Wendy Gordon

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 “orangerie” and then a bounteous greenhouse until 1902. Even President Clinton, not known for his heart-healthy eating habits, grew vegetables, not in...

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 car, the organic food products or the high-end play equipment. But when the economy is...

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 fringe of an urban area…The term urban sprawl generally has negative connotations due to the...

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 the world economy in the years to come.” I certainly hope so, and hope...

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–and transmits the data to a web site. By the time you’ve reentered your home, you...

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 home cooking is in response to the rising cost of prepared foods. I’m...

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 provision. No, not a nickel of the $700 billion the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act...

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 trajectory of global warming.” So reads page six of the Chicago Climate Action Plan, released...