Monthly Archives: November 2012

Impassioned Individuals Creating Sustainable Change For An Entire Community November 28, 2012

Meet Susanna Finnell and Brewster McCracken, two individuals with novel visions for reducing carbon footprints. Knowing that the government isn’t likely to spark provocative thinking or creative solutions, these two entrepreneurial-minded individuals each crafted an approach to applying the lessons of sustainable living—one based on a change in individual lifestyle and the other designed to […] Read More »

Making Energy Exciting

Alcalde - University of Texas November 5, 2012

Let’s say your house could see your calendar. It could adjust the room temp and even open the garage when you pulled into the driveway. And your hardware store knew your house had leaky windows and offered you a discount on new ones. Pecan Street Inc. is bringing this day closer. The UT-based nonprofit consortium has been running a demonstration project on energy out of the Mueller development, less than two miles from the Forty Acres. There, 250 homes (plus another 200 elsewhere) have their energy use monitored. Many have solar panels and electric cars whose impact is gauged, too. Read More »

Austin is front line for testing electric car use

November 3, 2012

Residents in an Austin neighborhood are part of a first-of-its-kind research program that’s studying how electric cars affect the power grid. Drive through the neatly-paved streets of the Mueller neighborhood and you’re likely to see more than just a few electric cars, mainly Chevy Volts. In fact, General Motors says the neighborhood now has the highest concentration of electric cars in the entire country. Read More »