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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13, 2013

NEWTECH Skill Center gets EnviroStars certification

Good news from the Spokane River Forum: The first school in Spokane County to do so, NEWTECH Skill Center has earned an environmental certification typically given to businesses. EnviroStars certifies businesses whose practices and policies reduce and properly manage hazardous waste and conserve resources. Because...

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FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

Friday Quote: "How'd the present get so tense?"

We wake up to our phones. On Twitter, respected news organizations scramble for civilian breadcrumbs from the latest scandal, retweeting and blogging without pausing to check sources. Meanwhile, on Facebook, one friend “likes” Walmart, another shares a Sandy Hook conspiracy theory, and a third sneers...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012

THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2011

Fake twitter accounts support tar sands

How low can you go? An employee of the American Petroleum Institute, which supports the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline, has apparently been setting up multiple fake Twitter accounts to give the illusion of grassroots support for their devilish enterprise. Brant Olson at the Rainforest Action...

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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011



TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

Tuesday Video: How Green Is Your Internet?

The "so-coal network," a campaign to get Facebook to unfriend coal. was a wake-up call to internet savvy environmentalists using it as an outreach tool like yours truly. It boils down to this: Technology isn't without its environmental impact. The web continues to grow so...

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Twitter chooses the city over sprawl 

Here's one ethical difference between Facebook and Twitter: Twitter announced they are taking up offices in San Francisco, a decision that contrasts the move being planned by Facebook. Its new headquarters will be out in San Mateo County, continuing a pattern of sprawl in the...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2010

Tuesday Video: That Bloomin' box

This new (and expensive) mysterious product that will alledgedly solve the world’s energy problems has been unveiled: Meet the Bloom Box. Bloom Energy CEO K.R. was interviewed by 60 minutes last Sunday. The program said it was “a new kind of fuel cell, which is...

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At first, we were led to believe the new iPad was the Jar Jar Binks of Apple but it could change commuting habits, or even if it sucks, the overall technology trend is in favor of mobile access to Internet and email. Hence telecommuting. These...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2010

FRIDAY, SEPT. 11, 2009

Welcome To The Academy Of Sciences

The California Academy Of Sciences in Golden Gate Park is a modern marvel, focusing on sustainability in an interactive way. Here were thousands of visitors from all over the world, checking a climate change exhibit where kids sat at a kiosk and contacted their local...

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FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009


If the title of this post looks funny to you, we might have already lost you. But for the rest of you tweeters, twitterers, twits, or twitterians – you get us and this is for you. And for the rest of you, forget about what...

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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. 9, 2009

How the economy affects clean tech

Freakanomics hosted a debate on whether an investment in clean technology will be affected by the recession. It was a question that has lumbered around in our brains for a while and our apprehension was confirmed when George Tolley said “the major kicker clouding the...

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