{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 [...]

{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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]