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Eiffel Tower Goes GREEN?

Someone has a lofty horticultural vision for Paris! It was announced recently that there are plans to cover the Eiffel Tower in 600,000 plants for 2012.  Can you imagine?  The $96 million plan is the work of Ginger (an engineering group) Vinci (a construction company) and architect Claude Bucher, who say they have built a prototype several meters high. The plants would be attached to the tower in bags and would be irrigated by a series of watering tubes.  The plan calls to allow the plants to grow until being removed in 2016. French newspaper Le Figaro is calling the carbon-neutral project the "lungs of Paris." Other newspapers referred to it as the "largest tree." The City of Paris immediately denied the project will happen.  They said they get "crazy" ideas all the time.  So we won't see a "living" Eiffel Tower, but it is an interesting idea. Check out this link to which shows examples of fantastic "l

Clarifying The American Clean Energy and Security Act

This post is in response to a letter written in my local paper recently, in which the writer wrongly stated that thanks to the passing of H.R. 2454 homeowners would no longer be able to sell their homes without meeting energy & water efficiency standards.  The writer must have misunderstood or not read the entire bill, because that's NOT what was approved. As a Realtor member of the National Association of Realtors, I know that this is not true.  It may be true in other countries, as energy audits are common in some European nations, but it is not the case here. Following is NAR's Myths and Facts about The American Clean Energy and Security Act as found on NAR's website. NAR Myths and Facts The American Clean Energy and Security Act National Association of REALTORS ® Government Affairs Division 500 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001 On June 26, the House of Representative approved H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act. Since then, there

Little Green Things Adding Up!

Do you ever wonder if all the little things you're doing to be GREENER add up?  I know they do, but recently I've been feeling like I can actually SEE the difference, and it's pretty uplifting! Reusable Bags was the trigger.  I've been using reusable shopping bags for a long time.  I've always liked how CVS Pharmacy rewards me for doing so through the green bag tag program.  For $1 I bought a green tag and bring my own shopping bag with me.  Each time I remember to have the cashier scan my tag adds up, and for every 4 times they give me back a $1 coupon.  I looked down at my receipt the other day to find I'd used my tag something like 44 times this year.  That was pretty nice to see that I'd saved that many plastic shopping bags AND that I'd earned $11 back for doing what I would have done anyway.  As a side note on the reusable bags, I recently organized my pantry and found I had twice as many bags as I'll ever need.  (I have some canvas bags that