Going Wild in the Backyard

Going Wild in the Backyard By: Sue Moore Turn your backyard into a wildlife refuge! It’s easy with a little help from the Backyard Conservation Program, a joint venture between the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Wildlife Habitat Council, and the National Association of Conservation Districts. According to the NACD over 92 million acres … Continue reading

Composting: A Love Story

Composting: A Love Story I love compost – it is one of my favorite parts of gardening. One of those little things about my father (whom I greatly love) that irritates me to no end is that whenever I talk about compost his first reaction is to say “Yuck!” He is, of course, not alone … Continue reading

Green Lunches for Schools

America’s schools are the well from which the nation will draw tomorrow’s leaders in politics, medicine, science, and education, to name but a few disciplines. It’s unfortunate that said schools also need a wakeup call – a call that brings them into the 21st Century with green banners flying. One way this call might be … Continue reading

City-by-City Review Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB)

City-by-City Review Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) In the middle to latter part of the last century, BYOB meant bring your own bottle (of wine, beer or whatever) when attending a party. Today it means bring your own bag, and marks a 180-degree shift in thinking among environmentally conscious Americans who have now lived through … Continue reading

So You Think You Want Wind Power?

So You Think You Want Wind Power? You have been at your job for more than a decade and gotten some significant raises and promotions. Now you’re at the outer edge of middle management and can reasonably expect that the recent economic doldrums and the inevitable downsizing might be just the trick to float your … Continue reading

A Day in the Life of a Plastic Bag

A Day in the Life of a Plastic Bag Plastic first appeared on the scene in 1862, at the Great International Exhibit in London. This coincided with Abraham Lincoln’s declaration of war against the Confederacy, a loose coalition of Southern states. Plastic’s inventor was named Alexander Parks, and his version of this almost ubiquitous substance … Continue reading

A Day in the Life of … the Paper Bag

A Day in the Life of … the Paper Bag One of the biggest and potentially most eco-friendly choices we can make is when the sales clerk asks us whether we want paper or plastic. Even those who don’t really believe in global warming acknowledge the environmental damage created by plastic bags: million of trapped … Continue reading

Giving Back to Earth

Giving Back to Earth Three hundred sixty four days a year, we humans take some part of Mother Earth to sustain ourselves. Mostly, it’s food, but fuel for our vehicles is another big bite. So is the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, in huge power plants, to provide energy for … Continue reading

Recycling Christmas Trees

Recycling Christmas Trees One of the downsides of the season, at least for me, is taking the decorations off the Christmas tree and putting it out back to die. I feel a little better when I hang treats on the tree for the birds and the squirrels, but the daily sight of a dying tree … Continue reading

Keeping Your Holiday Green

Keeping Your Holiday Green This time of year can be frightfully fun. If you are one to embrace the whole ambiance and good cheer of holiday festivities it can sometimes come with a price. Many people feel so carefree and joyful at this time they can forget about their green role. However, there is no … Continue reading