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5 Reasons Why it is Better to Invest Locally

mainstreet

The rise of corporate chain stores has had a profound effect on society. Rather than walking a couple blocks to a familiar shop, we drive miles to reach stand-alone super-centers inaccessible by foot. And instead of paying a fair price on items of lasting value, we invest in items of poor quality, impulsively giving ourselves over to supposed “sales” and “discounts”, which merely cost us in the long run. Despite the clutter of chain stores, there remains a future for independent business, and investing in small businesses in your town or city reaps many benefits for yourself and your community…. read more

Summer Jobs for Teens

Barista

Whether you wish to gain experience before college, start a savings pool, or just want a productive way to whittle away vacation time, “green” jobs are a great way for teens to make a positive impact during their time off from scholastic duties. Work Locally Instead of applying to the nearest Starbucks, seek out positions at local cafes and bakeries instead, especially those who practice strong environmental stewardship. These could include coffee shops who only sell fair trade products or mom-and-pop restaurants who support local agriculture by using local and organic ingredients in their dishes. You could also apply for… read more

Think Before You Pack

Think Before you Pack

Travel enriches our lives, broadens our minds, and enlightens us to the reality of other nations. By exposing the customs of one nation to an other, travel introduces the likelihood for change. This can lead to the improved welfare of humans, gender equality, the implementation of environmentally sound practices, and the protection and conservation of animals and other wildlife. One of the largest factors in influencing such change is how we travel. If done right, strong foreign bonds can be made. Before you travel, make sure you prepare and pack appropriately. Suitcases don’t need to be stuffed with shoes and gadgets, just filled to a comfortable amount with… read more

Produce and Pesticides

Pesticides residual on fruit

The knowledge that pesticide residues are found in some of our foods and store in our systems no doubt lends to some extra scrubbing and rinsing when it comes to the produce department. If what is on your salad plate is of concern to you, then it is likely you have heard of the dirty dozen produce list, which showcases apples as the pesticide winner. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has currently added to this list, now reinstating it as the Dirty Dozen Plus in order to accommodate new categories of green beans and leafy green produce that contain high… read more

Cheap Alternatives

Inexpensive local activities

Whether it’s the sluggish economy or an attempt to be more environmentally friendly, many of us are trying to be thriftier.  Cutting back on certain activities can be an adjustment but it is also an opportunity to try new things you’d otherwise overlook. Many communities have activities that are of little cost and provide cultural enrichment. Art museums are a great place to visit. But if you’d prefer to delve into the current art scene, try visiting local art galleries so you can see the artists in your community and the work they’re doing. This is especially neat as you… read more

Self-Sufficiency

Growing vegetables at home

Modern technology has revolutionized our lifestyles. Many necessities are mass-produced and you can eliminate almost any task by switching on an appliance. But like any great invention technology is a tool that can be used appropriately or abused. A struggle of modern life is to remain self-sufficient. But doing so can help you save money, energy, and better your sense of accomplishment. This doesn’t mean taking drastic measures. Just by sewing a ripped pair of pants you’ve saved time and money by not buying a replacement pair. These are a few suggestions to get you started. When buying fresh produces… read more

Support Local Business

Supporting Local Business

There is a novelty to visiting a local shop. When you enter one of these shops you’re taking part in someone’s dream and making it reality tangible. We shouldn’t view local businesses in nostalgic regards. By shopping locally, you invest in your city and strengthen the fabric of its culture. One of the best places to do so is ‘downtown’. Downtowns were once the pulse of every large city or town and have sadly been in a state of decline. Still, there are few other places where you can grab a coffee, trade books, buy unique apparel, laze under the… read more

Buy Local = Buy Better

Local produce helping the economy and environment

Chances are, if you’re here, you already have taken or might plan to take environmental action to reduce the effects of pollution and urbanization on the planet. It could be as simple as turning off the lights and unplugging the toaster when not in use, or you could be living without plastic and installing solar panels. Either way, the little things we do every day can add up to help preserve our environment. Out of ideas? Well, if turning off the lights isn’t enough, here are some other ways to reduce your footprint in one of the lesser known ways…. read more

How Buildings Affect Us

The importance of buildings

I have come to realize in my work as an architect, developing legislation for energy efficiency and in helping State entities to build greener buildings that we lack comprehension about the magnitude of the role buildings play in our lives. Each and every building has an affect on those of us that use it Each and every building has an affect on the natural world Each building is built for use and affects our well-being.  Children attend school, we go to work or attend church, we run at the gym or we meet in a coffee shop and we pick… read more

Simple Solutions…

Green initiatives at school

My son’s school has a Java Connection to raise money for middle school events.  It used to consist of foam cups, cheap donuts, throw away paper plates and napkins, bulk food service coffee…all a personal affront to me each time I accompanied my son to have breakfast and visit the school.  So I simply asked if I could donate paper cups to the middle schoolers for the Java Connection. The teacher suggested it would be better if I came in to talk about sustainability (smart teacher) so I did. I posed a couple of questions: Instead of throwing away the… read more