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No-Till Gardening: Good for Crops and the Environment

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Jessie Haas

Most people don’t realize that we are living through two carbon crises (plus a pandemic, plus mass political craziness. I know, right?) We have too much carbon in the atmosphere and not enough in the soil, and there’s a connection: between 50 and 70% of the carbon in world farmland […]

Major League Baseball Players for the Planet

http://www.greenenergytimes.org/2020/09/04/taking-farming-to-net-zero/

Jessie Haas

Brent Suter, pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, recently endorsed the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act which is working its way through the U.S. House of Representatives. Fellow endorsers include many names that will be familiar to New England readers, including former Vermont governor Howard Dean and biathlete Susan […]

Buildings as Carbon Sinks

Happiness Hill is a straw-bale addition to an existing cabin which New Frameworks built in 2014. The house is built with natural clay plaster finish on the interior, local wood siding exterior, and an interior local wood timber frame. The square footage of the home was doubled while keeping the energy usage the same. […]

Cool You, Cool Planet

Trees provide free natural shading to keep your home cool. Image: livingrootless.blogspot.com

Jessie Haas

Cooling will become a greater necessity and create a greater environmental burden as our planet heats. As we swing into the season when cooling, rather than warming, is the issue, it’s time to consider the great two-for-one deal of a […]

E-Transportation on Two Wheels

NIU way forward. Courtesy image.

Jessie Haas

How can we drive less or pollute less while doing the driving we have to do? We all know transportation is one of our biggest emitters of greenhouse gas, but public transportation is spotty in the north country and rural areas. Electric cars and plug-in […]

Is COVID-19 a Precursor to Climate Change?

The new coronavirus molecule. Image: Wikipedia

Jessie Haas

As Earth Day approaches it’s clearer than ever: We’re all in this together.

That’s always been true on the only living planet we know for sure exists, but COVID-19 has taught us to see it and say it. Who is important now? Everyone, but the […]

Vermont Brewshed® Alliance is Launched

Clean water for good health, environment and beer

Jessie Haas

Beer. Did you ever sit there staring at a pint, wondering what’s in it? People love to talk about hops and barley, but, fundamentally, beer is water, over 90% water. And without good water, you can’t make good beer.

That’s the basic insight behind […]

Going Green On a Budget

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Jessie Haas

We can’t all afford a heat pump, EV, or solar panels, but we can still cut our carbon footprints and save money at the same time, through changing a few habits.

Nega-watts (the electricity we don’t use) are the cleanest and greenest, and there are many affordable […]

Green Gifts for the Holidays

Gift ideas: ecofreenlove.com.

Jessie Haas

One of the ways to trim your carbon footprint is to buy less—but is that any fun during the holidays? This isn’t Lent! Can’t we say ‘I love you to the moon and back’ while still loving the planet?

Well, sure, and here are a […]

Sustainably Crafted Spirits

Sign and solar panels. Note the tiny solar panel used for signage lights. All images courtesy Lars Hubbard.

Jessie Haas

In 2010, two Vermont home-brewing enthusiasts, Lars Hubbard and Chuck Burkins, took a weekend distilling course in New York State, which turned into a new, sustainable business. Appalachian Gap Distillery […]