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Modular Homes circa 2016 - Another Round?

I received an email from a friend who sent me a link to a specific program of modular homes. She asked me what I thought of modular homes for San Antonio. The link she sent me was for Indy Mod Homes.
One thing for sure, the concept of building modular homes is having another renaissance period […]

Solar Power Station #1

We’re coming up on the 10th anniversary of the dedication of San Antonio’s first Solar Power Station. Designed as an educational installation, this modest (by today’s standards) 14 kilowatt photovoltaic array was installed on the grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures (operated by the University of Texas at San Antonio) in downtown San Antonio. […]

Bee Rescue

Worried about pollination of flowers? If not, you should be. If not for pollination, much of the food that gets to our table would not arrive. Remember too, that if you don’t eat much in the way of fruits, vegetables, and grains, don’t forget that the cows, pigs, and chickens that you eat do. Nature […]

100 Year Old Bridge

Austin Highway Then and Now  [Click on the title to access the photo]
I cross this bridge almost every day. I found a photo of this bridge posted on “Back in the Day San Antonio” Facebook page and was told the location. I was intrigued since I recognized the location even after the passage of approximately […]

San Antonio Rainfall Note

At the end of 2012, Richard Seager and others at the Columbia University Earth Institute released a paper describing their findings based on climate trends and forecasting models. The report says that in many areas of the Southwest, including Texas, winter precipitation will decrease through the year 2040. This is particularly problematic for snows in […]

San Antonio TEDx Talks are now on YouTube

San Antonio TEDx talks are now here! http://bit.ly/fjdDaw It was an honor to be chosen as one of the first group of people to give TEDx presentations in San Antonio in October of this year. Todd O’Neill and the entire TEDx San Antonio organizing crew did an absolutely amazing job organizing the event including the […]

Build with Earth

I’ve been a big fan of earthen construction for many years, and stacked a few dirt blocks in the past ten years or so, but it wasn’t until about eight weeks ago in early November when I actually got my feet muddy helping some others start building cob walls for a small accessory building in […]

San Antonio Sustainable Living Meeting

The San Antonio Sustainable Living group meets monthly and you are invited to attend. We have a guest speaker each month with topics ranging all over the green and sustainability spectrum. Materials, design, lifestyle, and construction practices are among some of the general categories featured. All meetings are free to attend. You will not be […]

Save Water: Turn Off Lights. Save Energy: Fix Leaks

Isn’t that title a bit mixed up?  Not once you understand the relationship between water and energy. Simply put, it takes energy to distribute water all over town as well as treating wastewater. Likewise, a considerable amount of water is required to produce energy. Approximately 4 percent of the nation’s energy is used in the […]