Author Archives: Steve O'Rourke

Disruptive Innovations in the Energy Industry

This is an exciting time in the energy industry, unless you work for an electric utility company.  Just like changes that happened in the telecom industry not too long ago, these utilities are in for a shake-up. The three-prong disruptive … Continue reading

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No More Gas for the Grass

Americans love their lawns.  Though manicured grasses originated in England, we continue to adorn our homes with expansive lawns that require a lot of maintenance, including water and mowing.  At our suburban home, we’ve been slowly reducing the size of … Continue reading

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Green Hotels

Chances are that if you’ve stayed in a hotel lately, you’ve seen cards inviting guests to choose to re-use their towels and have their beds made without changing the linens.  This certainly began in areas where water is less abundant, … Continue reading

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Modern Flames

Fireplaces have long established a sacred spot in the center of our living or family rooms.  The nostalgic sound, feel and smell of a crackling wood fire has a cozy, romantic feel.  Many traditionalists believe that a natural wood fire … Continue reading

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Ecotourism

Ecotourism is a new way to embrace sustainability in travel.  Per the backpacker’s motto – “Take nothing but pictures; leave nothing but footprints.” – ecotourism is a style of travel that has a low-impact on the environment, and usually involves … Continue reading

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Recycling Can’t Get Any Easier

Growing up, our family started recycling because my frugal father received a small pittance for our aluminum cans and newspapers, so we had special bins in the garage for each.  We’d crush the cans to optimize the space requirements, and … Continue reading

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Team Microgrid Rides for MS

After two wonderful years riding with Team Christner, we finally had enough critical mass to establish a company-sponsored team from Microgrid Solar.  In the last year, we’ve hired a number of new people who are avid cyclists, and ride to … Continue reading

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St. Louis Hotel Makes Energy Efficiency and Sustainability a Top Priority

From the ground up, the Holiday Inn Express near the Lambert – St. Louis International Airport was designed to be a “green” hotel.  Owner Vinod Patel of OHM Hotel Group envisioned an energy-efficient and eco-friendly hotel that would appeal to … Continue reading

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Sustainability: A National Strategic Narrative

We all have our “story” – that which defines us either individually or as a group.  As Americans, we have long held the belief in our democratic values.  And yet, as the world has progressed, we are coming to find … Continue reading

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Living the Better Life

They say having children will change your life – for the better, of course.  When my wife and I had our first child, we called it “redefining normal.” When lifelong friends Tim Barklage and Kevin Tibbs began their families at … Continue reading

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