Sustainable Land Clearing: Grazin’ in the Grass with Goat Dozers

August 6, 2014||Sustainability and Off-Grid Living

Big Island Goat Dozers: Green and Efficient Land Clearing If you are looking for a sustainable alternative for land clearing, here's the ticket! On a recent walk through my neighborhood, Puu Lani Ranch, I noticed some new temporary residents had moved in. The Big Island Goat Dozers were hard at work, in fact their slogan is "Will Work for Food." I stopped and spoke to the business owner Chris, who explained that...

June 23, 2014||Press Releases, Sustainability and Off-Grid Living

The Big Island's First Electric Vehicle DC Fast Charge Station to Open at The Shops at Mauna Lani on July 6  

Doug Teeple is the only person I’ve ever met who converted a car from gas-powered to Electric Vehicle (EV). When he converted it in 2005, Doug's eGhia was just about the grooviest little car I’d ever seen. A lemon yellow Karmann Ghia you would see around town, but never hear. You expected the VW engine sound, but it didn’t deliver. Instead, it delivered Doug where he needed to go, within limitations (30-40 miles before recharging), while simultaneously delivering him from the evils of gasoline consumption. Today, Doug is President of the Big Island EV Association, a coalition of EV enthusiasts specifically focused on the issues of EV ownership on the Big Island of Hawaii. Statewide we are spending around $4 billion annually on petroleum consumption, and Big Island EV Association is advocating for more energy independence on the Big Island. They've been working for years on finding the right partnership and host for installation of... Read More 

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January 10, 2013||Big Island Communities: News, Sustainability and Off-Grid Living

Bring Your Own! Hawaii Co. Plastic Bag Ban Becomes Effective Next Week 

For one year, businesses can provide a single-use plastic bag to customers, but they must charge a fee. All single-use plastic bags are prohibited after January 17, 2014. Read More 

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September 18, 2012||Resources for Big Island Residents, Sustainability and Off-Grid Living

Big Island Off Grid Living: Harvesting Rainwater with a Catchment System 

On Hawaii Island, there are somewhere between 30,000 and 60,000 people using catchment systems. When purchasing a home, potential buyers can be comfortable with houses that use a catchment system if they do a little research first. Read More 

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August 27, 2012||Sustainability and Off-Grid Living

Big Island Off Grid Living: The Basics 

Off-grid living used to be considered an alternative approach to power generation, but I believe it is the preferred approach for the rural island lifestyle. Read More 

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