Green Gardening - Conserving Water

With the warm weather, gardening is a very common activity. Of course, efficient water use is essential to having a truly green garden. Below are some great simple water conservation tips obtained from Go for Green - The Active Living and Environment Program website: **Plan and design your garden with water conservation in mind. For example, group plants with similar moisture requirements close together. Thus, you can water the thirsty plants as they need replenishing, rather than the whole garden. ...more

Where I live in southern Florida, we are under water restrictions a lot. The current restriction ...more

The Everglades is still endangered, despite being knocked off list

Maybe you heard last month that the United Nations decided to downgrade Everglades National Park from its list of endangered sites around the world. And maybe like me, you said to yourself, "Huh? The Everglades isn't endangered anymore?" ...more

"Imperiled Glades cut from watch list" ...more

Time's Up for Buy Nothing New!

Some of you readers may know that 6 months ago I took a personal pledge--to not buy anything new for 6 months. Well, on August 1st--the 6 months is over. How did this pledge affect me? read more at.... a fox Aurora Fox "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." --Scott Adams ...more

Plastic is made from oil. You knew that, right?

According to a nationwide online survey conducted in April of this year, 72 percent of the American public does not know that conventional plastic is made from petroleum products, primarily oil. This study was a joint venture between Metabolix, Inc, a bioscience company and Archer Daniels Midland, one of our biggest agribusinesses. They have joined to develop plastics made from corn sugar. Now let me be clear: I am NOT, I repeat NOT, promoting ADM's corn products. Read Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma to understand all the problems of the mainstream corn industry. But it is interesting to me to know that most people don't understand some of the reasons why plastics are a problem. So, from start to finish, I'll list all the reasons that I can think of: 1) Plastic comes from petroleum. According to the ADM press release, about 10% of U.S. oil consumption is used to make plastics. And as we know, oil is a resource that is running out. Click here to read more of this article on   ...more

I hate to check bags so I always take a carry-on when I fly. Consequently, I always have a ...more

Getting Political

I’m looking forward to meeting many of you at the BlogHer conference in just a few days. On Saturday, I’ll be helping to guide our discussion of the most pressing environmental issues we’d like candidates to address in the run-up to the 2008 elections (Earn Our Votes: What Questions Do Women Bloggers Want Candidates to Answer in Election 2008?). ...more


I'm so glad you posted about this. Environmental justice is an issue that I really feel ...more

Sustainable Living - Socially Responsible Investing

Your savings and investments can help create a better world. Put your dollars to work to build healthy communities, promote economic equity, and foster a clean environment. SRI Strategies: read more... ...more

Green Living - Junk Free Mailbox

Junk mail is more than simply annoying. It also uses valuable resources. Each year 100 million trees are ground up to produce junk mail. Approximately 44% of all junk mail is thrown in the trash, unopened and unread. Not surprisingly, about 40% of the solid mass that makes up our landfills is paper and paperboard waste. ...more

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Park It

I spent a good amount of time inside yesterday working on my computer, catching up on all sorts of stuff that needed attention. It was a gorgeous day, and I kept looking out the window wishing I could go outside. By late afternoon, I was done with what I needed to do and headed out for some much-needed fresh air. I decided it would be nice to take a hike around Theodore Roosevelt Island, a small national park situated in the middle of the Potomac River between Virginia and DC. ...more