A few years ago, Wired Magazine published an interesting map showing carbon footprint per capita that graphically demonstrated the obvious: Where you get sprawl, lots of cars and air conditioning, you get a much bigger footprint for every citizen due to their higher energy consumption. So if we want to reduce our footprint and get off oil, what is the best thing for Americans to do?

Move to Buffalo.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/08/if-you-want-to-get-off-oil-move-to-buffalo.php?campaign=daily_nl

This simple passive water-harvesting device takes advantage of one attribute that most deserts have — a major temperature differential between night and day.

http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/blogs/a-solution-to-reverse-africas-growing-deserts

Here’s one of my designs: a manual clothes washer that does a load of laundry in about 20 minutes using no power other than muscle. It’s portable, so you can carry or wheel it to a water source, and if you wash with biodegradable soap, the wash water can easily go to a garden afterward.

http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/06/flashback_off-grid_laundry_machine.html

“The Drake Landing Solar Community is the first solar powered community of North America. Located in the town of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, the project sets a wonderful example of how every household can lead a sustainable lifestyle. There are 800 solar panels located throughout the community on garage roofs, and they produce 1.5 mega-watts of thermal power during a summer day and supply heat to the district heating system. The whole system meets 90% of the annual heating and hot water needs of the homes.”

http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/24/a-unique-solar-powered-community-in-canada/

“Greenwashing is undeniably present in the travel business,” says Hugh Hough, president of Green Team, a company that specializes in working with sustainable travel destinations and travel-related companies. “But there are steps travelers can take to distinguish travel providers who are legitimately cleaning up their act from the more cynical providers who are just cashing in on an opportunity.”

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/traveltips/04/22/greenwashing/