Pushing the Envelope of Green Building

As energy efficiency products become more mainstream and many localities adopt enhanced green building standards (for example, California), green building rating systems must adapt to a changing landscape and continue raising the bar on building performance.

Gaining A Deeper Understanding of Public Lands

Because I am professional photographer, my husband and I always plan our vacations around beautiful places. For us, this generally means visiting national parks, monuments, preserves or state parks. I have always looked at the landscape for its visual aesthetic; what compels and draws my eye. My husband, the naturalist, turns over rocks, identifies insects, […]

TreeKeepers 101 Teaches Baltimore Residents How to Care for Street Trees

“Trees are an act of faith. What we’re doing tonight is about folks thirty, forty, fifty, a hundred years from now.” Erik Dihle, chief of the forestry division with Baltimore City’s Department of Recreation and Parks, spoke to an auditorium filled with nearly 100 people gathered for TreeKeepers 101: Trees and Baltimore. He was one […]

Weekly Environmental News: March 31 – April 6, Earth Month, Arkansas Oil Spill and More

Cherry Blossom Photo

Earth Month, the White House garden planting, aging oil pipelines in Arkansas, watering the desert in Peru, and late-coming cherry blossoms in the nation’s capital are all featured in this week’s environmental news.

In ‘Flight Behavior,’ the Climate Brings Butterflies and Change to a Rural Town

monarch butterfly photo

Barbara Kingsolver’s latest novel, “Flight Behavior,” is a tale of how people in rural Tennessee react to climate change. The protagonist, Dellarobia Turnbow, is a stay-at-home mother of two young children in a farming community in the hills. The story begins as she’s hiking up the farm’s back mountain for a rendezvous with a lineman […]