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Thursday, September 22,2011

Beyond green homes

By Elizabeth Miller
Prepare to be amazed. Or surprised. Or jealous. This year’s Tour of Sustainable Homes, formerly the Tour of Solar and Green Homes, has planned a day of programming designed to let you get acquainted with more than your neighbors’ solar panels.
Thursday, September 22,2011

Dressing your home for winter weather

By Elizabeth Miller
EnergySmart wants you to bundle up this winter. No, not with a coat and gloves. EnergySmart is running energy audits around the county, and advisors have found Boulder homes consistently under-dressed for the winter — in spots that surprise some homeowners.
Thursday, September 15,2011

Creatively building community

Boulder’s Green Streets borrows from a Columbian tradition

By Blair Madole
Though the general rule is not to play in the street for fear of cars, the pedestrians of Boulder will have the opportunity to take over a vehicular domain and do just that this coming weekend.
Thursday, September 8,2011

Taking life into your own hands

A Boulder couple decides to ditch grocery store meat and kill their own

By Theo Romeo
Last November, outside of Craig, Colo., Brazilian-born Leo Zacharias removed a loaded .45-caliber pistol from his belt and handed it to his girlfriend, Colorado native Stephanie Loveless. If the strange man she was being left behind with tried anything, Zacharias told Loveless, she must defend herself.
Thursday, September 1,2011

New lines for the battlegrounds

Redistricting could shake up environmental legislation

By Elizabeth Miller
When the lines for the statehouse are redrawn after this year’s reapportionment, more competitive districts could cost Democrats seats in the House, leaving them facing a Republican supermajority. Based on the voting record of the last year, that could make it tough for pro-conservation Democrats to pass environmental bills.
Thursday, August 25,2011

The power struggle

Boulder and Xcel prepare for months of name-calling

By Theo Romeo
The municipalization initiative added to the ballot by City Council vote on Aug. 16 puts in the hands of the people what Xcel and the city of Boulder havent been able to settle with gloves on or off.
Thursday, August 18,2011

Pitching ideas for a new planet

Eco-town among Common plans for changing the world

By Tate Zandstra
Intimacy, however, can mean so many things. In this case, it is the desire of everyday people to live in a sustainable town of energy-efficient homes clustered around a center of cafes, theaters and other small businesses, with organic farms surrounding it all. His concept of an eco-town, called Prairie Sage, is just that, but according to Davies, it can’t be compared to the old-style hippie commune.surrounding it all.
Thursday, August 11,2011

The marketability of green

By Theo Romeo
In a town where adjectives like “green” and “sustainable” are pretty much required to sell products, it seems as if some organizations may be missing out on a marketing opportunity when it comes to event promotion.
Thursday, August 4,2011

The other atmospheric aerosols

NOAA study finds particles in the air slowing climate change

By Elizabeth Miller
Increasing particles in the atmosphere may be slightly slowing climate change, according to a study released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These particles, called aerosols — which have nothing to do with hair spray or spray-on deodorants — have been shown to reflect sunlight back into space and have decreased the expected temperature increases.
Thursday, July 28,2011

Cultivating farmers on small farms

New farm proposes partnerships and teaching

By Elizabeth Miller
Rows of squash, beans, corn, broccoli, lettuce, potatoes and tomatoes are tended by apprentice farmers, coming out even on the recent blazing hot afternoons to plant seeds, pull weeds and cover potato plants in hay and dirt on a small farm off the Diagonal Highway near Niwot. The one-acre Everybody Eats! farm is planted on 3.5 acres of land leased from the Shepherd Valley Waldorf School.
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