• Listen Up!

    Does any of us know it all? No, and it can be hard to keep up with news and new insights, even for matters we care about deeply like how to decrease our impact on the planet’s resources. One relatively easy way to learn something new each week is to

  • National Park Week

    The National Park Service celebrates its 100th Birthday this year. Created in 1916 “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife … for the enjoyment of future generations”, the Parks have been called “America’s greatest idea”.  We have the chance to visit them for free

  • Understanding Electricty

    Electricity generation and use is a powerful component of our individual greenhouse gas emissions. So, if we want curb emissions and bend that all-important CO2 curve, we need to understand a bit about electricity, especially our own electricity. Marketwatch has a great piece, “6 Things You Don’t Know About Your

  • Your Power Workout

    In our modern society we have little physical labor built into our daily routines. Instead of being out plowing the fields, we now normally head to the gym to get fit. But if we are trying to lead a life that is easy on the environment, driving our car to

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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