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Thursday, August 16,2012

BeadforLife is on a roll

Boulder-based company among nominees for MORE grant

By Jessie Lucier
Here in Boulder, people place a lot of emphasis on sustainable living. For Boulderites, sustainability might mean energy efficiency and lowering the community’s carbon footprint. It might mean cultivating local food. But it also might mean creating and sustaining local businesses and jobs.
Thursday, August 9,2012

Initiatives lose battle, but Colorado water war rages on

Appeal process deters chance at statewide water reform

By Travis Mannon
If two water initiatives die before they have a chance to reach the ballot in November, do they make a sound? If they did, the sound you might hear is the collective sigh of relief from the Colorado oil and gas industry, the agricultural industry and other opponents of Initiatives 3 and 45.
Thursday, August 2,2012

Opening up to sustainable art

Bold Doors repurposes refuse to make high-end art

By Elizabeth Miller
What began as an initiative to help the Center for ReSource Conservation clear out its inventory has blossomed into a community-building collaboration of artists and is drawing visitors into surprising corners of Boulder. The Bold Doors tour reinvented about 100 doors as artwork that is now on display in shops around town and part of a silent auction.
Thursday, July 26,2012

Lacking labels

Unregulated food labels can be misleading

By Hadley Vandiver
Natural,” “organic,” “whole grain,” “hormone free”: the labels in grocery store aisles are endless, all designed to tell consumers more about the products available for purchase.
Thursday, July 19,2012

Sprayed trespass

Injunction in Delta County sets precedent for other counties

By Elizabeth Miller
A recent decision from a district court in Delta County could affect the view of trespassing, aerial spraying and the restitution available to farmers who lose crops due to drift.
Thursday, July 12,2012

Making money, making change

Startup companies show their positive impact in the Summit competition

By Hadley Vandiver
From King Richard in Robin Hood taxing his citizens to the point of starvation to Scrooge nickel and diming his employees out of a family Christmas, classic cartoons and fairy tales present a pretty grim picture of people who like money. But The [i4c] Campaign, and the Denver venture capital firm Galvanize that funds it, are trying to change that image.
Thursday, July 5,2012

Enlisting the sun

Military uses solar energy to help power its operations

By Hadley Vandiver
Within the U.S., it is the Department of Defense (DOD), encompassing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force, that consumes the most energy, according to the DOD. In 2010, the DOD’s energy costs totaled more than $4 billion. So what is the DOD doing to combat its gigantic carbon footprint? It’s looking to the sun.
Thursday, June 28,2012

Fire smoke may diminish rainfall

Scientists investigate the effect of smoke on Colorado’s monsoon season

By Bob Berwyn
All eyes are on the southwest monsoon flow for some relief from Colorado’s record-breaking drought, but there’s a chance that regional and local haze and smoke could inhibit thunderstorm formation, potentially diminishing the chance for significant rains.
Thursday, June 21,2012

Heating up alternative energy

Solar thermal advocate argues for Colorado to be this technology’s next home

By Don Tartaglione
Colorado is primed to be powered by solar thermal energy, but one big challenge stands in the way: No one seems to know about it.
Thursday, June 7,2012

Head in the cloud

By Hadley Vandiver
In April, Greenpeace released a report showing that the United States led the world in electricity consumption in 2007, with 3,923 billion kilowatt hours (kwH). Following the U.S. are other industrialized countries; China is second, followed by Russia and Japan.