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Winemaking in Sheep Country

By Frances Lefkowitz Day two of my sustainable wine tour of Mendocino County is all about sheep. I descend into the rugged Anderson Valley, just one narrow mountain range in from the ocean, as the morning fog is lifting. By ...

Green Wine

By Seth Bauer There’s no better way to tour a California vineyard than on horseback. So when Karl Wente, the 30-ish head of the 3,000-acre Wente vineyards in Livermore Valley, suggested that we saddle up late yesterday afternoon, I ...

Curbing Urban Sprawl

By Wendy Gordon I was curious to see how Wikipedia defined “sprawl” and sure enough, it was appropriately harsh: “Urban sprawl, also known as suburban sprawl, is the spreading of a city and its suburbs over rural land at the ...

Green Jobs Serve Many Ends

By Wendy Gordon A couple of Fridays ago, George Soros, the author of The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What It Mean, suggested that efforts to build a green economy could be the “motor of ...

Shaving Emissions

By Shannon Arvizu We live in an exciting time for alternative car technologies. Innovations to increase energy efficiency and decrease unhealthy emissions are emerging at a rapid rate. From the popular Toyota Prius to the sexy Tesla Roadster, new green ...

Turning Trash into Treasure

By Wendy Gordon What if you could be rewarded for recycling? Just think about it: a frequent-flyer program for recyclers. Put your recyclablest in an electronically tagged bin for pickup by a truck, which weighs how much you are recycling–...

Ode to Home Cooking

By Wendy Gordon According to a report released in May 2008 by the market research firm, Information Resources, 53 percent of consumers said they were cooking from scratch, more than they did just six months before. The researchers assume the uptick in ...

Green Pork

By Wendy Gordon If you want to bike to work but have met resistance from your employer, this may help your cause – the massive bailout bill passed by both houses of Congress a couple weeks ago includes a Bicycle Commuter ...

Establishing Roots: Wangari Maathai

By Emily Main Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her dedication to environmental preservation both in her native Kenya and around the world. Starting in 1976, her grass-roots efforts to plant trees and end deforestation have grown to ...

Chicago Leads on Climate Action

By Wendy Gordon “While climate change is a worldwide issue, 75 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions are generated in the world’s urban areas. Reducing energy use and emissions in cities is therefore fundamental in any effort to reverse the ...