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

The Case For and Against Ethanol

Ever since commercial production of corn-based ethanol first began – in 2004 in Canada and about 2008 in the United States – there have been highly vocal proponents and opponents. The first cite ethanol’s cleaner burn and a reduction of greenhouse gases and particulates. The latter argue that taking corn from the food supply and … Continue reading

Stating the Green Case: Small Business Advantages

Running a small business is hard enough without having to implement green products or additions. However, what many companies do not realize is that by making their organization more green friendly, in turn, promotes good business. L. Hunter Lovins, author of “Climate Capitalism” and president of Natural Capitalism Solutions states that “You don’t have to … Continue reading

It’s that time of year again

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

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

Sourcing Green, U.S. Companies at the Top of Their Green Game

Dedicated green living individuals are confronted by one difficult truth; the items they have to buy to live may or may not come from “green” sources. As a result, their carbon footprint is large in spite of their best efforts. “Not so,” you argue. “There are a lot of things we only think we need.” … Continue reading

The West Coast Wonder: California’s Response to Global Warming

California has always been at the forefront of progress and radical change. Maybe the weather keeps its citizens buzzing with open minds and open ideas or maybe it attracts higher thinkers but either way the Golden State is at it again. On January 1st, 2013 the state of California, in conjunction with the California Air … Continue reading

Video Games Could Save the Environment

The first video game came not out of a developer’s studio but from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, in 1958. The game, a mock-up of table tennis, involved an oscilloscope, skillful fingers and sharp eyes. The first actual video game was Asteroids, played on a game console named Atari, from the company … Continue reading

Sustania: The Business of Sustainable Business

Discussing the environment can be akin to discussing religion or politics, not a place you may want to go with some people. Fingers begin to point, misunderstandings flare and a nice afternoon can go sour in an instant. However, what if there was a chance for the free market to step in and convince many … 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