Emmie Lam

E.Q. Lam served as SCGH’s community development manager and managing editor. She has a background in print journalism and was part of an award-winning investigative reporting team. She also is an attorney and has worked in law, international education, and online business management.

She seeks easy, inexpensive ways to be eco-friendly in order to encourage people towards a greener lifestyle. When not advocating for the environment, she hikes urban trails, plucks away at her zither, practices jeet kune do, edits videos and shoots photos, and consumes public/independent media. She also has a fondness for collecting stamps in her passport but is trying to reduce her carbon footprint on that front.

Check out articles by E.Q. Lam:

Connecting Obesity, Hunger, Poverty, and the Environment


NEW YORK — How can we have one billion starving people in the world at the same time that an equal number of people are battling obesity? (Photo by E.Q. Lam)

Sewage Treatment Plant’s Sightseeing and Sustainability Tour


NEW YORK — In a far corner of Brooklyn, people come to see the “eggs” but learn so much more, such as where certain scenes of the Angelina Jolie movie Salt were shot. On Saturday, May 19, the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek will premiere an interactive art installation, “Down in the Ground” (D.I.G.) at 7 p.m. The dance performance and opening reception is free and open to the public, and the new installation runs through May 31. (Photo by E.Q. Lam)

Film Shows The Amazon Through Children’s Eyes


The documentary Children of the Amazon shows how everyone is connected to the Amazonian rainforest, to the indigenous tribes who live there, as well as to the rubber tappers who make their living there—and in particular, Chico Mendes, an international hero for saving parts of the rainforest. (Photo courtesy of Denise Zmekhol)

Island President: Climate Change Canary


NEW YORK — The Island President gives intimate access to the Maldives’ first democratically elected president as he sounds the alarm for a paradise about to be lost, due to climate change. Sierra Club Green Home attends the theatrical premiere of the documentary. (Photo by Giorgio Montersino, Wikimedia)

Racing to Zero: Documentary on Waste in America


For more than a year, filmmakers have been laying the groundwork for Racing to Zero, a documentary on how Americans can reduce their waste to almost nothing. With initial fund-raising going well, production is set to start in January. The film will focus on solutions and involve supporters of the film throughout production. (Photo courtesy of Diana Fuller)

City-Wide Program Composts 1 Million Tons


SAN FRANCISCO — Waste management company Recology has hit a milestone: 1 million tons of composted materials in San Francisco. What’s more, Thanksgiving is the biggest food week of the year, and Recology is calling for all scraps to be composted. Read more about the company’s many programs, including art, education, and falcons. UPDATED: Take a video tour of its facilities.

Panasonic’s Novel Japanese Recycling Plant


Panasonic Eco Technology Center (PETEC) is an unusual recycling facility in many ways. Since it started operations in 2001, PETEC has recycled more than 8 million units of appliances. Take a look at how it does so and why Japan’s unique recycling law has helped PETEC earn its sucess.

Smart Homes, Smart Cities


Japan is known for being high tech, and thanks to companies such as Panasonic, its high tech is going green. Take a look at Panasonic’s eco innovations for the smart home of the future and the smart city the company plans to complete by 2013. (Illustration courtesy of Panasonic)

Green Energy Park May Be Answer to Power Supply


One of the most exciting acquisitions Panasonic made when merging with SANYO is Kasai Green Energy Park, a massive testing site for large-scale, renewable power storage systems. It is what Panasonic sees as the answer to energy resources issues. Take a tour of the high-security facility.

Exclusive Interview With Panasonic Vice President


OSAKA, JAPAN — Sierra Club Green Home sits down with Peter Fannon, Panasonic’s US vice president of technology policy, to talk about Panasonic’s goal to be the leading eco innovation company in the global electronics industry. Fannon also tells SCGH what all the exciting technology being developed in Panasonic’s Japanese facilities means for US consumers and homeowners.

Panasonic Makes Eco Innovation Central Focus


OSAKA, JAPAN — Panasonic Corporation wants to take over the world, or at least the electronics world. And the global consumer-electronics giant, based in Osaka, has a vision for what that world looks like. The company seeks to provide all the technology for home electronics, appliances, and even electrical vehicles (EVs).

DIY Tips and Technology for Double Energy Savings


KUSATSU, JAPAN — In the United States, Panasonic Corporation is known for electronics, not for its home appliances which are a familiar brand in Asia. The company is taking big steps, however, toward providing green solutions for living, including both “do-it-yourself” tips as well as Panasonic technology for the home.

Greening the Faith: An Interview With Sally Bingham


SAN FRANCISCO — Reverend Canon Sally Bingham made ecological health a factor of faith in 1998 when she founded The Regeneration Project (TRP). The mission of Bingham and her fellow clergy is to get faith followers to understand that science and faith go together. “If God calls you to be a good steward of the planet, we shouldn’t waste anything,” she says. (Photo courtesy of Sally Bingham)

Best of Green Building Design Modeled in EcoCenter


SAN FRANCISCO — The EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park is the city’s first building that is completely off the power grid. It features on-site solar energy generation, rainwater collection, and sewage treatment—taking advantage of the sun, the rain, and the natural surroundings. “We don’t want to connect to the grid,” says Tracy Zhu, EcoCenter program manager. (Photo by OpenHomesPhotography.com, courtesy of EcoCenter)

Lucky Green Homeowner to Win $25K Solar System


A lucky game player will win a $25,000 home solar system in an educational sweepstakes sponsored by SunPower Corporation. “This is a way we can encourage people to learn more,” said Belis Aksoy, new media marketing manager at SunPower. “I think this is the first of its kind.” (Photo courtesy of SunPower)

SunPower combined sustainability initiatives with gamification to create the social network game, Solar Discovery.

Home in a Box: Cargo Container Dwellings


SAN FRANCISCO — Cargo containers—those giant, steel, rectangular boxes most often seen hitching a ride on a train, truck, or ship—hold a myriad of industrial goods. But now the shipping container itself is a home. Cargotecture is a modular home that is portable, off the grid, and made of recycled materials. HyBrid Architecture | Assembly designs sustainable living spaces in cargo containers and coined the term “cargotecture” to describe these novel new structures.

Car Racing and Energy Efficiency–Strange Bedfellows? Not Anymore


SONOMA, CA — In recent years, Infineon Raceway has introduced environmentally friendly practices including recycling, water conservation, and even inviting local farmers to graze 3,000 sheep on the raceway’s grounds and track. Perhaps most important is the installation of more than 1,600 solar panels throughout the Infineon campus. The panels now create 41 percent of the energy used at the raceway.