Grass Roots

  While Washington’s broken public systems have a profound effect on local people, corporations are free to fund politicians. Swarms of lobbyists for the power elite have a growing stranglehold on politicians who will put private interests and enormous profits, ahead of the public good. But all the while, folks are learning that real solutions […]

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Organic Wine

  Did you know that most wines are grown with petroleum-based fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides? These industrial chemicals poison the soil, water and ecosystems including birds, bees and fish. They often survive the wine making process and traces can be found in your drink and your body. Factory made sulfites, a toxic preservative that also […]

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Green Chemistry

Imagine, just for a moment, a world where man-made chemicals are safe for human health and the natural world. Well, if the Green Chemistry Institute has its way, this dream will continue to become reality. For years, proponents of green chemistry have been thinking about tomorrow while designing the next generation of products and processes. […]

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Live Christmas Trees

If healthy rich soil serves as the digestive system of the planet then, trees are the lungs. They play a major role in absorbing carbon dioxide, filtering air pollution and making oxygen. Trees help control erosion and support healthy soil, which sequesters even more CO2. But how often do you/we go out and plant a […]

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Food Carbon

Thanks to documentaries like Food Inc., consumers are learning the truth about the climate impact resulting from unsustainable, industrial, food supply systems. Investigative food journalist Michael Pollan, reports that the amount of energy required by these hi-tech, fossil fuel based food factories, causes more greenhouse gases than our entire transportation sector. Have a listen to […]

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Teacher Ed

Respect for nature, where does it start? Teachers, scholars, and advocates of sustainable lifestyles from all levels of education, are emphatic that respect for nature starts in childhood. They say knowledge, based in healthy respect for Nature and ecosystems, is key to cultural transitions to a cleaner, more just and sustainable future. Many believe outdoor […]

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Phantom Power

  Chances are, most of us don’t know just how much power our appliances, electronics and other devices are consuming when they’re turned off. This hidden hum of wasted energy is known as ‘phantom load.’ The Department of Energy estimates that the proliferation of devices with stand-by power gobbles up some 40% of the energy […]

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Zero Waste

  With exponentially rising population and demand for durable goods, Gunter Pauli’s breakthrough book, The Blue Economy, explains why and how we can reinvent business models to operate with the ‘pervasive logic and sensitivity of ecosystems.’ In the natural world, nutrients and energy are abundant, efficiency grows as a system improves itself and it responds […]

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Ecovestment

In most cases, corporate by-laws include a mandate requiring businesses of all types to maximize profit but boardrooms also have the choice between socially and environmentally responsible investments and the status quo. As an alternative to most current but unsustainable practices, professionals say that green investing does offer consumers a means to vote for change. […]

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