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They always say that nothing boosts innovation and entrepreneurship quite like a down economy. NPR news reported this morning on 2 wall street bankers who were laid off from Bear Stearns and J.P. Morgan Chase last year. Instead of cycling back into the world of banking, these friends decided to take action by creating an eco-friendly business. ... read more

Climate change timetable slips as Obama backtracks on 2008 deadline - guardian.co.uk


Climate change timetable slips as Obama backtracks on 2008 deadline
guardian.co.uk, UK
Obama's early moves on the environment – and the huge green investment in last week's economic rescue package – had raised expectations for further green legislation. American environmentalists had routinely described the economic rescue plan as a ...... read more

Polluters pay in Obama's 'green' budget

US President Barack Obama is banking on a landmark carbon gas cap-and-trade system to both fight climate change and pump 80 billion dollars into the Treasury purse to fund renewable energy programs.

The innovative program -- similar to one already in place in Europe -- would rev up US efforts against global warming by reducing the output of carbon dioxide and other polluting gases, while raising direly-needed revenue.

Is Going Green Too Expensive?

What is true cost of going green?  This question seems to be a common one for many consumers today, espescially in a possibly worsening economic climate.  Is the benefit worth the cost and when does this tipping point occur?... read more

Green Living Room Makeover!

This is a wonderful program produced by Scott Naturals regarding a green makeover of a family's home ala TLC show.  It is really good and provides a bunch of fun little tips for any future home improvements.   Check out more house makeovers at Scott's website, ... read more

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UnGreen, UnKeen Celebrities

Celebrities, living in the spotlight, cannot get away with anything without getting caught by the paparazi!  While some famous people use their star power to promote environmental activism (such as Bono, Cameron Diaz, Jack Johnson, and more), others are infamously wasteful.

Lindsay Lohan Ungreen Lindsay Lohan Ungreen

Take (trainwreck) Lindsay Lohan, photographed in April, 2009 throwing a flyer out of the window of a friends car.  Or actress Katherine Heigl, who had to smooth talk her way out of a littering ticket when she threw her cigarette butt on the ground in front of a police officer in 2008.... read more

Plants that Repel Mosquitoes & Pesky Bugs

Basil repels mosquitoes

Anyone who lives somewhere with hot, muggy summers knows how mosquitoes can ruin an otherwise lovely hot summer evening.  How many times have you been sitting in the backyard swatting and scratching because of those pesky skeeters?

There are many ways to repel mosquitoes without having to even use bug spray!  ... read more

A Beginner's Guide to Composting

Composting is one of the easiest ways to make your home more eco-friendly.  And if you garden, it will even save you money because you can use your compost for soil. 

Start off by either buying or building a compost bin for your yard.  We built one without a bottom so worms can get in it.  worms are very good for compost...in fact, there's even a specific type of composting oriented around worms
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10 Ways to Teach Your Kids to be Green

Sometimes it seems to me that kids are more involved in keeping our planet clean than we are. That being said, there is always room for growth. Here are a few ideas for ways to help your child be more environmental aware:

10 Ways to Teach Your Kids to be Green

1. Toy Swaps: We all know how quickly kids outgrow their toys. In order to reduce waste (and save a little $$ in the process) organize periodic toy swaps. Have all of your parent friends bring toys their children have outgrown and swap out for new, more age appropriate toys. If you can’t do a toy swap, find a consignment toy shop in your area. No need to keep producing new toys when there are so many already out there! As we know, kids learn from the examples we set.

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15 Cheap Ways to Go Green

Transitioning to a green lifestyle can seem daunting, and sometimes expensive.  But it really doesn't have to be!   I'm the first to admit that I'm a little bit on the cheap side, so here are some ways to "green up" your lifestyle that are free or inexpensive.

Here's how!

1)  Gardening. Seeds are super cheap.  You can start growing them inside in the winter, and transplant them in the spring.  For a low cost, you can grow all sorts of things.  Use organic soil and avoid pesticides, weed killer, etc.  Gardening is also eco-friendly because you're not buying produce that's been transported in a vehicle and it doesn't have all that pesky packaging.... read more