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This is awesome. . .just like 2009 is going to be.

Happy New Year!!

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Passive Homes were featured in a recent New York Times article by Elisabeth Rosenthal. These ultra-low-energy buildings are essentially airtight structures in which all airflow is completely controlled. As a result, they are kept toasty with the help of sunshine, warmth from indoor appliances, and good old body heat. The houses, which cost only 5-7% more than conventional builds, are primarily found in Germany & Austria at this point–any bets on how soon we’ll see one here in Boulder?

Rosenthal does a fine job covering the ins and outs of passive housing on her own, so I’ll refer you to her article for more details.

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Given that it’s the time of year for indulging (which just so happens to be my specialty), I’ve done my fair share of supporting our local restaurant scene.

Here are a few of my recent favorites (some of which you’ve seen here before):

  • Zolo Grill–another member of the Big Red F Restaurant Group and delicious in every possible way
  • Tahona–I’ll be the first to admit that I’m biased (blame it on the silver coin margs!)
  • The 14th Street Bar & Grill–a long-time favorite and never ever, ever disappointing
  • The Huckleberry–worth a visit if you’re in the Louisville area (save room for carrot cake)
  • Brasserie Ten Ten–have I mentioned this place enough times to convince you yet?
  • Orchid Pavilion–delicious Chinese food (and I don’t usually “do” Chinese food)
    (Update: As I mentioned here, the Orchid Pavilion is now closed. . .boo hoo.)
  • The Kitchen–typically a great bet, but surprisingly ordinary this time around

Merry, merry!

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If you’ve known me for any significant amount of time, there’s no doubt that I’ve been known to talk your ear off wax poetic about wind power at least once or twice. In case I’ve missed you (or if you simply need a good reminder), here’s my usual spiel:

Renewable Choice Energy, located right here in beautiful Boulder (but providing service across the globe), offers renewable wind energy and carbon offsets at incredibly reasonable prices. Why not take ownership of your environmental impact by ensuring that the energy you consume from the grid is replaced by good, clean power?

Their wind power plans cost as little as $5 per month for individuals. You can also purchase home/travel/auto offset bundles for as little as $20 per month.

We’re talking about the price of a latte, folks. . .need I say more?

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I must have chosen “Nice” this year, because I feel like the luckiest girl around. Thanks to my new Fuji Roubaix bike from Performance Bicycles, I’m cruising around town like nobody’s business.

Still looking for a New Year’s resolution? You may be interested to know that we have several road race options right here in Boulder each summer. Most of the 2009 dates have yet to be determined, but here are some preliminary details to pique your curiosity:

  • The Sunrise Century offers 45, 60, 75, and 100-mile options that are designed to satisfy everyone from beginner to triathlete.
  • Venus de Miles is a women’s-only ride offering 35 and 65-mile routes that stretch from Prospect (Longmont) to Niwot and up into Jamestown if you’re so inclined.
  • The Buffalo Bicycle Classic, a 30, 65, or 100-mile fundraising race to benefit the CU College of Arts & Sciences, rolls through Boulder and Larimer counties.
  • In addition to 31, 62, and 100-mile routes, the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure even has a 12-mile “family fun ride” and a health & wellness village at the finish.

“The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.” –John Howard

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As in the CHaRM (Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials) facility at 5330 Old Pearl.

Run by EcoCycle and the City of Boulder, CHaRM accepts a plethora of items from electronics to fire extinguishers to old tennis shoes (yes, really). Their efforts keep many toxic substances (cadmium, mercury, arsenic, etc.) associated with electronics and other items out of landfills, which prevents groundwater contamination and other nasty environmental repercussions. I visited them with a fried laptop, a broken cell phone, and an old, heavy TV, which the sweet guy at CHaRM graciously carried for me.

They’re open 6 days/week and they accept a surprisingly large number of items. For the entire list of materials and fees, see here.

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Don Carlos, legendary roots reggae master, is coming to the Fox Theater tomorrow night!

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here or at the door.

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