Backyard WildLife Habitats

BackYard Wildlife Habitat

There are many benefits to green living.   One of my favorites, and one that I wasn’t expecting was having my small suburban yard become a wildlife haven. Fred and I have always loved being outdoors. Gardening and yard work are a big part of our lives.   15 years ago we started making small […]

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Energy Savings with LED Bulbs–A Bright Idea for the Home {eco-tips}

LED bulb

  We’ve recently begun to change our light bulbs from the CFL bulbs we’ve used for a couple of years now to the even more energy efficient LED variety.  Because we have a lot of lights in our home and LED bulbs are pricey, we are making the transition slowly and beginning with the lights […]

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{Eco Inspirations} Enjoy, Don’t Destroy

In 1935 Franklin D. Roosevelt developed the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to help drive jobs for unemployed Americans, resulting in over 900 silk screened posters to be made and distributed across the United States. Inspiring? I think so! The Library of Congress writes, “The posters were designed to publicize exhibits, community activities, theatrical productions, and health and […]

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{Inspiration} Extreme Minimalist Living

Ever wonder what it would like to pack up all your belongings into a backpack and hit the road? It’s a fantasy my husband is always musing along to and I’ve always shrugged it off as impossible. That is until now! Talk about inspiration – Andrew Hyde discusses how he only owns 15 things in this […]

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{News and Views} Beyond Earth day: living the sustainable lifestyle

It’s post-Earth Day and you’ve just planted your tree for arbor day. You’ve gone to your local event, stopped in the booths and maybe signed a petition or two. Now what? Is it back to business as usual? Take out lunches and single serving yogurt? Once the elation of your name on that petition has […]

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25 Ways to Eat Sustainably

Farmers Market

This post was originally published on my blog, ecokaren, last year but with the recent disappointing news about GE Alfalfa being approved by the USDA, I thought I’d re-post this list so that we can remind ourselves how to eat more sustainably. I know many of you are already following these practices but I thought […]

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Farm to School Program Makes Change for the Better

Years ago I worked as a special educator. I remember being pregnant walking up and down the aisles of the cafeteria at lunch wondering about the food choices my daughter would be given. Some eight years later I home school my daughter and am thrilled to offer her healthy lunches. But of course, as a […]

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