Can local action change the climate? Sure, but only if we get started

Satellite image showing entry of the Polar Vortex into the northern US. Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Whew! How about this crazy weather?

The scientists tell us that extreme weather is one of the consequences of climate change, and we’ve sure seen plenty of that around here the last several months.

That’s one reason [...]

Climate MeetUp – December 2012

I thought I’d post the agenda and some discussion points from our meet-ups for people who attended to comment on and for those who didn’t to catch up. This is my first attempt to do so, so I welcome feedback (below in the comments would be great).

Date/Time: Dec 3, 5pm Attending: Ginny, Larry, Ann, [...]

No reason to stop fighting for clean energy: Reflections on Prop 3

Although Prop 3′s defeat on election day was disappointing, there were also many victories to celebrate. For those of you that called voters at Proposal 3 phone banks or volunteered in other ways:


Your work was appreciated and is part of a momentum that was NOT stopped on election day. You contributed to [...]

Complete Streets Public Meetings Tuesday May 24 and Thursday May 26

Complete Streets Logo

Our streets should be designed for everyone within the context of area type, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider, farmer or shopkeeper.

Help assemble the complete streets needs in your community. Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS) staff will be on hand to answer questions [...]

Save the Date – June 11 – Ann Arbor Mission Zero Event

Growing Hope will also be the beneficiary of a very exciting event next month. On June 11, Matt and Kelly Grocoff of will be opening up their NET ZERO historic Ann Arbor home for a tour. It’s more than a tour, though, because there will be round-the-clock lectures and workshops from efficiency experts on everything [...]

These signs need to get in the dirt.

In addition to these (which we also had last year):

We have these:

723 Platinum Tour

Entering 723 Spring Street is like entering a modern museum. Visitors are enveloped in air that is highly controlled and comfortable.  Snowy shivers as well as piercing train whistles stay outside.  The crisp white oak floors gleamed as Ann Arbor community members enjoyed a Friday afternoon tour of the city’s first LEED-certified Platinum home.

Among [...]

Recipes: A Locally Sourced Winter Meal

Soda Oat Bread From

butter, to grease pan* 2 cups / 7 oz rolled oats 10 ounces / 285 g / ~2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting and kneading (whole wheat flour from Westwind Milling Co – purchased from By the Pound) 1 3/4 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/4 teaspoons [...]

Next Up? Energy Challenge!

Many of us live in old homes that waste energy and, by extension, money. There are plenty of things we can do to save both money and energy, but they’re not really that fun. Especially for homeowners or renters to do by themselves. That’s why our next project is the Energy Challenge — to [...]

The Bike Tour!

The 350 Gardens Bike Tour was an amazing time. Cyclists stopped at 4 sites — 2 residences, 1 school (Dicken Elementary), and 1 business (Downtown Home & Garden) and got a peek into the behind-the-scenes action taking place here in Ann Arbor. Also, they ate paw paws and got honked at!