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This Forestry Town Will Be Canada's First Geothermal Village  A forestry town is working to re-invent itself as a renewable energy leader with a project that promises community revitalization from the ground up.

This Forestry Town Will Be Canada's First Geothermal Village 

The mountain village of Valemount, British Columbia, located along the Rocky Mountain trench is eyeing the nearby Canoe Reach hot springs -- one of the hottest surface hot springs in Canada -- as a source of geothermal heat and renewable electricity generation. There's more to energy independence than phasing out foreign oil. It’s time to update our definition of energy independence.

There's more to energy independence than phasing out foreign oil

As the United States increasingly relies on domestic sources of energy, we need to recognize that the traditional formulation of independence falls short. A true calculation of our national energy freedom would include the way other nations produce their own power. I’ll explain. The other economic threat For decades, the specter of hostile nations controlling the energy that fuels our economy has been seen as a threat to our security, prosperity and diplomatic freedom. So it’s good news that the U.S. is increasingly in control of our own energy. Emissions have no borders Climate change is extremely expensive. And since we have the largest economy in the world, trillions of that cost will be here in America. Indian 'Solar Tree' to Allow for Smaller Solar Parks. Greenbiz. Can we afford to teach our children?

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In the U.S. we generally can agree that educating our children is important. Consensus stops there. Whether the U.S. education system is broken, and if so, how to best fix it, is an increasingly politicized debate. Current discussions on how to improve education have focused on better teachers, better technology and more funding (which deepens the debate on who should pay for it).

But consider that each year K–12 schools spend more than $8 billion on energy — more than they spend on computers and textbooks combined. The majority of school facilities fail to meet even basic occupant needs, and fall short on meeting the evolving education demands for a 21st century economy. RMI and New Buildings Institute (NBI) believe schools are a prime market for neft-zero energy design and operation, in both new construction and deep energy retrofit projects of existing building.

Why invest in net zero schools? 1. 2. 3. Net zero buildings are the future. Matt Price: Canadian Environmentalists Don't Have Time to Be Polite. There's an old joke that goes: How do you get 20 Canadians out of a swimming pool?

Matt Price: Canadian Environmentalists Don't Have Time to Be Polite

You shout, "Hey you Canadians, get out of the swimming pool. " We're generally an obedient lot, except while on skates, so what gives with the plan of a group of Canadians to block Warren Buffett's coal trains near Vancouver this Saturday? No more power lines? By Mark Clayton, Staff Writer for The Christian Science Monitor / December 31, 2009 Abundant solar and wind power lies across America’s vast plains and deserts, but getting that distant renewable energy to cities without wrecking vistas and raising lawsuits over transmission lines is a sizable hurdle for green-leaning utility companies.

No more power lines?

Thousands of miles of towering electrical lines will be needed before big alternative-energy projects can take hold. Talk Business to Me - Microsoft's Dirty Cloud. California garbage trucks fueled by ... garbage. Hundreds of trash trucks across California are rumbling down city streets using clean fuel made from a dirty source: garbage.

California garbage trucks fueled by ... garbage

Skip to next paragraph Subscribe Today to the Monitor Click Here for your FREE 30 DAYS ofThe Christian Science MonitorWeekly Digital Edition The fuel is derived from rotting refuse that San Francisco and Oakland residents and businesses have been discarding in the Altamont landfill since 1980. Wind power: Clean energy, dirty business? Like the oil drilling rig that became an icon of the Industrial Age, the giant, spinning wind turbine has become a global image of clean power.

Wind power: Clean energy, dirty business?

Skip to next paragraph Subscribe Today to the Monitor Click Here for your FREE 30 DAYS ofThe Christian Science MonitorWeekly Digital Edition. Dirty data: Apple has the least-green data centers, says Greenpeace. Google Rents Goats to Replace Lawnmowers and Fertilizer. First we learned that Bayer Health rented 1,450 sheep to graze grass on its Richmond, California campus.

Google Rents Goats to Replace Lawnmowers and Fertilizer

Now Google has informed us that they are taking a similar approach to landscaping by renting goats from California Grazing to cut its grass. The goats supposedly cost the same as traditional lawnmowing, but emit much less carbon and don't spew engine exhaust-- and they provide more comic relief. A herder periodically brings 200 goats onto campus, where they spend a week grazing on grass and fertilizing it with their poop. The goats, which have been spotted by one Google staffer west of the main campus soccer field, are herded by a border collie named Jen. The world can be powered by alternative energy, using todays technology, in 20-40 years, says Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson. January 26, 2011 A new study – co-authored by Stanford researcher Mark Z.

The world can be powered by alternative energy, using todays technology, in 20-40 years, says Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson

Jacobson and UC-Davis researcher Mark A. Delucchi – analyzing what is needed to convert the world's energy supplies to clean and sustainable sources says that it can be done with today's technology at costs roughly comparable to conventional energy.