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Central Vermont Leads the Way in Recycling ‘Weird Stuff’

Sally Bellew and Cassandra Hemenway

Do you find yourself cringing each time you put something into the trash, because you believe it can’t be recycled? So do the folks at the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District (CVSWMD) who are offering more than three-dozen […]

Back to Basics: What is Recyclable?

Image: CSWD

By Raeann Bilow

Being a perfect recycler is tough. Recycling poses size requirements, exceptions to some common rules, and different places to bring different recyclables. And even once you feel like you’ve mastered recycling in your own local area, you find there are changes from state to state, and county to county, […]

Vermont Coffee Company Goes 100% Renewable

Vermont Coffee Company has invested in energy-efficient roasting equipment making it possible to roast coffee with significantly less energy. Courtesy photo.

By Green Energy Times Staff

The Vermont Coffee Company (VCC), known for its organic coffee, has big news. All the energy it uses to roast its coffee now comes from renewable […]

The Solar-Powered Circle of Life

Illustration of the benefits of the Soil Carbon Sponge versus the negative feedback loops of bare compacted soil. Image courtesy Peter Donovan of the Soil Carbon Coalition.

By Jessie Haas

“Plants manage water, and in managing water, they manage heat,“ according to Australian agricultural pioneer Peter Andrews. This has been born out […]

Your Brain on Nature

The Nature Fix by Florence Williams, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017, 304 pages

By Roger Lohr

The Nature Fix by Florence Williams provides the most compelling argument to date for people to spend more time outdoors in nature based on an increasing amount of biological, psychological and medicinal scientific evidence.

Over the years, efforts have […]

Good, Better, Best:

Dealing with Chemicals and Other Household Hazardous Waste

By Jonny Finity

Household hazardous waste (HHW) includes any product that is poisonous, reactive, corrosive, or flammable. This includes automotive fluids, fertilizers and pesticides, paints and stains, and many common household chemicals.

You can easily identify hazardous products by reading product labels. Look for key words […]

Beat Plastic Pollution

By George Harvey

The United Nations (UN) has observed World Environment Day on June 5th every year since 1974. Each year, the UN chooses a theme for the event to focus the attention of people worldwide on some specific problem that needs to be addressed. This year, the UN’s theme is “Beat Plastic […]

Celebrating the Contributions of Cooperative Enterprises

Cooperatives have two centuries’ experience building sustainable and resilient societies. Credit: International Co-operative Alliance.

By Fran McCrae

On July 7, 2018, the world will celebrate the International Day of Cooperatives (IDC), an annual observance of the contributions of cooperative enterprises to sustainable development.

To appreciate the significance of the IDC, it is important to […]

Fire or Fungi?

By Jessie Haas

According to Walter Jehne of Healthy Soils Australia, hydrology governs 95% of the heat dynamics of the planet. That is water, cooling us and the earth, managed by plants and the soil carbon sponge.

Image: Flickr/Ryan Thompson

We humans have been oxidizing the soil for the last 10,000 years as we […]

Will Agriculture Save the Bees?

 

U.S. farmers will soon plant up to 180 million acres of corn and soybeans coated in neonicotinoid pesticides, a combined landmass nearly twice the size of California. (1, 2)

But neonics harm the bees that make much of our fresh food production possible and offer no significant benefits in terms of crop yields. (3, […]