• Best if Used

    Are confusing food labels leading to a lot of waste in your home? The USDA only requires expiration dates for infant formula. All other date labels are not for safety reasons but are used at the discretion of the manufacturer or retailer to help consumers determine quality (consistency, flavor, color,

  • Russia and Climate Change

    Today is the first in a series of ‘global perspective’ posts sent in by a handful of Finley’s friends and family living around the planet. This one is from Sarah, Finley’s dear friend from school.  Sarah is posting from St. Petersburg, Russia. Thank you, Sarah! “While taking an International Relations

  • Earth Hour

    “Building a sustainable tomorrow depends today on all of us.” – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Today we come together to support EarthHour. Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM local time. Join hundreds of millions of people around the world and turn off your lights for one hour

  • Time for Potty Training

    Turns out we all need to be potty trained! We are flushing our most valuable resource down the drain and a lot of associated energy and money along with it. The average household can save nearly 3000 gallons a year simply by cutting back on the amount of water our

  • Stuff

    Ever amazed by how quickly your recycling builds up?  Or how many trips you can make to drop off bags at the second hand store and still be surrounded by stuff? I am reminded every time I open my cupboard to reach for a water glass. That’s because we started

  • Many Shovels Make Light Work

    With Finley as our inspiration, we are changing our day-to-day lifestyle to make a positive impact on our environment but we don’t have to do it alone. Finley saw the power of teamwork first hand as part of Highland School’s Green Team. There is nothing quite as satisfying as working

  • Vampire Power

    You’ve probably heard of Vampire Power—the amount of power a device uses in standby mode when you aren’t using it. Finley could not walk past an idle plugged-in charger without giving someone a look pretty much like the one in this picture.  I still chuckle every time I pass one, and

  • Drive Green to Save Some Green

    Are you ready to go car shopping? There have been amazing advances in green technology in the past few years and chances are you can save money & greenhouse gas emissions with an upgrade. Finley was so proud when her family got their first electric car, the Nissan Leaf, maybe

  • Where’s the beef?

    About four months ago, Finley’s dad and I decided to stop eating beef.  We don’t buy it at the grocery store, and don’t choose it on the menu when we go out to eat.  Pretty simple really—and after learning that eating beef is the third major contributor to climate change—we’re

  • A Bright Idea

    Replacing only one light bulb in every American home with an Energy Star bulb would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 9 billion pounds, or about the amount from 800,000 cars, as reported by the EPA.  How many can you replace? Compared with incandescent bulbs; Halogens use 25% less energy, CFLs