Green Movement Still Has Skeptics

Courtesy Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Thinkstock Men and women are divided on whether buying eco-friendly products really makes a difference. For Michael and Vanessa Martin, shopping for paper towels, dish detergent and tile cleaner often leads to a discussion in the supermarket aisles about the environment. Michael would prefer to spend less on conventional products while Vanessa […]

Model Law Makes Green Building Accessible

Courtesy iStockphoto/Thinkstock The Center for Climate Change Law created a model green-building ordinance as a resource that can be implemented by small cities. When it comes to green-building ordinances, size matters. Big cities have bigger budgets, which means there’s more cash to spend on researching and writing ordinances that promote and regulate green building. Faced […]

Urban Farming to Get Corporate Boost

Courtesy Stock.XCHNG Two New York developers have teamed up to take the city’s urban farming to a larger scale, and they’re paying attention to sustainability in the process. New York is better known for Times Square and Central Park than food production and urban farming, but two developers are looking to change that. Full Spectrum […]

New Green Guide to Flush False Eco Claims

Photo by Stephanie Staton The Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guide revisions are to ensure that your planet-friendly cleaner really is what it says. Let’s face it, green sells. Consumers want products that are biodegradable, organic and made with renewable materials—and that means companies are eager to make those claims about their goods and services. To […]

Funds for Foodies

Courtesy Alia Malley Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, will receive a Lennon Ono Grant for Peace. In honor of their work, Michael Pollan, bestselling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma (The Penguin Press, 2006) and In Defense of Food (The Penguin Press, 2008), and Barbara Kowalcyk, co-founder of the […]

Free Worms Promote Vermicomposting

Photo by Stephanie Staton Worm exchange programs help people who vermicompost obtain red wiggler worms for free. Worms are taking center stage in the fight against food waste. Worm composting, also known as vermicomposting, is becoming more popular in urban settings where gardeners lack the space for traditional compost heaps. Housed in small bins, red […]

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