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  • De-jobbing America: Unraveling the Employment Economy

    There’s just too much emphasis on “getting a job” these days. Okay, so we’re at nearly 10 percent unemployment nationally (if you believe the Federal numbers), so many people are without a steady stream of bi-monthly paychecks. Yet, 90 percent of Americans who had a job when the economy tanked, still do. But for some […] More

  • Caretakers of Sustainability: Journey Inn

    If life’s a journey, Journey Inn — an eco-inn and retreat that’s designed with nature completely in mind, spirit and body – serves as a guide. Located in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, about an hour from St. Paul-Minneapolis, this Travel Green Wisconsin and Green Routes certified enterprise launched by John Huffaker and Charlene Torchia in 2006 […] More

  • Developing Door County: Preserving a sense of place

    How does a community develop when preserving a sense of place is essential to the long-term prosperity and quality of life for those who reside there? When development starts taking on the “more is better” mantra, some communities opt to take a breather, declaring a moratorium on development until county and municipalities can get a […] More

  • Financial Sustainability: The Best Things in Life are Free

    Millions of Americans are declaring financial sustainability, even if they don’t exactly call it that. After all, we can’t borrow our way out of debt. We’re paying down or paying off credit cards. We’re getting rid of our mortgage or putting an extra payment toward the principal balance (which has huge cost savings advantages). Or […] More

  • St. Croix Falls: A Sustainable Community Connected by Trails

    Imagine that: Walking through a network of trails from our Wissahickon Farms Country Inn, a rustic private cabin nestled in the woods, to grab dinner in town more than a mile away where the restaurant, Indian Creek Orchard Winery and Grille, features mostly local ingredients to prepare their Elk burgers and homemade sauces and soups. […] More

  • Book Review: LESS IS MORE (Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet)

    As millions of Americans are finding themselves waking up with less disposable income, fewer job prospects, less income thanks for forced furloughs or lost value in their 401(k)s, some are rediscovering the joys of growing our own food, sharing picnics with others in our community, going for hikes in the woods, or spending more time […] More

  • Hotel Metro in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Green, Hip and Central

    I’m coming to the conclusion pretty fast that just about every hotel will eventually be walking the talk when it comes to going green – though some are walking slowly while others are galloping as if there isn’t a minute to waste. While ecotourism continues to grow internationally, more American companies are grasping that going […] More

  • Sustainability is about Permanence

    According to Richard Florida in his latest book, Who’s Your City?, the average American moves every seven years. “More than 40 million people relocate each year; 15 million make significant moves of more than 50 or 100 miles,” writes Florida. That’s a lot of carboard boxes, time and energy. The implications for such a footloose […] More

  • The Science of Sustainability: Green Earth Agri Card Keys made from Corn

    Anyone who travels will eventually find themselves returning home with a hotel card key (or two), despite our well-intentioned interest to remember to leave it in the room or drop it by the front desk upon check out. Most are made of petroleum-based plastic. But not the Green Earth Agri Card Keys made by USFI […] More

  • The Story of Sustainability

    We’ve all heard of The Story of Stuff. But The Story of Sustainability? This past weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting Dennis Paige, founder of Swiftdeer-Paige, at Inn Serendipity to share a program on storytelling with our community of friends and family. Awarded the 2008 Grassroots Conservation Leadership Award from the Audubon-Chicago Region and […] More

  • Sustainability Spending with Frugality Rules

    Okay.  So, the shopping spree may be over.  It’s hard to pick up a newspaper or listen to a TV station that doesn’t have a story about it.  Meanwhile, advertisers keep putting things on sale to get us spending again.  However, millions of Americans are waking up with a debt-hangover and have adopted a new […] More

  • Book Review: Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money

    Most of us have heard about the slow food movement where we savor the taste of a place, know our farmers and sip the wine slowly, not gulp down a beer. But what about Slow Money? In Woody Tasch’s visionary book, Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility […] More

  • Towering on the Horizon: Wind Farms and Energy Independence

    This past July 4th some friends and I headed south from our farm to visit the new EcoGrove I Wind Farm in Lena, Illinois, located in Stephenson County (in the northwestern part of the state). The creation of the EcoGrove I Wind Farm was precipitated by the State of Illinois adopting a Renewable Energy Standard […] More

  • Healthcare and Wellness for All

    As my wife and I write about in ECOpreneuring, if good health is important – and it should be for everyone – then a regular exercise routine along with eating right becomes a feature in our sustainable lifestyle, whether you walk around the block, do yoga or work out three times a week at a […] More

  • July 4: How are you celebrating Independence Day?

