Wendy Gordon

Tip #11: Plant a Garden, President Obama

By Wendy Gordon It wouldn’t be the first garden at the White House—John and Abigail Adams planted theirs in 1800—nor the most exotic—the oval office, in fact the whole West Wing, was an &...

Real Materialism is a Virtue

By Wendy Gordon Turns out a lot of people, not just Dick Cheney (remember the quote “Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but…”?), perceive green consumers as simply upscale do-gooders with enough discretionary income to buy the hybrid ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...