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  • House of straw

    The Last Straw quarterly covers straw-bale housing construction.

  • How I tried to patch together a disintegrating world

    An energy technician gets an interesting look at trailer-court life in Western Colorado.

  • Westerners slowly adapt to high prices

    Westerners are making a few small efforts to conserve energy in the face of higher prices, but environmentalists wonder what it will take to inspire a real change in behavior

  • Facts about greenhouse gas emissions

    Sprinkled throughout the lead story are "fun facts" about what causes greenhouse gas emissions and what people can do to reduce them

  • Efficient energy is efficient business

    Washington State University's Cooperative Extension Energy Program has an Energy Ideas Clearinghouse Web site, offering many ways to conserve power.

  • Take a walk

    Katie Alvord's book, Divorce Your Car! Ending the love affair with the automobile, offers reason, advice and good humor about reducing automobile use.

  • Getting smarter about energy use

    In his latest book, Energy Resolution, Howard Geller offers his suggestions for a sustainable energy future

  • As Washington waffles, Western states go green

    Western state legislatures boost wildlife and green energy, even as Washington, D.C., remains hooked on fossil fuels

  • The American Dream, sans gasoline

    The author’s successful search for a car that can run on biodiesel helps her understand the lure of the open road

  • Camping out at home

    The writer gets motivated by a heating bill to camp out at home

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