May 09, 2023
Software engineer Dan Shuhler spent 15 years frustrated with patchy internet service while living in apartments in Arlington, Virginia – and having no recourse.
Each of those complexes contracted with just a single internet provider, leaving residents with no option for other services – a common situation, he said.
May 03, 2023
Running low on suitable land for solar power projects, officials in the U.S. city of Annapolis homed in on a spacious site they had long written off as useless - the old municipal garbage dump.
The 62-acre (25-hectare) landfill closed in 1993 and "just sat there as a liability", said David Jarrell, public works director in Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland.
May 01, 2023
For years, Tom Patzkowski has helped the construction industry in Maryland green its practices, taking in donations of surplus and salvaged materials from builders and making them available at low cost to homeowners, small-scale contractors and others.
"Growing up on a fruit farm with family members who made it through the Great Depression there was lots of reuse ... and plenty to learn about repair and how things are made," said Patzkowski, 56, who has more than three decades of experience in recycling and reusing waste across the United States.
April 18, 2023
The cavernous Maryland warehouse housing Community Forklift bulges with doors, windows, flooring and light fixtures, some lightly used, some more so, but all for sale at big discounts.
Dozens of customers browsed the wares on a recent weekday morning at the East Coast store, part of a growing drive to keep building materials out of landfills and in the economy – with important climate, sustainability and social benefits.
April 05, 2023
By the time Lee "Taqwaa" Bonner got out of prison in California, he had spent 30 years behind bars and was unsure where to go.
He stayed at a halfway house for three months, but then had to find a home. Everywhere he went, doors were slammed in his face.
March 20, 2023
Keela Hardge hoped she had found a long-term home when she moved into an apartment in north Minneapolis. But frustrated with repeated hikes in the cost as well as the pace of maintenance repairs, she is house-hunting again.
Hardge blames such issues on the property's ownership by a corporate investor, reflecting a shift in the U.S. rental market that critics say is leading to worse conditions for tenants and a dearth of affordable homes.
March 10, 2023
Hunter Hollingsworth was driving through his rural Tennessee property one morning when he saw something sparkle.
"I thought it was a raccoon or a possum, shining in a tree. Then I realized it was a camera with an antenna."
March 01, 2023
To hear Emil King tell it, the benefits of the 8,000-odd solar panels shimmering before him on an industrial lot in Washington D.C. go far beyond helping the U.S. capital city fight climate change.
The city-administered solar park was built on polluted land that had become an eyesore, and the power it produces has been used to halve the electricity bills of about 700 low-income local families, said King, a city environmental official.
February 07, 2023
Honnie Leinartas spends her days poking through the musty basements and drafty attics of the U.S. Midwest, taking a look at increasingly outdated and climate-polluting energy systems.
With many homes in the Chicago area built more than a century ago, there is a laundry list of potential problems lurking in every house she examines.
January 24, 2023
For New York teacher Michael Flanagan, the pandemic was a crash course in new technology - rushing out laptops to stay-at-home students and shifting hectic school life online.
Students are long back at school, but the technology has lived on, and with it has come a new generation of apps that monitor the pupils online, sometimes round the clock and even on down days shared with family and friends at home.