Green Living

Wanda Urbanska with son and mother in backyard

Every evening at 7 o’clock, my 89-year-old mother walks the short distance from her cottage in my back yard up the driveway and around to my front door. The ring of the doorbell signals the start of our nightly dinner ritual. Henry, my...

Street vendor selling purses

With money tight and the holiday season upon us, can you really blame anyone for scooping up name-brand boots, billfolds and CDs from street vendors or flea markets, or going online to score too-good-to-be true bargains? Okay, the merchandise may...

VillaumeSarah James, a Gwich’in community leader and spokesperson, in her home i

On Manus Island, off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the indigenous community has lived off the sea for generations. But in recent years, unpredictable winds and sudden storms have confounded traditional methods of navigation and threatened...

Screenshot: "My Water's On Fire Tonight"

When I told my fourteen-year-old son that I was writing my November blog about fracking, he gave me a curious look, as if the word in question was quite possibly obscene.

University of Maryland entry in 2011 Solar Decathlon of green homes

I bumped into Pat Mitchell, a retired law librarian from Annapolis, Maryland, as we stood in line to see enCORE, Ohio State University’s innovative entry into the 2011 Solar Decathlon of green homes. This, the fifth US Department of Energy...

toddler in halloween princess outfit

When you think Halloween, you see orange.

But this year, thanks to libraries, more people are starting to see green.

That is because dozens of libraries, in promoting environmental awareness, participated in National Costume Swap...

Airport sign (green with airplane)

Last month at a green bed and breakfast in Warsaw, Poland, I requested a glass of “sok pomaranczowy” (orange juice).

“Oranges,” the proprietor gently chided, “are not grown in Poland. May I offer you apple...

Waste landfill

Increasingly, Americans are challenging the prevailing throwaway mentality that has led to filled-to-capacity landfills and environmental degradation by lifestyle and other changes. Currently the average American throws out about 4.5 pounds of...

Hearthstone Cohousing Community

During four seasons of producing Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska, few video shoots stand out more vividly than the one at Takoma Village, a cohousing community in Washington DC, in the winter of 2005. After doing the interviews, our...

Drop of Water reflecting the earth

Most of us have heard the news: Water is the new oil. Humanity is facing a water crisis of monumental proportions. In many parts of the world (and even regions of our own country), water is scarce. As recently as 2007, emergency drought...