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On the cover: March 2019

Kristen O’Brien finishing the ’truth window’ in home number 5 in Moab, Utah – Spring 2013. The ’truth window’ shows you what is inside your walls and has turned into an artistic tr …

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The Living Building Challenge: a new standard for eco-friendly building that gives LEED a run for it’s money

As I live and breathe, Living Buildings are coming to Utah!! A Living Building is a building that collects rainwater, has its own sewage treatment plant and produces and stores all …

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Earthships: Recycling at its finest

Photos by Kari Larsen On a vast expanse of the northern New Mexico desert, just outside of Taos, lies a housing development like no other. Actually, “development” isn’t quite the w …

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LIVE VS. FAKE (OR NONE): CHOOSE THE REAL

If scruples about cutting down a living tree were the main reason driving you skip buying a Christmas tree this year, relax. While cutting down a conifer from somebody’s front yard …

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John Saves Energy: John Loveless practices what he preaches

Earlier this year, CATALYST presented A Clean Air Affair—an evening of experts speaking on the topic of air quality. CATALYST worked with the local chapter of the international gro …

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The Urban Almanac: August 2018

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. August 1 Sunrise;:6:24am.Sunset: 8:42pm. Be good to your skin, enjoy the outdoors and get your vitamin D. Th …

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Swarming Means Free Bees!

Life in the hive—and what happens when the population gets out of hand. After a bee colony has come through a winter really well (not an easy task) and started collecting nectar an …

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The Urban Almanac: June 2018

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. June 1 Sunrise: 5:58am. Sunset: 8:52pm. Mike, the Headless Chicken Day. Mike, a Wyandotte chicken from Fruit …

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Life Before Air-Conditioning

How did Utahns of bygone days handle the summer heat? Northern Utah is experiencing hotter temperatures on average almost every year. The temperature in our region is increasing at …

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Smart Cooling for Desert Dwellers

Evaporative coolers, done right, are the way to go. Undeniably, spring has arrived. It’s time to get your swamp cooler up and running for the season. If you don’t have a swamp cool …

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Grow Your Own Habitat

Transform your yard into a haven for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds with these Wasatch Front-friendly pollinator plants. Most gardens support pollinators by providing some nect …

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The Urban Almanac: May 2018

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. May 1  Sunrise: 6:26a.m. Sunset: 8:24p.m. Average high and low temperature 67, 44. May 2  Vow to spend 24 ho …

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Urban Almanac: April 2018

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. Apr 1  Sun rise: 7:10 am. Sun set: 7:52 pm. Easter. A movable holiday. Easter falls on the first Sunday foll …

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Love Your Lungs: The Awair Air-Tracking Device

CATALYST has fun with the Awair air-tracking device. AWAIR looks like a minimalist digital clock radio with the phrase “know what’s in the air you breathe” written on the side. Her …

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The Urban Almanac: December 2017

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. DEC 1 Sunrise. 7:32am. Sunset 5pm. In Salt Lake City, December is the cloudiest month of the year, with only …

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