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We've only got one planet, and it makes our lives possible. We can no longer take it for granted.

Life Reclaimed Life Reclaimed
by Madeline Ostrander
After growing up amid violence and harassment, Jarid Manos found a way out for himself and for troubled youth—restoring prairie ecosystems.
Sustainability in Seattle: Energy Efficiency
by Richard Conlin
Richard Conlin looks back to the beginnings of Seattle's green energy policies. It all started with the request to fund a nuclear power plant.
Sustainability in Seattle: Disposable Bag Fee
by Richard Conlin
Richard Conlin and Seattle mayor Greg Nickels proposed a 20-cent fee on all disposable grocery bags used in their city in 2008. Their goal was to shrink the mile-long train of garbage the city sends out every day to a distant Oregon landfill.
Sustainability in Seattle: Green     Buildings Sustainability in Seattle: Green Buildings
by Richard Conlin
Seattle has one of the largest stocks of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings in the country. Conlin said the city uses its power as both a regulator and an economic force to push the rest of the city and region to adopting greener building styles and methods.
Sustainability in Seattle: Water     Conservation Sustainability in Seattle: Water Conservation
by Richard Conlin
When water consumption in your city is expected to skyrocket in the coming years, what would you do? Build more dams? Or build hundreds of smaller projects to fix all the leaks in your pipes and install low-flow fixtures in homes and businesses?
Sustainability in Seattle Sustainability in Seattle
by Richard Conlin
City Council President Richard Conlin talks about Seattle's green initiatives, promoting vibrant neighborhoods, sustainable community, fighting climate change, and protecting the environment.
Dana Frasz :: Youth and Foodbanks
by Dana Frasz
Student Dana Frasz took the initiative to alleviate hunger in Bronxville, New York and says we can do the same in our communities.
Social Change not Climate Change Social Change not Climate Change
by Juliette Beck
Activists and communities in the United Kingdom—where over two hundred years ago, the first lumps of coal were burnt to power the industrial revolution—are igniting a historic revolution of their own. Last week, over 1500 people from all walks of life converged in the Kent countryside, just one-hour southeast of London by train, to rally against climate change in a demonstration of collective, sustainable living and creative direct action.
YES! But How? :: Cat Litter, Junk Mail YES! But How? :: Cat Litter, Junk Mail
by Layla Aslani, Noah Grant
Practical tips on green living, better cat litter, stopping junk mail, electric bikes.
In Review :: The Northwest Green Home Primer In Review :: The Northwest Green Home Primer
by Pamela O'Malley Chang
A comprehensive text for anyone who chooses green design for home construction or renovation. Includes well-organized checklists, helpful illustrations, and case studies.
In Review :: The Urban Homestead and Northwest Green Home Primer In Review :: The Urban Homestead and Northwest Green Home Primer
by Pamela O'Malley Chang
A good-natured guide for urbanites who want to live off the land without leaving the city limits.
Commentary :: Food From the     Grassroots Commentary :: Food From the Grassroots
by Raj Patel
The food crisis is only getting worse. The answer involves a deep shift in the way our food comes to us.By making local governments pay attention to hunger, a range of organizations, working on everything from local food purchasing programs to farmers markets, are shaping the future of food.
The Power of Food The Power of Food
by Madeline Ostrander
Providing food for people in need – regardless of whether they are “deserving” is a central part of Sara Miles' spiritual journey. St Gregory's food pantry in San Francisco.
Evangelicals’ Faith Leads Them to Issues of  Environment and Social Justice Evangelicals’ Faith Leads Them to Issues of Environment and Social Justice
by Valerie Saturen
Valerie Saturen looks at major changes in the Evangelical movement. It's growing beyond its narrow focus on wedge issues like abortion to focus more on environmental protection and social justice.
Community Land Trust Keeps Prices Affordable—For Now And Forever Community Land Trust Keeps Prices Affordable—For Now And Forever
by Daniel Fireside
Community Housing Trusts buy land and houses, not for profit, but to keep them affordable for low- and middle-income residents. Daniel Fireside looks at the success of Vermont's 25-year-old Champlain Housing Trust, which provides homes for 2,100 households.
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