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Earth Hour Tonight – Turn Those Lights Off!


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From 8-9 p.m. tonight, the Eastern Time Zone will be celebrating Earth Hour, a world wide conservation effort. Even those these ideas are kind of gimmicky, they do generate a lot of positive awareness. Australia has already gone dark, and we’ll get our chance tonight. Even Google has their lights turned off today. So if […]


Greenology 101: Solar Energy Workshop


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More news on the solar front: The Sustainability Institute is hosting a free solar energy workshop. Oddly there’s no infocon their website, but Bethany says: On March 13th, 2008, from 6-8 p.m., The Sustainability Institute will host a solar energy workshop free to the general public. A special guest from Argand Energy Solutions will spearhead […]


A Solar Hot Water Solution Served Locally


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While SC creeps along with net-metering, I thought I’d take a look at a solar technology that has positive economics today: solar hot water. Hot water heaters consume a large share of our household juice each year, so cutting the cord can have a real impact. I contacted Solar Hot Water Works (part of Elemental […]


Alternative Energy Meetup Recap


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Despite the dreary weather last night, about 25 of us made it to the Charleston Alternative Energy Meetup at Huger’s Restaurant. These monthly meetings are hosted by local greenlebrity Ian Sanchez, and bring together a wide range of people interested in biodiesel, solar, wind, wave, and nuclear energy. The meeting kicked off with a 30-minute […]


Santee Cooper Green


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Last week, Melanie sent me a link to Santee Cooper Green, the state-owned energy company‘s environmental portal. They generate and provide electricity to Berkeley, Georgetown, and Horry county residents, as well as 20 electric co-ops around the state. In fact, they provide the juice to 41% of South Carolina – a statistic that makes anything […]


Check Out Our New Locally Grown Food Map


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It’s no secret that munching on locally grown food can greatly reduce your impact on the environment. The average U.S. meal travels 1500 miles from source to plate, which causes an unnecessarily large carbon footprint because of all the transportation. Every time you buy something grown in the Charleston-area, you are choosing to eliminate your […]


Carbon-neutral Road Trip


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When I wrote about road trip recycling and other things last week, I forgot to mention that I finally purchased some carbon offsets for my vehicle. We’ve made major efforts to green up our summer traveling (recycling, cruise control, slower speeds, tire pressure, filling up at night, etc.), so offsetting our vehicle’s carbon emissions was […]


Green Notes from the Road


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On my recent road trip, I spent some time in Northern Indiana. Amish communities dot every county, so examples of sustainability where everywhere. This time I really noticed all the recumbent bikes…they seemed to be everywhere. I also liked the road side pool/pond we drove by, complete with concrete deck, diving boards, and slides. Good […]


CFL Poll Results


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Hey, thanks for participating in the first Go Green Poll! At the time of this post, there are 44 votes – more than I anticipated to be honest. I’m glad the count is high, as I hope to use this tool for serious litmus testing later on. Anyhoo, here’s that first poll: [poll=1] Looks like […]










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