OPINION: Turn Your Outrage Over BP's Oil Leak Into Action

Dispatch from SSC Consultant Network, Mirele Goldsmith

We’ve been thinking about the BP oil spill and so has Mirele Goldsmith, one of the members of the SSC Consultant Network and SSC Certified Green Auditor. She published this call to action on her own blog and graciously allowed us to republish it here. Thanks Mirele!!

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VIEWS: Eco-friendly De-icing Alternatives to Salt

Dispatch from SSC Consultant, Lorre Walker

Having moved to DC from Texas last year, this was my first “real” winter…and boy was it a doozy!! As such, I had never really given any thought to de-icers until I saw the use and extreme overuse of rock salt. I know it’s cheap, but salt can leach into the soil, changing its chemical composition and eventually flows into local waterways where it can poison fish and aquatic organisms and kill sensitive vegetation. Salt is also highly corrosive to paved surfaces, buildings, and metal (really bad for your cars). And most importantly, salt hurts my dog’s paws!!

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VIEWS: A Solar Panel Story - Part IV

Dispatch from SSC Consultant, Lorre Walker

This series of blog posts covers my parents’ decision to install solar panels on their house in Dallas, Texas, the trials and tribulations of the process, and lessons learned after installation was completed. 

Lessons Learned

 Find out what entities you will be dealing with in your area, like the utility, the power line servicer, and service provider. It is different in all communities. 

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