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Stroller Brigade for Healthy Families

On August 10th, the stroller brigades were out in force in cities across the country–Pittsburgh, PA; Marblehead, Mass; New York, NY; and Missoula, MT to name a few. Their mission: to call on their senators to protect them from toxic chemicals by supporting the Safe Chemicals Act. Children wore superhero capes to ask their senators to […]

Enjoying Oysters and Saving Sea Life

Whoever said “it was a brave man who first ate an oyster” was a fool. From the salty suck of the brine to the oceanic tang of the flesh, oysters are a culinary pleasure without equal. Like wine grapes, they take their shape and flavor from the locale–from the flux and flow of minerals and […]

Climate Change Hits Home

Do you live in a climate-ready city? How prepared is your state for the challenges to health and the environment being caused by climate change–from the dangers of extreme heat and increased flooding to the spread of ragweed whose pollen causes allergies or mosquitoes that can spread disease? NRDC just unveiled an incredible web interactive […]

Make the Clean Air Promise Today

Do you have asthma? Does one of your kids or grandkids? High pollution days can be scary. Just imagine what it would be like if we didn’t have the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to a PSA put out by the non-profit, American Family Values, 160,000 early deaths related to air pollution–including 230 infant deaths–were […]

Smart Cookware for Seniors

Enjoying cooking late in life is the best way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Having the right cookware is a key ingredient. Here are some basics that all seniors in the market for a few good pieces should know: Heavy Cookware While heavy bottomed pots and pans help ensure even cooking and prevent foods from […]

Birds and Tar Sands Oil Don’t Mix

“I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits…” wrote John James Audubon. Are you a bird watcher? You’re not alone. It’s the number one hobby in America. And when we flock together, bird-lovers have a strong voice in protecting birds and bird habitat. That […]

69-Year-Old Family Farmer Battles Pipeline

“For all of us who care about American rivers and the life they sustain,” writes NRDC President Frances Beinecke, the disaster befalling the Yellowstone River, one of our most beloved and storied waterways, “is a timely warning against an even greater threat.” Big Oil wants to build a pipeline to send the dirtiest crude oil […]

Beat this heat wave… and the next

How are you holding up in this heat? Have you checked on your neighbors?  Heat is a serious risk for older adults, made worse because it can be so difficult to escape. As our climate changes more and more, we can expect heat events to be stronger than we remember from our youth. More than […]

Healthy Summer Grilling

My wife and I love to grill in the summer. It’s fast, easy and one of the healthier, more environmentally responsible ways to cook. Healthy, environmentally responsible?…Aren’t we talking about hotdogs and hamburgers? No, not even close. Though we packed this past 4th of July weekend full with kayaking, parade watching and other kid-friendly activities […]

Is it Safe at the Sound?

Planning a trip to the beach this summer?  Make sure you pick a safe one. Aren’t all beaches safe, you ask? Unfortunately no. In fact, there were 24,091 beach closings and advisories due to water quality issues in the U.S. in 2010. Various issues, from bacteria coming from contaminated stormwater to last year’s oil spill in the […]

America’s 60+ers Go For 60+ MPG

Support the Go60mpg movement! Improved mileage standards. Find out how… Friends and members of Gray Is Green, President Obama and the federal government are in the process of making a crucial decision at the moment – one that could play a major role in determining the shape of the world that we leave to our children […]

Toxins in Baby Products

The next time you go to get a gift for a grandchild, consider this: a new study has revealed that a majority of baby products contain flame retardant chemicals, some of which have been linked to serious health effects in people. The products tested in this study include strollers, car seats, infant changing pads and […]

Keep Mosquitoes at Bay

Summer is here and we’re all probably eager to get out into the garden or just onto the porch with a cool drink. Those of you who seem to be natural mosquito magnets like me are probably also thinking about stocking up on repellents as well. There are so many products on the market, though, […]

Common Resources

Retirement communities have many of the opportunities for efficiency provided by communal living; multi-unit buildings often have lower per-person heating and cooling costs, and close proximity and similar shopping needs means fewer trips necessary for more people. Real sustainability is going to take more than recycling what we consume. Re-using and re-purposing can be far […]

Community Gets Certified

I was recently notified by our friends at Green Seal, one of the nation’s leading green products and services certification organizations, that a retirement community in the DC area recently became the first in the nation to have its cleaning services certified as environmentally friendly by Green Seal. I applaud the willingness of the Knollwood […]

Antibiotic Resistance

Older adults are more susceptible to certain types of infections than most other segments of society. However, the irresponsible use of antibiotics both in human medicine and in the production of food has lead to an increasing number of diseases resistant to some of the most important treatments we have available. Resistant bacterial infections are […]

American Lung Association defends Clean Air Act

It is important to remember that a healthy environment directly benefits the health of the human population. As such, organizations devoted to human health, such as the American Lung Association, are weighing in on national environmental policy. They recognize that recent congressional attempts to weaken environmental legislation will directly harm society’s most sensitive members, the […]

The Green Thing

If I keep my old clothes long enough, they’re back in style! – Jim Knowles The above quote comes from the father of Jim Knowles, editor of the San Leandro Times, who has also graciously allowed me to reprint his column from January 7, “Its All About The Green Thing” (see below). In it, he […]

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