Sustainable Living

Hurricane season is heating up

Lighter Footstep - Sat, 08/27/2011 - 17:55
As Hurricane Irene slams into the Eastern U.S. this weekend, forecasters say it could be one of the region's worst hurricanes in years, if not decades. It's forecast to sweep the coast from North Carolina to New England, possibly remaining a hurricane most of the way to Canada.


Categories: Sustainable Living

Cool math trick: Converting between miles and kilometers

Lighter Footstep - Sat, 08/27/2011 - 15:18
The Fibonacci sequence is made up of numbers that are the sum of the previous two numbers in the sequence, starting with 0 and 1.   It's 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144…   1 is 0+1, 2 is 1+1, 3 is 1+12, 5 is 2+3, and 8 is 3+5.


Categories: Sustainable Living

Playing catch up: Rock me like a you know what ...

Lighter Footstep - Sat, 08/27/2011 - 14:41
By now, you've probably heard all about a rather large and unruly gal named Irene, who after a quick but destructive jaunt through the Caribbean, is slowly but surely making her way into the Northeastern U.S., just in time to ruin everyone's end-of-summer weekend barbecues. Boo. Minor inconveniences aside, Hurricane Irene is a storm of "historic" proportions and should be taken seriously.


Categories: Sustainable Living

Red wine vs. redwoods in California

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:29
California is a big state, but it may still not be big enough for two of its most iconic plants: redwoods and wine grapes.


Categories: Sustainable Living

Four politically incorrect predictions about Hurricane Irene

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:11
  Forecasting storms is hard. It’s much easier to predict what will be said following whatever devastation results from Hurricane Irene. Nothing gets the loudmouths, the rhetorical bomb throwers and religious extremists to crawl out of their holes quite like a disaster taking aim on the United States.


Categories: Sustainable Living

Hurricanes and panic shopping

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/26/2011 - 19:58
I just returned from the grocery store. I needed to grocery shop. There’s little food in the house after we returned from vacation earlier this week. Today’s shopping trip was a little different than normal — it was a panic shopping trip. I was not alone. At 8 a.m. on a Friday morning, the store was packed.   A natural disaster is imminent. Here on the East Coast, we call a serious snowstorm a French Toast Storm because everyone runs out and buys milk, bread and eggs.


Categories: Sustainable Living

Richard Branson, Ted Turner launch OceanElders

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/26/2011 - 19:52
Some of the most influential names in business, music and ocean conservation have banded together to form a new nonprofit organization called OceanElders.    CNN founder Ted Turner, oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson are the main driving forces behind the new effort, with Jackson Browne, Dr.


Categories: Sustainable Living

Slow Food USA's $5 Challenge

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/26/2011 - 19:08
Slow Food USA wants to take back the "value meal."  The organization is inviting everyone to get together with “family, friends and neighbors for a slow food meal that costs no more than $5 per person.”   Slow Food believes that home-cooked food shouldn’t have to cost more than fast food.


Categories: Sustainable Living

5 tips for reducing your grocery bill

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/26/2011 - 18:45
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who is either unemployed or underemployed, then reducing your grocery bill is just one way to stretch your already limited budget. While the thought of shaving money off your monthly grocery bill may sound like a daunting task, it is easier than you would imagine. Try one or all of these five tips and see how much money you can save.   1. Coupons Coupons, coupons, coupons!


Categories: Sustainable Living

Daryl Hannah, permaculture babe

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/26/2011 - 18:44
Daryl Hannah, one of the more "true green" actresses in Hollywood, has gone down under to Australia to add to her knowledge of sustainable agriculture.   The 49-year-old actress is enrolled in a two-week permaculture class in Cairns — with hopes that it will teach her a bit more about living in harmony with nature.   "Obviously, we are facing a time of great crises,"


Categories: Sustainable Living

Storm of protests unleashed around the U.S.

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/26/2011 - 18:41
Maybe it was the earthquake or the impending hurricane, but activism is in the air around the United States. Around the country, protestors are making sure their voices are heard by politicians.   In Washington, D.C., protestors are in the first week of a planned, large-scale act of civil disobedience outside the White House. The event aims to persuade President Barack Obama and the administration to block construction of a giant pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. The protest began on Aug.


Categories: Sustainable Living

How hurricanes are named (and why)

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/26/2011 - 18:20
Hurricane Irene is poised to wreak havoc along the U.S. East Coast this weekend, with some 600 miles of shoreline under official hurricane warnings. After hitting North Carolina's Outer Banks Saturday, the storm is expected to batter several major cities, including Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York.   As with most big hurricanes that threaten land, Irene's human name has become a buzzword throughout her projected path.


Categories: Sustainable Living

Only in Maine

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/26/2011 - 15:50
My friend (and talented photographer) Josh Greenblatt took this great photo of a road sign in Maine that seems a little, well, off. Norway is 14 miles, Paris 15, Mexico just 37 miles and China is a short 94 miles.     Norway, Maine; Paris, Maine; Mexico, Maine; and China, Maine; that is.


Categories: Sustainable Living

New trend for students: Twitter mentors

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/26/2011 - 15:39
Back in my day, if a student were interested in a particular field of study, she would be limited to her guidance counselor or at best, members of her local community to mentor her. But the world is wide open for students today who are looking for advice.


Categories: Sustainable Living

Romney: Dedicated downsizer to dramatically upsize San Diego home

Lighter Footstep - Fri, 08/26/2011 - 15:03
Love, hate, or feel completely apathetic about ‘em, the front-runners in the race for chief executive are an interesting bunch when it comes to matters of home improvement.


Categories: Sustainable Living

2011 Solar Decathlon: 4D Home

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 08/25/2011 - 23:11
Having lived in both Boston for nearly five years and New York City for over six, I’m somewhat intimate with the fiery hatred healthy rivalry that frequently bubbles up between the two Northeast metropolises (particularly when it comes to baseball).


Categories: Sustainable Living

White House bees deliver record crop

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 08/25/2011 - 20:56
As a second-year beekeeper, allow me to express some genuine awe over the honey production of the White House bees. The single hive, located on the South Lawn near Michelle Obama's vegetable garden, generated a record 225.5 pounds of honey this year — up from 134 pounds in 2009 and 184 pounds in 2010.   "It's just craziness," White House carpenter and bee keeper Charlie Brandts told U.S. News.


Categories: Sustainable Living

September is Hunger Action Month

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 08/25/2011 - 20:46
This summer, my boys and I have volunteered several times at The Food Bank of South Jersey. We’ve been helping to stock shelves, sort out-of-date food, stuff donation envelopes, and doing other things they’ve needed us to do at the center.


Categories: Sustainable Living

Why was the Tappan Zee Bridge built at the widest part of the river?

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 08/25/2011 - 20:42
NPR has a great story about New York's Tappan Zee Bridge, which crosses the Hudson River. The bridge is more than three miles long and oddly sits at a point just a few miles from a much narrower part of the river. Why in the world did they build the bridge there?   Politics. New York's then Gov. Thomas E.


Categories: Sustainable Living

Whole Foods is testing new wellness clubs

Lighter Footstep - Thu, 08/25/2011 - 20:37
Whole Foods Market is the go-to place for earth-friendly foods, personal care products and more.


Categories: Sustainable Living
Syndicate content