Guerrilla Gardening: Activist Planters

Sometimes you do not need the loud, raucous, volatile agenda that often comes with one activist movement or another. Sometimes a statement can be made with silent action and that is exactly what guerrilla gardening has been doing. Considered pro-activism, guerrilla gardening is an underground (literally) attempt to beautify and re-use abandoned, unkempt, eyesore land … 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

Energy Efficiency Then and Now

Energy Efficiency Then and Now As a result of the 1973 oil embargo, during which Arab oil producing nations (cooperating under the banner of OPEC, or the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) raised the price of oil by 70 percent, to $5.11 per barrel, American heating oil prices climbed from $0.20 per gallon to … Continue reading

Giving Kids the Green Way through the Written Way

Giving Kids the Green Way through the Written Way In 1839, English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton said, “The pen is mightier than the sword”. This phrase can be applied to many scenarios and one just may be green enlightenment through a child’s eyes. As teachers and parents implement the education of recycling, re-using and more, it … Continue reading

Corporate Sustainability: A Changing Corporate Model (Pay Attention Small Business)

Corporate Sustainability: A Changing Corporate Model (Pay Attention Small Business Morning coffee can sometimes be a challenge when the news hits you over the head with corporate environmental atrocities. It can make you wonder if anyone is getting the message. Sometimes it is just the problem of news companies touting negativity for the sake of … Continue reading

Green Dieting

Green Dieting I hear you asking yourself, “What is green dieting? Is it simply eating more vegetables?” Well, yes and no, because I’m not proposing a specific diet (i.e., Atkins, the Paleo Diet, the Grapefruit Diet). Instead I’m focusing on the frame of mind you will have to adopt in order to be successful at … Continue reading

Do You Know Your Electricity’s Pedigree?

Do You Know Your Electricity’s Pedigree? If someone were to ask you where your electricity comes from, would you just say, “a power plant”, or would you be able to recite chapter and verse of the specific power plant, its primary fuel and fuel mix (if any), and how much that fuel contributed to your … Continue reading

So You Think You Want to Go Solar?

So You Think You Want to Go Solar? You’ve got your solar-powered battery charger to keep e-waste in check, and your hybrid solar LED lantern to make sure you’re never left in the dark. You even have a solar swimming pool cover, which delivers heat from the sun to your Caribbean-blue pool. Not to mention … 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