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Guide to Sustainable Gift Giving and Wrapping

Christmas lights and other long, stringy “tanglers” don’t belong in your recycling bin! Photo credit: CSWD.

Michele Morris

The holiday season leaves much in its wake: Warm memories, lots of leftovers, maybe few extra pounds, and a whole lot of…stuff. Because you’re reading this, we know you’re committed to reducing your waste as much […]

Recycling: Who, What, Where and When?

Bales of plastic at Norcal’s Recycle Central at Pier 96 in San Francisco. Image: Flickr/Walter Parenteau.

Evan Lawrence

Despite the widely-publicized crash in the recycling markets, recycling is still possible and still worth doing. Depending on where you live, it may just be harder to do.

Markets continue to be good […]

Put Your Asparagus and Other Perennials to Bed for the Winter

My asparagus bed that needs to be put to bed for the winter. Photo: N.R. Mallery

N. R. Mallery, Publisher of G.E.T.

Perennial vegetables like asparagus, horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes and rhubarb need protection over the winter to survive freezing temperatures.

Asparagus is hardy down to zone 4 and needs a little care in the […]

Food Scraps Diversion: Vermont Act 148

Transfer stations and compost facilities across the state now offer food scrap drop-off. Image: CSWD

Michele Morris

Food is many things: Fuel for working bodies, a livelihood for farmers of all sizes and types, an expression of love and nurturing in many families. One thing food should never be is wasted.

The Vermont […]

Supporting Local Agriculture with Worms

This is a Red Wiggler (E. fetida) worm depositing a cocoon. Red Wigglers have yellow tails. All photos courtesy Ben Goldberg

Ben Goldberg

In our quest to live more sustainably, composting with worms (vermi-composting) is one thing we can easily do that supports our efforts in a number of ways. This article will touch […]

Something About Red

Red oak leaves. Photos courtesy of David Fried.

David Fried

There is something about red. The color. You don’t see it out in nature much in winter or spring. Sometimes you may catch a glimpse of the red berries of highbush cranberry or winterberry or the stems of red osier […]

Slather Up for Better Aging

Sunflower oil. Image from Wikipedia.

Larry Plesent

I have a big problem with the phrase “anti-aging.” It sounds so military. As if aging is the enemy, and we must marshal all forces against it.

The new term circulating through the trade rags is “better-aging,” and I consider it to be a […]

A Place to Grow

Interior of A Place to Grow. Images courtesy of ReVision Energy.

George Harvey

A Place to Grow (APTG), a childcare center in Brentwood, New Hampshire, has some features that set it apart. True, it takes children as young as six weeks, and true, it is open from 6:30 AM to […]

Ten-year old Boy Making A Difference with Recycling Business

Ryan Hickman, founder of Ryan’s Recycling Company.Photos courtesy of D. Hickman.

N.R. Mallery, Publisher of G.E.T.

At 10 years old, a legendary boy is making his dream a reality with his own recycling business.

Ryan Hickman is the CEO of Ryan’s Recycling Company.

In Orange County, California, at just three years old, a little […]

Community Campaigns for Renewable Heating and Cooling

HeatSmart Northampton, MA

The city of Northampton, MA worked with the organization ener-G-save to gather thermal imaging on 100,000 area homes, revealing which homes were the best candidates for energy-efficiency improvements. Courtesy photo.

Georgena Terry, CESA Research Associate

Note: This is the second in a series on community-based strategies for increasing the adoption of […]