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Bug Prevention – the Natural Way

It’s that time of year when we all find ourselves outdoors as much as possible, enjoying the sunshine doing sports, gardening or just sunning away. However, for most of us, we find the pleasure of the outdoors somewhat compromised by our battle with Mother Nature’s little creatures – bugs! Now there are tons of bug

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What do Mad Max and Buckminster Fuller have in common?

This article was original published for the Talkin’ Green column. Download a copy of the column from the Lake Geneva Regional News Real Estate Guide. The answer is domes. Although dome construction looks like something out of a modern architecture magazine, in reality the Pantheon, built by the Romans in A.D. 123 and still standing,

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A Case for Tile

At its core, tile is a more sustainable option for flooring or wall covering, than most of its competitors. Essentially an all natural product, tile is typically made of earthen clay plus water, that is then transformed by fire. It exceeds the life span of other flooring materials like marble, carpet and hardwood, and it

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Solar – Going Gangbusters!

What a week! Maryland Governor Hogan signs into law, not one, but two Community Shared Solar bills, opening the grounds to a three-year pilot program for the development and the building of Maryland’s first community shared solar projects. And Georgia Governor Deal signs his own record breaking law, allowing third party ownership for solar; targeting

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Solar and Utilities – where are we going?

Today’s Renewable News Top Picks: New utility power plant to be run partly on solar, Hawaii sets new renewable energy goals, and Shared solar could be the answer to expanded market penetration. New Alliant Energy power plant near Beloit, WI would be partly solar powered Aliant Energy plans to build a new power plant in

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Pros and Cons of Open Office Space Design

The concept of open office design is nothing new.  In the early 20th century, architects like Frank Lloyd Wright began to look at space from an ideological perspective, believing that walls served to alienate and divide people. In the hopes of breaking down society’s barriers and freeing up thought and actions, the concept of the

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The Environmental Impact of the Internet

The average person spends over eight hours a day strolling through the internet, answering email, or sharing over their favorite social media platform. And with all that activity, each person is contributing to their own virtual carbon footprint. Yes – even if you work from a home office, shop from the comfort of your living

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Colleges: Solar and the Missing Piece

Colleges are increasingly jumping on the solar bandwagon. Let’s face it, solar installations on campus are a great way to save money and generate positive public relations. And for many colleges, solar has become the new point of differentiation; a way to stand apart from competitors and attract new students. Saving money, helping the environment

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Building Net-Zero for Today’s World

This article was original published for the Talkin’ Green column. Download a copy of the column from the Lake Geneva Regional News Real Estate Guide. After a winter of extreme temperatures, the concept of building a Net-Zero energy home may sound like something out of a fantasy movie. But reality is that Net-Zero energy homes

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