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Rainwater Harvesting

New solutions to water management are becoming ever more prevalent in towns and cities around the world. One such example is rain gardens. A rain garden is defined as a shallow depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. The purpose of such a depression is to act as green infrastructure and to serve as a...

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An Up-Close Look at Passive Homes

February 27, 2015 |

My parents have always been massive tree-huggers. Growing up, they’d take my sisters and I on birding outings, camping adventures, and road trips to explore the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. So, when they informed me that they were going to design and build an off-grid, passive home for their retirement, I wasn’t the least...

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The ambiguity of climate change really has no limits. The contradictory patterns of the Earth’s climate system cause this crisis to be unpredictable and likely impossible to solve. One component of climate change that is undisputed is the inevitability of a warming atmosphere – anthropogenic CO2 emissions have, and will drive global temperatures up a few degrees....

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As climate change, and particularly water supply become pressing social and environmental issues faced in more and more regions, cities are looking to incentivize their residents and business community to  participate in the solution. Rainwater management incentives from municipal governments are a great way to encourage environmental protection and help support in an economic capacity...

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We live in the age of autopilot. Our bodies know a routine controlled by our brain’s propensity to stick to pattern. On one hand, this autopilot mode can be beneficial to time management, happiness, and security. Often times though, it’s our automatic nature that prevents our own development and inhibits us from correcting our mistakes....

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If you’ve been following trends in green building, energy conservation practices, or sustainability initiatives in general you will have no doubt heard of rainwater harvesting. This article will explain what rainwater harvesting is, what the benefits of rainwater harvesting are, places that have rainwater harvesting initiatives, and how to harvest rainwater at home.  Let’s dive...

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