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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.

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!"

Our Heroes: John Rogers of the Union of Concerned Scientists

With interest in the energy-water-climate nexus intensifying, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has emerged as one of the preeminent organizations and resources on this important environmental and economic issue. John Rogers, senior analyst in the Climate and Energy Program at UCS, is at the heart of their work on the nexus.

Energy's Big Bycatch: Power Plant Water Use Still Sucks

The 2014 River Rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania went swimmingly. But as one panel asked, how quickly can the United States end the process that allows hundreds of aging power plants from sucking up enormous amounts of water that kill billions of fish annually? Not as quickly as they - or the fish - would like.

The Solar Road Not Yet Taken

With a powerful vision, Solar Roadways aims to vastly improve the nation's highways, use solar energy technology to power the country and provide LED lighting and computing to make driving safer. With the help of a clever video and social media they are creating a viral sensation with a IndieGoGo campaign to help make their vision a reality.

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.

Years of Living Dangerously Recap: Episode 6, Winds of Change

This episode's theme: where goes our energy future? America Ferrera checks out renewable energy supporters and climate change critic James Taylor of the Heartland Institute. Mark Bittman is back for another investigation, this one on fracking and its impact on our atmosphere.

Heroic Endeavors: Moms Taking Action on Food, Water and Energy

Mother's Day is a fitting occasion for us to give props to some of our favorite environmental advocates: moms. They're shaping conversations about energy, Big Food, clean air and water and a host of other issues. Here are a few groups you can join no matter where you live.

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.

Our Heroes: Leslie Moyer of Post Carbon Institute

Leslie Moyer is the director of Post Carbon Institute's Energy Reality Campaign. Read Leslie's interview to learn about her work with artists and energy, the undeserved un-sexiness of energy conservation and a particularly mind-blowing uphill car ride.

Solar Mythbusting

A year or so after my wife and I had a solar electric system installed on the front roof of our house, a friend posed a question that kinda caught me off guard: Any complaints from your neighbors?

Our New 9-Tip Guide to Food, Water and Energy at Home

"Meet the Nexus: How Food, Water and Energy are Connected" is our new guide that shows how making even one good decision about how you use food, water or energy resources can have a positive impact on the others. Even the simple cheese slice you might have had for lunch has a rich story to tell!

California's Drought at the Nexus

California's drought could bring rising food prices, water shortages and even influence energy markets. The state will likely face problems where food, water and energy issues intersect - the nexus.

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