Category Archives: Environment

Collegiate carport solar energy production in the USA

Below are more than 75 colleges and universities in the United States that have installed solar carports on campus, along with information available on them via the internet. Data includes the school, location, megawatts, year completed, and number of spaces/acreage … Continue reading

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Hiking New Mexico’s 4th of July Canyon/Cerro Blanco Loop

We spent a lovely autumn Sunday afternoon trekking 4.7 miles at elevation in Cibola National Forest, southeast of Albuquerque. Our hike began at approximately 7,500 foot elevation and included 936 feet of change over the entire trail route. The loop … Continue reading

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My feet were ice blocks, but seeing Zapata Falls is so worth it!

While visiting Great Sand Dunes National Park in south-central Colorado we learned about a unique nearby waterfall that is largely hidden from view by solid rock. The catch is you have to drive three miles up a rugged mountain road … Continue reading

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Marquette acts to protect migrating blue-spotted salamanders

Most of us are familiar with lengthy bird migrations that take place each spring and fall, as well as the impressive migration of Monarch butterflies from the United States and Canada to central Mexico and back each year. There is … Continue reading

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More beauty from the Upper Peninsula

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Scenic views from Michigan’s U.P.

These images are from in and around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. More to come.

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Ten Planning Lessons from Bisbee, AZ

Current and former mining towns (as well as all declining post-industrial cities) can learn valuable lessons from Bisbee on how to survive and later begin to reverse the decline after its founding industry falters. Architectural gems from previous eras are … Continue reading

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Sonoran Desert Scenery

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Holiday Snowshoe Trek

We, and quite a few other folks, spent part of Christmas Day snowshoeing Empire Bluff in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are a few of the inspiring images from our trek.

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Advice from a Saguaro cactus

Came across this list on a bookmark of all things. A little fun on a Friday evening. Stand tall Reach for the stars Be patient through the dry spells Conserve your resources Think long term Wait for your time to … Continue reading

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