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FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009

Cascadia sustainability report card 

We’re geeking out on the Cascadia Scorecard from the Sightline Institute, a comprehensive Northwest sustainability report that is frequently updated with graphics and shocking figures.For the uninitiated, the site studies the region known as “Cascadia,” merely as a transnational cooperative identity because of ecological similarities...

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Calling Spokane businesses

To get through the recession, businesses are coming together in various buy local campaigns. However, one network in Bellingham, Sustainable Connections, is taking a community minded economy to another level by focusing on green building, renewable energy and local agriculture. Sustainable Connections has a membership...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

Canada vs. America

Obama will make his first international visit as president to Canada, a critical moment for the future of clean energy as Prime Minister Stephen Harper plans to discuss the controversial tar sands oil development. Alberta alone represents the second-largest oil reserve in the world, after...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2009


Eco Nerds at heart

DTE really admires those who spend little time online. Now that may sound strange coming from us, being that your presence on the internet is essential to our sustainability, but it’s true. It’s been years since we’ve been able to sit down in front of...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2009

Schoolhouse Rock--- Energy

First aired in 1978, check this episode of the nostalgic “Schoolhouse Rock!” series titled “Energy Blues.” The song covers energy conservation and tells the history of energy from cavemen to the Industrial Revolution. It’s actually pretty ahead of its time but we think the “Just...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2009

THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2009

Building something out of nothing 

New construction leaves a big carbon footprint, and after reading “Unsustainable Seattle,” we think it makes perfect sense for environmentalists and historic preservationists to form an alliance in creating a sustainable urban landscape for Spokane. And if there’s a good thing about a bad economy,...

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Crude awakening

How much do you know about Canada? They’re our nice neighbors to the north yet the odds of Americans knowing who they re-elected in October as Prime Minister are unlikely, while Canadians cheered Barack Obama from the sidelines. But the more you learn about a...

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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009

TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2008

Skirting high costs for green homes

There’s an interesting article in the Columbian about what builders are doing to make green homes affordable. “We’re not just throwing economics out of the equation and going full-tilt green,” said Vancouver City Council member and civil engineer Tim Leavitt. On his own home construction,...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2008

FRIDAY, DEC. 12, 2008

Calm before the storm

We’re in for some serious weather in the Inland Northwest this week. A foot of snow and maybe even 10 below? Bring it on. Actually, please don’t. Be safe. In case you missed it in the S-R, public agencies have been getting the word out...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2008

Spokesman-Review story roundup

Photo courtesy of Greater Spokane. STA budget dilemma might include raising fares. The Spokane Transit Authority has a problem: While ridership has increased, revenue is falling since more than 70 percent of their funding comes from sales taxes. According to the S-R, the $79 million...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2008

FRIDAY, NOV. 14, 2008

THURSDAY, NOV. 13, 2008

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2008

Gregoire wants economic stimulus. Fast. 

According to the P-I, she sounded hoarse after her strenuous re-election campaign and convincing victory. Not wasting any time, Gov. Chris Gregoire said she is seeking an immediate $300 million economic relief package to help low income families. Included in the stimulus project: Subsidizing energy...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 11, 2008

MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2008

FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2008

Stop junk mail!

Daily Tip # 358 It’s one of those tips we can all get behind. Call it a Candid Camera moment: You open your overstuffed mailbox and insurance offers fall out everywhere and you know the rest. What’s a sane person to do? Every American receives...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2008

RFK Jr. for EPA?  

Everybody wants to know: Who will Obama pick for his administration? For head of the Environmental Protection Agency, DTE would recommend Robert Kennedy Jr. Speaking about Obama yesterday, Kennedy said "His disposition is very much like my uncle," referencing President John Kennedy, in the Huffington...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2008

Friday Quote

Sierra Club Endorsement “We believe Senator Obama is the change our nation needs – he is the change we need, the leader who will put America on the path to a clean energy economy that will create and keep millions of jobs, spur innovation and...

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