Erika Howsare

Greenings-on about town

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.

Buses on the loose!

Buses on the loose!

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.

No glass recycling? Let’s not toast to that.

No glass recycling? Let’s not toast to that.

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.

Let’s hear it for freecycle!

And, while we’re at it, let’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.

You should go to GreenMatters

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.

Green-ranking cities: tricky business

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, 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.