By Brandolon Barnett     

Architect Thom Mayne during his lecture on Day 1 of the 2011 Sustainabilty Showcase in Dallas. What was in store for Day 2?

Sustainability Conference: Day 2

By Brandolon Barnett      

Recognize the bridge? Some called it a bridge to nowhere. Brent Brown, speaking at the 2011 North Texas Sustainability Conferece, is one of the people trying to change that with more sustainable design

By Esther Wu    

This Summer... Beating the Heat With Clean Cars

Rapidly rising gas prices across the country are shining a spotlight on the dire consequences of America’s dependence on oil. The transportation sector accounts for nearly two-thirds of the more than 19 million barrels of oil consumed each day in the United States.

The largest percentage is consumed by passenger cars and light duty trucks, such as SUVs, vans, and pickup trucks.

A 1700-mile Keystone XLpipeline is due here in Texas in 2012.

If you have not been following what has been happening across the Barnett Shale area of our metroplex, you may not know that drilling companies have been suing town and cities across this area--trying to intimidate them to approve drilling permits.

To counter this, Representative Lon Burnham introduced a bill (HB 3792) that would give cities the right to deny drilling and pipeline permits. His bill was only one person short of getting passed through the committee.

Saving energy with the laundry

Ninety percent of the energy used to wash clothes comes from heating the water. However, you can reduce demand on the hot water heater by washing most clothing in cold water. You will also see less color fading with the clothes. Use hot water for whites, towels, and sheets. Washing sheets in hot water is especially important for killing dust mites. But even with the warmer loads, consider using the hot cycle initially and then using cold water in the rinse cycle. Hot water more effective at killing germs.

Film Review: Fuel

Joshua Tickell's film, Fuel, looks at a topic that affects our entire world. Fuel heats us, cools us, and feeds us. Yet, the extraction of fossil fuels is a dirty business, affecting health and environment. It is a limited resource and it leads to political and international conflict.

Dallas City Council gets a gift

On Tuesday, each member of the Dallas City Council, along with Mayor Tom  Leppert and City Manager Mary K. Suhm received a gift: their very own copy of the Academy Award nominated film, Gasland

Who didn’t contribute to yesterday’s rolling blackouts?  
February 3, 2011 by Citizen Carol
  
Public Citizen VOX       

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