September 8, 2016: High Stakes: A Play In One Act

Act One: Scene One – (Our first character, Brain-Off/Cynical Heart [BOCyH], sits in front of the TV and inexplicably starts the dialog) BOCyH – It doesn’t really cost anything if I don’t (select from: conserve energy; use energy efficiently; switch to renewable energy; reduce fossil fuels)? Enter character two, who is really the Brain-On/Compassionate Heart […]

August 18, 2016: Kicks

Today’s column is a two-part puzzle. First, what are the “kicks” I am talking about, and second, why am I talking about them? “Kicks” are cheap thrills, you guess – think Paul Revere and the Raiders half a century ago (“Kicks just keep getting harder to find…”). Good try, but No. How about that breakfast […]

May 2nd, 2016: Sunshine at the Landfill

Sunshine at the Landfill EYES ON THE PRIZE Chad Farrell greeted me at Encore Renewable Energy in Burlington. He had just bicycled in from his home in Queen City Park (alas, I had driven in by car), and we talked about the solar project for the South Burlington landfill that has been in the works […]

December 15, 2016: Frenzy Finale – Why?

As we continue our national shopping frenzy with the Holidays rapidly approaching, I was thinking about “why?.” Why do we do this? Why do we overconsume things we don’t really need and in many cases don’t really even want, not just at Holiday times but day in and day out, year in and year out? […]

April 21, 2016: Hats

“Honey, can you bring up the screens this weekend, and while you’re at it would you bring the gloves and hats down.” Spring has sprung, and taking down all our winter hats got me thinking about the different hats we figuratively wear all year long. For me, it includes husband, father, brother, son, coach, teacher, […]

April 14, 2016: Getting Into Hot Water

On the one hand, you don’t want to get into hot water: like forgetting your anniversary, or staring a few extra seconds at that gorgeous guy/gal when you thought your wife/husband wasn’t looking, or lying to your kids and getting caught in the lie. On the other hand, sometimes it is really nice or useful […]

March 24, 2016: Wow! Look at These Numbers!

As we continue well into the second year of our two year Georgetown University Energy Prize competition, the Energy Committee has tried to send out a consistent message: energy efficiency and conservation will not only do good for the environment but will also do good for your family, business, and City budgets. Last issue I […]

March 10, 2016: High Stakes: A Play In One Act

Act One: Scene One – (Our first character, Brain-Off/Cynical Heart [BOCyH], sits in front of the TV and inexplicably starts the dialog) BOCyH – It doesn’t really cost anything if I don’t (select from: conserve energy; use energy efficiently; switch to renewable energy; reduce fossil fuels)? Enter character two, who is really the Brain-On/Compassionate Heart […]

March 3, 2016: A Piece At A Time: Peter Jones

“There are two ways to approach a ‘deep energy retrofit’” Peter Jones told me. “All at once, or a piece of the work at a time.” Peter, a founding and long-time member of the South Burlington Energy Committee, and his wife and fellow biologist Terry Donovan, have chosen the latter approach ever since they bought […]

February 25, 2016: Eye on the Prize: Winter Driving

Last winter I got rear ended while sitting at a traffic light (the car behind me slid on the icy road) and then, to add insult to injury, got sideswiped later that same day at a busy South Burlington intersection, scarping the entire side of my car. It was not a good day, and it […]