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Hidden Water: 8 Ways We Use Water That Might Surprise You

Drought remains an all-too-common news story in the US but the silver lining is that a growing number of people are curious about how they can cut back on their water waste, and in many cases are willing to think outside the box to do it. Enter the water footprint.

Raise the Roof: Solar Adds Thousands to Home Resale Values

Warm up this wintry week with some good news about solar power! A common myth holds that mounting solar panels to the roof of your home can lower its resale value. But a new federal energy agency report may put that myth to rest once and for all.

Have a Super Green Big Game Party!

It's Super Bowl time again, sports fans! This year, we have a new goal: make our Super Bowl parties the greenest they've ever been. Here are a few ideas to mull as the big day approaches - whether you're a diehard Seattle Seahawks OR New England Patriots fan.

Fossil Fuel Export Folly

The Obama Administration's ramp-up of fossil fuel exports is at odds with its push for a global climate deal. It also presents a real threat to our already strained water resources. Here's a sustainable solution: Integrated energy-water-climate policies that drive low-carbon, low-water technologies and initiatives.

Less Meat, Less Heat: Addressing Climate Change with Meatless Monday

With the UN Climate Summit upon us, what can the rest of us do to address climate change in our own lives? When it comes to food, reducing the amount of emission-heavy foods we eat can go a long ways. Eating less meat (perhaps going meatless just one day a week) is easy and effective.

Make One Sustainable Choice, Get Two Free! 9 Simple Nexus Tips

Rarely is the food, water and energy nexus presented as convenient, much less in ways that are easy to understand. But if you strip away all the complex discussions and you're left with this simple idea: A sustainable choice in any one of these three systems is likely to be a sustainable choice for the other two, as well.

10 Simple Tips for an Energy Efficient Summer

As we enter the dog days of summer, it's time to refresh yourself with some easy ways to save energy while staying cool. Here are ten tips to help you use energy more efficiently and save money at the same time.

Our Heroes: Tiffany Haworth of the Dan River Basin Association

It's been a year like no other for Tiffany Haworth, executive director of the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA). In early February, a coal ash waste pond on the banks of Dan River began to spill its toxic contents into the river. Here, Tiffany shares how DRBA responded to one of the worst coal ash spills ever to occur in the US.

In World Cup of Environmental Footprints, Tops Not Boss

The 2014 World Cup has been a great success as the finals draw near. Although knocked out earlier, the United States has few if any peers in the World Cup of large "environmental footprints." The problem is, winning that Cup is no triumph.

Passive House: High Performance Houses for a Warmer Future

Imagine you're building a home. What if you could design it so your electric bill was next to nothing, but the home would cost you 10 percent more upfront? Would it be worth it to you? For Jennifer and Sloan Ritchie, residents of Seattle's first certified Passive House, the answer was a resounding, "Yes!"

Years of Living Dangerously Recap: Episode 7, Revolt, Rebuild, Renew

This week, Jessica Alba looks at an Environmental Defense Fund program bringing environmental management to corporate America. Chris Hayes went to New York's Far Rockaways to visit with another community devastated by Hurricane Sandy. And Thomas Friedman found a story about Egypt's Arab Spring taking him in a direction he hadn't anticipated: to Kansas.

Bad News for Food: Climate Change is Here

The newly released National Climate Assessment says that climate change will hit agriculture particularly hard due to extreme heat, drought, disease and heavy downpours. That leaves food security in doubt.

Earth Day 2014: An Eco-Stravaganza of Sustainable Tips and Tricks (Part 1)

This Earth Day, the Ecocentric team is celebrating by sharing our favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks! Whether you're an old hand at ninja energy efficiency tactics or setting up your first apartment, hopefully you'll find, as we did, that there's always more to pick up by way of sustainable living.

Earth Day 2014: An Eco-Stravaganza of Sustainable Tips and Tricks (Part 2)

This Earth Day, the Ecocentric team is celebrating by sharing our favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks! Hopefully you'll find, as we did, that there are always more sustainable tips to pick up. Here, tips on growing your own food, solar power-ing your nest and making the most out of your glassware. (Post 2 of 2)

Our Heroes: Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more enthusiastic, persuasive advocate for clean energy than Gordian Raacke, founder and executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island (reLI) - and solar homeowner. He's long been a nationally-known leader in clean energy and climate change issues.

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