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Windy Campaign Trail

Windy Campaign Trail

When you go to the campaign site for New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) and click on the "Multimedia" tab, a short video clip starts streaming onto your computer screen. Richardson, who is up for reelection, appears in a blue-denim shirt, standing against the New Mexican backdrop of blue sky and fields of gold tinged with green. But the state's natural beauty isn't what's dominating that backdrop.
Cleaning a Spill and Reigniting a Debate in Montana

Cleaning a Spill and Reigniting a Debate in Montana

Just as the BP Gulf oil spill and the Japan nuclear plant crisis forced those communities to re-evaluate the energy produced in their backyards, the residents of Montana will soon face similar challenges.
A Climate for Renewables

A Climate for Renewables

Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities. Twenty years ago, my father and I went on a trip to explore several glaciers. It was a special experience for us, and one of my fondest memories. So you can imagine my horror to see recent photos of these very same glaciers that showed how much they had receded. Just 20 years ago, they were majestic examples of the Earth's natural beauty. Now, they are case studies of a planet in crisis.
Hybrid Buses Enhance National Park

Hybrid Buses Enhance National Park

Tourists visiting Yosemite National Park will get a hybrid experience starting in 2005 when the park will start using General Motors' (GM) diesel-electric buses. The General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded a contract for 18 of the vehicle manufacturer's 40-foot hybrids.
Canadian Wind Power Feasibility Study Funded

Canadian Wind Power Feasibility Study Funded

Uniterre Resources will match a CAN$100,000 (US$63,000) grant to the Village of Masset and Uniterre Resources from the Canadian Federation of Municipalities to study the feasibility of wind power on the north end of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia...
Germany’s Incentives Propel World’s Largest Solar Project

Germany’s Incentives Propel World’s Largest Solar Project

In perhaps the most noteworthy display of the effectiveness of Germany's feed-in solar energy rebates, a partnership led by California-based PowerLight has finished construction of the world's largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant: a 10 MW facility in Bavaria, Germany.
Geothermal Energy in Iceland: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Geothermal Energy in Iceland: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Iceland is named the land of fire and ice for a good reason. It is certainly icy: temperatures hover around 10-20°F (-12 to -6°C) in the winter. But underneath that frozen earth lies fiery hot rock and water — so much of it that 87 percent of the country’s heat and hot water demand is met with geothermal energy and 25 […]
Conserving Land in the Hill Country

Conserving Land in the Hill Country

“Conserving land in the Hill Country is not a simple feat – it requires long-term involvement from many individuals and organizations who want to see these lands preserved as open space in perpetuity. Through their ongoing partnership with HCC and their donation program, Native has proven their commitment to the community and to protecting water, wildlife habitat and the natural beauty and heritage of central Texas area. We are fortunate to have them as a partner.” - George Cofer At NATiVE, our mission is to lead the way to a sustainable future. We are building green homes to last generations, and we want our environment to last at least that long. We’re acutely aware of the rapid growth and diminishing resources in the Hill Country. Preserving natural lands and the rural heritage is an incumbent responsibility of all of us that directly affect it. For each home that we build, NATiVE makes a donation to the Hill Country Conservancy and purchases a HCC membership for the homeowner. This partnership is incredibly valuable to NATiVE as we not only create beautiful, energy efficient homes but we are stewards of our surrounding environment. Thank you Hill Country Conservancy for all the hard work you do, we are HERE FOREVER with you. Hill Country Conservancy (HCC) marshals public and private resources to preserve the natural areas and scenic vistas, aquifers and springs, rivers and streams, working farms and ranches, and the rural heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country for people to enjoy and cherish for generations to come. They believe that the region’s prosperity is inextricably tied to its natural landscape and quality of life. People – and companies – move here, and want to stay here, because it’s a wonderful, beautiful place to be. But growth has consequences. The more land that gets developed, the less rainwater makes it back into the aquifers and springs; the greater the risk of fragmenting the contiguous habitat native wildlife need to survive; the scarcer the wild, open spaces that make the Hill Country such a special and unique place to live. The future economic success of Central Texas and the Hill Country is tied to how well we balance our growth and the preservation of these precious natural resources. Hill Country Conservancy has had great conservation success since its inception in 1999. Working collaboratively with its partners, HCC has helped conserve over 44,000 acres in the Texas Hill Country. Altogether the conservation easements that HCC holds as well as the Nalle Bunny Run Nature Preserve are valued at over $83 million, a striking amount of conservation accomplished by leveraging a fraction of that amount in funding from grants and municipal and county bonds, together with donations from individual supporters and green-minded organizations such as Native. To expand their impact and effectiveness, HCC has officially announced that it has expanded its focus area to include six counties within the greater Texas Hill Country region. To date, HCC’s focus area covered the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer, generally contained within Travis and Hays Counties. The newly expanded area includes Travis, Hays, Llano, Blanco, Burnet and San Saba counties, an area selected in order to ensure an even greater conservation impact in future years. In addition to its core mission work, Hill Country Conservancy has been working to create the first regional trail system in Central Texas, the Violet Crown Trail. After over 15 years of strategic land acquisition and planning, the first six-mile segment is now open and the VCT is on its way to becoming the longest trail of its kind in Central Texas. The Violet Crown Trail represents the greater vision of Hill Country Conservancy’s work to get people out on the land. Users will have the opportunity to experience conservation lands like never before – surrounded by wildlife, clean streams, and the breathtaking views of land preserved by HCC and its partners.
6 Companies that Have Great Environmental Initiatives

6 Companies that Have Great Environmental Initiatives

Ford Motor Company  Automotive manufacturers used to be one of the heaviest polluters around, but Ford Motor Company is turning its image around with a ten part environmental policy that has been in force for years. Ford uses sustainable fabrics in its vehicles, and both the Escape and Focus vehicles are 80 percent recyclable. Ford is also an innovator in fuel […]
Wales goes to the polls with renewables firmly on the agenda

Wales goes to the polls with renewables firmly on the agenda

The ‘green economy’ has become a central proposition of all of the main parties. Given the practicality and the fiscal benefits of increasing renewables infrastructure across the country, it makes sense for campaigning politicians to focus on this area.