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 [...]

Our $3.50: Local gift ideas that’ll earn you major points

Buying local holiday gifts is the way to go. I don’t need to tell you why when there’s an awesome info-graphic that’ll do it for me. That info-graphic is posted at the bottom of this post, which is guaranteed to make you a gift-giving superhero. I’ll sort it by the following topic areas: Food, Household/Decorative/Art, [...]

Our $3.50: The results (that) are in…

Last time, we went over a few prominent eco-labeling and rating systems for electronics. To review, those were: EPEAT, Energy Star, and Healthy Stuff. We look to these systems to easily compare energy efficiency, ease of recycling, and presence of hazardous chemicals in products, so that we, the consumers, can make better informed choices. In [...]

Want another chance to see 723 Spring Street? Here it is…

When: Saturday, April 9 – 12pm (noon) Where: 723 Spring Street

Doug Selby of Meadowlark Builders will give another tour of 723 Spring Street — Ann Arbor’s first LEED Platinum home. It’s free, but RSVP is required. Click here to send yours.


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 [...]

One Michigan winter meal, more than a snowcone.

As Education Associate for Energy Works Michigan, Courtney is committed to working towards a sustainable, equitable, and prosperous energy future.  She sees sunshine in Michigan’s economy in the promotion of green initiatives that involve educational partnerships.  As an Ann Arbor resident, she also makes the most of Michigan harvests.

“It has become my hobby [...]

350 Gardens: Get Ready for the 2011 Season!

Many great gardening resources…

The MSU Extension has an incredibly helpful Vegetable Gardening Tip Sheet (PDF). Now is the time to whip out the pencil and paper and draw out what you’d like to grow and where. If you’re not sure what to plant, this tip sheet has a handy table of what’s ideal [...]