The Month in Review: January 2013

Here are some of the top stories in eco news for the month of January, 2013.

Fiscal Cliff Deal in United States Extends Biofuel Incentives

In Green Car News, the United States Senate signed off on a budget agreement that was designed to avoid the “fiscal cliff” and has been the center of debate. For the biofuel industry and green vehicle proponents, the good news is that biofuel initiatives from the 2008 Farm Bill will be extended, which should help to save jobs and reduce dependency on foreign oil.

Transocean Agrees to Pay $1.4 Billion in Fines and Penalties for 2010 Oil Spill Disaster

The United States Department of Justice announced that Transocean had agreed to pay civil and criminal fines and penalties for its part in the 2010 oil spill disaster, Deepwater Horizon, under a federal court settlement.

Warren Buffet Makes Solar Energy Deal

Two California SunPower solar photovoltaic power plant projects have been acquired by Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company for over $2 billion, adding to its solar energy portfolio that includes the 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farms in San Luis County, California and a 290-megawatt solar power plant in Yuma, Arizona.

Winners Announced for 2013 Green Car Technology Award

The Mazda SkyACTIV was awarded the winner of the 2013 Green Car Technology Award at the Washington Auto Show on January 31, 2013. Nominees that were recognized in Green Car Journal  as the ‘Top 10 Green Car Technologies for 2013′ included Fiat MultiAir; Fisker EVer Powertrain; Ford Auto Stop-Start, EcoBoost, and Energi technologies; Honda Eco Assist; Mazda SkyACTIV; Nissan Easy-Fill Tire Alert; Tesla Powertrain; and Toyota RAV4 EV Powertrain.

U.S. Green Building Council Lists Top 10 States for LEED

Based on 2010 U.S. Census data, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012 includes regions that are transforming buildings and communities across the country. Washington, D.C. takes the number one spot, followed by Virginia, Colorado, and Massachusetts.

Los Angeles Deploys LED Street Lights to Save Millions

The Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting published an update on the status of a project aimed at converting street lighting to energy efficient LEDs. The report states that 114,067 units have been replaced, which will result in $5,325,793 electricity savings per year, a savings of 63.3% over the high-pressure sodium (HPS) street lights.

Related Articles on JetsonGreen.com:

  1. Solar PV Install Costs Continue to Drop
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November Month in Review [Outline]

Happy holidays!  Below is our coverage from November.  From newly published posts in November, I noticed these were the most popular — Six Oaks Container House, Boulder Container House, and Energy-Efficient Windows. Here’s the outline:

Innovative Prefab & Other Projects:

Technology & Products Innovation:

Know-How & Other Green News:

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Related Articles on JetsonGreen.com:

  1. Six Oaks Container House in California
  2. 8 Modern LED Desks Lights for the Home
  3. Modular Container Home Built in Boulder

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October Month in Review [Outline]

Happy Halloween!  Here’s another outline of coverage from the prior month.  From newly published posts in October, I noticed that these four were the most popular — Firefly VAWT, Deltec Homestead, Floating Autarkhome, and How to Read a Window Label. Also, if you like reading Jetson Green but want something in book form on a given topic, here’s a list of books on the popular topics we cover.  The article outline:

Innovative Prefab & Other Projects:

Technology & Products Innovation:

Know-How & Other Green News:

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Related Articles on JetsonGreen.com:

  1. Autarkhome: Sustainable Floating Passivhaus
  2. Sweet Pea is a Built Green Tiny Houseboat
  3. Survey: People Want More Green Homes

Excerpt from: October Month in Review [Outline]

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September Month in Review [Outline]

It’s been another month, and here’s another outline of coverage from September. From newly published posts this month, I noticed that our articles about net-zero energy Grow Community and the not-so-big timber-frame home were the most popular. For a visual look at what’s being shared, also make sure to check out Jetson Green on Pinterest.

