A Better Alternative: Driving Electric

Change is hard.  As much as we like to pretend we are malleable creatures, we have our habits and tend to stick to them.  We get up around the same time, get tired at the same time, eat food on a re...

Climate Change & Economic Development

Global changes in temperature and weather, driven by accumulating greenhouse gases (GHG), are beginning to exacerbate food insecurity, displace coastal communities and undermine livelihoods, especiall...

Articulation to Action: the Air Force’s Energy Future

Adialogue has been ongoing about going green since the first Earth Day in the 1970s. We’ve made many strides in the direction of energy conservation and being more respectful of our planet. But 2013...

The Crash of the Industrial Age

What if it were too late to save the world? What if rising threats to natural support systems on which all life depend, posed by humanity’s industrial way of life, have already done so much damage t...

Letters to Pushkin: From Loss to Inspiration & Healing

Iwas blessed to have Pushkin in my life and in our home for just over nine years. Throughout the years, he continually proved himself a resilient but gentle soul. He was feisty. He was peaceful. He wa...

The Challenge of Change & Reality of Environmental Threats

As a clinical neuropsychologist, who has studied the intricacies of how the human brain operates for the last 20 years, it still remains fascinating to observe the difficult process of change even whe...

Propane Autogas School Buses: A More Economical Solution for School Districts

Building a safe, green school bus is easy. All it takes is NASCAR’s top winning owner, a bus manufacturer willing to break from convention, a multi-million dollar investment by thousands of small bu...

America’s Addiction to Energy

Can I see a show of hands for those who want to use less energy? Of course no one wants to use less energy. That would be like asking if anyone would like to breathe less. Energy, like air, makes qual...

The Shadow Side of Smart Meters

Utilities market smart meters as a tool for customers to manage energy usage, to enable automated notification of power outages and to receive bills for actual as opposed to estimated usage. A smart m...

Science & Intelligence Analysis

Intelligence analysis is a dynamic, interactive battle of wits played under complex, uncertain circumstances. Analysts must gather evidence from open and classified sources, evaluate its credibility, ...

U.S. Air Force Managing Wetlands at Hurlburt Field

Scientific research estimates that more than one-half of U.S. wetlands have been drained, dredged, flooded or filled since the beginning of colonial America with 45 percent of this loss due to urban d...

US Air Force’s Hurlburt Field Black Bear Management Challenges

Department of Defense (DoD) lands, which account for approximately 30 million acres of pristine ecological habitat and rare species, provide a realistic setting for training, testing and mission readi...

Historic LEED Renovation Environmental & Cultural Stewardship

The concept of stewardship – the belief that people are charged with maintaining their environment for future generations – is a fundamental tenant of both environmental conservation and ...

Behaviorally Realistic Solutions to Environmental Problems

Why don’t people: set thermostats to use less energy when they are out of the house; cancel mail catalogs they never open; check their tire pressure regularly; ask whether their nursery stocks non-i...

Draper Laboratory: The Growing Menace of Orbital Debris

The world is critically dependent on satellites in Earth orbit for global communications, navigation, weather forecasts, environment and resource monitoring, and numerous security functions. But, imag...

Christian Ziegler: The World of Wild Orchids

Confucius called them the “king of fragrant plants,” and John Ruskin condemned them as “prurient apparitions.” Across the centuries, orchids have captivated us with their elaborate exoticism,...

Biocapacity & the Human Ecological Footprint

Climate change, grain shortages, reduced cropland productivity, soaring food prices – all these problems are converging at once, as if nature is in full-scale revolt. But none of these crises, thoug...

Prototyping Net-Zero Federal Facilities

Net-Zero is a catchy phrase these days, particularly for most Federal agencies. For the Department of Energy (DOE), this term means that a building will save or produce as much energy as it uses. Howe...
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