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Breaking Down the Core Principles of Composting

Garbage truck with caption "What if everything could be used again?"

Composting is about more than just flinging your food scraps into a heap in your backyard. It’s about figuring out a way to give your unwanted food a new purpose while also helping the environment. And the best part is, the fundamental building blocks of composting systems are the same regardless of scale. The following…

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Hydroponic Versus Soil Growing: Which Should You Choose

Lettuce growing in a deep water culture system

You probably learned when you were young that plants need soil to get the essential nutrients needed to grow. However, there is another way you can give your plants what they need to flourish. A hydroponic system uses water-based fertilizer as opposed to soil fertilizer. This practice is relatively new to farmers, though it is…

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Winter Gardening Without Heated Greenhouses

Greenhouse covered in snow

It might seem like a myth that you can grow food in an unheated greenhouse during the winter, but we’re here to prove you wrong. As long as there is sunlight there are several techniques you can use to keep your crops warm enough to harvest well into the cold weather. The key? Layers. Just…

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A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

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Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until spring. No matter what size home you live in, there’s room for a garden of soil-grown sprouts to carry you through the depths of winter. You just need a little guidance from someone who understands the struggles…

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Preparing for Winter: Weatherproofing Your Windows

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If thinking about the cost to heat your home this winter has you knitting wool mittens and piling on another layer of blankets, you’re not alone. But did you know that a large majority of that hefty bill comes as a result of poor energy efficiency? If you have older windows it’s likely that air…

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12 Books for Essential Earth Day Reading

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As we celebrate Earth Day, you might be feeling inspired to do some reading about our great planet. We complied 12 books to get you going from farmland to global warming to economics. The best way to initiate change is to learn as much about the issues as possible and start conversations about what’s going…

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The Next Stimulus: Bigger Tax Breaks for Solar Hot Water

While photovoltaic technology—though promising—is still lacking in the efficiency department and prohibitively expensive for the average homeowner, solar hot water systems use the sun’s heat more directly, and therefore more efficiently. Consequently, fewer panels are needed to create an equivalent amount of energy. You’re using the same amount of energy for about a quarter of…

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Green Milestone: US Leads World in Wind Production (Sort of)

The US has just passed a significant milestone: according to the Global Wind energy Council (h/t EcoGeek), last year the US overtook Germany to become, for the first time, the leader in wind power capacity. Of course, the US isn’t the only country increasing its wind power. Worldwide, according to Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of…

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Investing in Renewable Energy to Get America's Swagger Back

President Obama’s stimulus bill passed in the House today, with members voting largely along party lines. (Not a single “Yea” vote from Republicans? Really? It’s a good thing we compromised on those tax cuts and cut family planning out altogether, then, eh? It really helped wrangle all those … zero votes.) So it seems we’ve…

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Investing in Renewable Energy to Get America's Swagger Back

President Obama’s stimulus bill passed in the House today, with members voting largely along party lines. (Not a single “Yea” vote from Republicans? Really? It’s a good thing we compromised on those tax cuts and cut family planning out altogether, then, eh? It really helped wrangle all those … zero votes.) So it seems we’ve…

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Unf*ckers United: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Nau Clothing

Richard Seireeni’s The Gort Cloud: The Invisible Force Powering Today’s Most Visible Brands showcases green businesses that are taking sustainability into the corporate world without compromising their ideals or turning into well-meaning money pits—sustainable enterprises looking at more than just the bottom line. More information on the “gort cloud,” including the etymology of the name,…

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Monterey County Weekly: Slow Money Is Good for Your Health

Woody Tasch, author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, contributed an article to the Monterey County Weekly putting forth an interesting proposition. Investing can be good for your body, mind, community, and planet—provided you’re investing in the right things, the right way. It is good,…

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Monterey County Weekly: Slow Money Is Good for Your Health

Woody Tasch, author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, contributed an article to the Monterey County Weekly putting forth an interesting proposition. Investing can be good for your body, mind, community, and planet—provided you’re investing in the right things, the right way. It is good,…

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Breakthrough in Wind Turbine Technology a Leap Forward for Clean Energy

Nuclear power is not only problematic—it’s ridiculously expensive. Clean coal is anything but. Don’t get me started on oil. As alternative energy technology improves, and “dirty” energy continues to prove that it’s a dinosaur (no pun intended), it’s becoming clearer to all but the most stubborn, hard-headed extreme right-wing Republicans that the solution to our…

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Slow Money a Breath of Fresh Air You Won't Want to Exhale

Let’s face it: you don’t want to put your money in the stock market. Not now—maybe not ever again. It’s a house of cards of Ponzi schemes and unsustainable bubbles. Instead, try investing in something you really believe in. Something local. Something ethical. Something natural and sustainable. Recently, Common Ground‘s Eric Larson reviewed Woody Tasch‘s…

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An Interview with GreenPeace's John Passacantando

In an interview with Grist.org’s Gristmill, the outgoing executive director of the US arm of GreenPeace, John Passacantando, reflects on his tenure. He discusses battling Bush and ExxonMobil, getting arrested, and his plans for getting arrested in the future. The following is an excerpt. Grist: Your eight years overlapped almost exactly with the Bush administration.…

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Slow Money Musings on the Last Day of 2008

As this is to be the last official post of the year, we thought we’d leave you with some thoughts from our Slow Money guru, author and “nurture capitalist” Woody Tasch (Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered). Guest-blogging at Powells.com this week, Woody Tasch goes John…

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Confessions of an Evangelical Treehugger

Matthew Sleeth is the author of Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action. From AlterNet: This essay is reprinted from Holy Ground: A Gathering if Voices on Caring for Creation, recently published by Sierra Club Books. Sometimes we must lose ourselves in order to find our way. I live in a small…

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Ground Zero for No-Waste Living: Japan

Japan has embraced green, sustainable living with the same dedication, focus, and innovation it used to create the world’s leading automobile industry. In the city of Kamikatsu, a village tucked away behind spruce-topped mountains, an hour’s drive away from the nearest metropolis, residents have vowed to eliminate all waste by the year 2020. (Does the…

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From Sunshine State to Solar State

It’s about time, Sunshine State. Florida Power & Light broke ground Tuesday on what it says will be the second-largest utility-scale solar investment of its kind in the US. It comprises 180,000 mirrors, and combines solar power with natural gas so that electricity will still be generated even when the sun is not shining. From…

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WATCH: Bioneers 2008: Founder Kenny Ausubel's Keynote Speech

In his keynote speech at Bioneers by the Bay 2008, co-founder Kenny Ausubel (Bioneers: A Declaration of Interdependence), urges political regime change, economic regime change, and ecological regime change—with the future of the human race hanging in the balance. Dreaming the future can create the future. We stand at the threshold of a singular opportunity…

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Give the Gift of Sustainability: Holiday Gift Ideas from Chelsea Green

The Holidays are the perfect time for imposing your progressive values on family and friends! Here are some suggestions from your like-minded friends at Chelsea Green. For Foodies and Philanthropists: This is the book we’re giving to our foodiest friends—the book that could convert your Stove Top-loving cousins: Renewing America’s Food Traditions by Gary Paul…

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Obama's Challenge Author Robert Kuttner: Team of Rubins

Robert Kuttner, co-founder of The American Prospect and author of Obama’s Challenge: America’s Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency, is concerned that nearly every one of Obama’s picks for his economic team come from the same centrist club: the protégés of former Treasury Secretary and current Citigroup executive Robert Rubin. As progressives,…

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