwater by installing a rain garden, a pond-like recess shaped like a saucer or shallow bowl.