Deserted wells can harm heath and the environment
People, pets and drinking water could be better protected because of a new effort in Sacramento County to shutter abandoned wells.
Leave the Lights On
The California smart grid center looks to revamp access to power
Customers of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and other power providers could soon realize the benefits of living on a smarter grid.
Will the state's renewable energy goals spark more biomass projects?
Smaller landfills, fewer forest fires and more renewable energy — these are just a few perks California would get from increasing biomass energy, some experts say.
Creating an Emerald Valley
Sacramento is the greenest of the green
In his first year as Sacramento’s mayor, Kevin Johnson focused public attention on a series of initiatives targeting the arts, education, the economy and public safety, which aim to bring together experts and residents to develop action plans to move Sacramento forward in its development as a well-rounded city.
Call of the Wild
A long-awaited conservation plan in the south county
South of Mather Airport is a grassy field popular with nature lovers and school field trips, particularly in the spring when the vernal pools are in bloom.
Finding solutions when safety measures and green principles collide
Sometimes, a building’s security needs can pop up unexpectedly during the design process.
McNamara’s Peace Garden
From D.C. to a walnut farm in Winters
How many farmers can say they spent their childhood bowling at Camp David or playing football with the Kennedy clan on the White House lawn? It’s the path Craig McNamara, 60, has taken from Washington, D.C., to his 450-acre organic walnut farm, and, at times, it was torturous.
European-style bottle reuse launches stateside
Bruce Stephens might be on to something. And if his estimates — and the optimism and faith of dozens of investors — prove accurate, his wine bottle washing company could provide a hefty return on investment, dozens of Stockton jobs and low-cost wine bottles for environment and budget-â?¨conscious wineries.
Harmony in Paradox
One luxury development withstood the test of environmental backlash
Five years ago, Truckee’s Martis Camp fell out of the hands of land planners and golf-course designers and into the hands of lawyers.
What’s to Fallow
After Years of drought, the legislature's historic water deal is just the beginning
This is the final story in a four-part series on water. This month, we’ll wrap up by examining upcoming issues in 2010. Past installments of this series have explored water issues ranging from storage, conservation and desalination, to impacts of a peripheral canal on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.