Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
 The average U.S. household uses 300 gallons of water daily, with about 30% going to lawns and gardens. In hot, dry areas like the Bay Area, the percentage of household water that is used outdoors is well over 50%. This varies widely by region and…
Sep 2
Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
Can you make your commercial airline flight carbon-free? Probably not. There is much work being done on potential hydrogen and electric powered aircraft, but in the meantime you may be able to offset the carbon emissions from your flight by…
Jul 26
Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
Ask a home performance professional what energy measures you should take to maximize comfort and efficiency, and you will probably hear, “It depends.” It depends on the characteristics of the house, the behavior of the people inside it, and, of…
Jun 24
Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
Swimming pools use a fairly high amount of water and energy. So if you are thinking of installing a pool, you might consider joining a community pool instead. If you already have a pool, you can enjoy it and still claim bragging rights for a…
May 28
Jim Gunshinan replied to Alison Clary's discussion Where Has All The Asparagus Gone?
"I never knew anything about asparagus! My wife makes a delicious asparagus soup. We'll have to keep an eye on our consumption now. Thanks Alison."
Apr 14
Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
Several years ago, at the Behavior Energy and Climate Change conference, a social scientist described a study of people's attitudes towards their cars. One person represented the results of the entire investigation. "I used to drive around in an old…
Mar 29
Alison Clary replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion Who's Under Water? Imagining Contra Costa County in 2100
"Thanks for writing this, Jim. People are very curious and concerned about this topic, and we need to talk about it, as sobering and distressing as it may be. You end on a positive note, but sounding the alarm is necessary and drives us to practice…"
Mar 3
Jim Gunshinan replied to Alison Clary's discussion What Makes Frozen Food So Cool?
"Hi Alison,
Readers ought to get course credit from Eco-University for reading this article! Wow, packed with information and clear and simple rationales for using more frozen food."
Mar 3
Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
We know that most climate scientists predict that sea-level rise due to climate change will occur in the coming years. But how much of our county will be affected? It's hard to predict precisely, but models show the Delta and Suisun Bay experiencing…
Feb 28
Kimberly Lam replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion Walking—The Original Green Transportation Option
"Inspiring article - I definitely want to walk more now!"
Feb 28
Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
For those of us who live in car-centric suburban areas far from any urban center, it's getting more challenging to combine walking, biking, and public transportation to get to the places you want to go. Many of us value living in a place where you…
Feb 1
Jim Gunshinan replied to Kimberly Lam's discussion Composting? It's the Law!
"I didn't know about these efforts, through the law and otherwise, to decrease landfill use and the greenhouse gas methane. Thanks for educating me!"
Jan 6
Jim Gunshinan replied to Alison Clary's discussion Slow It, Spread It, Sink It: Part II of Last Month's La Nina Article
"What an excellent primer on conserving water, and the categories—like Marvelous Mulching—make this easy to read and digest."
Jan 6
Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
When we think of assistance with heating bills, most of us imagine rural homeowners in New England needing help with paying for enough fuel oil to last the long winter months. But a recent headline in the East Bay Times read: “Falling temperatures…
Dec 29, 2021
Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
On September 23 of this year, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed 24 bills dedicating $15 billion to meeting the current and future challenges of Global Climate Change in California. That’s scary; that much legislation all at the same time.…
Nov 23, 2021
Jim Gunshinan posted a discussion
We live in the center of all things "disruptive." For example, think about Facebook, Google, and Twitter and how these services have changed how we communicate—or not communicate—with one another. Technology is morally neutral, but how we use it…
Oct 29, 2021
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