32% rise in rents nationally between 2001 and 2015 without corresponding increase in wages. Wages remain flat and affordable housing scarce. Prefab housing may be a strategy

Affordable housing shortage highlights the need for construction to enter the tech age Prefabricated modular housing can address the affordable housing crisis in a revolutionary way. It’s time to acknowledge and invest in the promise of factory-built housing once again. Nigel Wilson, Dec. 4, 2019, Smart Cities Dive Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Nigel Wilson, group …

Leaks of natural gas used for heating homes and businesses are major contributors to methane in the atmosphere

California Institute of Technology. “Natural-gas leaks are important source of greenhouse gas emissions in Los Angeles.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 August 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190812144922.htm> Scientist have found that methane in L.A.’s air correlates with the seasonal use of gas for heating homes and businesses. In discussions of anthropogenic climate change, carbon dioxide generally gets the spotlight, but it is not the only …

Spoon Full Farm takes holistic approach to storing carbon in soil

December 5, 2019 CarbonWA.org Spoon Full Farm takes holistic approach to storing carbon in soil Agriculture produces about 9 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. But 80 miles east of Seattle, a small farm along the Yakima River is proving that agriculture can store carbon in the soil, instead — in a big way. Spoon Full Farm is jointly run …