Sustainable Living

20 ways to use roasted summer vegetables

Lighter Footstep - Tue, 08/16/2011 - 16:56
Last week, I made ratatouille for the first time, and it was so good — a seasonal delight. I used Smitten Kitchen’s Ratatouille’s Ratatouille recipe, and I highly recommend it. I was a little overzealous with cutting vegetables, though, and I ended up with more vegetables out of the dish than in the dish.   The next morning, I roasted a large baking sheet full of the remaining vegetables in my oven, adding extra onions and garlic.


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Evergreen Solar files for bankruptcy

Lighter Footstep - Tue, 08/16/2011 - 16:50
Evergreen Solar has had a rough year. In January, the company announced that it would be laying off 800 employees at its plant in Devens, Mass., and moving those jobs to a production facility in China. Yesterday, the company took another turn for the worse with the announcement of a bankruptcy filing.   The company, which has been around since the 1990s, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday.


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Daily Briefing: Tues.

Lighter Footstep - Tue, 08/16/2011 - 15:18
GIMME SHELTER  While Washington remains gridlocked over how to handle climate change, many other U.S. cities are already adapting to it, USA Today reports. The sea level around Norfolk, Va., has risen 14.5 inches in the past 80 years, for example, so the city is studying how to fortify dams and buildings near the shore.


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Sustainable agriculture programs are on the rise

Lighter Footstep - Tue, 08/16/2011 - 14:37
More colleges across the country are offering students degree or certificate programs in organic and sustainable agriculture. There are likely two main reasons pushing the demand for these programs: the aging American farmer population and the increased demand for organic and sustainable products by American consumers.


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Yellowstone National Park is being hit hard by climate change

Lighter Footstep - Tue, 08/16/2011 - 13:31
In April, Men's Journal published a story about the effect global warming is having on Yellowstone National Park. Paul Solotaroff's piece is a powerful read that examines the damage — much of it functionally irreversible — being done to the flora and fauna of the 2.2 million acre park by warming temperatures.   I'll be honest, it's a grim read.


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Dolphins are super-healers

Lighter Footstep - Tue, 08/16/2011 - 02:53
Jen Quraishi over at Mother Jones has a fascinating story about the amazing regenerative powers possessed by dolphins.


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All along the water tower: A most unique Belgian bachelor pad

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/15/2011 - 04:27
In “All along the water tower,” my irregular series of posts featuring derelict water towers converted into unique, stair-heavy residences — yes, there are enough out there to make a series of it — I’ve examined several fine specimens first from Australia and then from Western Europe — Belgium,&nbsp


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For sale, cheap: Scenic, South Dakota

Lighter Footstep - Sun, 08/14/2011 - 23:33
For the cost of an average Manhattan studio apartment you can buy an entire town in South Dakota. The little town of Scenic, South Dakota, 50 miles to the east of Rapid City, is up for sale. For $799,000 you get 46 acres of land that includes the 12 acres of the actual town itself. The land comes with a U.S.


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Universities banding together to form super fast internet

Lighter Footstep - Sun, 08/14/2011 - 23:29
Twenty-nine American universities have joined together in a plan, called GigU, to offer super fast internet service on their campuses and in the surrounding communities. During a pilot program at Case Western University, 104 homes near campus were offered one-gigabit fiber-optic connections. Three startup companies moved in within a few months.   The U.S. needs projects like this. We lag woefully behind the rest of the world when it comes to the the speed of our internet connections.


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Climate scientists making strange squawking sounds

Lighter Footstep - Sun, 08/14/2011 - 23:25
The Onion is really good at writing stories that are patently absurd yet sadly close to real life. Such is the case for this piece about Climatologists "Exhibiting Strange Behavior". The sub is "For some reason, climatologists have been running around in an agitated state, waving their little arms and squawking about 'global warming.' "  


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Chesapeake Bay dead zone could be largest on record

Lighter Footstep - Sat, 08/13/2011 - 14:01
This year's dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay could be the largest on record thanks to elevated levels of fertilizers and other chemicals. In June, the dead zone stretched 83 miles, or about a third of the bay, and has only grown larger since then.   Dead zones are created when chemical nutrients from runoff fuels abnormally high algae growth.


