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Green Goes Mainstream: Kentucky Coal Businessmen See Potential in Renewable Energy

Climate change concerns versus coal dust celebrations, clean air rules versus community freedoms, environmental ideals versus mining jobs? What if the way America’s been debating its energy future is based on false dichotomies?  What if the very industry blamed in part for climate destruction has the most power to build a renewable energy future?  In […]

Continue Reading By on July 29, 2014 in Appalachia, energy, environment, mountains, MTR, outdoors, solar, sustainable

Green Goes Mainstream: Solar PV for Home Sweet Home

Home sweet home, complete with your own solar energy array?  It’s becoming more and more common.  In our Green Goes Mainstream series, we meet a Pennsylvania couple on the leading edge of an American clean energy movement. Bob and Donna Weikert’s home looks like any other quaint homeplace in rural Pennsylvania except for the photovoltaic […]

Continue Reading By on July 28, 2014 in frugal, green, home, solar, sustainable

350.org’s Bill McKibben Inspires Sustainability in America’s Secret City

350.org Co-Founder Bill McKibben Ever notice how the most skillful teachers never have to raise their voice to be heard by a classroom full of students? Instead, their technique can involve an attention-getting near-whisper.  Sitting in a hushed auditorium filled with people of all ages felt it must be like sitting in Bill McKibben’s Methodist […]

Continue Reading By on August 21, 2013 in 350.org, Bill McKibben, clean air, clean water, climate change, conscious consumerism, energy, environment, green, parenting, solar

Sustainable Future Business Inspires Energy Conservation

Visiting Sustainable Future’s solar park and modest headquarters is an immersion in energy conservation for the 21st century. The showy display of large solar panels out front gives potential clients examples of all sorts of construction possibilities.  Of course, the main building displays a large array of photovoltaic panels, as well. A modern carport uses […]

Continue Reading By on April 17, 2013 in conscious consumerism, energy, frugal, green, home, solar, sustainable, thrifty

Saving Energy Gets Personal for Solar Entrepreneur

Sustainable Future Founder David Bolt at his Demonstration Solar Park Saving energy is obviously more than a slogan or selling point for Knoxville businessman David Bolt. Sure, his family saved money when the power company had to pay them for energy, because solar panels and conservation methods created their net zero energy home.  And more […]

Continue Reading By on April 16, 2013 in conscious consumerism, conservation, energy, green, natural resources, solar, sustainable

Plans for Smart Jobs in Central Appalachia

The community is buzzing about a free health clinic in the works for next year.  But even bigger plans are in the air around Williamson, West Virginia.  Plans for a future where more local residents might have employment in emerging industries like solar.  A future where the entire community’s health might improve in this part of Central Appalachia. JOBS Project […]

Continue Reading By on July 27, 2011 in Appalachia, energy, environmental, forest, green, jobs, solar, sustainable

Empowering Wellness in West Virginia

George Webb was chatting with a friend in front of the local drugstore when I said hello in downtown Williamson, West Virginia.  I asked this long-time resident, retired businessman and Army veteran what he thought about the new health clinic in the works.  “I think it will be a nice thing when it gets up […]

Continue Reading By on July 26, 2011 in Appalachia, eating better, energy, frugal, green, solar, sustainable, thrifty

Independent Radio Station Goes Solar

“Big Rick” Kitzmiller Long before you could post photos of your used refrigerator or car for sale on the internet, somebody in the rural United States was calling a local radio station to tell neighbors about their valuable castoffs. Back in the 90s, listeners in East Tennessee could call in live on the air during […]

Continue Reading By on July 25, 2011 in energy, green, solar, sustainable