As the photos in an exhibit at UVA demonstrate, one South African village is a place where water is a daily struggle.
It seems the Central Virginia drought season may have returned. Good timing, then, for a reminder from Paige Mattson at the Blue Ridge Eco Shop.
People who are buying houses have plenty to think about. There’s the matter of how much to offer and what type of mortgage to take out. There’s the need to get a home inspection and consider whether any problems —leaky roof, sagging porch—are worth asking the sellers to fix before closing. You have to arrange […]
A special treat, greenies: Guest writer Melissa Batchelor Warnke on the question of whether local food grown in greenhouses is as sustainable as what comes from the open fields.
Just recently I noticed evidence of spraying – brown, shriveled foliage – along the road where I live. What disturbed me was that this was mere feet from a small creek.
It’s time once again for your roundup of reading that sports that peculiar verdant hue.
Last November, Charlottesville’s City Council passed a resolution calling for a raft of studies related to the community’s 50-year water supply plan. The move came amid continued controversy about the plan that Council and other local bodies adopted in 2006, and followed an announcement that Gannett Fleming, the engineering firm hired to implement the plan, […]
This legislation is a serious bit of greenwashing: subsidizing the purchase of cars that get 14 miles to the gallon, in the name of efficiency?
Free bear access, no-spray West Nile, the SmartGrid, and Green Scene’s Twitter name!
Last November, Charlottesville’s City Council passed a resolution calling for a raft of studies related to the community’s 50-year water supply plan.
Welcome to the end of a busy week, friends. Here’s what to read.
The way Deeds and McDonnell talk about environmental issues could have ramifications for future races elsewhere.
Last October, developer Richard Spurzem of Neighborhood Properties decided that going through Albemarle County’s approval process for preliminary site plans was no longer an attractive plan. Having had his plans for 187 townhouse units (part of the North Pointe megadevelopment on 29N) rejected twice by county planners, and facing the prospect of a third review, […]
I have eased my darkened conscience a little bit by dropping out of AAA and getting into the Better World Club instead.
I just came from McGuffey, where the Festival of the Photograph is showing two exhibits related to matters of ecology.
Good day, amigos. I bring you a fine selection of green events with which to fill your calendar.
Fred Oesch and Debbie Davis in the 1,200-square-foot, octagonal house he designed for her in North Garden. Davis and her sister laid the Buckingham slate floor; her Murphy bed folds out of the wall behind the easy chair. It’s an overcast day, and inside a small clearing on Debbie Davis’ 26-acre property, the sunlight is […]
It’s easy to talk about getting off the grid, but how many of us would actually do it? As Fred Oesch’s first residential client who wanted to live completely disconnected from utility systems, Debbie Davis is unusually committed to her green goals. “In general principle, she wanted to be off the grid,” says Oesch. “That […]
If you’ve done any reading about straw-bale construction, you know that the epicenter of American straw-bale enthusiasm is far away, in states like Arizona and Utah. But there are a number of straw-bale houses in Central Virginia, including those that Fred Oesch has designed. Skeptics might question the use of a moisture-sensitive material in this […]
Measure for measure Tape measure: The simplest, most idiot-proof tool in the universe, right? Well, yes and no. Yes, because any schmoe can take a measurement for a couch or a rug. No, because if your numbers have to be at all precise, a little quality makes a big difference in a seemingly very basic […]
Anita Gupta Lots of people look for a big kitchen when they’re house-shopping—sometimes more because of looks than function. Not so with Anita Gupta. The enormous granite-topped island in her kitchen is an essential feature, because she runs a business making custom cakes for weddings and birthdays. “This was the thing I needed the most,” […]
I had hoped to deliver a ringing endorsement of one of the three Democratic candidates for Virginia governor.
Sooner or later we’ll have to cash in those junkers we’re driving. Or will we?