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Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 02:52 pm
I'll admit that I'm not perfect. The point of this blog is not to preach at you to hug a tree or save a penguin. I like to think that I'm a non-judging environmentalist. I enjoy saving the earth/whales/redwoods/whatever, but I understand that we're all busy with our own lives and sometimes it's hard to take that extra energy-saving step. What I want to do is take small, simple steps to reduce ...
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 04:40 pm
I've been crazy busy lately, so I haven't had time to post. I'm working on a longer piece about wildlife tracking and restoration in the Emiquon Preserve (about 1.5 hours northwest of Springfield, off State Road 97 near the Dirksen Mounds.)

It's been fun, but I'm glad my little city girl car could make the trek there and back! My parents both worked in Detroit, and bought vehicles that ...
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 08:55 am
In Michigan, they say pop. Though with Central/Northern accents it sounds like PAHH-p. People in my state also keep their excess pop in the garage. Do you guys in Illinois do this? (Coworkers Pat and Amanda said their families do, but I need more opinions!) I'd never heard of this bizarre tradition until I moved to Michigan as an elementary schooler and started visiting friends' houses. They...
Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 11:00 am
Sustainable Springfield is hosting some great events in the next couple of weeks! Monday, Jan. 25 Solar and Wind Energy @ 7 p.m. Prairie Heart Institute's Dove Center Sixth St. & Mason Mark Bauer, CEO of Bauer Power, one of the largest Midwest providers/installers of renewable energy, will speak about the potential for solar/wind po...
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 01:54 pm
Today's Campus Progress has a great story about how powerful campus activism can be. Coming from a university of 40,000 students, I am always interested in how influential schools can be in their communities. Students at Cornell ...
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 04:40 pm
"Garage sale!" My mom would shout into the back seat of our yellow 1982 chevy cavalier. She always said it like she'd just spotted someone famous skulking the streets of our suburb. No matter where we were headed, she'd pull over immediately to take a look. We'd venture into someone's garage, driveway or backyard to appraise their earthly possessions: cracked dinnerware featuring mushrooms, ...
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 02:59 pm
I don't make a lot of New Year's resolutions, but I did stick to one this year: stop wasting food. As a busy undergrad sharing a refrigerator with four other people, I often bought produce and lunch meat and forgot about them, leaving my hard-earned money (OK not that hard-earned, I did data entry for my university and besides being mind-numbingly boring, it was pretty easy) in the garbage. Th...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 04:49 pm

Hi, there! I got so excited about wind turbines (or well, as excited as anyone can get about wind energy, which in some cases is pretty damn excited) that I didn’t have time to introduce myself. My name is Diane, and I’ll be your new blogger for “Environmentally Friendly.” First, a little bit...


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