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With the Holiday season upon us, everyone is starting to think about the New Year, and what they might do as a New Years Resolution. I want to get everyone thinking about a few things they can add to their list that really aren’t too hard to do! Downsize your vehicle. This year, instead of trading UP in size as so many Americans do, trade down. Do you really need to drive that huge SUV around all the time? I’m not saying everyone has to drive hybrids (although it wouldn’t hurt!) but perhaps you could trade in your 15 MPG SUV (1 comments)
Zero Emission Sedan from Honda - 11/21/07 06:12 PM
It's here. The Zero-emission Honda FCX - a fuel cell powered vehicle that emits only clean water vapor! This vehicle is here, and ready for the road! Honda will be releasing a limited number of these vehicles for lease to Sothern Californians during the summer of 2008. (Lucky Californians!!) If you live outside the Southern California area, more will be rolling out soon, as more hydrogen refueling options become available. Honda is also developing Home Energy Stations for refueling at home! This is AWESOME! I think within a few years, these will be widely available, and I think this technology has (9 comments)
Have a GREEN Thanksgiving! - 11/19/07 10:28 AM
Here are some eco-friendly ideas to make your thanksgiving friendlier to the planet! Opt for an organic turkey from a whole foods store, or a family farm. Eating greener doesn't mean you have to give up your Holiday traditions. People are opting for organic turkeys in increasing numbers. You can find out where you can get your own healthier bird - raised in open spaces without antibiotics or growth stimulants. Visit http://www.theorganicpages.com For more organic recipes, visit the Organic Report Kitchen for some great recipes! THE ORGANIC REPORTBuy fewer processed foods, and more local and organic ones. Visit your local Wild Oats, (5 comments)
Dismal Ski Season coming?? - 11/16/07 04:28 PM
Today is November 16th, and not even a trace of snow is on the ground here in Park City. You can see just a little bit at the very top peaks of the mountains. Where is all the snow? There were previously a few resorts considering opening today, and I think the only one that managed to do it was Solitude Resort, with a 14” base of man made snow and only 2 runs open. Park City Resort is rapidly making snow, and they still claim that they will be opening on November 21st, the day before Thanksgiving. Wolf Mountain, Snowbasin, (1 comments)
New Additions at Deer Valley - 11/15/07 04:55 PM
Deer Valley opens December 8th this year with $9 million in improvements! The biggest addition and change to the mountain is the opening of 200 additional ski able acres in the new high speed quad going into North West portion of the mountain near Empire Canyon. This area will feature nine new runs - three experts, one intermediate and five beginners. This area, the Lady Morgan bowl has always been a favorite of the locals, but however its short run out and the need to hike out of the area kept many skiers away. The addition of the new (1 comments)
A Concept from Chevrolet – the VOLT - 11/15/07 09:52 AM
I was browsing on a green living website this morning, and I came across a banner with an advertisement that caught my eye. It was a banner for an electric car from Chevrolet, the Volt. http://www.chevrolet.com/electriccar/ This vehicle features an onboard 3-cylinder 1.0L Turbocharged, inter-cooled internal combustion engine allows you to keep driving when your electric battery needs to be recharged. This range extender can be configured to run on gasoline, E85 or biodiesel. The model shown will use gasoline or E85 interchangeably and can hold up to 12 gallons of fuel. Pretty Cool Technology! While it’s unlikely this particular model (1 comments)
Eating Greener - 11/14/07 12:20 PM
Are you a vegetarian? A vegan? A day in and day out red meat eater? How do your eating habits affect the environment? Do you ever think about all the methane gas that is produced by cows? Do you think about the amount of grain that cow eats to produce the one burger you’re eating today? I’m not trying to push a vegan lifestyle on anyone, but I found this pretty interesting. If you want to know how much impact your diet has on the environment, check out the Eating Green Calculator to learn how your food choices translate into pounds (4 comments)
Dog Logic - 11/13/07 12:51 PM
This one's for all the dog lovers out there.... It's a little story about dogs to brighten your day. I thought it was really, REALLY cute, and wanted to share it :) Dog Logic The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. - Anonymous
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. -Ben Williams
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. -Josh Billings The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. -Andy Rooney (21 comments)
What does the term “green” mean? - 11/13/07 11:45 AM
I use the term a lot! I often refer to ways to become “greener” in your daily life, and habits, and changes you can make to make your home “greener”. Is there a minimum standard when someone says it’s a “green” home? What does this mean? Does it mean it is carbon neutral or net zero, or does it simply mean that it has “green” features? I have often referred to a home with several “green” and energy efficient features as being green, but it may not be “green” in every way. For example, I have a listing on a (10 comments)
