Neil deGrasse Tyson came to Medford and it was Awesome!

Last week I took my teenagers to an amazing talk by Neil deGrasse Tyson, famed astrophysicist and climate science (and all science) proponent.  We didn’t actually know the topic for the talk, but when someone like him comes to your home town theater and you can get tickets, you just go. He was engaging from […]

887 miles on first tank of gas in our minivan

We recently purchased a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan and we drove over 25 days and 887 miles before our first fill up at the pump. Over that time we only used 13.3 gallons of gasoline, which works out to 66.7 MPG for a 7 passenger minivan.  We have been charging the batteries whenever we can […]

First week with our new plug-in minivan, the Pacifica Hybrid

Driving our new plug-in Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has been amazing this week. With the exception of one problem, which I’ll get to later , we have been very pleased with this plug-in hybrid minivan.  The acceleration is fun, so far I’ve experienced 95kW all electric torque launching us forward from a stop without the internal […]

How we went from zero to owners of a plug-in hybrid minivan in 2 weeks

The weekend started off as pretty much every weekend, our kids had a ton of lessons and practices to be shuttled around to and Alicia had yet another sustainability conference she was trying to get to. This one happened to be at Tufts, which was conveniently where the kids music lessons were. The last thing […]

How bad is Bitcoin for the planet?

With the value of Bitcoin (and other digital currencies) more than doubling in December, lots of people are exploring mining for fun and profit.  I get it, I’m interested too.  Who wouldn’t want to take an idle computer and have it effortlessly crank out money?  Unfortunately, mining cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, uses a lot of electricity.   […]

Busy little Hummingbird

Back in April, I was in San Diego, California for a conference.  While walking back to my hotel room, I came across this cute little hummingbird who caught my attention. Happy Greening! Jon If you liked what you just read, please signup below to receive our blog posts and tips via email.  

Wait And See – President Trump and the Planet

A number of my conservative and libertarian friends have been saying we should “wait and see” what President Trump does. Well it didn’t take long for Trump to try and fuck the planet. Here’s what I see and we’re only on day four: Trump has nominated the biggest fossil fuel CEO to be Secretary of […]

Creating a Beehive Co-op

We have bees.  Not an infestation, but an actual honey beehive that we have setup in our backyard.  Luckily, it’s legal here, because we’ve had some problems. Last year, I spotted the Flow Hive Indiegogo crowd funding campaign and I was in love. Unfortunately, it seemed like a lot of money to invest and we don’t know […]

Solar Charging Super Bowl 50

The one team that I care about playing in  Super Bowl 50 NFL Championship game is team Solar!  Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco has 375 kW of solar panels that generate enough electricity each year to power all of the 49ers home games.   Of course, I wouldn’t be a good Patriots fan if I didn’t […]

Best Climate Change Speech Ever

Today President Barack Obama gave what I consider the best climate change speech ever when he announced the rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline. However, when I first tried to watch the speech, by going to well known news sites, like USA Today, NBC News and CNN, I found that they only played edited versions of […]