Say No to the Orange Bag

It's that time of year again. We all go into cleanup mode, getting rid of the "garbage" that the trees "litter" the ground with.

We drive to the Canadian Tire, buy a ten pack of orange garbage bags, and get to work. Once the leaves are raked and packed, we put the bags out to be picked up and whisked away to the landfill. After all it is garbage, right?

Wrong. Leaves are a compostable, clean source of fertilizer for our yards/gardens. Treating a source of nutrients that literally falls from the sky as a waste product is a form of collective insanity that we need to correct.  read more... »

Edmonton Votes, 2007

Believe it or not, Edmonton will elect a new city Council in less than one week. Here's how I see things in a couple of wards.

Ward 4

Ben Henderson is a strong contender to fill Michael Phair's empty seat this time around. This is his third time running in this ward, and he came close to upsetting incumbent Jane Batty last time. I believe that Henderson will be a strong progressive voice on city Council. While I have heard that he is not all that knowledgeable on green issues, his heart is in the right place, and I think that he will vote green on municipal issues such as pesticides, an anti-idling bylaw, smart growth initiatives, and energy-efficient municipal buildings and vehicles.  read more... »

Local, Organic, Delicious, etc. (Recipe Included)

Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup

Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup: Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup

One of the most significant things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint is to alter our diet.

It takes a lot of diesel fuel to get the cheap fruits and vegetables produced by industrialized farming from the fields of California and Mexico to our dinner tables. This is especially true in a relatively remote city like Edmonton.  read more... »

Green Your Laundry, Part 1

Alberta's electricity is as dirty as it comes. As an Edmontonian, when you're using power you're almost certainly causing coal to be burned.

Coal is the dirtiest electricity source in terms of poisons (Sulfur Dioxides, Mercury, Nitrous Oxides) and Carbon Dioxide, the most problematic greenhouse gas.

One of the cheapest actions you can take to reduce your impact is to start hang-drying your clothes. Buy a drying rack (or two) like the one pictured above. I got mine at Superstore. The next time it's time to waste a bunch of coal by tossing your wet clothes into the electric dryer, pull out the rack instead and start hanging.  read more... »