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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November 06, 2012 • in Environment

Still Undecided…about Climate Change?

by guest blogger Wendy Gordon. I doubt anyone is still undecided about climate change. In fact, among voters who just a few weeks ago were undecided about which presidential candidate to vote for today, 80 percent believe that global warming is happening and 83 percent want the U.S. to use more renewable energy (solar, wind, and geothermal). Extreme weather is no joke and more of our politicians need to come to grips with this new reality.

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November 05, 2012 • in Environment

On Sandy and Leadership

This is my first blog post since Sandy swept through and my last blog post before the election on Tuesday…so I have some stuff to say. Let’s face it, we had a rough week. I am massively grateful that everyone I know and love is present and accounted for, and power has finally been restored to both my home and my business. At the same time, I feel like things will never be quite the same. Actually, I am hoping things are never quite the same.

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