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Green, Clean Paint

Flickr/United Soybean Board

Jessie Haas

Spring light always seems to reveal mess and dinginess that has accumulated over the winter and, for centuries, has kicked off the ritual known as ‘spring cleaning.’ Painting has long been a part of spring cleaning. In the old days it was most often whitewashing, which used a solution […]

Cash for Your Refrigerants – Help for the Planet

Tradewater expanded their work globally in 2019 through a partnership with City Waste Recycling that resulted in the collection of 29,140 lbs. of refrigerants in Ghana. City Waste Recycling employees prepared stockpiled cylinders of CFCs for transport to a destruction facility in the United States where it was destroyed preventing the release of more […]

The Foodscraps 360 Solution


Wright currently collects four tons of food scraps a month and composts them, producing what she calls ‘black gold.’ Courtesy image.

Jessie Haas

A former graphic artist and current real estate appraiser in upstate New York, Diana Wright, found herself getting frustrated with the way the world was going, and ten years ago […]

“There’s Nothing Wrong With the Earth”

Jessie Haas

Communities dig terraces to stop soil erosion in Lushoto, Tanzania. Image: Georgina Smith/CIAT

What if we really could have it all? Abundant, nourishing food for everyone, farmers able to make a good living while producing it, beautiful wildlands, a resurgence of threatened plants, bugs, birds, and animals, and a cooler […]

Livestock Methane, Perspectives and Progress

Biogenic Carbon Cycle. You can learn more about this graphic at A video discussion with comments from UC Davis CLEAR Center’s director is at

Jessie Haas

The climate in which we developed our civilization was shaped by grass and the animals that ate it. Co-evolving, grass and grazing herds built […]

Community Greenhouses Sprouting

Edible Brattleboro volunteers grow food in public spaces, like the grassy area between the Brattleboro Food Coop parking lot and the Whetstone Brook Image: Edibe Brattleboro

Jessie Haas

When Marilyn Chiarello, founder of Edible Brattleboro, saw a free hoophouse frame offered on a local listserv, she started dreaming. A place for the […]

USDA Awarded $2.2 Million in Grants to Local Farmers and Producers

Jessie Haas

USDA has awarded $2.2 million in grants to farmers and producers in Vermont and New Hampshire under the Value-Added Producers Grant program (VAPG).

Businesses receiving grants include Runamok Maple in Fairfax, VT which will use its $248,063 grant to expand processing and diversify product packaging. Runamok sugarbush is certified organic through […]

Vermont Law Enforcement Going Green

Windham County (Vermont) Sheriff, based in Newfane, has purchased a Tesla Model 3 to replace one of the Department’s cruisers. Photo courtesy of Sheriff Mark Anderson.

Jessie Haas

The Vermont State Police, Vermont Department of Public Safety (DPS), Brattleboro Police Department (BPD), and Windham County Sheriff’s Office are all experimenting with electric or hybrid […]

Sustainable Trains and Planes

Hydrogen-powered passenger train Image: Alstom.

Jessie Haas

Transportation is one of the most persistent sources of greenhouse gases (GHG) and one of the most difficult problems to solve. But recently some countries have been making strides, with both electric and hydrogen fuel-cell-powered mass transit.

In Europe, where most countries take their […]

No-Till Gardening: Good for Crops and the Environment


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 […]