ENERGY: Living Off The Grid

Living “off the grid” may conjure images of counter-culture hippies or the old-fashioned ways of the Amish, but there’s a growing movement of people who generate their own electricity and live in the lap of luxury without ever paying a utility bill. Correspondent Patty Kim meets some of the estimated 180,000 families across North America using clean energy technology to become self-sufficient and enjoy all the comforts of modern life, off the grid.

Practiced Energy Solutions for Global Demand

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Solutions by NOOR is the second part of our climate change project. We focused on human stories about alternative power sources, renewable energies, and attempts to alleviate, adjust or cope with the rise of global temperatures. [NOOR in this installation showcases the brilliant solutions being practiced globally to fuel energy demand.]

A Lesson in Ecovillages: How “The Farm” Fared in the 21st Century


VIDEO: THE FARM Their idealism gave rise to the local and organic food movement. Some stayed, most left. It’s been forty years since busloads of hippies caravanned to Tennessee to go “back to the land,” and create a commune — The Farm. The seeds they planted helped give rise to today’s organics movement.

Dirt: A Look at Civilization in the Ground

This program is about the ways we interact with our environment. Or, when it comes to dirt, how we do our best not to. And yet, dirt is unavoidable. We live on a great big ball of it – we walk on it and grow our food in it. So why are we so afraid of dirt?

Home Recycled: Dan Phillips Affordable Housing

Dan Phillips, a self taught architect, is redefining the architectural landscape of Texas. Throughout the years he's collected someone else's junk and turned it into doors, furniture, countertops, floors, etc. From broken glass to broken toilets, Dan is re-shaping the perspective of a home.

Turbine-Free Wind Energy Design: A New Look At Oscillation

Conservationists argue that wind turbines pose a risk to birds, bats and sensitive habitats like shorelines. People living close to wind farms, meanwhile, complain of constant noise and vibration. This year, engineers responded with a new way to draw electricity...

Google Earth Engine Launches Worldwide Environmental Watch Effort: A Daily Update on the Planet

From Google: Google Earth Engine brings together the world's satellite imagery—trillions of scientific measurements dating back more than 25 years—and makes it available online with tools for scientists, independent researchers, and nations...

Cohousing “OFF THE GRID” Prototype Launched in Maine

Imagine waking up without a utility bill. The Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage has made this their new reality is launching a different outlook on getting through the freezing Maine winters. Their website reads: The mission of Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage is to...

Michigan State University Publishes New Study on the Feasibility of Local Food Systems

Transforming vacant urban lots into farms and community gardens could provide Detroit residents with a majority of their fruits and vegetables. As city officials ponder proposals for urban farms, a Michigan State University study...

Transition Towns Documentary

[vimeo w=600&h=350] From the Transition Culture Website: ‘In Transition’ is the first detailed film about the Transition movement filmed by those that know it best, those who are making it happen on the ground. The Transition movement […]