Going Solar: An off-grid perspective on small-scale solar

Two weeks ago I wrapped up installation on a medium sized off-grid solar system on my remote property in south-central Montana.  I felt my story is worth telling, because it was easier and cheaper than I thought it would be, and because small scale solar and energy storage will solve a lot of problems in the long run.

Coming Soon: A New Standard for More Responsible Mining

July 22, 2014 • Shreema Mehta

Earthworks is part of a multistakeholder group working to develop the world's first certification system for more responsible mining. Today, the group releases the first draft of the standards for public comment. Here's a message from the committee about these groundbreaking standards.

Healthy Home in Dallas

Dr. Richard Homan had a vision.  At a time when others were building McMansions, he sought to build a house whose environmental impact was small, where efficiency could be matched with beauty, and energy and resources were used wisely.

His wife Katherine shared this vision for building such a dream house. By building and living in an environmentally responsible house, they could lead by example and demonstrate how to live healthier more sustainable lives.

2014 Draft State Energy Plan Comments

May 30, 2014 • Earthworks

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Health and Safety Concerns Put Jobs in Question

May 20, 2014 • Hilary Lewis

Oil and gas companies love to wax lyrical about all the jobs they create while calling environmentalists 'anti-jobs', but recent studies have called the quality of oil and gas jobs into question.

To be clear, Earthworks is for jobs.

We are for sustainable (safe, well paying, community sourced) jobs.

State of the Union: On clean energy & climate change, President Obama is his own worst enemy

January 28, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address, he must explain why his administration’s policies on clean energy, climate and environmental goals have not lived up to his own standards. The President declares it is his policy to:

“Build the foundation for a clean energy economy, tackle the issue of climate change, and protect our environment.”

But his actions speak otherwise. In doing so, he is ignoring his own administration’s best available science on energy and the environment.

Solar Double-Whammy

August 17, 2013 • Hilary Lewis

For the first time ever solar companies are going to have a chance to bid on our public lands, just like oil and gas and mining companies do.

And the good news doesn’t end there.

Gasland 2: The Problem and the Solution

July 15, 2013 • Jennifer Krill

Josh Fox performed a rare feat in cinema – he brought the problem together with the solution – all in one frame.

The scene I’m talking about comes about 2/3 into the new HBO film Gasland 2, when Chris Paine, the filmmaker of Who Killed the Electric Car and Revenge of the Electric Car enters the movie. In addition to making great movies, Chris also lives in Culver City; one of his neighbors is the giant Inglewood oil field. Comprising more than 1000 acres, the oil field and other oil wells around town make Los Angeles home to the largest urban oil and gas field in the country.