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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

Image: www.ccPixs.com

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 […]

Farms, Harvest and Climate Change

Climate-related disasters such as flooding possibilities require adaptation to face our future. Image: agriculturewire.com

Jessie Haas

“A dry year you worry, a wet year you starve,” goes the cheery old Vermont saying, and it’s worse lately. These are stressful times for farmers, with the anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene a reminder that […]

Gardening With Biochar

by Jeff Cox

Storey Publishing, LLC, January 2018, 128 pages, $12.76

Book Review by Jessie Haas

Can your garden, brush pile, and wood stove save the planet? Yes, according to Jeff Cox, in his new book, Gardening with Biochar. Cox, a contributing editor at Horticulture, brings his […]

Vermont Legislative Update

The Climate Solutions Caucus. Image: VPIRG

Jessie Haas

The rap on the 2019 Vermont legislature is that they didn’t get much done—notably, for climate activists, any kind of carbon pricing scheme – or the “Global Warming Solutions Act,” which would require the state government to act on Vermont’s climate pollution goals. So when I […]

Do We Have a Quorum?

Slide 23 from Common Ground: The Circle of Life presentation by Cat Buxton.

Jessie Haas

Soil is mysterious. We have identified only about 5% of soil micro-organisms, which means we have no idea what we’re doing when we garden, farm, or build. But we’re learning.

Recently, soil scientist Christine Jones introduced the idea of […]

Appliances and Energy Efficiency

Front-load washing machines are more energy efficient than top loading ones, as they save water and electricity. Image: g-mark.org.

Jessie Haas

Many of us are aware of the impact that changing out an old appliance can have on our fuel bills and carbon footprint, and the older the appliance, the […]

Tiny Houses for the Planet

Lincoln tiny house on wheels at Mt. Hood tiny house village near Portland, Oregon. Image: tinyhousetalk.com.

Jessie Haas

Tiny houses are hot these days. But practical? Can they help save the planet? Quite possibly.

A tiny house is usually 400 square feet (sf) or less, with the average being 186 sf. (By comparison the […]