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  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans: Keeping the Commons Common

    By Beverly Bell March 4, 2014 Today, as on every Mardi Gras Day, New Orleans is in the midst of full-on mayhem. Depending on when on Fat Tuesday you are reading this, the Zulu and Rex parades are either lining up at their staging sites or rolling down the streets amongst crazed revelers. Mardi Gras […] More

  • How Does Wind Power Work? Hands-On KidWind Challenge Trains Students in Renewable Energy

    I’ve been passionate about educational programs for sustainability from sustainablog’s earliest days, so I wasn’t surprised at all to discover that I’d written about Minneapolis-based educational company KidWind way back in 2006. Founded byΒ former science teacher Michael Arquin, KidWind has developed an impressive array of educational programming both for science educators wanting to introduce their […] More

  • "The Sun Rises, and the Sun Sets": 14 Religious Communities Using Solar Power

    If I asked you to provide a one or two word answer to the question “What do you call a group of people who live together, share work and living space, and power their lifestyle with renewable energy?” you’d likely answer with “commune,” or “ecovillage,” or maybe even “intentional community.” “Monastery” or “convent” probably wouldn’t […] More

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