Fresh Autumn Produce
Nov12

Fresh Autumn Produce

When the leaves begin to change and the air becomes crisp, the time for autumn cooking approaches.  It’s also time to seek out your local farmers’ markets and peruse the beautiful assortment of ripe autumn produce. Once at a local farmers market, all you need to do is look around at what’s available.  The point of a farmers’ market is to connect the community to local growers, but the markets also provide their customers with a crash...

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My Take On Progress, Part II
Sep09

My Take On Progress, Part II

In Part I, I explored the question “Is there something we can learn from past leaders like Teddy Roosevelt, from “The Greatest Generation, (born 1901-1924), from prior environmental mistakes or from creative solutions to problems in the past? Could we look backwards in order to move forwards? What do we have to learn from the Silent Generation (born 1925 – 1945)? the Baby Boomers (born 1946 – 1964)? the Gen Xers (born 1965-1982)? or...

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How Keeping Up With the Joneses Can Help Save the Planet
Sep03

How Keeping Up With the Joneses Can Help Save the Planet

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “energy hog”? For me, it used to be a Hummer. These words always generated the image of a massive, gas-guzzling vehicle, cruising through the city, trying to find a place to parallel park… which he never will. Though as time passes, more often my first thought is, well, us. What about our homes and our offices? Even in my line of work as a sustainable building consultant, I have found...

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Climate Change and Food Security in Kenya
Jul18

Climate Change and Food Security in Kenya

Editor’s Note:  Our current WE Badger Volunteer, UW-Madison Senior Aubrey Winkie, spent last year in Kenya studying the effects of climate change on subsistence agriculture and food security.  We asked her to describe her research and findings.   The residents of Lare, a farming village of about 55,000 people spread out amongst the rugged land of the Kenyan rift valley, are feeling the effects of climate change on a dramatic...

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Algae: A Living Solar Panel
Jun10

Algae: A Living Solar Panel

One of this year’s unveilings at the International Building Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany illustrates not only innovative design, but function. Designed by Splitterwerk Architects and funded by the Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA), or the Internationale Architecture Exhibition, the €3.4 million, four-story, 15-unit apartment complex has a façade unlike any other building in the world. The Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) House is...

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5 Facts Bottled Water Corporations Dont Want You to Know
May07

5 Facts Bottled Water Corporations Dont Want You to Know

Everywhere you go, you see bottled water for sale. It’s certainly convenient. But is it really “better”? Here are five facts that say No, bottled water is not the better choice. 5: There is no difference between tap water and most bottled water brands. Scientific studies conducted on both the taste and safety of bottled water consistently show that not only is bottled water no safer than tap water in the U.S., but it tastes only as...

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