    Like millions of Americans, we’re celebrating July 4th, Independence Day. However, we’re celebrating this national holiday by focusing on the many aspects of our life that, in various ways, have led us to quite a different vision for a sustainable tomorrow – complete with local, renewable energy and lots of delicious meals harvested within ten […] More

  • Driving Unsustainability: How GM planned for obsolescence

    I’m coming to the conclusion that there’s very little that’s sustainable about the company known as GM. It’s frustrating and sad, because I was raised in the auto city and had family members who worked in the industry.  I even spent a summer at the GM Tech Center (working for then EDS as an intern […] More

  • Artwork from Trash: Transforming the way we see waste and the disappearing reefs

    While Ecologic Designs (one of my previous posts) is thriving by making practical products out of various waste streams – demonstrating green innovation and up-cycling – some artists around the world are working with a new medium: trash. These artists are coming together, actively gathering vast quantities of debris floating up on shorelines or collecting […] More

  • Book Review: POWER FROM THE WIND, a practical guide to small-scale energy production

    Tired of your increasing electric bills?  Want to change your relationship with energy, making your own, renewable, local power while doing your part to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and lessening the impacts of climate change? Read no further than Power from the Wind: A practical guide to small-scale energy production (New Society), by prolific writer […] More

  • SeaWorld San Diego: Making a Splash outside the Splash Zone

    When they caution people about sitting in the “splash zone” at SeaWorld San Diego, believe it.  Really.  They should call it the soak zone.  It’s a great way to cool off on a hot day, but it can ruin any electronic device you own not placed in a watertight case. My family and I had […] More

  • How To Live Richly: Go Green on a Budget

    There should be no secrets among those who continue to prosper in mostly non-financial ways despite the challenging economic times.  These people live (and perhaps work) following the laws of nature more than the “laws of supply and demand” of the increasingly dysfunctional “free” and global marketplace. Here’s how to thrive in the abundance of […] More

  • Cutting out Credit Cards: Living Within (or Beneath) our Means

    There’s more to buying that high-tech gizmo or fancy new clothes, especially if you put it on plastic.   If you’re anything like the so-called average American with combined balances on your credit cards pushing upwards of $10,000 per household, then you’re paying a lot more than the purchase price after factoring in an exorbitant interest […] More

  • The Greens Restaurant in San Francisco: Cooking Up Solutions to Climate Change

    For the last twenty-eight of the thirty years of the Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, chef Annie Somerville has championed and celebrated all that sustainable, vegetarian cuisine can represent: local, seasonal, fresh, nutritious, healthy, tasty – and, especially, direct from the farm. Since opening in 1979 in the rehabilitated warehouse at the Fort Mason Center, […] More

  • DVD Review: COMING HOME Inspires a Local Economy as if People Mattered

    After more than seven hundred hours of filming and editing, largely underwritten both by himself and those organizations supporting his visionary film-making endeavor, Chris Bedford has offered an inspiring documentary, Coming Home: E.F. Schumacher and the Reinvention of the Local Economy, where people are, once again, people, not reduced to “consumers” or “tax payers” (recently […] More

  • Green Globetrotting with Eco Hotels of the World

    Showcasing the most environmentally-friendly hotels in the world, Eco Hotels of the World is a leading global online guide for the ultimate in green travel accommodations, from sustainably designed new hotels or resorts to once-in-a-lifetime ecotravel experiences like staying in an igloo in Switzerland.  Each accommodation is evaluated based on a five star rating system […] More

  • Asilomar Conference Grounds: A Natural Basecamp for Ecotravelers

    Tucked in forest, perched alongside coastal sand dunes and a brief stroll from the California surf in Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula rests the Asilomar Conference Grounds.  It’s owned by the people of California as a California State Park, but the conference facilities and lodging is managed by Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts, […] More

  • Soaring Migrations: Monarch Butterfly Hotspots

    It’s something everyone should witness, at least once.  The Monarch butterfly migration, the longest of any butterfly.  The Monarch butterflies cover as much as 1,500 miles; their trip spans four generations of butterflies, mystifying the scientists not certain as to how, exactly, they return to the same spots to over-winter. To accomplish such aeronautical feat, […] More

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    Book Review: Nature’s Second Chance

    Have you ever wondered about Mother Nature’s counterpart, Father Nature? Look no further than ecologist and artist of nature, Steven Apfelbaum. You could even call him Father Nature. His book, Nature’s Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm (Beacon, 2009), offers an engaging and refreshingly personal narrative of how, as humans, we can […] More

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