11/23/11 Volume XLIV, No. 46
As we head into the holiday season, we come face-to-face with a dirty little secret: plastic bags and over-packaging. Why not join the BYO Bag movement this holiday season and shop sustainably?
It’s hard to get an exact number, but people use an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags each year globally. When we’re in the throes of holiday shopping, juggling complicated gift lists and planning dinner menus, we’re less likely to account for the . . .
11/18/11 Volume XLIV, No. 45
Governor Christie recently released a new “state strategic plan” for economic growth, with the aim of replacing our current state plan.
As the most densely populated state in the country, New Jersey has had to implement land use limits and constraints that other states could not imagine. In fact, our state has had some sort of statewide land use plan since the 1930s.
The most recent plan, the State Development and Redevelopment Plan, was adopted in . . .
11/11/11 Volume XLIV, No. 44
You’ve probably noticed the proliferation of small solar panels mounted on utility and street light poles around this state we’re in.
Judging by local buzz and letters to the editor of local newspapers, some folks think these mini solar panels are an eyesore. On a purely aesthetic basis, they may have a point. And each solar panel generates only about 220 watts of electricity. But in certain aspects, these panels are a prime example of renewable energy done . . .
11/3/11 Volume XLIV, No. 43
We’re all living on tighter budgets these days – at both the public and personal levels – so it’s good news that state, county and local governments can invest in energy efficiency and, in the process, save taxpayer dollars.
The benefits of energy efficiency often get overshadowed by talk about the rush to renewable energy sources like wind and solar, and the need to extract more oil and natural gas to satisfy our energy appetites. But energy conservation is . . .