Introducing TreeHugger Town & Country!
TreeHugger Town & Country is a bi-weekly series that compares and contrasts modern green living in a city and a small town through the lens of two twenty-something women. Katherine Martinko is a stay-at-home mom with two little boys in the town of Port Elgin, Ontario. Margaret Badore lives in New York City with her two roommates and small dog.
Here’s the first installment:
What I gave this Christmas

Introducing TreeHugger Town & Country!

TreeHugger Town & Country is a bi-weekly series that compares and contrasts modern green living in a city and a small town through the lens of two twenty-something women. Katherine Martinko is a stay-at-home mom with two little boys in the town of Port Elgin, Ontario. Margaret Badore lives in New York City with her two roommates and small dog.

Here’s the first installment:

What I gave this Christmas

Our consciousness, particular when under the kind of economic pressure we’ve been under, is still not where it needs to be to develop the solutions that are most-likely to work. What do I mean by that? If you want a future of shared responsibilities, shared opportunities and shared sense of community, you have to believe certain things. You have to believe that creative cooperation is better than constant conflict. You have to believe that we’re all in this together. You have to believe that our differences are interesting, they make life more interesting. They are exciting, but our common humanity matters more. You have to be willing to look at science and let your eyes overcome your ideology.
Let this wastewater treatment plant show you how to live.
This may sound crazy, but it is exactly why the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York constructed their Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), also known as the Eco Machine. We can learn some valuable lessons from this building. 
Read the rest:  The world’s most beautiful wastewater treatment plant

Let this wastewater treatment plant show you how to live.

This may sound crazy, but it is exactly why the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York constructed their Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), also known as the Eco Machine. We can learn some valuable lessons from this building. 

Read the rest:  The world’s most beautiful wastewater treatment plant

In the last few years, it has blocked the construction of dozens of coal-fired power plants, fought the oil industry to a draw on the Keystone pipeline, convinced a wide swath of American institutions to divest themselves of their fossil fuel stocks, and challenged practices like mountaintop-removal coal mining and fracking for natural gas. It may not be winning the way gay marriage has won, but the movement itself continues to grow quickly, and it’s starting to claim some victories.

That’s not despite its lack of clearly identifiable leaders, I think. It’s because of it.

From kite-powered cargo ships to large sails on freighters, wind power has huge potential to help make shipping less dependent on fossil fuels. 
Mat McDermott at YaleE360 reports on how the Vermont Sail Freight Project aims to show that carbon-neutral boats can be a viable shipping method with the help of 21st century technology
via Sailing barge launches in Vermont to test carbon-neutral shipping)

From kite-powered cargo ships to large sails on freighters, wind power has huge potential to help make shipping less dependent on fossil fuels. 

Mat McDermott at YaleE360 reports on how the Vermont Sail Freight Project aims to show that carbon-neutral boats can be a viable shipping method with the help of 21st century technology

via Sailing barge launches in Vermont to test carbon-neutral shipping)

Since Jack Kerouac published his iconic wanderlust novel, On the Road, the underlying goal of travelling during one’s twenties could be summarized as, “Take a trip. Find yourself.”
Now, in 2013, Patrick Dowd has a new vision for inspiring travel: “Ride a train. Change the world.”
That’s the vision behind The Millennial Trains Project, which is a cross-country train journey for people aged 18-34 that want to create world-changing projects.
Learn more here:  Ride a train. Change the world. The powerful vision of the Millennial Trains Project

Since Jack Kerouac published his iconic wanderlust novel, On the Road, the underlying goal of travelling during one’s twenties could be summarized as, “Take a trip. Find yourself.”

Now, in 2013, Patrick Dowd has a new vision for inspiring travel: “Ride a train. Change the world.”

That’s the vision behind The Millennial Trains Project, which is a cross-country train journey for people aged 18-34 that want to create world-changing projects.

Learn more here:  Ride a train. Change the world. The powerful vision of the Millennial Trains Project

So much in the design world is controlled and ordered that it is refreshing to see something this wild and natural, while also being so modern. It is an intriguing juxtaposition of controlled chaos on the exterior and elegantly designed simplicity inside.
While most of us won’t be fortunate enough to have a place like this of our own, I think the lesson here is to remember that good design doesn’t necessarily mean perfect symmetry or control over the elements. Sometimes letting things run a little wild can lead to beautiful results.

via Overgrown garden shed shows beauty of wild design 

So much in the design world is controlled and ordered that it is refreshing to see something this wild and natural, while also being so modern. It is an intriguing juxtaposition of controlled chaos on the exterior and elegantly designed simplicity inside.

While most of us won’t be fortunate enough to have a place like this of our own, I think the lesson here is to remember that good design doesn’t necessarily mean perfect symmetry or control over the elements. Sometimes letting things run a little wild can lead to beautiful results.

via Overgrown garden shed shows beauty of wild design