Geography for a Sustainable Life

October 8, 2017

I am going to go out on a limb here and say that to live truly sustainable lives we should all have a knowledge of geography – at least a rudimentary knowledge – because through geography we can learn to understand each other, to understand each other’s needs, beliefs and cultures.  We can also understand […]

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Food for a Sustainable Life

October 3, 2017

After all is said and done, living a sustainable life starts with food. If you grow your own food you know exactly how far it traveled from farm to table AND you know your farmer.  That close relationship with your farmer lets you be really clear about the inputs to the food.  We signed up […]

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Walk to Sustainability

September 27, 2017

A truly sustainable lifestyle is one that is connected to the community – physically connected – so that you can walk or ride your bike to the store, to meetings, to meet up with neighbors, or even to get to the gym! When we lived out in Kennett Square neighbors would gasp when I rode […]

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Adopt a Sustainable Lifestyle

August 31, 2017

Want to make a difference in this hyper-politicized world we find ourselves in? Adopt a sustainable lifestyle that focuses on using your actions and decisions to influence the economy, policy and the environment. By taking simple actions every day, you can make a big impact. Here are some ideas: Spend ten minutes a day in […]

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Bike Train Bus to the Beach

August 8, 2017

I often take the train to the plane when flying to some far away vacation location but the car is the mode of choice for shorter distances. Why not the train or the bus? Because it never occurs to me – it is far easier to just hop in the car and go. Last week […]

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A Little Bit of Country on South Street

June 27, 2017

We have lots of garden areas at our house in South Philly but no real area to grow veggies so, we were excited when we got the news that a garden plot had opened up at the South Street Community Garden and that we were invited to join the active group who garden there.  Brimming […]

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Divert trash $$$ to school $$$!

June 23, 2017

Want to reduce you waste footprint? Focus on the amount of food waste that you generate and follow this great hierarchy for consciously reducing the amount that you send to the landfill.   Once you tackle food, start looking at the rest of your waste stream and challenge yourself to amassing only One-Bag-A-Week of landfill bound […]

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Sick House Sick You

June 19, 2017

My nextdoor neighbor was rarely sick – until he moved.  Laughingly I told him it was because he had abandoned the neighborhood – he was in fact, a fink.  About a week later I went to visit his brand new, just finished townhouse. I walked in the door, took a deep breath, and thought, hmmm, […]

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Don’t Just Talk About Recycling – DO IT!

February 24, 2017

Sitting in my favorite coffee shop I hear… Boy says to girl: “You like the idea of recycling but you don’t actually participate” Girl says: ‘WHAT!” Boy says: “You claim to use recycled bags but you always come home with plastic!” Girl says: “Ugh” and leaves. Boy looks bewildered and orders coffee. Ouch! There are […]

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The Making of a Meadow – End of Year

February 9, 2017

The Year: Overall Success Overall, the quickie meadow was a success; the family and their visitors loved the color, vibrancy, and feel of the meadow. It sheltered wildlife and provided breeding habitat and food sources for many pollinators including Monarchs, native bees and honeybees. The paths that wind through the grass make it a place […]

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