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About Charis Michelsen

Charis Michelsen spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.



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Japanese Ecovillage House Brings Nature Right Inside

October 31st, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

This year, architects from ALTS Design Office were brought in to take the ecovillage process a step further. Rather than maintain the traditional strict separation between inner and outer, the Kofunaki House brings nature (or the outer) right inside.


Solar PV Calculator Has All the Numbers

October 26th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

The guys over at Solar Panels UK just launched a great tool -- it's a solar PV calculator designed to tell you exactly how much you can save -- or even make(!) -- by turning your roof blue and going green.


More Bicycle Friendly Communities for the U.S. — Los Angeles, Miami, and Nashville

October 19th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Bicycle friendly communities are exactly what it says on the tin -- communities taking steps to make cycling safer and more accessible for everyone. The League of American Bicyclists recognizes and awards five levels of BFCs (Bicycle Friendly Communities, of course) -- Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. As of this month, 47 of the 50 states can claim to host BFCs.



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