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Mining Black Gold
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Mining Black Gold Find out how to properly set up your compost bin and learn about the benefits of composting; from enriching soil, to reducing emissions and lessening the use of chemical fertilizers!

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Community Gardens
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Community Gardens Community gardens are pieces of land that are managed and gardened by a group of people. These plots of land can be found in urban, rural, or suburban areas and can be found anywhere from a school, hospital, or within a local neighborhood. Most community gardens grow fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs for the people involved, or they can...

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Green Roofs
Thursday, 09 September 2010
Green Roofs The 2010 World Green Roof Congress goes to London this September! Green roofs have been a subject of conversation in the environmental world for a long time. They have the ability to change a bland, unused, rooftop, into a beautiful, lush, exciting, and green space secretly tucked into an urban atmosphere. 2010 has been a great year for...

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Winter Gardening
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Winter Gardening The cold winter months tend to be the time of the year that most people wrap up their spring and summer gardens. However, the fall and winter months can provide many opportunities to continue gardening and make your soil even more fertile for future growing seasons. Whether you want to grow winter edibles...

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Caulk Is Cheap
Friday, 30 October 2009
Caulk Is Cheap Last week I was on my roof, industriously squeezing caulk along the vinyl siding on the upstairs dormer windows. October in Indiana – the red maples were aglow, the skies were deep blue, and it was not cold, but cool enough to need a jacket. Leaf rot scented the air. I enjoy caulking. Not just because it’s a home repair I can actually...

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Green Fireplaces The Smart Solution to Winter
Monday, 05 October 2009
Green Fireplaces: The Smart Solution to Winter The use of a conventional fireplace still leads to harmful smoke, fumes and other indoor air pollutants – definitely something to consider if you have pets or children. Traditional open fireplaces burn very inefficiently and produce hundreds of chemical compounds, including carbon monoxide, organic gases, particulates, and some of the same...

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How to Love and Live in Your Eco Inspired Home
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
 How to Love and Live in Your Eco-Inspired Home While most people love the concept of a glass house, they have one major problem with it - privacy. But there’s a simple solution – curtains. Lightweight curtains would provide both shade during summer months as well as privacy, without compromising the structure’s aesthetic appeal. But what a lot of people also don’t...

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Gardening and the Environment
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Gardening and the Environment It might be odd to think about, but the delicious food on your plate is closely linked to the environment. Grains, meat, fruit, vegetables, and nuts once grew in the wild as part of a natural, complex ecosystem. Although these vital ingredients still fuel modern society, the process of getting our food has changed drastically. Most urban dwellers...

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10 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Friday, 17 July 2009
10 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that people spend 90% of their time indoors, but that indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Whether in your home or business, follow these 10 easy steps to ensuring you have the cleanest indoor air possible. Don't Allow Smoking Indoors - There is no safe level...

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Tomatoes for Small Spaces
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Tomatoes for Small Spaces Today’s the day to plant my garden tomatoes. I’m yearning for that home-grown taste! You say you have no room for a garden? No problem. With six hours of sunlight, you can grow tomatoes on a balcony or patio with ease. A few rules apply to growing container tomatoes. Choose a small, compact variety to fit your space; often the label will...

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Dirt Will it Save the Planet
Monday, 11 May 2009
Dirt: Will it Save the Planet? It was a suburban gardener’s worst nightmare: a grub as big as a toddler! Thank goodness it was just part of the Chicago Field Museum’s new Underground exhibit, in which visitors “shrink” to 1/100ths of their normal size and experience soil up close and personal. Tree roots as big around as tree trunks. Gigantic crayfish lurking in corners...

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My Revival Garden
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
My Revival Garden Remember the Victory Gardens of World War II? The term nowadays is “Recession Garden,” as more people are gardening to supplement their food sources. Our circumstances are remarkably similar to the 1940’s: we’re at war, we’re self-rationing because of job loss and rising costs, and we’re trying to stay hopeful despite bad news about Wall...

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Homemade Housekeeping
Monday, 09 March 2009
Homemade Housekeeping Speaking of new habits, recently I switched to milder, less-toxic household cleaning products to reduce my family’s exposure to scary chemicals. Marketing messages for today’s commercial products shout that the only good germ is a dead germ! But average American homes don’t need to be as sterilized as the Centers for Disease Control. Some...

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Guerrilla Gardening
Friday, 23 January 2009
Guerrilla Gardening It is the most positive form of vandalizing to date. Volunteers clandestinely transforming patches of ugly weeded or trashed parcels of urban land into sustainable gardens of native plants. The idea behind this revolution, called “guerrilla gardening,” is to renovate small scraps of industrial land to enhance street-side beauty as well as...

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Home Composting
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
Home Composting In order to answer this question, we must first answer the question: why recycle at all? The Air Defenders' Glossary defines recycling as “Physically or chemically changing an item into a new item for reuse.” Composting can be considered a form of recycling. After all, the plant matter in a compost pile undergoes both physical...

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Community Supported Agriculture
Friday, 20 June 2008
Community Supported Agriculture As the summer approaches, we begin to look forward to the mouth watering taste of local fresh fruits and vegetables. Even if you do not have a farm or garden of your own, there are many ways to access locally grown fresh produce. For example, you can become a member of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). In the United States, this concept...

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Green Roofs What are They
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Green Roofs From street level the Chicago City Hall looks like any other urban building: grey, rectangular, and concrete. From the roof, it is transformed into a magical garden amidst a towering jungle of steel and cement. In cities across the nation green roofs are transforming urban landscapes, lowering building energy needs, and combating rising urban...

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