Green Archive

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In the 21st century home, we’re rethinking land use, food production, and home economies. How do these converge? Well, here’s a great example. *** In Lincoln, Nebraska, a quiet, dirty little revolution has taken hold. Spurred on by climate-change...
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Adobe brick building is thousands of years old. But, it’s modern too. Here are some ways to use earthen bricks to build energy efficient and sustainable homes. *** Adobe construction is an ancient building method dating back to at...
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Food security has never been more insecure. Here are five reasons to take charge of your own food security with an edible garden. *** We’re on the heels of harvest season and it’s a glorious thing if you’re a...
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Winterizing in late summer and into fall helps you seal up and insulate your house to keep energy bills low. Here are some of the common trouble spots. *** Before it gets cold, winterize your house. Yes, it’s easy...
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Cob has the lowest environmental impact of all building materials. It’s natural, and non-toxic. The finished home is also energy efficient. *** Earth is the oldest building material. For thousands of years, walls have been made of mud, and...
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If urban development is the undoing of nature’s brilliance, then permaculture how to of bring nature back to itself. Learn more about this sustainable practice. *** Earlier this year, I wrote an intro to native and invasive species. It’s...
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The driest continent on the planet needs serious water conservation in serious drought. What can we learn from their ways? Read on! *** Climate change is on my mind a lot these days, and for most folks who live...
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A controversy in Canada has reignited debate: What’s better — buying local food, or buying imported organic? This writer says: Buy local! Here’s why. *** Canada’s grocery industry was rocked by a whistleblower revealing that a large organic chicken...
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Summertime means hot days. Ditch your dependence on the energy hungry AC and adopt these methods of staying cool instead. *** I am blessed to live in a place where we don’t need air conditioning. The air is dry,...
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Reseeding flowers, vegetables and herbs surprise you every year in the garden. Here are some ways to keep things varied and interesting in your garden. *** Decades ago when I was first getting turned on to the plant world,...
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An old window shutter can be used in place of any surface in your upcycling projects.  Here are a few ideas using shutters to inspire you. *** Years ago at my mother’s house, I found four shutters about 3’...
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France is getting big news this spring with radical laws for everything from food waste to solar roofs, and even giving the Eiffel Tower an enviro-makeover. *** It’d be nice to think the whole world will just up and become...
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It’s the height of the busy bee season and you might find a swarm, or worse, a beehive in your yard. Here’s how to save them and you! *** Bumblebees and honey bees keep the world eating. As the...
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For ecologically sensitive pool maintenance, check out these 6 ways to a green pool without it literally being green. *** Taking care of a pool is a big undertaking that traditionally requires considerable amounts of chemicals and an abundance...
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Off-grid options for homes are becoming more and more viable. Used with solar and wind power, lithium ion batteries for home use are being pioneered today. *** Off-grid living is getting more and more popular as people want simpler...
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For the first time in 40 years, Earth’s emissions held steady. Great news! But we need to do more. Here are small changes that add up to BIG impact! *** In March, the news reported that, for the first...