September 26th, 2012
A student in Omaha, Neb., has identified a problem with school lunches — as well as a solution that could help solve an entrenched food waste issue in school cafeterias across the country.
In order to get the best price for a school lunch, kids are required to take one serving of a fruit or a vegetable to create a full meal. If they don’t, they can end up paying higher ala carte prices.
July 24th, 2012
Musicians and concert events are increasingly finding ways to keep a greener profile.
Recently the Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival organizers in Trumansburg, N.Y., (July 19-22) showed attendees how to sort their trash into recyclable, compostable and “utter trash” containers, something they’ve been doing for the last 14 years, according to promoters.
June 1st, 2012
You know when you invariably get lost on vacation and have that fight with your spouse or travel buddy about which direction to take? Now eco-travelers can have that dispute ahead of time — while they try to navigate toward green lodgings.
May 23rd, 2012
Summer brings so many excuses to luxuriate on the back patio with a icy lemonade or a cold beer and a bowl of peanuts.
There’s Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, the day with unusually good weather, sneak-out-of-work-early day, the Saturday we decide not to clean the house, the evening we invite the neighbors for margaritas…
May 16th, 2012
Elementary school kids in San Rafael, Calif., are asking Crayola to initiate a recycling program for the millions of markers the company produces every year.
The children, who participate in a green group called Kids That Care, decided to petition Crayola through Change.org after realizing that many plastic products, including spent markers, wind up in landfills, said the group’s advisor Land Wilson.
May 10th, 2012
There are many ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. Cut flowers, breakfast in bed, brunch at her favorite restaurant, a chick flick night. All these fit the day — and you can even take your mom along!
Tags: · Arbor Day Foundation, birds, butterflies, ethical eating, fair trade chocolate, forest conservation, Mercy for Animals, Mother's Day, Native Plants, planting trees, shade trees, sustainable goods, tofu scramble, Trees
April 11th, 2012
In a bygone American era, Detroit shone proudly as a center of industry, home to the Model T and other symbols of American progress. The decline of the car industry in recent decades, though, has cut the city’s population in half and left poor neighborhoods in even more derelict condition. Detroit is now home to thousands of acres of vacant land, most of it unmaintained, left to collect weeds and waste. The result? Many of the city’s residents live in what is termed a
March 15th, 2012
Eco-friendly parking has made its way to the resort community of Paradise Valley, just outside of Scottsdale, Ariz.
El Chorro restaurant, popular with locals and the tourists who flock to the area’s golf courses and luxury hotels, has installed three electric car charging units in early January as part of its new sustainable design.
February 13th, 2012
On Valentine’s Day, we think chocolate, and maybe roses, but, OK…mostly chocolate.
Rich, sweet, velvety, dark, crunchy (or smooth) chocolate. Wonderful, comforting, dopamine-inducing chocolate.
Yet there’s a battle being fought for your chocolate heart; that is, your consumer loyalties.
January 25th, 2012
NASA’s video depiction of our changing climate.
November 28th, 2011
ell phones and tablet computers may be coveted holiday gifts, but parents should consider the potential health effects of these devices before giving them to children, according to the Environmental Health Trust (EHT) and Healthy Child Healthy World (HCHW) , two educational groups focused on environmental health…. Manufacturer safety warnings, the groups note, are simply not sufficient to protect children because they were designed to meet a test for a “typical user” who never was typical:
Tags: · cell phone use not linked to cancer, cell phones, Environmental Health Trust, Environmental Working Group, Healthy Child Healthy World, human cell damage, kids and phones, radiation, radio waves, WiFi
November 8th, 2011
People who do not want to support the cruel and dangerous conditions of industrial meat production, but aren’t necessarily looking to slice meat out of their diet, can find many sources for a better-raised turkey — or ham — this holiday.
Farmer’s Markets and the online seller Local Harvest feature dozens of producers with home-grown flocks that were raised on pasture and treated humanely. These smaller-scale farms can verify that they have not packed turkeys into giant sheds where they were deprived of sunlight and space to move around, as has become the norm in industrial production. (See our story on CAFO: The tragedy of industrial animal factories.)