Vermont City First Off the Grid - Every Day is Earth Day

I have to admit my progressive city bias, not against any particular place, but for some places, assuming the usual suspects will always be the ones pushing the needle forward…when it comes to energy progress, I expect to see San Francisco or Austin or Boulder or Santa Cruz or one of those spots in the headlines.

Burlington, Vermont wasn’t on my radar—not because of any suspicion they would be behind the times in any way, I just didn’t realize how much AHEAD of the times they were.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

See-Through Solar: Every Day is Earth Day

Here’s one of those “Huh—whodathunk?” new stories that caught my eye recently when scouring for inspiration for our “Every Day is Earth Day” blogs…Researchers at Michigan State University have had a breakthrough in solar technology. In their labs, they’ve discovered a way to create an entirely transparent solar concentrator.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

Cost of Solar Energy Dropping in the US

by Linnea Gregg / The Intelligent Optimist

The newest Gold Rush will have us mining for sunshine. The Deutsche Bank, a global banking and financial services company, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the nation’s primary laboratory for research on renewable energy development, have both released studies showing that the price of solar energy is dropping. As a result, the reports predict, in the coming years solar energy will become the primary source of power across the globe.

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The Intelligent Optimist (formerly Ode) is an independent international media platform focused on solutions, possibility and inspiration. We present optimism as the most effective, efficient and by scientific research confirmed strategy to drive the innovation and creativity that are necessary to solve the problems and meet the challenges that people and society face.

Fetzer Vineyards Leads the Way to Zero Waste

This is a pretty stellar achievement: Fetzer Vineyards has essentially halted creating waste for the world to absorb. They are the first wine company to receive Zero Waste Certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, meaning they have diverted 97.7 percent of waste from landfill, incineration, and the environment.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

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Highway sign welcomes visitors to Vermont
04/21/2015
I have to admit my progressive city bias, not against any particular place, but for some places, assuming the usual suspects will always be the ones pushing the needle forward…when it comes to energy... read more
side view of glass skyscraper building
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solar panels mounted on angled roof
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Grapes on a Vine
11/19/2014
This is a pretty stellar achievement: Fetzer Vineyards has essentially halted creating waste for the world to absorb. They are the first wine company to receive Zero Waste... read more
Highway sign welcomes visitors to Vermont
04/21/2015
I have to admit my progressive city bias, not against any particular place, but for some places, assuming the usual suspects will always be the ones pushing the needle forward…when it comes to energy... read more
side view of glass skyscraper building
04/16/2015
Here’s one of those “Huh—whodathunk?” new stories that caught my eye recently when scouring for inspiration for our “Every Day is Earth Day” blogs…Researchers at Michigan State University have had a... read more
solar panels mounted on angled roof
12/25/2014
by Linnea Gregg / The Intelligent Optimist The newest Gold Rush will have us mining for sunshine. The Deutsche Bank, a global banking and financial services company, and the U.S. Department... read more
Grapes on a Vine
11/19/2014
This is a pretty stellar achievement: Fetzer Vineyards has essentially halted creating waste for the world to absorb. They are the first wine company to receive Zero Waste... read more