Innovative Prefab & Other Projects:

Technology & Products Innovation:

Know-How & Other Green News:

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Related Articles on JetsonGreen.com:

  1. How to Remodel Using Reclaimed Wood Flooring – The Benefits (Part 1 of 5)
  2. How to Remodel Using Reclaimed Wood Flooring – Suit Any Style (Part 2 of 5)
  3. How to Remodel Using Reclaimed Wood Flooring – Wood Trends 2013 (Part 3 of 5)

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July Month in Review [+Thoughts]

It’s been another month, and I’m happy to have you as a reader.  I want to be honest for a second … I hope you don’t mind.  Sometime in the last month, Jetson Green celebrated about five years in publication.  Can you believe that?!  I’m just in awe of what I’ve learned and seen and covered.  There’s so much going on in just our tiny niche of “green homes.”

I should let you know that I personally never saw myself becoming a publisher when I started this site.  I started Jetson Green as an outlet for something that I’m passionate about — green homes, modern prefab, alternative energy, etc.  Increasingly, to give these topics the kind of attention worth reading, I find myself spending more time with research and less time with publishing.  I find myself reading more and writing less.  And I’m thinking more and saying less.

Some of this comes from a deep desire to avoid wasting your time.  That’s the last thing I want to do.

But some of this introspection, if you will, may come from being somewhat of a new dad with young boys.  Maybe it comes from an evolving attitude towards life in general.  Or maybe it comes from a nagging thought inside my head: “Who on earth practices law during the day, blogs at night and on the weekend, stays active in the local community, and sleeps give or take five hours a night every night for five years?“  Talk about the most unsustainable work-life balance ever.

That said, I have to say, I’m having a blast and wouldn’t change a thing so far.

What’s happening, however, is I’m seriously evaluating my trajectory for the next year.  For full disclosure, I’ve been approached a few times about selling this site, and those talks haven’t materialized because I am the site.  I get the feeling potential buyers want some sort of passive income stream or something — robots pumping out widgets for a steady line of income.  So, to make this a serious business, I need to focus on building a team, creating processes, and becoming the most dominant publisher ever.  And maybe that’s where things go.  Or maybe not.  I’m thinking about these things and will probably make some changes that you’ll notice over time.  I’ll keep you posted, that’s for sure.  But I just want to let you know that the next year should be different.  If things aren’t different, I think I’ll have failed you as a reader and myself in my own personal goals.

If you have any thoughts, please feel free to email me at preston at jetsongreen dot com. Again, I’m thankful to have you as a reader.  Keeping sending us your news and tips.

Meanwhile, here’s an outline of coverage from July.  The most shared new coverage from the month centered around shipping container projects: the bright Liray House and a faux container hotel in China.

Innovative Prefab & Other Projects:

Technology & Products Innovation:

Know-How & Other Green News:

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Related Articles on JetsonGreen.com:

  1. Modern Home Contained in Missouri
  2. Container House Fit for Valentine’s Day
  3. Eco-Pak is a New Home in a Container

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June Month in Review [Outline]

Below is a general outline of our coverage from June. In terms of our new articles, the most popular were these — hemp homes video, Sweet Pea houseboat, Connect:2 Prefab, and the Vail Residence — a good indicator of what resonates with readers. Also, as you know, we’re interested in learning about inventive green homes and new green products around the USA. If you have news for JetsonGreen.com, send us a tip.

Innovative Prefab & Home Projects:

Technology & Products Innovation:

Know-How & Other Green News:

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Related Articles on JetsonGreen.com:

  1. Home Depot Creates Products List for LEED
  2. Majority of LEED Homes Are Affordable
  3. Method Unveils Two Prefab Home Designs

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May Month in Review [Outline]

Below is a general outline of our coverage from May. In terms of our new articles, we had four with triple-digit likes on Facebook — DIY Shed Plan, Nido Micro Cabin, Mandala Round Prefab, and Connect:Homes Prefab — a good indicator of what readers want.  Also, as you know, we’re interested in learning about inventive green homes and new green products around the USA. If you have news for JetsonGreen.com, send us a tip.

Innovative Prefab & Home Projects:

Technology & Products Innovation:

Know-How & Other Green News:

Also, subscribe to our weekly newsletter for updates, article summaries, newsworthy links, and other site news.

Related Articles on JetsonGreen.com:

  1. The (Green) Tiny House Movement
  2. Nido is a Finnish Micro Cabin on the Lake
  3. Work Begins on New LEED Platinum Prefab

Link: May Month in Review [Outline]

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