AERO radio spot

      This is the text of the public service announcement I recorded for the Alternative Energy Resources Organization, which aired in early March on Missoula’s public radio station, KUFM.  You can listen to it at, but I don’t think it will be posted there for a few weeks.

          Back in the 1970s, after the OPEC oil embargo there was a flurry of interest in energy efficiency.  I remember public service spots on the radio and on TV reminding us to turn off lights we didn’t need to have on, to turn down the thermostat, to carpool, and, of course, there was the one in which Jimmy Carter famously put on a cardigan.  I was living in Boulder, Colorado at the time, and I remember seeing a lot of energy efficient homes Continue reading


          Not long after I wrote the post titled “Well I’m Sunk” about Fannie Mae’s deplorable lack of support for those of us building green homes, an article appeared in the Christian Science Monitor about the emerging field of green building certification. The Green Building Council, among others, are beginning to offer certificates – mostly to businesses – verifying that their buildings are made with energy efficient, non- polluting, renewable and generally tree-hugging techniques and resources. The Monitor opinion piece said this was a good trend, and blah, blah, blah. I, of course, shot back a letter to the editor saying that it might be a good Continue reading