Monthly Archives:July 2010

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How to Plan for Innovative City Parks

I’ve written about parks on Green Living Ideas before, since parks are a key feature of the city that help to keep people living in a much more energy efficient urban environment. Plus, “green living” and “parks” just seem to go together. Peter Harnik has a new book out, Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent […]

July 29th

Growing the Home Farming Movement with Triscuit

I’ve always been a fan of Triscuits, both because they taste good and because they’re actually healthy. It’s great that Kraft puts out a cracker with an ingredient list you can understand: Whole wheat, Soybean and/or Palm Oil, Salt. (Of course, you get into the flavored ones and it’s a whole different story). Now I […]

July 28th

Great Green Wall of Trees for Africa

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), in an effort to lessen desertification and drought in Africa, is helping to plant a living wall of trees across Africa. The “wall” will be huge — 9 miles (14 kilometers) thick and 4,400 miles (7,081 km) long. The “Great Green Wall” will go through 11 countries in the Sahel-Saharan […]

July 15th

FDA & TTB Investigate Kombucha for Elevated Alcohol Content

Kombucha tea, made from fermented yeast and bacteria often referred to as a “mushroom“, has become increasingly popular in recent years.  Enjoyed since the 1800s, this beverage is touted for its detoxifying and energy boosting properties.  Small amounts of alcohol are created in the process of fermentation, but the quantity is small enough to classify […]

July 8th

Recycled Plastic Soccer Jerseys for Major International and Professional Soccer Teams — the Netherlands, Brazil, Barcelona, Arsenal, and More

First, before I get into this cool development in the world of soccer, I want to say that if these teams can get recycled plastic jerseys that are a good enough quality for players makings millions upon millions of dollars a year, hopefully it won’t be long before everyone can, and if you are a […]

July 6th

WorldWatch Institute Closes Shop with a Bicycle Bang

The WorldWatch Institute is a stellar independent research organization helping to create “an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs.” When I was doing research for my Master’s thesis on the relationship between bicycle facilities and bicycle travel, I ran across a great WorldWatch Institute publication from 1989 (before bicycling was so hip) titled The […]

July 5th

Coal Mining Costing West Virginia $97.5 Million

Despite the PR campaigns by the coal lobby that imply that the state relies on coal income, an analysis by The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy finds that actually coal cost the state of West Virginia more than it took in. Only the direct costs to the state were tallied. The report did […]

July 2nd