Interview with Jeff Sutherland – Inventor of Scrum and Renewable Energy Advocate

Recently I had the pleasure of learning a more effective way to manage projects. The two day course, titled Scrum Product Owner training, was taught by Jeff Sutherland, the inventor and co-creator of Scrum and author of Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. During the class he mentioned having two Tesla […]

Jon’s 2013 Green Gift Guide for Dads and more

Happy Holidays! Dads can be particularly difficult to buy gifts for because they often have what they need and want really big things like a 3D Printer or a new computer.  Need an idea for what to get him? Looking for something he doesn’t have yet? Here’s my list of things for the dad that has almost […]

Love Lobster? Install Solar Panels

In New England, lobster frequently features prominently in 4th of July celebrations.  In fact, we’re invited every year to an all-you-can-eat lobster fest at a friend’s house.  I love lobster, and as long as you don’t eat it every day (think heavy metals), there is no reason not to enjoy it! However, climate change is […]

Going for Solar – The Second Year

Happy New Year! We’ve had our solar awning in place for just over 2 years and I am happy to report that we love it as much today as we did when we had it installed.  Maybe even more so now that electricity prices inched up a little this fall.  Here’s how we did: Electricity […]

Green Developments from CES

You may or may not be aware that the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is happening in Las Vegas this week at which all sorts of manufacturers debut their latest and greatest electronic technologies.  Most of the items debuted feed the rampant consumerism and disposable culture that is anything but green.  In the midst of […]

Making Micro-Solar Sustainable and Affordable

What cool things could you create with this Solar Pocket Kit? Have you ever bought a solar powered gadget only to have it fail in about a year? We have dozens of defunct solar yard lights that worked well for a few weeks or month, but are now just junk. Either the electronics have rusted, […]

Solar Should Be Simple – Back to SRECs

Guest post by Ian Clarke about their journey to solar in New Jersey, part of the Solar Should be Simple series written for Green Lifestyle Consulting. Previous chapter: Contractor #3 Back to SRECs Since late June 2011, we’ve been generating plenty of solar electricity, more than 13,500 kWh to date, from a system that’s supposed […]

Solar Should Be Simple – Contractor #3

Guest post by Ian Clarke about their journey to solar in New Jersey, part of the Solar Should be Simple series written for Green Lifestyle Changes. Previous chapter: Contractor #2 Contractor #3 Contractor drilling post holes for ground mounted solar We were able to push our annual consumption from 8,800 kWh to 12,500 kWh in […]

What’s This? STG International Prototype

Can you guess what this is? Looking at this object, which is situated in a field along Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA, many people ask, “What is it?”  Some think it is some new form of satellite dish or radio transmitter.  It does have the parabolic shape and shares a number of other features with […]

Solar Should Be Simple – Contractor #2

Guest post by Ian Clarke about their journey to solar in New Jersey, part of the Solar Should be Simple series written for Green Lifestyle Consulting. Previous chapter: Contractor #1  Contractor #2 We embarked on a quest for another contractor and identified one who seemed to be on the ball and whose pricing was reasonable. […]