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 [...]

I Picked Up Nearly 500 Pounds of Litter in 1 Month. Its Contents Revealed an Eerie Truth.

On April 1st, I hosted a neighborhood clean-up, though the hosting bit was rather difficult considering that I was the only attendee. The schedule was set for two hours on the nicest Saturday of 2017, so far. 60 degrees, sunny, without a cloud in sight. I don't blame people for not showing up. In fact, [...]

How to Compost with Worms Indoors

Residential waste accounts for 55% of the total US waste-stream. If you compost 90% of your food scraps and yard waste, that's an annual savings of 106 lbs of CO2 and 155 lbs of waste diverted. That's the same impact as planting one tree seedling or eliminating 11 bags (or 2 bins) of garbage! (JouleBug)

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]