How much did the US spend importing oil in 2013?

Tweet Pin It More recent update: How much did the US spend on imported Oil in 2014? A couple years ago, I tried to find out how much money the US economy spent on importing oil, but could not find that fact listed anywhere. All of the information I needed to calculate it was out […]

Visiting a Single Stream Recycling Sorting Facility

Tweet Pin It I recently had the opportunity to visit the Casella Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Charlestown, Massachusetts. This is where they sort single stream recycling. I have always been fascinated by how they sort the recycling and I found the visit fascinating.  I was also struck by the fact that the person who […]

Cutting my carbon footprint by reducing my waistline

Tweet Pin It As my grandpa used to tell me, the only real ways to lose weight and keep it off are through portion control and exercise. Yes, a balanced diet helps keep you healthy, but it is simple math, in order to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. Besides […]

Chris Christie Bans Tesla Car Sales in New Jersey

Tweet Pin It Unbelievable. A board appointed by Chris Christie just banned Tesla from selling its cars in New Jersey.  This has been an issue for a while there, and Gov Christie had said that the legislature would vote on it.  Then, when it became apparent that the legislature would not stop Tesla from selling […]

Comment on the Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

Tweet Pin It I listened to a live town hall with Gina McCarthy of the EPA this week. During her opening statement, she asked that people who care about climate change and green house gas emissions submit a comment on the proposed carbon pollution standards for new power plants. They are getting a lot of […]

Be Glad It’s Snowing In January

Tweet Pin It I’ve heard a lot of people recently either complain about the snow or express their happiness  about how warm it was this month. I realize that it is human nature to talk about the weather and that most people like moderate weather.  However,  you should be really, really glad, that here in […]

Understanding 50% Jump in Our Natural Gas Usage

Tweet Pin It As I reviewed our energy consumption for 2013, I noticed a shocking thing: our natural gas usage for December jumped by over 50% this year.  As a family that tries very hard to live green, save energy and has made numerous energy efficiency improvements, this was not the sign we wanted to […]

Troubleshooting Modern Appliances

Tweet Pin It This has not been a good year for us with major appliances.  During the summer our refrigerator died and the weekend before Thanksgiving, our dishwasher died a long, drawn-out death. We firmly believe in the FOUR R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repair. Therefore, before we decided to throw in the towel […]

Are 3D Printers Green?

Tweet Pin It As someone who likes to create new things, I have been following the 3D Printing revolution from the sidelines for a couple of years.  Until now, getting in the game required spending over $1,000 and dozens of hours, which for a toy or at best hobby, was just too much for us. […]

Being an Activist and a Mom

Tweet Pin It Being a mom and an activist isn’t easy, but for my children to be able to grow up in the world I want them to live in, it is something that I have to do. I want my children to live in a world that is balanced, clean and healthy. I have three children.  I work full time. […]