building a sustainable and resilient community

Make recycling make sense

Full disclosure:  I love my 15″ MacBook Pro.  Knock on wood, I’ve not had any major problems with it in the 3 years that I’ve had it.  And, even though I’ve seen some things about the batteries that freak me out a bit, I don’t regret my purchase of it.  It’s done everything I have […]


Emily’s Ten Commandments of a Greener Office

1.  Thou shalt avoid “vampire power” by unplugging appliances when not in use. 2.  Thou shalt use coffee mugs instead of paper cups – and dishtowels instead of paper towels – as much as possible. 3.  Thou shalt not purchase disposable plastic water bottles unless thou is dangerously parched. 4.  Thou shall turn off thou’s […]


Happy Earth Day 2009!

If I have one request, hope, or wish for you this Earth Day 2009, it is that you stop using plastic bags.  Entirely.  Forever.  And ever! My suggestion?  Get some reusable bags! Everyone sells them by now, from Ralph’s to IKEA to Trader Joe’s.  And like everything, you’ve got plenty of choices, from economy to […]


Woe is me: A Packrat’s Dilemma

One of the things that I didn’t understand for a long time was that to lessen my impact on the Earth, I needed to consume a lot less stuff.  Part of my urge for consumption in the first place surely comes from being an American – as Americans, we are told that consumerism is, in […]


This can’t be right.

Exhibit A:  Looks like a normal battery for a 17″ MacBook Pro, right? Exhibit B:  Not so much.  This is the old battery from my roommate’s 17″ MacBook Pro.  One day it just … started expanding.  Then she left it in the sun and it … kept expanding. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all […]


Let’s Talk About Toilets.

I know, I know – toilets aren’t very exciting, are they?  There IS, however, a lot that goes on with toilets that you may not realize… For one thing, if you live in a place that is experiencing or is prone to experiencing droughts, then you might want to think about how much water your […]

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