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I’m guessing many of the readers of this blog have already noticed this: Whole Foods Market is no longer labeling its conventional (i.e., non-organic) produce as such.
Some folks are concerned that CFLs, the light bulbs that everyone has been saying are a greener choice, may not actually be so great.
Let no one charge that the green movement is going to lose steam in 2009. If local events are any indication, it’s only gonna get frothier.
The C-VILLE cover story this week highlights the mess that’s left behind after certain big local parties. Appropriate, given that tonight is another occasion on which corks will pop.
I’m reading some early Michael Pollan right now. It’s his book Second Nature, published in 1991, when I was first hearing scary reports about global warming.
The green world is much less pleased with Tom Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary than with other picks, like Stephen Chu in the Department of Energy.
And welcome to another edition of Green Reads. We collect ’em, you inspect ’em. Then post your own links below.
The Retail Overlord plans to build a new store on the Wilderness battlefield. It’s a spot where 5,000 people died during the Civil War.
Fun fact of the day: Albemarle is a “primary federal disaster area.” So are Buckingham, Fluvanna and Greene Counties. The reason? Drought.
Edward Thomas paints places that may soon disappear. Meanwhile, not so far away, things even bigger than city neighborhoods are disappearing.
If my Saturday were greenly perfect, this is what it would look like: In the morning, I’d get up and ride my bike to the Nelson Community Market. There I would buy a pair of earrings for my mom from the nice lady who makes earrings, and a jar of local honey for my dad.
Obama’s got to assemble a Cabinet amid a deafening roar of unsolicited advice, including from people here in Charlottesville.
So yesterday I got to ditch work and drive up the mountain to visit my man Thomas. I don’t know why I’ve been looking forward to the opening of the new Monticello Visitor Center, but my visit yesterday justified the anticipation.
Drinking water is good for you; no doubt. The question of what to drink it from, though, is baffling. I have long been a user and re-user of your standard Dasani or Deer Park bottles.
The flow of junk mail’s really been picking up lately at our house, which is no surprise considering the crazy consumption-fest that looms on the near horizon. This arrived in the mailbox yesterday…
I was lucky enough to be invited to the Live Arts Gala on Saturday night. The space was transformed into a kind of nighttime fantasy, with performers on suspended ladders and free-flowing booze and…wait for it…a sustainability theme!
The humble bus seems to be gaining in popularity as a political instrument. Tomorrow, October 31, you’ve got not one but two chances to see how the big, lumbering vehicles are becoming surprisingly nimble as symbols of various issues. Depending who’s driving, of course.
Interesting phenomenon, climate change: Most people agree that it’s happening, but as soon as you get past that basic consensus and start talking about what the hell we should be doing about the problem, people revert to their usual partisan ways.
When we were informed a few months ago that our home county, Nelson, would no longer take glass at its recycling center off Rte. 151, we certainly did not feel like breaking out the bubbly. We generate more glass than any other type of recyclable. So not to have an eco-approved outlet for that stuff has resulted in some major distress.
It’s official: the farmer’s market is no podunk operation. Last weekend, the Charlottesville City Market passed the $1 million sales mark for the season. That’s a lot of carrots.
So, anyone else being totally cheap about turning on the heat? We have vowed, with a certain amount of false bravado, that we won’t fire ours up until Thanksgiving. (Check in with me on Election Day and see how that’s going.)
And, while weâ€™re at it, letâ€™s hear it for Apartment Therapy Re-Nest, one of my favorite green-living blogs. A while ago on Re-Nest I spotted this post, about turning a reclaimed futon frame into a lovely, Japanese-ish front gate for a city house.
Last Friday, the Design Marathon had local design talent racing through pro-bono projects to benefit local nonprofits. Our correspondent Kathryn Faulkner was there…
Why, you ask? Because, A), passive is the new active, and B), it’s free, not to mention C), it won’t last forever, plus D) all the carbon-neutral kids will be there. GreenMatters is the free green-your-home workshop series hosted by the Habitat Store, itself an essential resource for the reuse/recycle set, and it’s been chugging along for well over a year now. Anyone who’s gone to all the workshops since they began in May 2007 is, at this point, pretty well-versed in the basics of making one’s household a less impactful place.
Looky here: Another ranked list of American cities. This one’s all about who’s greenest among our fair nation’s 50 largest towns. It’s published by SustainLane.com, and I spotted it on the New York Times blog Dot Earth. If you want to get a quick taste of how complex a task it actually is to rank major urban areas on their so-called sustainability, read the comments on that post as well as SustainLane’s explanations of their methods. We’re talking some serious visual aids and some serious statistical angst, people.