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TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014

300 years of fossil fuels in 300 seconds

The Post Carbon Institute produced this illustrated guide to how we have become so reliant on fossil fuels and how we could shake off that addiction. Here's the film description: Fossil fuels have been the driving force behind the industrialisation of much of the world...

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On Earth Day, focus is on green cities

Happy Earth Day to all! ​Each year, I'm asked why Earth Day matters and I'm truthfully exhausted with that argument. It just matters, okay!? (For a longer piece on that issue, read an old blog post called Why Earth Day Matters.) One of the key...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, 2014

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18, 2013

How to save energy during the holidays

If you're looking for extra energy saving tips during the time of year you're spending extra dough on loved ones check out this list from Networx Chaya Kutrz: University of Minnesota economist Joel Waldfogel, Americans spend about $65 billion a year on Christmastime gifts. Add...

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MONDAY, DEC. 16, 2013

Sustainable Works launches Save Energy Today program  

​ Here's a great way that Spokane residents can reduce their heating and cooling expenses. SustainableWorks’ new Save Energy Today program can help you save energy, lower your utility bills, increase your home’s comfort and value, and reduce your carbon footprint. The one day energy-saving...

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MONDAY, DEC. 2, 2013

TUESDAY, NOV. 5, 2013

Idaho’s greenest hotel opens

​Follow the green carpet to see the hotel that is the first built to LEED standards in Idaho. SpringHill by Marriot just opened up on Seltice way in Coeur d’Alene and represents the highest standards of environmental technology. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council,...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013


12 states leading in solar energy

A new report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center titled "Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States" does a pretty fantastic job highlighting the solar energy boom across the country. Here are the top 12 solar states...

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Inland Northwest New Economy Summit begins tonight!

The Inland Northwest New Economy Summit starts tonight and extends through Saturday. The Summit will focus on promoting ideas and strategies for a stronger and more sustainable regional economy, discussing local development opportunities and renewable energy strategies. “Policy changes at the state level could incentivize...

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MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013


Coal train cars derail in Missoula

Reminding us of the risks with coal transports, on Monday at midnight in Missoula, three cars on a Montana Rail Link train derailed spilling eighty tons of its contents. This doesn't exactly inspire confidence when sixty coal trains could be travelling through Spokane a day....

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FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2013

MONDAY, DEC. 17, 2012

TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 2012

TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012

TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012

Scoping season begins in Spokane

You have until January 21st, 2013 to comment as part of the scoping process for the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) at Cherry Point. That is 120 days to speak now or forever hold your peace. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined the GPT...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012

Friday Quote: The dangers of fracking

If you think the contentious debate about, and the enthusiasm for, hydraulic fracturing is confined to the US, think again. It's equally a big issue in parts of Europe as well. Now, a new EU report outlines in no uncertain terms the potential dangers of...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 24, 2012

TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2012

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011

THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2011

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