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Al-Qaeda calls for infrastructure improvements before more attacks

Lighter Footstep - Sat, 08/13/2011 - 13:57
The Onion nails it, yet again.   According to a recent Onion story, al-Qaeda is upset about the state of the U.S. infrastructure and asked for major repairs to be made so they can plan more attacks.


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Omega Protein Inc.: The unknown corporation that is gutting the ocean

Lighter Footstep - Sat, 08/13/2011 - 13:51
Click over to Gilt Taste and read this story about menhaden, "The Most Important Fish in the Sea" about the company Omega Protein Inc., that has been fishing the Atlantic ocean and decimating its population of menhaden, a small oily fish that is ground up and used for pet food, fish oil supplements, and livestock feed.   People don't eat menhaden, outside of taking fish oil supplements, but the little oi


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Organic water is as stupid as it sounds

Lighter Footstep - Sat, 08/13/2011 - 13:46
I read a lot of depressing news in my line of work. Every day I'm hit with stories of drought roasting fields away, of ocean reefs in peril, and of an entire planet being thrown dangerously out of wack by human activities. If I didn't have funny pictures of cats I would have burnt out years ago.   So I try to keep a good sense of humor about things that pop up on my news radar. I had a good long laugh when I read about the "organic water" by European gourmet brand Llanllyr Water.


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Good 'Merkins upset at use of Arabic word "haboob" to describe storms

Lighter Footstep - Sat, 08/13/2011 - 13:39
Of all the silly things to get upset about, this one ranks right up there. Some Arizonans are upset that a Middle Eastern word, 'haboob", was used to describe the massive dust storms that have recently scoured the state. The New York Times covered the issue and turned up this gem:   “I am insulted that local TV news crews are now calling this kind of storm a haboob,” Don Yonts, a resident of Gilbert, Ariz., wrote to The Arizona Republic after a particularly fierce, mile-high dust storm swept through the state on July 5.


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Roll Over America storming the streets with velomobiles

Lighter Footstep - Sat, 08/13/2011 - 13:31
The Roll Over America Tour is a group of cyclists riding across the country from Portland, Oregon to Washington, DC in velomobiles, enclosed bicycles that are almost as much car as they are bike. Forty seven European cyclists set out from Portland on July 29th and plan on rolling into Washington, DC at the end of August.


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Pick Up Artists walk across the country picking up trash

Lighter Footstep - Sat, 08/13/2011 - 13:25
Pick Up America is a beautiful project of four people walking across the country picking up trash on the way. They're inviting people to join them as they walk and so far, after more than a year, have picked up 118,589 pounds of trash over 1,105 miles.   The Pick Up Artists, as they call themselves, average around 6-7 miles per day of road travelled and have used an RV and now an old school bus as a support vehicle.


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Watch: New York City's High Line Section Two opens up

Lighter Footstep - Sat, 08/13/2011 - 13:16
The second section of the New York City High Line Park recently opened and green design blog Inhabitat was there on opening day. They put together this great video talking about how it all came together. Give it a watch.


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Watch: Building a trail in Tuckerman Ravine

Lighter Footstep - Sat, 08/13/2011 - 13:14
Check out this video to see how hard it can be to forge a trail out of the extreme terrain in New Hampshire's Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington.     Via The Conway Daily Sun


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Believe it or not, there's one great idea up on Capitol Hill right now

Lighter Footstep - Sat, 08/13/2011 - 05:12
  Those clowns in Congress were at it again last week. What a bunch of clowns! (How does the DJ 3000 keep up with the news like that?)   Anyway, yes, it’s been a heckuva silly season for American guv’mint, and it strikes me they could use some unsolicited advice from a Canadian cleantech blogger. Here it is: return to D.C. ASAP.


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