Sustainability requires a new sense of community

I’m writing an article about “Community” for the final volume of my company’s Encyclopedia of Sustainability. The volume is called The Future of Sustainability so I have to explain the future of community and how that relates to sustainability. I’m summing up years of reading and pondering and fretting over how these two things relate, and was remembering my brief words about community at the end of Eco Living, published in 2000, several years before I became the creator and editor of the Encyclopedia of Community (Sage 2003). Here the [...]

Enough and no more

A friend told me not long ago that she wanted me to help her give her apartment an eco-makeover and especially, first thing, to advise her on what kind of cleaning products she should be buying. I felt like I punctured her enthusiasm a little when I said it didn

May 1st, 2007|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Redux: 10 Simple, Practical Ways to Green Your Home

I thought I'd share an article from Bottomline Reports that gathered my ideas some 10 years ago about "10 Simple, Practical Ways to Green Your Home." Everybody knows that there are changes we can make at home to help protect the earth, but many of them seem complicated or daunting. Busy people don

August 25th, 2005|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Starting small

Some solutions are so easy and cheap that the question is why they aren

May 13th, 2005|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Your house or mine?

We did our first full-fledged home exchange last weekend, and it worked beautifully. Our exchange family have a house in Boston and were interested in a long weekend in the Berkshires. They contacted me through a website we

January 19th, 2005|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Greening your library (or office)

I'm at the American Library Association conference in Boston (visit my company's website to see what we're launching--our slogan is 'Thinking Globally'!), talking to librarians about what they can do to green their libraries and become environmental learning centers in their communities. Public libraries are vital social centers, and should be part of all community endeavors to make the world a better place! I remember how much libraries were involved in the first Green Book Fortnight, a major book promotion in the UK where I got my start in this [...]

January 14th, 2005|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |