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Greg Pahl was born in Meriden, Connecticut and grew up in and around New York City, and later Stamford, Connecticut. He then moved to Vermont, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1967 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Russian and Eastern European Area Studies. Greg subsequently served for about two years as a military intelligence officer in Germany. He returned to Vermont in 1970, and for many years was involved in a number of small businesses.

In the late 1970s, Greg began writing on a part-time basis for a wide range of publications, and eventually became a full-time freelance writer and journalist. Over the years, he has written hundreds of articles and commentaries on the arts, business, finance, farming, wind power, solar energy, electric cars, biodiesel, "green" appliances, home building materials, and sustainable forestry management in publications such as The Vermont Times, Vermont Magazine, Champlain Business Journal, Vermont History, Middlebury College Magazine, and Mother Earth News

Greg has had a long-time interest in environmental issues in general, and renewable energy in particular. He lived for a number of years "off the grid" in a wood-heated home powered by a wind turbine atop an 80-foot steel tower. He is the author of six books on sustainable living, and was a founding member of the Vermont Biofuels Association, the Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN), and the Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op in Middlebury, Vermont.

Greg lives in Weybridge, Vermont with his wife Joy. For a number of years they heated their home with a biodiesel fuel blend, and more recently with wood pellets. They also have installed a solar domestic hot water system on their garage roof, and more recently, a cold climate air-source heat pump in their living room.