The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Pastoral Grass, a Reflection on Part II

In case you haven't read the reflection on Part I yet, I suggest you do before continuing on. If you have read it, I hope you enjoyed it and were able to reflect and think on its topics a little more with how it applies to your own lives! Michael Pollan begins the second section [...]

The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Eco-Challenge has ended. How did we do?

At the time that the Energy Saver challenge ended, we had 53 member in our JouleBug community. Now, we are 76 members strong and growing. As the Eco-Challenge community has continued to grow, so has our impact. Week by week, I watch as our numbers rise and I am continually inspired by each and everyone of you. [...]

We’re Halfway Through the April Eco-Challenge. How Are We Doing?

The "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" Eco-Challenge is at its mid-point and we've already made an extraordinary impact. Thirty-one individuals have joined the JouleBug challenge in support of sustainability through waste reduction, and I couldn't be more proud of what we are accomplishing. Let's break it down. Carbon Dioxide 2.2 thousand pounds of CO2 have been saved so [...]

“The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Industrial Corn”, a Reflection on Part I

The first section of Pollan’s book was a read that I just couldn’t put down. His tenacity in his approach to his mission and commitment to relaying accurate and scientifically founded information just isn’t something that you come across as often as you would hope. This book, so far, has already began making me question [...]

We Saved 4.5 Thousand lbs of CO2 During the Energy Saver Eco-Challenge

I am new at all of this. Eco-Challenges, well, this whole site really, have been something that I have wanted to do for years. It is only now that I have finally found the time to give it my all. Though probably needless to say, there is a lot of self-consciousness, doubt, and self-criticism that [...]

“The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan is This Month’s Book Club Must-Read

April is approaching which means the start of our first 'The Wild Life' Book Club reading. This month, I've selected The Omnivore's  Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan. I will be writing reflections as I read this book and exploring some of its topics a bit further. His fourth book, The [...]

What are Eco-Challenges?

Hello, everyone! With February approaching, it's time to introduce the Eco-Challenge of the month. February's theme: Breaking the Habit. We all do (or don't do) things on a daily basis that are easy to look past, but make a big impact over time. Some of the topics I will cover include: reducing energy use, water [...]