It Turns Out Saving Energy Doesn’t Take Much Energy

Few terms have the ability to shut people down faster than "going green". For many, the idea sounds more like converting to a cult, rejecting all things anthropogenic. For others, going green is semi-synonymous with emptying your wallet. For some, being green is part of a larger vision of our best selves, but even the most dedicated [...]

Energy Saver: Dress the Part

The Energy Saver Eco-Challenge with JouleBug is just 3 days 1 hour 54 minutes and 23 seconds away as I write this (but who's counting?). Today, I'd like to highlight one of the buzz-able actions which gets you 8 base-points, or points before bonuses awarded for sharing on social media and the like, and that [...]

Meet Barry Commoner

As one of America’s most influential environmentalist, Barry Commoner devoted his life and career to ecology, awareness, education, and enacting positive change. He was among the first to begin advocating for recycling and organic farming, as well as raising awareness about the threats of the greenhouse effect and the dangers of radioactive fallout. As the [...]

How To: “Life-Size” Eagle Nest Display

Sometimes understanding something is as simple as putting yourself in someone else's shoes, or in this case, nest. I spent a summer working as a Park Ranger for Gull Lake Recreation Area in Brainerd, Minnesota for the US Army Corps of Engineers. While there, I did weekly interpretive programs as any park ranger does, but [...]

March is all about being an ‘Energy Saver’

This months Eco-Challenge (3/19-3/25) with JouleBug is all about saving energy. This months buzz-able actions are shown in the slideshow above. Since this is only the second challenge, here is a brief re-cap of how this works and how to join: Eco-Challenges are hosted by Joule Bug, a free smartphone app which makes sustainable living [...]

Living with Raccoons

You've got to hand it to them. Raccoons are some of the most resourceful and opportunistic creatures out there. They, like us, are omnivores. Meaning they'll eat basically whatever they can get their tiny little hands on. Their size and their incredible dexterous hands make breaking-and-entering your home/garage/shed/chimney/doggy door a simple task. To many, they [...]