Green Living

Purse made from recycled materials

Chandeliers fashioned from coat hangers. Pieces of pool balls, Bakelite and circuit boards morphing into necklaces, earrings and mosaics. Bottle caps and lids serving as building blocks for temporary and permanent installations in...

Reading poetry to Doty the elephant at Audobon Zoo

Simon and Garfunkel once sang, "They say that it's all happening at the zoo."

Libraries apparently believe that's true as well.

Through a program called "The Language of Conservation," public libraries have been...

cluttered desk

Last month, after addressing the Triad Home and Garden show in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on simple living, I had the good fortune of tagging along with my friend, the mosaicist Jan Detter, to her friend’s 60th birthday party...

rice

In my inbox the other day was a message – urging political action on the food front. This particular e-mail from Action Food Democracy invited me to sign a petition asking President Obama to reverse his administration’s position and...

Fresh vegetables. Photo by Y'amal, used under Creative Commons License

One of the unheralded media stories of the Great Recession has been the rapidity with which Americans have embraced simple living. We’re reclaiming frugality as a value while questioning the reckless consumption of the recent past. We...

Email signature encouraging paper conservation.

What can you do when you’re thoroughly green in your home but find your workplace lacking? Your coworkers don’t recycle; they leave lights and computer screens on at the end of the day; and the concept of environmental stewardship...

Landscaping at Builders of Hope's State Street Village development in Raleigh

Not all of us are house huggers–people who would chain ourselves to a porch to stop a wrecking ball in its tracks. But awareness is growing about the dangers–and costs–of tearing down decent, existing structures to replace them...

Al Gore speaking at American Library Association Midwinter conference

Former Vice President Al Gore has devoted his post-political career to the environment, winning an Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth and the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to...

The recent passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offers a slew of tax credit, rebates and saving opportunities for homeowners. But not all eco-friendly products meet the criteria for credits.