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Meet the Youngest Member of the Tiny House Movement
This 16-year-old is building himself a future free from mortgage payments, not to mention college accommodations that are a bit homier than your average dorm room.
A Living Sewage Treatment Plant? These People Grew One
by Claudia Rowe
Every flush of a standard toilet creates a several-gallon problem. Instead of wasting water, plants and animals can transform human waste into water rated pure enough to drink.
Green Light May Be Ahead for Insurance on Shared Vehicles
by Cat Johnson
As more and more people begin sharing and renting out their cars and homes, insurance issues have begun to emerge. Sharing communities are taking the lead in finding solutions.
Yard Work Unplugged: Scything’s Quiet Comeback
by Doug Pibel
Photo Essay: Cut the grass—and the noise—with this rare opportunity to see YES! staffers work up a sweat!
5 Tools (and 1 Animal) for Quieter, Healthier Yard Work
by Lauren Hardy, Samantha Herndon
Tending your yard doesn’t have to be noisy, irritating, or fuel-intensive. Here’s how you can unplug.
How Cities Can Get Drivers Biking
by Jay Walljasper
How can planners attract the 60 percent of Americans who say they would bike more if they felt more secure? The answer could be cheap and simple.
How to Save Bats in Your Own Backyard
by Heidi Bruce, Shannan Stoll
Bats are mammals, shy creatures of the night, and fascinating to watch. They’re also endangered by loss of habitat, disease, and pesticide poisoning. You can help by providing protection.
How to Build a Bike Train
by Maya Jacobs
Forty years ago, almost half of American kids biked to school. A smart idea for getting kids pedaling again.
10 Ways To Love Where You Live
by Ross Chapin
How to build community here and now—because neighborhoods are more than houses in proximity.
How to Build Green on a Budget
by Jennifer Atlee
The challenge: build the greenest houses on earth—and make them affordable.
Real Homes: Small, Frugal, and Green
by Doug Pibel
With 5 million houses in foreclosure, we are rediscovering that living sustainably includes living affordably.
How I Found Happiness (in 130 Square Feet)
by Ella Jenkins
Photo Essay: Don’t think you know how to build your own house? Neither did 23-year-old Ella Jenkins before she picked up the tools and started.
6 Ideas for Sensible Homes
by Heidi Bruce
Small, supportive, affordable, recycled—and you can build your own.
Growing Cities: An Urban Farming Road Trip
Can farming revitalize our cities and change the way we eat? Follow two friends across the United States to find out.
6 Tips for Green Pet Care
by Jennifer Kaye, Lindsay Kucera
Sustainable, low-cost, and natural ways to care for your critters.