• #ForeverMarshallIslands

    Today’s global perspective post is from Finley’s sister, Callie. “This school, packed with silly, beautiful kids, has a front row seat to our changing climate. I took these photos last week, following a tip from a local councilman that this school had been particularly vulnerable to severe weather over recent years. It is situated near […]

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  • Solar Energy for All

    If you’ve been considering solar energy for your home, 2017 would be a great year to pull the trigger. The current federal renewable energy tax credit is a whopping 30 percent, but will be phased out after 2019. Additionally, many cities and states offer incentives to help offset installation costs. So, even if you live […]

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  • Making the Environmental Most of Cloth Napkins

    Ever cleared the table from a family meal and debated what to do with that used but unsoiled cloth napkin? If you’ve stayed the night at our house you know you probably have a wooden clothes pin with your name in black sharpie stashed away in our cupboard drawer.  These pins are clipped to the […]

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  • Matches vs. Lighters

    An easy step towards a plastic-free life is to stop using plastic lighters. Your first choice can be an old-school matchbook. These paper matches are made from recycled newspaper. If you really need wooden matches, find ones that are made from sustainably harvested wood but this option still relies on a virgin material (wood) instead […]

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  • Sustainable Fashion

    Sustainable Fashion We like our fashion, but did you know the average American throws away nearly 70 pounds of clothing per year? So, it really makes sense to pay attention to the environmental impact of the materials that make up your fashion choices.  For instance, most people think of cotton as a “natural” product. The […]

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  • Go Virtual

    Paying your bills online can make a huge difference to the environment. If every US household received electronic statements, we could save 18.5 million trees, 2.2 billion tons of greenhouse gases and 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste per year. It is also makes managing your finances effortless. You can see payment histories and budget […]

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  • Pedal to the Pavement

    There is a growing tide of bike commuters. The number of bicycle trips went from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009. With these increased numbers, streets are safer and businesses are more bike-friendly. Could your workplace join in? The League of American Bicyclists suggests businesses set up a repair station with tools, […]

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  • Feeling the Heat

    Here’s a super easy way to “green” your cooking habits.  When a recipe calls for pre-heating the oven, skip it. Unless you’re baking bread or complicated French pastries, just put your food in immediately.  Seriously, everything will be fine. Not only will your food taste just as great, but you’ll be saving time, money and energy […]

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  • The Grass Is Always Greener… If It Isn’t Manicured

    This is an issue Finley was passionate about.  She wanted to let the lawn around her home grow into a meadow to provide habitat for plants and animals, to contribute to healthier soils, to filter rainwater for cleaner streams, and to prevent the sound and air pollution from mowers.  And, most of all, she wanted […]

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  • A Message from India—the Future is Now

    Today’s post is from the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India where Finley’s cousin Emma is completing a semester as part of her global health major.  Finley and Emma were born the same year, and share a concern for people and the planet.  Thank you Emma for this eye-opening perspective. “Many of us view climate […]

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