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College Campuses in the U.S. Going Green – Bigtime

I just got back from a tour of colleges on the west coast with my son, which included several University of California (UC) schools. I was intrigued when our guide at UC Santa Barbara mentioned they had been selected as the second most green campus in the United States, with only the University of Washington ahead of them. It motivated me to do some research once I got home. I couldn't find...
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William Kamkwamba built a Windmill to Generate Electricity

I got turned onto TED.com last week, which has an incredible store of inspiring, fascinating and amazing talks that have occurred at the TED conferences over the past years. The video here is of William Kamkwamba describing how he built a WIndmill in Malawi using parts from the junkyard and by following diagrams he found in books from the library. It is an inspiring story. After watching this video, go to...
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Feeling Guilty about not being “Green” enough? So are we……..

I decided to start Greenliness.com with my friend Art Arquilla to take a strong interest of mine – making the world a better place and having less impact on the environment – and help others do the same. I knew from just cursory reading of books and web resources that there were simple things you could start with that could make a big difference. And I thought a website dedicated...
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Go Green for the Holidays

With the holidays approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at what is available today for someone wanting to stay green for the holidays. Help Someone Else My first thought every holiday season is to give a gift that honors the recipient but is actually a contribution that helps someone else in the world. My first choice for this year is an organization with a unique program for making...
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Tap into an Unlimited Fountain of “Green” Knowledge

When I was younger and learned about Aladdin, the lamp and the Genie, I thought deeply about what I would wish for if I had those three wishes. I came to the conclusion that my first wish would be for a million more wishes. In a similar way, for this month, I advocate for reading books as the green tip of the month. This limitless source of tips, methods, and...
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Use Household Paper Products Made from Recycled Sources

There’s a very easy way for most of us to get moving toward a greener lifestyle – Use facial tissues, toilet paper and paper towels made from recycled paper. The National Resources Defense Council estimates that if every household in the U.S. used just one roll of Recycled Paper Towels it could save 544,000 trees; one roll of Recycled Toilet Paper could save 423,900 trees; replace one box of virgin...
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What does it mean to be Green?

There are many perspectives on the meaning of being green, which often depend on individual circumstances based on upbringing, personal experience, possession or lack of altruism and particular industry agendas. Being green certainly has a range of meanings so it's always important to have some healthy skepticism when learning about anyone or anything that claims to be green.   Here are some ideas from around the country and the world...
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Go See an Environmental Film

I went last night to the kickoff for the Cottonwood Creek Environmental Film Festival (http://www.cottonwoodfilm.org/), where awards were given for some of the entrants in the festival this year. One comment given by award recipient Josh Berry (Writer and Producer: Keeping Coast) that stuck with me is that "film is activism". More and more films are being created that make available information about realities in our world that are often...
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