• Save Time, Save Water, Save Your Clothes by Washing Them Less

    Are you one of those people who throws your clothes and towels into the laundry hamper after a single use? Or equally shameful, have you raised your children to think that’s permissible? Every clothes washing cycle uses energy and water (which in turn use more water and energy respectively), AND cause a bit of damage […]

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  • Healthy Pets

    Fleas and ticks can cause big problems for pets and their owners. In one day a single flea can bite your dog/cat more than 400 times, consuming more than its body weight of your pet’s blood. But do we really want to douse our pets in harsh chemicals to get rid of these critters? Originally […]

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  • Put That Yard to Work: Be a Yardfarmer

    Well, not everyone can be an official “yardfarmer”, but we can all get into the spirit of transforming a bit of our yards or decks into food-producing landscape. If you want to get inspired to take it to a new level, check out Yardfarmers which is creating a reality TV show highlighting 20-somethings who dare […]

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  • Invest for Change

    There is a movement in socially responsible investing called “Divest Invest”. The idea is for individuals and institutions to take their money out of environmentally irresponsible industries like coal, gas, and mining. Then they invest those funds in organizations that are making positive change happen. Lots of small, publicly traded firms are creating innovative solutions […]

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  • Share a Ride

    Transportation is a big deal when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. All told, it makes up about 27% of climate-damaging emissions in the U.S., second only to electricity generation. Driving less, opting for public transportation, bicycling, or walking are all part of the solution. But sometimes a car is the only reasonable way to get […]

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  • At the Car Wash

    For many, car washing is a springtime ritual. But when cars are washed on streets and driveways, that dirty water with exhaust fumes, soaps and heavy metals eventually winds up in rivers, creeks, lakes and the ocean. The best way to minimize the effect washing your car has on the environment is to use a […]

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  • To Burn, or Not to Burn

    We all love a wood fire, right? But like everything else in life, there are trade-offs. Through the years we’ve learned a lot about how to minimize the negative outputs of a wood fire, especially particulate matter, while maximizing the useful energy (heat) that it puts out. If you have a wood fireplace or stove, […]

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  • A Green Shopping List

    When we go green, we avoid unnecessary purchases. So, today we have a shopping list of useful items that everyone needs around their house. Instead of heading to the mall for retail therapy, make a trip to the hardware store to find these products that will reduce your home energy use. Here is your list: […]

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  • Choose Your Food Wisely

    Agriculture is a large source of our greenhouse gas footprint, with estimates varying from 8 to 15% of total emissions.  In addition to reducing food waste, we can also lower our impact by avoiding foods with high greenhouse gas footprints, especially beef and foods that require long-distance refrigerated transport. Want to learn more? Bon Appetit […]

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  • Cultivate Wonder

    As we worry about “grown-up” concerns like climate change, let’s not forget to cultivate a wonder of the natural world in ourselves and in the next generation. Little kids develop a connection with nature through frequent hands-on, positive experiences like constructing forts, searching for treasures or following streams. By elementary school they are ready for […]

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