Field Notes
Carbon Footprint Tracking: A Key to Helping Your Bottom Line
By – Feb 18, 2014
Knowing your company’s carbon footprint is not only good for the environment, it’s also good for your bottom line. During a five-year pilot study of GeoEngineers’ carbon footprint in our Puget Sound-region offices, we have found a possible increase in operational efficiency by using carbon...

Fog-to-Water Project Followup
By – Mar 10, 2013
Here's a followup to my earlier Field Note, "UW Student Design Teams Look to Convert Fog to Water."  Sometimes when you volunteer and mix with interesting, smart people, you fall into something very cool. Through my relationships with University of Washington professors Susan Bolton and...

A Geologist's Thoughts about Minerals: More than Gold
By – Feb 8, 2013
This recent news release from the USGS got my attention. Why? First the USGS’ title: “U.S. Nonfuel Mineral Production Increases for Third Straight Year.” I thought, who other than a geologist would even read this article? But being a geologist, I did read it on my bus ride to work...

The Perfect Light Bulb
By – Dec 18, 2012
The great thing about working with scientists and engineers? The random email that makes you just say, “wow.” As a geologist, you’d wonder why I’m writing about a light bulb. However, a geologist tends to think about the materials and energy necessary for creating objects. Those...

Tapping the Hidden Energy Supply that’s Right Underfoot
By – Nov 19, 2012
In “Energy Underfoot,” author Steve Moddemeyer, a Seattle colleague who works for Collins Woerman, calls sewer heat recovery a new renewable energy market and says the King County Wastewater Treatment Division in Seattle (WA) is leading the way. I found this particularly interesting, especially...