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Building Belmont: In Lean Times, Efficiency Counts

In Belmont, Massachusetts, the first public building to earn certification from the U.S. Green Building Council isn’t the town hall or the mayor’s office, it’s the town’s forward-thinking senior center. “It’s a stereotype that these are the concerns of the younger generation,” says Nava Niv-Vogel, director of the Belmont’s Council on Aging and the senior […]

Twin City Gets All Ages Two-Wheeling

Winter may be approaching but that’s not going to stop the men and women of Minneapolis, including lots–well above the national average–of “50+ers,” from hopping on their bikes whether to go to work, to the store, or simply for the fun of it. “Close to four percent of Minneapolis residents bike to work according to […]

Smog Alert: Polluters Breathing Easier, Not People

“The interstate signs read ‘Smog Alert: Bundle your Errands’ and ‘Smog Alert: Fill up after 8 PM,’” Kath Schomaker, outreach coordinator for Gray is Green, told those gathered at the coffee shop in the Northside Neighborhood of Cincinnati on a warm Saturday morning in August. She was there to talk about the Clean Air Promise […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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