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Home Energy Score

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The Department of Energy unveils its new home energy ratings tool.

Cars have miles-per-gallon ratings, neighborhoods have walkability rankings, and people have carbon footprint calculators. What's up with homes then? Why isn't there be a comparable, affordable way to size up your home's energy performance? Well, now there is. The Department of Energy just released a program called the Home Energy Score that shows the energy efficency of a home on......read more

Renewable Energy Doesn't Mean Clean Energy

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The European Accounting Error That's Warming The Planet By John Upton

SELBY, U.K. – The heavy power lines and narrow roads between the steam-billowing towers of three of England’s biggest power plants traverse an energy industry in upheaval. Shuttered coal mines are flanked by emerald pastures. Towering wind turbines and solar arrays have taken root in windblown cereal fields. In the middle of the transition is the Drax Power Station — Western......read more

It isn’t every day that the definition of a common English word that is ubiquitous in common parlance is challenged in federal court, but that is precisely what has happened with the word “natural.” During the past few years, some 200 class-action suits have been filed against food manufacturers, charging them with misuse of the adjective in marketing such edible oxymorons as......read more

What Does It Mean To Be A "Forager" For Whole Foods?

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Rachel Signer for Collectively

You may think of a "forager" as a guy in a plaid shirt, with a scruffy beard, wearing knee-high rubber boots and digging into the earth for pea shoots, ramps, or exotic mushrooms. Those people exist! But a professional forager is someone who is crucial to the construction of regional food systems. And he or she probably does visit farms and forests sometimes, but more likely is leading a fairly......read more

That Which Doesn't Kill Us...

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The Sierra Club's Michael Brune on the post-election blues

Michael Brune for The Huffington Post: Yes, the election hurt. We feared it would be bad -- and it was worse. By now we've all heard the Wednesday-morning quarterback analyses of how and why the Democratic Party gave up control of the Senate and lost a bunch of other races around the country. For the Sierra Club, it's especially painful to know that in far too many places we have lost......read more

Wave Wam Teepee by Indoek

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Indoek's portable beach shelter provides protection from the elements $295.00

The ever-watchful eyes at Cool Hunting tipped us off to a new product from Indoek, the bi-coastal surf blog and maker/retailer of surf-centric goods. Inspired by a friend's DIY teepee he would bring to beach, the Indoek team created the Wave Wam, a "little slice of Paradise [that's] awesome for kids, dogs, chilling out with a close friend, stashing your stuff while you shred tubes,......read more

Atoms For Peace, "Ingenue"

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Thom Yorke does that weird, loose-limbed dance he does in this new video for his side project

If you loved Thom Yorke's weird, flailing dance moves in the video for Radiohead's "Lotus Flower" or in that infamous SNL performance -- and really, who didn't -- then you'll be pleased with this new clip for "Ingenue" by his side project, Atoms For Peace. Here we find Yorke and a partner partaking in a crazy, conceptual choreographed routine. I'm no expert on dancing, but this rules. "Ingenue"......read more

The Future Is Ours

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If this video doesn't give you goosebumps, best check your pulse

Feeling a little down about the state of the planet? Here's a two-minute slice of techno-optimism for you. Filmmaker Michael Marantz assembled "The Future Is Ours" from a bunch of clips he found on the net, and the result is this stirring tribute to the people pushing humanity ahead into the future. According to Marantz, "We need to be inspired by the immense possibilities of the future and......read more

SHFT Does Sundance

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A celebration of sustainability in the Utah Rockies

For this year's Sundance Film Fest, we descended on Park City with a diverse group that included bunch of our favorite artists, chefs, musicians, winemakers, and more. With no shortage of SHFT House Red, and a whole lot of help from Ford and the W Hollywood, we gathered at Fiore for a close-out party to remember. Here's a video recapping the Stag-crafted dinner (featuring......read more

Experience Human Flight

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How does it feel to fly?

If you've ever wondered how it feels to fly (who hasn't?), here's your answer. Experience Human Flight was shot on a GoPro camcorder by Aussie creative duo Betty Wants In on behalf of the Melbourne Skydive Centre, who said: "Hopefully this video will give everyone a different perspective of what skydiving can offer. Hopefully it will provoke some necessity to learn to......read more

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