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by Lisa Mastny | October 13, 2011
The founder of Sustainable Tompkins in New York State talks about how she's helped her community lay the groundwork for sustainability.
by Wen Lee | October 11, 2011
Patagonia is asking customers to buy less and buy used—something that flies in the face of everything we know about commercial business.
by Elizabeth Sweet | October 7, 2011
On a quest to find a gender-neutral toy for her daughter, an inquisitive mother delves into the magical history of pink and blue branding.
by Jason M. Hatch | October 4, 2011
The founder of Oregon's first tool library describes how he borrowed an idea and created a real resource for his neighborhood.
by Erik Assadourian | September 30, 2011
This week I had the opportunity to visit Portland, and it was refreshing to see so many efforts to grow a sustainable culture wafting out of the Rose City. There were some scary trends oozing out from there as well. But let’s start with the positive:
by Lisa Mastny | September 29, 2011
A group of nomadic bloggers inspires us to think beyond the white picket fence and to forge our own paths and destinies.
by Lisa Mastny | September 26, 2011
Undermining the status quo with provocative artwork and a healthy dose of wit and humor.
by Dawn Handschuh | September 22, 2011
Growing our own food offers multiple benefits—for our health, our taste buds, and our pocketbook. So how much money are we actually saving?
by Luka Carfagna and Emilie Dubois | September 7, 2011
Two Boston graduate students are building community and increasing their personal security through participation in a local Resilience Circle.
by Wen Lee | September 7, 2011
How much do we shop? And what is it doing to us? Photographer Brian Ulrich explores these questions in a new series.
by Lisa Mastny | September 7, 2011
A sustainability consultant talks about the livability challenges facing U.S. communities today and the glimmers of hope he sees around the country.
by Dale S. Brown | September 2, 2011
In today’s society, frugality can lead to accusations of “cheapness.” But there’s an important difference.
by Lisa Mastny | August 19, 2011
One of the root causes of our environmental problems is hyper consumption. We simply buy too much of what we don't really need.
by Lisa Mastny | August 17, 2011
In 2008, Teresa Carey left her job, sold many of her belongings, and moved aboard a 27-foot sailboat to pursue her dream of simpler living.
by Lisa Mastny | August 15, 2011
In the current economic climate, work sharing may be the most effective way to avoid many layoffs and quickly return the economy to full employment.