WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE FOREST FLOOR

I listened to Dr. Don Waller, UW-Madison professor of botany and environmental studies and editor of “The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin’s Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife” give a presentation on long-term changes in Wisconsin forests last week as part of the UW-Arboretum Winter Lecture Series.  He shifted my forest focus from […]

DON’T WASTE WATER

GUEST POST BY DELLA HANSMANN.  Read more of her thoughts on green building and design at Dwelling Places. Does anyone else in their late twenties (or with kids that age) remember the old Sesame Street song about “Clean, clear water”?  I still find myself singing “Don’t… waste… water. Water water […]

TRASH ELECTRONIC GIZMOS GREENLY

According to a report, “Tackling High Tech Trash,”  by Demos, a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization,   Americans now own 3 billion electronic products with a turnover rate of about 400 million units annually.    We now have one computer for every six people on the planet.   This […]

LIVING WITH WASPS

The absolutely most blood-curdling screams I have ever heard in my life occurred when my 8-year-old daughter and the neighbor kids annoyed some mud wasps.  I was outside the house and moving toward the cries before I even knew I was out of my chair. So, though I’ve never been […]

YOU NEED A MOONSTER LIST

Guest post by Doug Hansmann Denise and I are planning to break ground for our new house 16 moons from now. OK, I could have said we’ll start building on May 20, 2012.  It marks the end of the same time period. There is a seemingly endless list of details […]

MAKING BLACK TOP GREEN

When Craig Benson started working on reusing industrial waste to rebuild infrastructure 20 years ago, he says, “I didn’t even know the word sustainable.”  He just knew that there were valuable materials going into landfill from places like the paper industry and the coal-burning power plants.  “Trying to find ways […]