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Three Sisters

  Centuries ago, the Iroquois were among the early North American cultures who reaped the magic of a good garden. They discovered that certain sister plants thrive when grown together. Corn prospers inside a cluster of squash or pumpkins, creating a sustainable ecosystem as beans grow up the stalks for shade, support and protection. The […] Find out more

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 […] Find out more

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 […] Find out more

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 […] Find out more

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 […] Find out more