Green Concepts

Inventors and designers alike, putting their talents to work towards a greener future.

New Eco-friendly Community in Columbia, TN

My hometown of Columbia, TN has been home to some decidedly environmentally unfriendly things in its lifetime, from carbon and phosphorus and other factories to this spring’s horrific flood. Teresa Beck aims to change some of that by building only green homes to a new eco-friendly subdivision she has created in the downtown area.

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Is the SOL/WIND Era Just a Dream?

dirty-coal-flickrIf you’ve been paying attention to the news over the last few years, you’ve no doubt seen all the coverage of solar and wind energy. Both hold promise, from new investment to new jobs to new industries around the country, in depressed economies like Michigan.

But are solar and wind really viable options to replace the backbone of our current energy system, based mostly on dirty coal and potentially dangerous nuclear generation? Walter Kohn, a Ph.D. who shared the 1998 Nobel Prize in chemistry, says yes.

Now Kohn’s viewpoint may not be the final answer on this issue, but it’s worth considering, especially against the backdrop of plans for more coal and nuclear power generation in the United States. Kohn made the statements at a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Kohn says total oil and natural gas production, which today accounts for the majority of global energy consumption, is expected to peak in as little as 10 years from now, followed by a rapid decline. Read More »

Birmingham, AL to Host 2010 Green Building Focus Conference and Expo

Green Lifestyles - Tuesday, August 24th, the city of Birmingham, Alabama will host the 2010 Green Building Focus conference and expo. This 3-day event, which will be held at the Jefferson Convention ComplexBeginning Tuesday, August 24th, the city of Birmingham, Alabama will host the 2010 Green Building Focus conference and expo. This 3-day event, which will be held at the Jefferson Convention Complex, is designed to showcase the latest in sustainable building development. Focused on exploring the popular and growing demand for green building, this year’s conference aims to inform and educate the southeast region’s leading architects, engineers, property owners, and construction professionals, as well as students, faculty, and those interested in learning more about the recent trends, technologies and materials available in the green building movement. Read More »

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