<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Special Editions]]> <![CDATA[Debunking the gas industry’s pitch]]> Marketing is a tough job, particularly when you’re trying to push something that most people don’t really want, say, for instance, a giant natural gas production platform stuck right in the middle of a neighborhood or next to a school or maybe even in someone’s backyard, provided the yard is big enough.]]> <![CDATA[Putting farm-fresh food on the table]]> Unless you haven’t eaten out in Boulder, have never gone downtown on a Wednesday or Saturday, haven’t driven through farm country in Boulder County, and haven’t shopped a grocery store in Boulder, you’re probably aware that the local food movement here is thriving.]]> <![CDATA[A day in the life of a Boulder County GMO farmer]]> Paul Schlagel’s business purchases usually consist of irrigation piping or seeds, so it’s understandable that the farmer is eager to show off his new toy: a GPS-guided John Deere tractor.]]> <![CDATA[The pros and cons of industrial-scale solar]]> It’s an undeniably gruesome image: A bird soars over the Mojave desert, and suddenly, revoltingly, catches fire, streaks momentarily like a small meteor, and then seems to disappear, leaving only smoke. Seen from afar, some are calling them “streamers.]]> <![CDATA[The dirt on reusing soil]]> In places where winters can get harsh — and there will be at least a couple of harsh winter weeks here on the Front Range — soil will expand and contract, so a mindful gardener will want to empty plastic, ceramic or clay containers to prevent them from cracking.]]> <![CDATA[Recipes on the range]]> As spring arrives, most foodies’ thoughts turn to the local produce making its way to area farmers’ markets. To help usher in the fresh produce season, Boulderganic asked three county farms to share a favorite recipe that makes the most of their bounty.]]> <![CDATA[Power use and marijuana: Where the grass isn’t greener]]> Indoor marijuana grow operations aren’t as green as the weed they produce. According to data from Xcel Energy and estimates from those familiar with indoor growing, a single light used to grow 16 square feet of pot consumes about half as much energy as the average Colorado house in a one-month time frame.]]> <![CDATA[Soot on snow]]> The duo of snowmobiles has climbed to over 6,000 feet elevation, halfway to the study site where researcher Susan Kaspari and her small team will dig into six feet of snow and sample for soot, more accurately known as black carbon.]]> <![CDATA[Secret practice]]> <![CDATA[The brighter side of wildfires]]> As a farmer, Palke found a silver lining: the fire’s ashes. Inside his partially melted greenhouse, tomato plants were nearly buried in wet ash when rain rushed in. Weeks later, the tomato plants exploded in a frenzy of growth.]]> <![CDATA[Cottage foods 2.0]]> The 2012 Colorado Cottage Foods Act was supposed to allow farmers and entrepreneurs the opportunity to make foods in their home kitchens and sell them to consumers, offering farmers an extra revenue stream and entrepreneurs a testing ground for business ideas.]]> <![CDATA[Marijuana Growing Practices]]> The passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado legalized recreational marijuana for those 21 years of age or older, and House Bill 1317 initiated mandatory potency testing — but only for the recreational stuff.]]> <![CDATA[Zero-waste checklist]]> Here are the top five items that Eco-Cycle recommends taking with you to reduce waste in everyday life.]]> <![CDATA[The new environmental frontier]]> In Thomas Stoner's book Small Change, Big Gains: Reflections of an Energy Entrepreneur he makes a case for taking the environmental movement to the free market.]]> <![CDATA[Engineering citizens of change]]> Beyond economic prosperity, Boulder’s startup culture also shows a correlation between strong businesses and strong communities as evidenced by such organizations as the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, a trendsetter for economic community-mindedness that has provided more than $2 million in community funding, benefitting Front Range area nonprofits.]]> <![CDATA[Profile of a sustainability hub]]> It’s been 10 years since the Alliance Center took up residence as a multitenant co-working space on Wynkoop Street in Denver; grassroots powerhouses like Conservation Colorado have anchored the center since it opened its doors in 2004. But this August, it emerged from eight months of multimillion-dollar renovation as a true bastion of sustainability.]]> <![CDATA[It’s about what goes in, not what comes out]]> At the start of spring, I tried a seven-day cleansing and detoxifying supplement program. I was feeling tired, stressed out and low-energy — conditions that seem to come with the territory of being over 30 years old.]]> <![CDATA[The therapy with the bad rap]]> <![CDATA[Zero waste heroes]]> Such plastic purging is slowly catching on in North America as awareness about plastic pollution and negative health effects grows. But for many practitioners, divesting their lifestyles of plastic waste can be challenging — and inconvenient. The Mandersons hope to change that.]]> <![CDATA[Ash borers? You can blame Marco Polo’s camels]]> The story of invasive species goes all the way back to the earliest stages of human development, when bands of hominids dispersing from Africa carried with them the crumbs, seeds and eggs of whatever ecosystems they happened to be passing through. And you can be sure that, along with silk and spices, Marco Polo’s camels transported disease-ridden fleas between Europe and Asia.]]>