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Volunteering at American Museum of Science and Energy

Get my FREE newsletter here! Where can your family have a hair-raising experience doing safe science experiments, meet world-famous scientists and explore a secret city?  All this and more is available to discover at the American Museum of Science and Energy in East Tennessee! It may be one of the Knoxville area’s best-kept secrets. I’ve […]

Continue Reading By on February 8, 2016 in Appalachia, East Tennessee, education, energy, science, volunteer

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Celebrated

World War II veterans, famed Calutron Girls and schoolchildren all shared a high school auditorium to celebrate the launch of the historic Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  The once Secret City is one of three national sites that collectively create the park, along with Los Alamos, New Mexico and Hanford, Washington. […]

Continue Reading By on January 18, 2016 in Appalachia, energy, heritage, historic

Tennessee Valley Authority Approves Long-Term Energy Plans

The nation’s largest public power provider is leading the way in decades of power planning, after input from a diverse mix of stakeholders.  The Tennessee Valley Authority has approved an Integrated Resource Plan as a roadmap for the next two decades, as well as approving a $10.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2016. “This budget […]

Continue Reading By on August 31, 2015 in energy

Museum Remembers Coal Mining Tradition in West Virginia

I’m proud of the tiny wrench stamped with “Ford” on it from my grandfather’s tool collection.  It’s a relic from his years of working at the Ford Garage and other garages before that, where he was known for his ability to tinker with automobiles and fix just about anything.  While the Model T went only […]

Continue Reading By on June 29, 2015 in Appalachia, coal, energy, natural resources, travel, with our own hands

Earth Care Chat with Sierra Club & Eco Author

You don’t have to tell the parent of a child with asthma that when your child can’t breathe, nothing else matters.  They’ve been there. One in ten children in this country depends on a rescue inhaler because of an asthma diagnosis.  Others still, young and old, suffer a range of heart and lung diseases.  It […]

Continue Reading By on April 8, 2015 in clean air, conservation, energy, environment, environmental health, green, green parenting

No More Dim Bulbs: ENERGY STAR & Zombies

Post done in cooperation with ENERGY STAR. Have you tried LED bulbs only to be disappointed in the dim or strangely tinted light they created? Apparently the latest greenwashing coming to a retailer near you is a cheap knockoff of an LED lightbulb that doesn’t meet ENERGY STAR standards. We know LEDS save energy and […]

Continue Reading By on September 23, 2014 in energy, frugal, home

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