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

LEDs Versus CFLs, It’s No Contest Anymore

In 2008, I interviewed Dan Fink, a Northern Colorado off-the-gridder and co-publisher of Otherpower.com, a DIY renewable energy website. The interview was the basis for a case study on efficient lighting – the study published in my book, Green Your Home. At that time, Dan was using compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, rather than … 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

Green Living 2.0, Sustainable Communities

Many of the Baby Boomers were born or grew up the 1960s and 1970s, which set the stage for all kinds of sustainable concepts from communal or community living to vegetarianism, or not eating meat. Woodstock and free love, though only tangentially part of the movement, received so much attention that people failed to realize … Continue reading

A Better Place

Israeli entrepreneur, Shai Agassi, is one of the leaders of the next generation of ‘giving the finger’ to the antiquated, bloated, often corrupt, greedy and irresponsible fossil fuel industry. He is the former CEO and founder of Better Place, one of the first successfully rising companies to tackle the technological, political and corporate challenges of … Continue reading

Smart Grid: Changing Our Energy Infrastructure

There may come a day when a light switch, house key or wallet all become things of the past. Instead we will become a one device carrying society able to control virtually every aspect of our lives via remote location or from our living room couch. Imagine opening your cell phone and logging on to … Continue reading

Toxic Toys

It’s that time of year again. Spring break is just around the corner and your kids are excited about the idea of free time away from school. But when the big event finally occurs, it seldom takes more than three days before they start whining, “Ma, there’s nothing to d-o-o-o!” Ah, I remember it well. … 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

What is Happening with the Rainforests?

What is Happening with the Rainforests? It seems that there are so many pressing environmental issues close to home that when someone mentions the rainforest it is hard to picture. Most Americans visualize a beautiful, humid jungle that some people are cutting down here and there. What many do not realize is the environmental and … Continue reading