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This Green Boarding School Saves $350K on Energy Bills

<i>In It's Not Easy Being Green, Curbed pulls back the curtain on cutting-edge, environmentally friendly design, from urban passive houses to green tweaks on suburban living. Have a suggestion for an upcoming column? Pass it along.</i><p>Photo via Architizer<p>Here's a look at <b>Hotchkiss School,</b> in Lakeville, …

Sustainability in schools: give young eco-warriors space to grow

Sustainability may be a 21st century buzzword, but turn the clocks back 15 years and few were talking seriously about separating waste or composting. After years of tireless campaigning, however, students across the UK are striving to become the next generation of eco warriors.<p>Teachers are taking …

Can Mexico City's roof gardens help the metropolis shrug off its smog?

In a sheltered corner of one of the greatest megacities on Earth, there is a place where lizards careen around tree trunks, butterflies drink nectar from vermillion flowers and hummingbirds whisk the heavy air with their wings.<p>Stand in the botanical gardens of the Bosque de Chapultepec (the …

How to set up a foolproof note-taking system for writers and other nerds (Part 1)

I started writing stories this year – short fiction and a couple of novellas so far – and I’ve found I need to make a lot of notes. The iPhone is pretty great for this, as you’d expect, but not always: Sometimes it’s just not appropriate to tap away on a cellphone, and sometimes you might want to …

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often

Happiness can be a choice -- especially when you take the right actions.<p>Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good …

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11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

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