{Eco tips} How to Make Compost

The lowly compost pile is actually one of the most eco-friendly things you can do.  It decreases the amount of garbage set out for pick up, while reusing the nutrients.  It saves money by providing essentially free fertilizer for your lawn and/or garden, while decreasing the use of chemical fertilizers which deplete soil in the […]

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{Eco Tips} 4 Ways to Garden Sustainably

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It’s been warm some days here in the Midwest, turning many people’s thoughts to spring gardening.    Gardening in the city is a big deal these days.  There are many federally funded programs for bringing gardening to schools and nursing homes.   People living in rural areas have known and received the benefits of sustainable gardening for centuries. Even […]

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2011 Heart of Green Awards

I want to tell you about a website, the Daily Green www.Dailygreen.com.  It is a daily web paper billed as the ‘consumer’s guide to the green revolution’.   You can vote on their website for the “2011 Heart of Green Awards”.  Here’s the list of categories: 2011 Heart of Green Awards: Full Coverage Local Heroes Lifetime Achievement […]

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Is Your State in this for “KEEPS”?

The US EPA and Dept. of Energy have a national Energy Star program.   Starting in 2004,  Kentucky developed the “Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools” (KEEPS).   The state started with two school systems.  In 2010, all 174 Kentucky school districts were required to enroll, thanks to a stimulus fund grant.  The grant provided money to hire […]

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Absolutely No-Sew Draft Dodger

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I don’t know what temps are like where you are, but here they were in the single digits last night.    I was lucky to be able to stay inside where it was warm and dry.  We installed new weatherstripping this fall, and, of course, our house has added insulation.  Another way to keep it warm […]

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What is Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Paint

On “Happy Eco New Year” post, one of the eco-resolutions I suggested was using low VOC paint for your next painting project.  Some of you were probably thinking “What the heck is low VOC paint and why should I use it?”  I’m going to answer those questions now. VOC is short for Volatile Organic Compounds.  […]

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Less Meat Black Bean Soup

Everyone adopted all of the recommended eco resolutions from last week, right?   Well, I hope some of you are doing some of them, anyway. Here’s a soup recipe to help with eating less meat. This can be vegan, vegetarian or a meat stretcher, depending on your desires. Black Bean Soup 1 large onion, chopped                                   2 c canned […]

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Happy Eco New Year

Well, it’s over.  All the winter holidays I know of except Epiphany and Valentine’s Day have come and gone.  I still have a few more scheduled hours at the department store, but the holiday season is over. The real issue for this time is a fresh new year full of possibilities.  An opportunity to try […]

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Eco-Wrap Your Holiday

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The holiday season has officially arrived.  Time for family, friends and food.  And Tradition.  Most families have many holiday traditions that define the holidays for them.   Some holidays wouldn’t be the same without Grandma’s stuffing and Aunt Carol’s decorated sugar cookies.    Others would be hollow without certain decorations and activities. While traditions are the stuff […]

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