Author Archives: Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Regifting: Not Just for Cheapskates Anymore

December 5th, 2013 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Do it. It’s okay. As long as you are thoughtful about it, there is no reason that a regift or recycled gift can’t be a wonderful, meaningful gift


Save Money on Your Heating with these Easy Home Projects

December 2nd, 2013 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

No time left to think about cold-weather energy efficiency projects: it's time to get them done if you want to cut your heating costs. As in most years, doing nothing will cost you more: the U.S. Energy Information Administration is predicting residential electricity prices in the U.S. to rise 2.2% compared to the Winter of 2012-


What Happens to Your Car When You Scrap It? [Infographic]

November 29th, 2013 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Give much thought to that clunker that you traded in for a new one, or donated to a charity? Probably not: you hand it over, keys and all, and assume that the dealer, charity, and/or stockyard will take care of that old vehicle in a responsible manner. But do they


Poop to Power: How to Extract Value from Poopy Water

November 26th, 2013 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Between humans and livestock, we produce an awful lot of poop... and the methods we currently use to deal with all that mess use a lot of energy and clean water. Startup Pilus Energy thinks they have a solution for extracting value from all that messy stuff


The Online Game that Plants Real Seeds: Rainmaker Project

November 14th, 2013 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

The Rainmaker Project has something quite different in mind from the standard notion of an online game about planting seeds and crops: a global community committed to the sustainable exchange and planting of seeds... in the real world. It ain't Farmville; rather, its more like Facebook itself, made up of people committed to expanded landscape of real, live plants, and ideas for cultivating those plants more sustainably


The Invisible People Who Take our Trash “Away”

November 7th, 2013 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Ever gotten stuck behind a garbage truck? Or heard one banging against a dumpster in the middle of the night? I'd guess that for most of us, these inconveniences/disturbances are among the few times we give any thought to the people who deal with our waste after we throw it "away."



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