Severe economic recession and the millions using soup kitchens, food pantries, or emergency food programs. Numbers are rising as more families, middle income earners, and educated professionals seek assistance. Look at the rise in tent cities popping up, and not seen since the last great depression.
Food stamps have been expanded. USDA has promoted and supported local farms(CSA farms), urban farms/ community gardens are becoming more popular. Availability of healthy food in bodegas,… Continue
Added by Ellen on February 26, 2009 at 2:05pm —
My husband and I have been getting milk delivered to our home for over 6 months now and I have to say it is
wonderful. Not only does the milk taste great out of those cold glass bottles but we simply put the old bottles out
each week in our milk cooler and they bring the new ones. It is so easy to recycle and help keep the plastic usage down. If anyone is interested in checking out the milk and dairy products just visit the oberweiss… Continue
Added by Stoneybrook Naturals on February 24, 2009 at 9:30pm —
Without trying to be too brazen, I want to let A Greener Indiana know that Indiana Living Green is conducting a readership survey at our Web site: http://www.IndianaLivingGreen.com
It only takes a few minutes to fill out the survey (15 questions) and if you are one of our readers of the printed magazine or the Web site, we would really appreciate your input. From these surveys, we will be making decisions on topics and stories to… Continue
Added by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp on February 20, 2009 at 9:19am —
A friend once told me, “I want to live a simple life, but it’s so complicated!”
Learning new habits takes time, because it’s not just doing something a new way, it’s thinking differently as well. A mundane task—like cleaning house—suddenly requires more brainpower.
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… Continue
Added by Marianne Peters on February 18, 2009 at 11:45am —
: CFL Bulbs and the Effect of EMF Radiation in Our Homes
Lynn from Living in a Chemical Soup invites you to join a live talkcast with:
Magda Havas,B.Sc., Ph.D.Environmental & Resource Studies, Trent University, Peterborough, ON, Canada
Magda Havas is Associate Professor of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University where she teaches and does research on the biological effects of electromagnetic fields, dirty electricity, ground… Continue
Added by Lynn a on February 13, 2009 at 12:56am —
Bill Keith, owner of SunRise Solar Inc., in St. John, Ind., was one of the people at the Elkhart town hall meeting who got to question President Obama. Bill's company makes solar powered attic fans. He talked about the importance of keeping green jobs in Indiana and made a plea for incentives that would continue to keep jobs local, research dollars and standards for renewable energy.
Here's a link to the conversation, video and more at Indiana… Continue
Added by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp on February 11, 2009 at 10:30am —
Two of the classic features of communism are state control over business decisions while suppressing established free enterprise business models. The Indiana Senate is poised to do just that. Illustration of Senator Brandt Hershman with Chinese Flag by John Blair.
Is communist China’s business model one Indiana should follow? Most Hoosiers would say no but not two of the state’s leading Republican senators who have… Continue
Added by John Blair on February 10, 2009 at 5:23pm —
WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc.
WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc.
is known in the investment community as a “green” investment. The company receives periodic requests for disclosure of its environmental impact and practices. The following is a brief summary of what the company does to… Continue
Added by WaterFurnace International, Inc. on February 9, 2009 at 7:52pm —
Working with the major utility doesnt seem possible.Yet in California The Major Utility is ramping up investments into renewable energy,in order to meet a state mandate of 20% renewable energy by 2010.It currently provides 12%R.E.
Community choice aggregation a bill passed in 2001 lets community or city break away from a local monopoly utility and award the job of supplying power to small mearchant energy providers.Still giving control of electric and gas lines to The Utility.More than 50… Continue
Added by Joel Thompson on February 6, 2009 at 4:45pm —
My husband and I score high on compatibility quizzes. Our ideal vacation is a beach, a book, and peering up from the page only long enough to discuss our next meal. We relish silly British sitcoms and ballroom dancing.
We disagree on one thing, though: I’m a Tosser and he’s a Keeper. I would recycle anything not nailed down—even important household documents. (I admit I’m a little hasty
at times!) He keeps the envelopes of bills long paid and old ticket stubs. What can I say?… Continue
Added by Marianne Peters on February 6, 2009 at 11:00am —
The Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association, in cooperation with the United States Green Building Council, will hold its annual conference at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Ill., 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 26, 2009.
A special feature will be two round table discussions on elements of the conference theme — Nature at Work: Creating Professional Standards for a Sustainable Green Industry — both on issues of sustainable landscaping such as irrigation, soil, construction… Continue
Added by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp on February 6, 2009 at 9:24am —
I want to make sure all the green builders and those interested in building green know about the 2009 Indiana Building Green Symposium, which is set for March 12 and 13, 2009 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis.
More than 400 designers, owners, operators and developers are expected to attend. At least 40 exhibitors will make up the trade show.
I've been to this event and one of the cool things is just talking to people who are like… Continue
Added by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp on February 6, 2009 at 9:18am —
SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS AND SYSTEMS
Regionally Quarried Limestone
Locally quarried stone reduces the amount of energy required for transportation. Energy is also conserved by forgoing traditional stone finishing practices and utilizing a natural split face. Limestone can be found throughout the exterior as well as in the Reading Room, Lobby, and Great Room.
Fly Ash Concrete
Fly Ash, a waste by-product from power plants, reduces reliance on raw… Continue
Added by DePauw University Nature Park on February 4, 2009 at 5:25pm —
City Workers Accidentally Dump Hydrochloric Acid into Ohio Water Supply Instead of Toxic Fluoride
Wednesday, Feb 4, 2009
When you dump the wrong chemical into the public water supply, it makes people nervous. Yesterday, chemical treatment plant workers in Bellaire, Ohio, accidentally dumped 40 pounds of hydrochloric acid into the public water supply instead of 40 pounds of toxic fluoride chemicals they were supposed to dump.… Continue
Added by Robert on February 4, 2009 at 2:08pm —
Food Fight is a documentary by Chris Taylor in association with November Films.
This film is a must see for anyone looking at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter revolution against big agribusiness.
See interviews with Will and Erika Allen of Growing Power----- Growing Farmers! These are two of the most influential leaders of the food security, and urban farming… Continue
Added by Ellen on February 4, 2009 at 2:00pm —
About 150 people attended the Urban Farm meeting at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful's office, where after the chairs were filled, people stood, sat on the floor or hovered in the hallways by the meeting room doors.
Matthew Jose, who farmed five city lots last summer, said it was folly to think that individual gardeners could make a dent in providing fresh produce to urban dwellers. The answer, Jose said, was to farm the city's vacant lots, turning weed-infested or trash-filled properties… Continue
Added by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp on February 4, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Wanted to pass along a message from the self-proclaimed "Diva of Debris," Lisa Laflin. Those familiar with Lisa's career and tireless community involvement will fully appreciate her decision to adopt said moniker.
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Dear friends, family, and colleagues, Don't Trash Your TV!
The Digital Transition will be upon us in just a couple of weeks, and to help educate the public on the importance of converting,… Continue
Added by Cary Allen Fields on February 4, 2009 at 6:28am —
February 2, 2009-by Barbara Demick in the Los Angeles Times. The government's acknowledgment of the problem is a victory for environmentalists, who say the rate of defects is highest in coal-producing regions. Illustration © 2009 by John Blair
Reporting from Beijing -- Chinese officials told the state media that birth defects are increasing at an alarming rate and that a major reason was degradation of the… Continue
Added by John Blair on February 2, 2009 at 8:24pm —