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Everything Is Awesome in Beautiful Lego: Wild

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 5:08 PM

Read the original article here. | Photo of Mark Erickson's The Hideout at Finder's Falls, courtesy of No Starch Press

If you're an eco-minded parent, you probably have mixed feelings about Lego. On the one hand, those piles of colorful bricks...

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Why Urban Trees Solve Most of Our Problems

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 9:16 PM

Read the original article here. | Photo by iStock/ChrisHowey

Trees cover an estimated 20.9 million acres of urban land in the continental United States. That's 3,659 square feet of urban forest per...

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Google Where the Sun Does Shine

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 7:20 PM

This Project Sunroof screencapture shows rooftops in San Francisco's financial district, including the national headquarters of the Sierra Club (the one with the arrow pointing at it). The lighter the color, the more sunlight they receive. Image courtesy of Google's Project Sunroof.


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Q&A With "A Walk in the Woods" Director Ken Kwapis

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 7:15 PM

Photo by Frank Masi/Broad Green Pictures

This week the film A Walk in the Woods, based on Bill Bryson's 1998 best-selling book, comes out in theaters. Sierra Club radio host Orli Cotel spoke with director Ken Kwapis about working (and walking)...

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5 Post-Katrina Innovations New Orleans Can Brag About

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2015 | 4:41 PM

The Green Project's paint-recycling program. | Photo courtesy of Christal White/The Green Project

It's been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, taking the lives of 1,500 people and destroying countless homes, churches, businesses, and schools. The people of New Orleans have...

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You Pay More for a Crappy 1-BDRM Apartment in San Francisco Than the City Does for Hetch Hetchy Valley

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 12:02 PM


By Paul Rauber

San Francisco, riding high on the tech boom, is one of the most expensive places in the country to live. The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $3,285, and if you want to buy a house you'd...

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5 Eco-conscious Sunscreens for Outdoor Adventures

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 12:57 PM


Ah, your first sunburn of the season. You might be fishing in shorts and a tank top as UV light ricochets off the clear creek onto your tender flesh. Or maybe you're weeding your garden and relentless solar heat made you shuck your...

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Interview: Eco-activist Emmanuelle Chriqui

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 11:19 AM

Emanuelle ChriquiAs Sloan, she played the love interest on HBO's rabidly popular Entourage, and now she portrays Lorelei on The Mentalist. In her free time, actress Emmanuelle Chriqui is...

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5 Eco Products for Cars

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 1:41 PM

Of course you'd rather take the bus. Or the train. Or ride your bike. Or walk! But the reality is that 97 percent of Sierra Club members own at least one car, and presumably drive it occasionally. It's a statistic we hope gets better soon. But until it does, those...

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5 Eco-friendly Dog and Cat Foods

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 10:52 AM

The best pet food
While you can't force Fido or Fluffy to go vegan, you can throw the planet a bone when feeding them. We tracked down five of...

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Jane Goodall: Sowing 'Seeds of Hope'

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 10:43 AM

Jane GoodallJANE GOODALL may be the world's most famous primatologist -- 50 years ago, she became the first to prove that nonhuman animals make tools -- but lately she's been spending more...

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The Five Best Eco-Spreads

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 10:20 AM

Spreads have come a long way from the days of instant-soup packets mixed with sour cream. Animate your Ak-Mak with these eco-friendly slathers. 

Black Bean Hummus

The Sweet and Spicy Black Bean Hummus from EAT WELL ENJOY LIFE is...

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The Nine Best Herbs to Grow at Home

(4) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 10:06 AM

Herbs can be lovely -- but if you're looking to buy the organic, locally sourced kind, prepare to leaf out a lot of green. We propose a fun, economical alternative: Grow your own, either indoors or out. These are some of the best types to harvest...

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Feed Your Children Well

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 4:09 PM

The problem with baby food is that it tends to end up on the floor. Or on the wall. Or in your hair. So we asked experts to recommend earth-friendly meals that infants would rather eat than fling. 

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Letters From the Mountain

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 5:00 PM

For a prolific typeface designer, Yosemite is a font of inspiration

Half Dome

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Drinking Buddies: Five BPA-Free Drink Containers

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 4:47 PM

Whether you prefer your beverages hot or cold, there's no need to ever again slink out of the coffee shop feeling guilty. These reusable drink containers -- all BPA-free -- will keep you from wasting cups and bottles.


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Seven Eco-Friendly Options at Fast-Food Chains

(30) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 1:05 PM

We weren't surprised when Michael Pollan politely declined our request that he recommend fast-food fare that greenies can order with a clear conscience. "The single most eco-friendly item at the average fast-food restaurant," he responded through his assistant, "is the tap water." At the risk of contradicting the...

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Former Xena Actress Lucy Lawless Talks Eco-Activism

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 7:57 AM

Lucy LawlessWhen an Alaska-bound oil rig docked in the New Zealand port of Taranaki, actor Lucy Lawless (a Kiwi herself) and six Greenpeace activists snuck aboard, climbed its 174-foot drilling tower, unfurled...

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10 DIY Gift Ideas for Everyone in Your Family

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 2:59 PM

Who needs the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping? Making gifts for your family is a whole lot more fun and personal. Not to mention all the green you'll save, monetarily and environmentally speaking. Whether you're a master crafter or a newbie, check out our list of homemade gifts that...

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Cold Comfort: A Gear Guide for Camping in the Snow

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 10:20 AM

Crisp air, fresh animal tracks, bug-free evenings, and water all around -- in the form of snow. A winter campout is a gorgeous way to experience nature. Here's a selection of gear to keep you safe and (relatively) warm. 

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