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Going Green Guide(1)

Save the environment! And maybe lose all of your friends in the process.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  October 26, 2012

Meters, smart?

A device intended to cut air pollution, decrease our reliance on fossil fuels, and increase energy efficiency is under attack from a small but passionate group of activists who say the technology is harmful and invasive.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 26, 2012

Lots of hot air

Independent US Senate candidate Angus King opened a recent debate at the University of Southern Maine by congratulating Chris Sauer, president and CEO of Maine's Ocean Renewable Power Company, which has started generating electricity for the power grid
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 21, 2012
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Review: The Odd Life of Timothy Green

I would describe Timothy Green's life as more twee than odd.
More twee than odd
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 17, 2012

Looking ahead

Lance Tapley's assessment of environmental protection efforts during the 125th Legislature (see "'Holding the Line,'" May 25) gives due credit to some like Senator Tom Saviello, but ignores integral efforts of important others.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, June 8, 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 08, 2012

Instant runoff

The city is considering a new stormwater fee that would help pay for improvements and maintenance to Portland's old and overburdened wastewater system and in doing so, keep raw sewage, industrial waste, pesticides, oil, and dog crap (some call it a "tox
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 08, 2012


Shipping news

The loss of the nascent container-ship line in Portland's harbor last week was not just a blow to the city's desired reputation as a shipping hub — but also to the environment.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 11, 2012
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Restaurant composting closes another local-food loop

You — or your neighbor — may do it at home, but now area restaurants, hospitals, schools, and grocery stores are also reducing their waste and producing rich soil by turning food scraps and paper products into compost.
Eat your waste
By AMY ANDERSON  |  April 27, 2012

Best in Eco-Show

In this week's paper, we honor the Best that Portland has to offer, and I'll do so here as well.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 13, 2012

Seeking redemption

Since 2006, CLYNK has been recycling bottles and cans at its South Portland plant (more than 270 million, according to the ticking counter on its website), allowing customers to accumulate balances in personal accounts that can be redeemed for cash or do
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 17, 2012

Truth to power

It's the end of the world as we know it in author and environmental journalist Bill McKibben's latest book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (St. Martin's Griffin).
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 20, 2012


Voting sustainable

Among the new mayor's responsibilities will be increasing energy efficiency in city buildings, managing and advocating for local alternative transit priorities, and setting an example regarding eco-friendliness.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 28, 2011

Get it together

"Political leaders, no matter the party, often can be barometers for public sentiment."
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 30, 2011
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Talking trash with the League

The second site visit of the League of Young Voters' Portland 101 program, which Jeff Inglis outlined last week (see " Young Activists Explore Police Department ," September 23), took the group to ecomaine, the non-profit waste management facility locate
Portland 101
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 30, 2011

Libertarian billionaire funds university enviro-lectures

The University of Maine at Machias announced last week that the campus will be welcoming its first Koch Speaker on Environmentalism and Freedom on October 6.
Koch Brothers Watch
By COLIN WOODARD  |  September 23, 2011

Into the pipeline

Despite the fact that it could have major impact on global warming, and despite the fact that it is inspiring large-scale acts of civil disobedience among climate scientists and environmental activists, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project isn
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 02, 2011


Entering the ring

Environmental advocate Jon Hinck, a lawyer and a state representative, is "seriously considering" a run against Republican US Senator Olympia Snowe in 2012, he told the Phoenix this week.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 08, 2011

Killing ethanol

Estimates vary, but it's safe to say that restaurants and institutions (such as colleges or hospitals) waste tons of food every year; last September, a group of students at the College of the Atlantic noticed that their school was no exception.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 10, 2011
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The Bard goes green

Hark ye, eco-warriors, bearers of the canvas tote! Today's greenies could learn a thing or two from a country-bred Englishman who lived before automobiles and oil spills — William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare's Enchanted World
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  May 27, 2011

Earth Day observances

Last week, the Maine House voted to ban bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical found in some plastics — much to the regret of beard-wanting ladies all over Maine.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 15, 2011

Future-proofing

You may have seen Sludgey, a/k/a the Last Barrel of Oil, distributing handbills around Portland on First Friday.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 18, 2011


Year in Greenview

While eco-friendly initiatives gained some local traction this year, the national environmental picture was relatively bleak in 2010 — and stands to get even more depressing next year.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010
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World Toilet Day: The art of the flush

Most people sit on their toilets. Some people paint them — for a good cause.
Public Works Dept.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  November 12, 2010
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Electric cars: Rhode Island plugs in

“I’m not a car guy,” says Al Dahlberg, sitting in his office on a recent afternoon.
Can the smallest state make the biggest use of electric cars — and help save the world?
By DAVID SCHARFFENBERG  |  November 12, 2010

Keeping Close Buy

Masey Kaplan's children used to bring home fundraising catalogs — the ones from which part of the proceeds go to the school — from their Portland school, full of wrapping paper and plastic toys and goods "from god knows where." Kaplan, a graphic design
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2010
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On the meaning of trash

Providence cultural center AS220 wraps up the fall edition of its Action Speaks! panel discussion series with an examination of that oft-ignored byproduct of America's consumerist culture: trash.
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 22, 2010


Not giving up on the climate-change bill

This summer, US politicians gave up. Faced with backroom roadblocks and scattered priorities, Democratic leaders announced in July that they were abandoning attempts to pass a comprehensive energy and climate-change bill.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 03, 2010
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Eco-friendly driving

A hybrid owner doing it wrong.
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  August 06, 2010
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The doctor is in

Wheeling, dealing C.E.O. seeks redemption from a familiar youngster.
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  July 16, 2010

An unlikely clash: wind developers and environmentalists

The growing push for wind power in Rhode Island is creating friction between wind developers and an unlikely group of critics: environmentalists.
Wind Dept.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 15, 2010