Posted on 21 August 2011 by Sustainability Digest
Excerpted from The Earthbound Cookbook, Copyright 2010 by Myra Goodman. Used by permission of Workman Publishing Co., Inc. NY. All Rights Reserved
“The subtle anise flavor of fresh fennel partners perfectly with sweet-tart apple, and the radish slices add a spark of peppery heat.” That’s how the recipe starts for this easy salad with complex flavors from The Earthbound Cook by Myra Goodman. It’s summer and I’m Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 01 August 2011 by Sustainability Digest
Image: Screenshot via Scholastic
People were so outraged that Scholastic, the world’s largest children’s book publisher, was pushing coal in schools that the company has announced it will no longer do so, and that other corporate-sponsored projects at its InSchool marketing division will also be scaled back. But not all of them.
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Posted on 28 June 2011 by Sustainability Digest
Photo by kodomut via Flickr CC
The switch from paper books to digital books for classrooms has been on the way for a couple years now. It is university classrooms that have been getting most of the attention, however, K-12 classrooms are now getting more play from publishers. McGraw-Hill launched its first digital-only texbook on Monday. …Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 12 May 2011 by Sustainability Digest
Image: Screenshot via Scholastic
The United States of Energy is an educational curriculum that the American Coal Foundation hired Scholastic to put together and distribute to its well-established, trusting network of teachers. It looks great: it’s colorful, has interactive activities, totally an easy sell for kids, and it’s now reached more than 100,000 teachers around the country.
ACF says that the program teaches about the variety of energy sour…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 17 January 2011 by Sustainability Digest
The Just Green It! book recommends the Global Sun Oven in place of a microwave. Photos by R.Cruger
Know someone who is green about being green? When Lisa Beres of Green Nest was touring the country for her children’s book, My Body My House, she discovered a lot of people who weren’t yet on board with eco-friendly products. “We’re in a green bubble,” Lisa admitted. “They’d ask, ‘Bleach is bad, really?’” So …Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 06 January 2011 by Sustainability Digest
In an age where information travels around the world in an instant—and moving people the same distance rarely takes more than a day—it’s easy to forget how foreign ideas of great scale and scope are to the human mind. While it’s easy for people to internalize and accept a concept like acid rain—specific emissions from factories in one place fall into the water downwind producing a measurable and nearly-immediate rise in acidity—it is much more difficult to grasp onto something like climate change, which is caused by actions around the world and has impacts measurable in decades, not months.
That is why the story o…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 25 October 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Dr. Dickson Despommier’s concept of the vertical farm has spawned a flood of interesting architectural ideas that have filled pages of TreeHugger, and now fill the new book “The Vertical Farm.” The concept has been controversial, to say the least; I had hoped that a book about it might help resolve the controversy by making a solid case for the vertical farm that expands on Despommier’s original essay on the topic.
Alas, it does not….Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 21 August 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Amy Inouye sets up the Highland Park Book Booth. Photos via Good (left) and 90042 (right).
Turning a disused pay-phone booth into a community library has been done before. But Los Angeles-based artist Amy Inouye may be the first to break the process down into easy-to-follow steps that help answer the pressing questions of aspiring street librarians: Which of the many abandoned phone booths in my neighborhood should I choose? …Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 24 July 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Now that the political prognosticators have sounded the death knell for cap and trade, it seems like a good time to look back on what got us here. Eric Pooley, the deputy editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, has new book out, “The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers and the Fight to Save the Planet,” which tells the story of how cap and trade became the preferred policy instrument for greens, the coalition of the willing in corporate America, and policymakers serious about climate action–and how we continue to not act while time runs out. …Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 31 May 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Steve Mouzon has been a fixture on TreeHugger since I first read his thoughts on the original green, on how people designed before the the Thermostat age, and how buildings kept people warm in an era before oil, or cool before air conditioning was invented. I have come to base much of my thoughts on the sustainability of heritage buildings (I am a volunteer at a heritage preservation org) on what I have learned from Steve, much of which is summarized in the points made above in the illustration; that good buildings (old or new) are lovable, durable, flexible and frugal.
I looked forward to his new book, Read the full story on TreeHugger