Simplify for a Richer Eco-Friendly Life

Betsy Barnum Great River Earth Institute In our complicated, stressed-out modern life of speed, consumer pressure, money worries and jam-packed schedules, the concept of living simply has crossed everyone’s mind. The truth is, it’s an appealing, attainable idea, and could make a real difference in your life. Voluntary simplicity has …

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The Myths and Facts of Eco-Tourism

Julie Trupke Rethinking Tourism Project Ecotours, adventure tours, sustainable tours, reality tours – if you are seeking a vacation alternative to Disneyland or Club Med, there are certainly plenty of options. However, how do you decide what is right for you, and what kind of vacation matches your values? Do …

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Consumers – The Best Force for Change

Wendy Jedlicka Jedlicka Design, Ltd. Every few minutes, advertising reminds us we live in a market economy. Our buying choices have a direct impact on how industry shapes our world, and in the end, decides our collective fate. “Hold on, I’m just buying a soda, not running an oil tanker …

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Biomimicry: Using Nature to Guide Us

Curt McNamara, P.E. Electrical Design Engineer and Adjunct Faculty in MCAD’s Sustainability Certificate Biomimicry is a design discipline that studies nature’s solutions in order to advance human designs and processes. Innovators from all walks of life-managers, designers, business leaders and more-can use biomimicry to create more sustainable designs. When faced …

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Achieving a Sustainable Lawn

Robert Mugaas University of Minnesota Extension Educator, Environmental Horticulture Most of us value our lawns for their various environmental, recreational and aesthetic benefits. However, when we mismanage or neglect our lawns we diminish or destroy these benefits. As it happens, with a few maintenance and schedule adjustments, most every homeowner …

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