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Walking the Walk – Hamilton Homeowner Shows Ways to Go Green & Save Money

Donn Davy, Sustainable Novato Vice President, doesn’t just “talk the talk” in cutting his home’s greenhouse gas emissions and adopting a serious “green” lifestyle.  He and his wife are seriously “walking the walk” with all sorts of sustainable, affordable improvements in how they live and work.  Their example offers a great model for other Novato property owners and renters who want to “go greener”.  Donn is achieving a huge reduction in his carbon footprint, saving money on his water, gas and electricity bills, improving his home’s comfort in all seasons, and feeling satisfaction and more self-reliant for doing so.  Here’s a list of improvements he made, plus things he has still to do.  See what he considers his most important results. Continue Reading →

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Donn Davy’s EV Experience

Donn DavyAfter a year and a half of driving our Nissan Leaf all-electric zero emissions car, do we still like it? Did we make the right decision in leasing it? Has it met our expectations? Are we happy EV drivers?  To all these questions we offer a resounding, “yes!”.

The car is used more by my wife, since I work mostly out of an office in our home, and since I sometimes need to carry bulky equipment in my work.  The Leaf has adequate room for the equipment, but since it’s a new car, we choose to use the 2006 Prius instead.  Nancy drives the Leaf to work every day.  We take it to both airports, to the top of Mount Tam, to the tip of Point Reyes, to Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, to the East Bay, and of course on all types of shorter errands around Marin.  Continue Reading →

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(Video) Saving the Night Sky

USLight POL mapThe great American naturalist, Rachael Carson, once wrote of seeing “the misty river of the Milky Way flowing across the sky” as she gazed upward on a moonless night. Today, it has become harder than ever to see the stars as cities, with their 24-hour lights continue to sprawl. Many children learn about the Milky Way only through books or films, Too often, poorly shielded outdoor lighting, even in Novato, blots out the night sky and its myriad wonders, wastes electricity, and adds to climate-disrupting carbon emissions.

This video, from the International Dark Sky Association shows that this isn’t simply an esthetic issue or a problem only for astronomers. Light pollution is causing serious problems throughout nature and in our own daily lives,

To learn more about the problem and about practical steps for reducing it, check the association’s website and this 2010 report from the Council of Europe.

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