Spring Into Green 2014

Earth legacy.

It’s time to spring into green again. Several green events for Southern Nevadans are underway or coming soon. To be clear, green events have become so popular that they happen all the time in our community, it’s just that some major ones tend to occur at this time of year. Creating a sustainable community requires the participation of everyone at every level. When businesses and government get ... Read More

The Human Race – Can We Win It?

The race continues...

It is interesting how some words have more than one meaning. Race is one of them. It can be a form of competition where the fastest one wins, but it can also be a group of people, such as the human race. The irony of this juxtaposition is that the human race is in a race, against ourselves. Even though we are the only competitor, there is no guarantee we will win. In fact, one could say that in ... Read More

Buycott: Make Empowered Buying Decisions

Buycott

Green Living is all about making informed decisions. I love the fact that people with good intentions can make a difference when they have the right information. That’s empowerment and it allows us to “vote” with our dollars on a regular basis, not just on Election Day. Our purchases have a tremendous impact on our lives and our society. With our dollars, we decide which products, services and ... Read More

Save Some Dates, Save the Planet!

First Friday's Green Street

Green living is a broad topic and there are many ways to go about it. From my perspective the overall goal is to live lightly on the planet so as not to exceed the Earth’s ability to naturally sustain the entire diverse tapestry of life, not just us humans. Everything we do is an opportunity once we realize we are responsible for the outcome. Our homes are a good place to focus since they ... Read More

Action Alert: Label GMOs in Nevada!

Say NO to GMO foods!

Your help is needed to pass BDR 955, a bill to label genetically engineered foods in Nevada!  This bill would give Nevadans the right to know if genetically modified organisms are in our food, and to be able to make informed decisions when purchasing food for our families. It is an unfortunate fact that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are now commonly found in much of our food supply. ... Read More

Gifting the Future

We hold the key to her happiness.

I love the way the seasons remind me of our planet’s journey around the sun. As another winter solstice approaches, I find simple pleasure noticing how the light reaches deeply into our home as the sun traverses its low, southerly arc each day. Another source of enjoyment this time of year comes in the form of giving to others. Exchanging gifts is a holiday tradition that can have great ... Read More

Kitchens can be Greenest

Vegan clam chowder - out of this world!

What room is (or has the most potential to be) the greenest room in your home? It’s the kitchen - by a mile. You can drive a hybrid or even walk to work, take water-sipping showers, and put solar panels on the roof, but nothing can match the benefits of a green kitchen. It requires no special appliances, there is no cost and you can start right away. In fact, it is deceptively simple, incredibly ... Read More

Solar Cooking: The New Barbeque

Sun oven steaming hot!

Renewable energy can be fun, easy, inexpensive - and good tasting. Yes, it’s all those things and more when you get into the joy of cooking using a sun oven. We’ve had our sun oven now for about five years and this summer we’ve been using it more than ever (they work during the winter too by the way). Who needs a hotter house, a bigger gas or electric bill, or food that has to be constantly ... Read More

Health: People and Planet

Every home should have a library. It doesn’t even have to be an entire room; just a special place to keep your books will do, or perhaps it’s simply a cozy spot to read your latest treasure from the public library. The point is to value the experience of reading good books. A library is potentially the greenest part of any home. The knowledge contained in books can profoundly transform lives ... Read More

Animal Oil? – No thanks.

I recently had an interesting email conversation with some friends about green solutions and the gray areas that often accompany them. First, a little background. One powerful, economical and healthy method I use to reduce my carbon footprint is a vegetarian diet. I like our meat-free home and the wonderfully diverse, delicious and delightful meals we cook in our kitchen! I’ve written before about ... Read More