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For This Green Life Subscribers…

It’s been a pleasure writing for you and hearing from you these many years! As you may already know, I am wrapping up my This Green Life column for NRDC after more than a decade. If you didn’t know, read my farewell column here. As of now, I am not sure what I’ll do next. […]

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Making Earth Day Meaningful

Earth Day is not like other holidays — at least not on the surface. It serves neither the nation nor a religious community. Yet in another way, it is just the same. Its purpose is to shake us out of our complacency — that tendency to believe that the way things are is the way […]

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Downsize & Declutter When You Move

I just moved after nearly 30 years in the same big place, and I did not take everything with me. My new home is smaller, so I had no choice, but I wasn’t sorry for it. On the contrary. Though the process of winnowing down my things was time-consuming and emotionally draining (and I do […]

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Air Conditioning Alternatives

The U.S. is virtually addicted to air conditioning. We use more energy on it than all of Europe, which has twice the number of people, or China, which has over four times as many. In fact, we use more energy on air conditioning than the rest of the world combined.

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Why Bike-sharing Works

Cities large and small in the U.S. and around the world are providing people with a new transportation option: public transit by bike.

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Jon Stewart segment on CitiBike

Jon Stewart on CitiBike

The media gets it just desserts for going over the top on New York’s new bike share program (not that I’m not a great fan of it).

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Making Earth Day Last

I love Earth Day, but always feel a little deflated afterwards. Just one day of national attention to the health of our planet? Really??

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Environmental Persuasion

In the Internet age, it’s ridiculously easy to spread the word about the environment, but getting friends to take notice and act upon the information is notoriously hard.

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Slow Food

Preserving Regional Diversity in our Foods

Many people say America has no food to call its own. While they have a point as far as a national cuisine is concerned, they overlook the country’s wealth of regional (and local) dishes and ingredients.

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Join the Small Home Movement

The size of new single-family American homes is on the rise again. Not even the recession could stop the relentless push for larger homes.

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