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

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

What Makes a Season?

What Makes a Season? I’ll be posting here regularly about community supported agriculture (CSA) and my own personal experiences with the tasty, organic produce from my local CSA. Most CSA farms will offer their produce on a seasonal basis. Mine has a warm (March – July) and cool (October – January) delivery schedule with each … 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

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

The Lifecycle of an Aluminum Can

The Lifecycle of an Aluminum Can Aluminum cans are one of those quiet revolutions that have transformed our lives. We’re so used to seeing them, and using them, we never really think about where they come from – and where they go once we’re finished with them. For example, in 2011 (the last year for … Continue reading

What Makes a Building Green?

What Makes a Building Green? What makes a building green? The answer might seem obvious—any building that has a minimal impact on the environment should be called green, right? If we dig a little deeper, though, the question turns out to be a lot more complicated than that. With the rapid growth in the green … Continue reading

Why Join a CSA?

Why Join a CSA? I’ll be posting here regularly about community supported agriculture (CSA) and my own personal experiences with the tasty, organic produce from my local CSA. What is a CSA? Community supported agriculture (CSA), also sometimes known as community shared agriculture, is a community-based alternative to unhealthy and environmentally damaging agricultural practices. Since … Continue reading

Home Improvement with Green Products

Home Improvement with Green Products Tackling home improvement projects not only takes a great deal of patience and planning but it often requires a laundry list of toxic materials. Twenty years ago these may have been all you had to choose from. Nowadays, there are a variety of environmentally friendly home improvement products to choose … Continue reading

Weighing the Pros and Cons of LEED

Weighing the Pros and Cons of LEED Most of us can agree that moving towards environmentally-friendly building practices is one of the keys to a more sustainable future. After all, the construction industry accounts for around a quarter of all non-industrial waste production in the U.S., and buildings are some of the biggest resource hogs … Continue reading