Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 179.

August 20, 2010

If you happen to live in the Los Angeles area, and have knowledge of a cool apartment and/or a guest house for rent, please let me know. I will be moving back there shortly and am starting to look around. Thanks!

I spend a lot of time thinking about all the ways in which I’m not doing enough to minimize my impact on the planet. In moderate quantities, this guilt has been highly effective in pushing me to make better decisions. At the same time, too much guilt leads to depression, paralysis, and hopelessness. Where’s the middle ground?

There was a small sign by the road that I could not read, but on the way out, I stopped. It said Certified Wildlife Habitat – National Wildlife Federation. Wow, I thought, I didn’t know you could get certification for feeding the birds!

High-fructose corn syrup, (HFCS) the widely used and historically inexpensive sweetener, has been getting a critical look from food scientists and many American families, thanks at least in part to books, movies and studies looking at why Americans continue to gain weight. First lady Michelle Obama, meantime, has said that she won’t feed her daughters products containing the ingredient.

We all probably have promotional items we’ve accepted that are languishing on a shelf somewhere. Instead of letting them collect dust, you can use your crafty skills to turn them into something cute and useful.

At first blush, it looks much like the camp I attended as a teen in Iowa: lots of kids singing, swimming, playing basketball, helping each other on the ropes course, canoeing, and in the process making lifetime friendships. However, this camp is quite different in one BIG way. The campers are not all from the same county in Iowa, with homogeneous beliefs and experiences. These kids are from very diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. They are from regions of the world with the most intense conflict and centuries of embedded hatred.

Earlier this year I shared the good news that Richardsville Elementary School was working towards becoming the first net-zero energy public school. As you can imagine, that is quite an undertaking and will be quite an accomplishment when it opens. Well – as good news would have it, construction is nearing completion and Richardsville Elementary is on target to be open by the end of August!

Have a great weekend everyone.

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  1. nan fischer says:

    Thanks. :) Great round-up!