Reporting Construction and Industrial Pollution - 11/09/07 10:16 AM
What can you do about pollution? We all try to be responsible in our personal lives, we carpool when possible, or use public transportation, drive less, and of course, we have all switched to using Compact Fluorescent light bulbs, and taken a few steps in our homes to help (right??) Still though, there are a LOT of ignorant A*&holes out there that just plain DON’T CARE. Did you know that you can report excessive dust, industrial, or other burning emissions to your local Department of Environmental Quality? The website to ours here in Utah is http://www.deq.utah.gov/About_DEQ/contact_DEQ.htm. You can find the (1 comments)
Is your marketing a WASTE?? - 11/08/07 04:00 PM
Do you ever stop to consider how much paper is wasted every time you send out a marketing campaign? I’m beginning to look into alternatives. Something that actually works, perhaps, and doesn’t just get thrown away (wasted) and end up in the landfills! I am considering ordering a bunch of hemp reusable grocery bags with my name and logo on them, and delivering them to my SOI clients, and perhaps to my farm area as well. I spend $.075 to $1.00 a piece on a typical mailing – and my preliminary research tells me I can order the hemp bags (30 comments)
Polluting Trucks, Smoking Cars - 11/08/07 09:24 AM
Don’t you hate it when you are driving down the highway, and you see a car or truck in front of you spewing plumes of black and blue smoke into the environment? Ever wonder if there’s something you can do about it? Here in Utah, (and many other places) there is. You can call the Department of Air Quality, and depending on which county you are in (if they have emissions standards) you can report a vehicle that seems to be doing way more polluting than a normal vehicle. I encourage everyone to look up their local Department of Air Quality (3 comments)
Reusable Grocery Bags - 11/07/07 08:09 AM
Do you think about the plastic (the worst) or paper (a little better) that you use once, then discard? This is huge and un-necessary waste. What if you re-used your paper grocery bags a few times, or even better, get cloth bags? Personally, I find that re-using the cloth bags works best. You know the cloth bags you get at every NAR or local association of Realtors convention? Or the ones your title company passes out? The ones your lender gives you with the name of their mortgage company on it? Even though these might not be made of organic (5 comments)
A Note About Wind Energy - 11/06/07 10:27 PM
I think one of the most overlooked renewable energy options is wind power. Did you know that you can generate enough power for your home (in a lot of places), and what's left over goes back into the power grid for credit on future use? I'm a customer of Rocky Mountain Power, and they are great about working with people to own systems like this. Also - the government will reimburse the purchase of a windmill up to $2000. Imagine having NO power bills, and actually receiving a check from the power company for the power YOU generate with your own (7 comments)
What advanced degree should YOU get? - 11/05/07 03:22 PM
What advanced degree should YOU get? I thought this was kinda funny.... My results are below... the JD. Please comment with your results! The site - BLOG THINGS has a lot of pretty funny stuff. Obviously, this is silly stuff, purely for fun, but it's pretty right on for me.... And the characteristics (logical, driven, ruthless) are probably good ones for a realtor to have also :) What Advanced Degree Should You Get? (4 comments)
Solar's Day in the Sun - 11/05/07 03:00 PM
Solar technology is something that I've just begun to research, so look for more posts about this over the next few weeks. I think solar will play a huge part in tomorrow's power generation, as the sun's power is renewable, clean, and best of all, FREE once the infrastructure is in place. Solar has been proven effective for Heating, Lighting and Photovoltaics, which converts the sun's energy directly into electricity. The website I have found most informative about Solar Energy is the US Department of Energy's site at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/pv_consumers.html. I will be doing some more research on this over the next (1 comments)
Dining Green - 11/03/07 05:37 PM
I'm currently traveling, in Texas, and I've been trying to stay conscious of being "green" in my travels. The Hotel where I'm staying has a Restaurant called Remingtons. This restaurant is "GREEN" Certified, by an organization called Dine Green - http://www.dinegreen.com/ There are many criteria that must be met by the restaurant to achieve this certification, from using renewable, reusable, recyclable, and recycled-content materials, to water efficiency and conservation, to energy efficiency and conservation. I think more restaurants need to implement these policies, and think along the lines of global conservation. I would like to commend Remingtons for taking a step (1 comments)
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