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10 Jun. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in food not lawns, landscape, lawns, yards, pesticides, composting, rain barrels

Yards: Our love affair with grass

food not lawns, landcape, lawns, yards, pesticides, eco-friendly yard maintenance

It is amazing how grass became what American yards are made of- the canvas in which everything else is put onto and around. And it seems we really do not question this fact. It just is and at this rate forever will be. Now I do not have anything against soft green grass, but our yards are more than this status symbol and conformity. They can serve a much higher purpose, if we put forth a little effort and ingenuity.

9 Jun. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in sprawl, low-density, city development

The Costs of Sprawl: Looking beyond the numbers

low-density, sprawl, suburbia, city development, urban sprawl

It is easy to get caught up in a numbers game like costs per-capita when talking about suburbia also known as sprawl or low-density development. One example is that many homebuyers like to point out that the suburbs offer “more house for your money” when compared to many neighborhoods in or on the skirts of a city. This may be true, but like so many things today there are many hidden costs to our lifestyles. Even more importantly there are other factors that play an even greater role in our neighborhood decisions.

3 Jun. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in city living, green living, eco-friendly lifestyle, adaptations

The Decision – Moving From Suburbia to The City

community, city living, suburbia, urban living, simplify, green living

My husband and I used to live in “suburbia”, in a little house that was once owned by his grandparents. He fixed it up with new kitchen appliances, newly finished floors and an amazing new landscape design. We were also within a few blocks of his parent’s house and where he grew-up. I thought this is it- a home of our own, a small quiet neighborhood and a modest place to settle down.

14 May. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in power plant, electricity, energy

Flick of A Switch

Power Plant

Air pollution is synonymous with cars and power plants; and companies are using that general knowledge to sell products and services, and to revamp their image as “green”. However, cars and power plants are only a small part of the “air pollution” puzzle. Residential and commercial buildings account for 41 percent of our total energy consumption, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Transportation, in comparison, is only 29 percent of our total energy consumption.

14 May. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in eco-friendly lifestyle, urban living, city living

Benefits of City Living

living green, city living, urban, citysystems

Cities have this stigma of being polluted, dirty, and some environmentalists’ worst nightmare. Although cities are not perfect, they have some excellent environmentally friendly qualities that we can build upon to improve our environment and quality of life.