Table of contents 5280 November 2007
Global warming, fuel consumption, and their relation to crucial issues such as poverty and war will shape our political and social debates for years to come. With promising power generators in the embryonic stage here in Colorado, we look at the most prominent options, and how they might affect you.
Leave the snowmobile at home—but don't forget the snowshoes and skis for these hushed wilderness escapes. Want to stay gone? We've found cozy, off-the-beaten-path places to spend a winter's night.
They are America's Cold War veterans, who forged weapons from a fearsome energy source and bravely endured years of radiation for a country that pledged to take care of them. Instead, government loopholes and evasions are making sure those promises are never kept.
Solar panels on the mansion roof? Tree huggers and oil folks joining hands? 5280 talks with the man who wants Colorado to pioneer the way the country thinks about energy development.
After more than 30 years of preaching energy efficiency and environmental responsibility, Amory Lovins, founder of the Old Snowmass-based Rocky Mountain Institute, is finally getting the recognition he deserves.
As America struggles with energy security, Denver can light the way.
Colorado coal mining sits at a crossroads. Skyrocketing demand and potential environmental regulations may force coal insiders to make difficult decisions about the industry’s future—and the fate of the 2,200 Coloradans who venture deep into the earth to mine the black gold.
The man behind Denver's pro-marijuana campaigns.
Take a good look at the walls of Keith Brunel and Jules Javernick's new Golden home (page 100 in the magazine), and you might be surprised to find they're made out of straw bale and mud. Built by hand, using local labor, renewable resources, and environmentally thoughtful methods, the couple's 2,800-square-foot contemporary home isn't just green—it's natural. It may also be the future of Colorado building. Click here for a complete list of the designers and contractors who built this house. Plus, get the facts on straw bale—from how it's made to a breakdown of benefits.