February 15, 2013 • in Environment

Natural Gas Drilling =
A Future of Dependence

by guest blogger, Maya K. van Rossum. Contrary to the folktales the gas companies spin, shale gas development is not about energy independence, increased jobs, or protection from climate change. Shale gas development is about profits for the gas companies. Period. And in just a few short decades, when the shale gas is gone, we’ll find ourselves more dependent than ever on foreign sources of energy—this time, on the technology needed to create a sustainable energy supply.

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January 23, 2013 • in Environment

The Bizarre Insanity
of Banning Bottled Water

You may have seen the news on Facebook or heard the stories on NPR: Concord, Massachusetts, has banned bottled water, and certain “liberal” colleges in Vermont have banned it, too. I blame it on Al Gore, who spent most of his media attention after the huge success of Inconvenient Truth blaming bottled water (and incandescent lightbulbs) for our climate problems. Not GMOs, which he helped make possible. But bottled water—the ONLY healthy cold drink available for sale….

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January 10, 2013 • in Environment

6 Ways to Save on Heating

by guest bloggers from Energy Star. Heating your home is not only hard on your wallet, but it’s hard on the environment, too. When power plants burn fossil fuels to make electricity, they release greenhouse gases. By using less energy at home, you can help reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change, and save money while you’re at it. Here are 6 helpful energy-saving tips:

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January 03, 2013 • in Environment

What to Do with All That
Holiday Plastic

By guest blogger Beth Terry. A common question I get from readers of my blog at the end of the holiday season is what to do about plastic gifts, wrapping, and other holiday accoutrements from well-meaning friends and family. For those of us working to reduce the amount of plastic we consume and the plastic waste we produce, the holidays can be challenging. Despite my best efforts, I sometimes still end up awash in unexpected plastic at the end of the holidays. Here are a few ideas for what to do with some of it:

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December 28, 2012 • in Environment

2012 Catastrophes
That Make Me Optimistic for 2013

by guest blogger Maya Rodale. There were some silver linings with some of the bad news stories this year. Here’s why, in spite of devastating hurricanes, violence, and ignorance, I’m really optimistic about the future.

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December 13, 2012 • in Environment

Dangerous Dust Bunnies:
How to Avoid Flame Retardants

by guest blogger Robin Dodson. Did you know that consumer products like furniture, textiles, and electronics often contain chemical flame retardants, and that these chemicals can come out of the products into household dust and the environment, where people are exposed to them?

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November 14, 2012 • in Environment

Happy 25th Anniversary,
Social Venture Network!

Twenty-five years ago my Dad was still alive and the world felt like a different place, even though it wasn’t. Twenty-five years ago, he took me with him to a conference at which he was a speaker. It was the first Social Venture Network conference (SVN). And thanks to my Dad, I was there. What SVN showed me over the 25 intervening years of watching businesses and people grow, and succeed, some failing, some dying, but all leaving a good mark on the earth, was that IT IS POSSIBLE. Anything was and is possible. So it is fitting that I am bringing my daughter this year to the 25th anniversary conference.

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