Electric launches are used by coaches for the Craftsbury Outdoor Center’s sculling program. Photos courtesy of COC.
Seven years ago, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center’s (COC) sculling program director, Troy Howell, received a mission-oriented directive from the organization to look into acquiring and using electric boats for the operation. In November 2008, Dick […]
Teaching children how to build birdhouses. Courtesy photos.
NatureFest is an enjoyable and educational event sponsored by Friends of Moreau Lake State Park (just north of Saratoga Springs, NY). “Friends” is a non-profit group that sponsors activities and in general supports the park. NatureFest is their biggest event. Non-profits and government agencies […]
Reducing Climate Pollution and Saving Money for Vermonters
It’s that time of year again! The grass is growing and the lawn needs to be mowed. The great news is that this gas-guzzling, climate-polluting chore can now be completed with much lower emissions and at much lower cost for Vermonters.
With expanded incentives from Green […]
Many common items in our lives have serious safety or toxicity problems. For example, we get lulled into a fantasy of its safety simply because a cell phone sits in every pocket and seems harmless. However, cell phones are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which, when improperly handled, spark fires –sometimes massive, hot, fires […]
Greensprings Natural Cemetery, Newfield, NY. Photos courtesy of Michelle Menter
“Nature has a way of opening us up to the moment, to our own grief and to the joy of life—a joy we can feel even in the depth of sadness,” said Michelle Menter, burial coordinator at Greensprings Natural Cemetery in Newfield, […]
Mean Green Mower at Dartmouth College. Photo: Steve Wisbaum, Eco Equipment Supply
If you mow your lawn, or even if you hire someone, you probably don’t think of a gas-powered mower as your best friend. But let’s face it, it’s a task that most of us spend a […]
We don’t think of our homes as part of a water cycle. Water goes in. Water comes out. We wash dishes, shampoo, flush the toilet, and without really thinking about it, contribute chemicals that directly affect water quality in our neighborhoods.
Everything from the pills we take, to the cleaners we choose has […]
Craftsbury Outdoor Center’s rooftop solar and diesel groomer. All photos courtesy of COC.
Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are some of the most “sustainable” recreational activities requiring skiers or snowshoers to use their own power and techniques to move over the snow. But when these sports are offered commercially, the trails are […]
Recyclables on the conveyor belt with a worker sorting them at the Williston, VT Materials Recovery Facility. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Hemenway.
We’ve all done it. There’s a thing we’re not sure of – a lightbulb, a plastic bag, maybe a Styrofoam tray– and we throw it in the recycling bin because […]
Tackling the ever-evolving world of meat-based burger alternatives
Many meat-alternative burgers are on the market. Courtesy photo.
Long gone are the days when finding an alternative burger for vegetarians or vegans was a distant wish. Today, there are more options than ever, and I’m here to help you make a decision and […]