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February 2009 Blog Posts (18)

Critical Mass: Urgent Need to Create a Practical, Innovative Food Policy.

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 — 1 Comment

Milk tastes better in glass

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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 — No Comments

Indiana Living Green conducts readership survey

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 — No Comments

Homemade Housekeeping

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 — 6 Comments

Live Talkcast with Dr. Magda Havas, EMF Researcher



Topics
: 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 — 1 Comment

Indiana solar manufacturer gets to question Obama in Elkhart

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 — 2 Comments

Chinese Communist business model featured in Indiana Senate Bill 423

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 — 2 Comments

The Green Initiative of WaterFurnace International



WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc.



GREEN INITIATIVES

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 — No Comments

"COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION".

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 — No Comments

E-Waste: Don't Trash It!

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 — No Comments

Ecological landscapers to meet in Chicago

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 — No Comments

3rd annual Indiana Building Green Symposium set for March 12

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 — No Comments

LEED Certified Buildings - Prindle Ethics Institute, Bartlett Reflection Center

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 — No Comments

City Workers Accidentally Dump Hydrochloric Acid into Ohio Water Supply Instead of Toxic Fluoride

City Workers Accidentally Dump Hydrochloric Acid into Ohio Water Supply Instead of Toxic Fluoride



Mike Adams

Natural News

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 — No Comments

Food Fight

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 — 28 Comments

Overflow crowd for Urban Farm meeting in Indy

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 — No Comments

Digital Transition, Landfills & US...

Hi All,



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.

CAF



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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 — No Comments

China blames pollution for surge in birth defects-LA Times

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 — 1 Comment

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