Sustainability

Leftovers

“Ten Creative Turkey Sandwich Recipes.” This was just one of dozens of articles featured in magazines this month about what to do with the leftovers from the Thanksgiving Day feast.

A few weeks ago, I went to hear Robert Eggers, founder of DC Central Kitchen, talk about how his organization creatively uses “leftovers” of many kinds to address issues of hunger in Washington, DC . . .

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Avalanche

Signs of the coming holidays have been multiplying fast and furious, especially in my mailbox. Every day since early September, the mailman has shoved another holiday catalog or two through the tiny mail slot in our front door, along with the usual collection of credit card offers, sales flyers, coupon clipper magazines, insurance offers, and other assorted junk mail . . .

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Saturday in the City – Behind the Scenes at Tellus360 (Part 2)

Okay, yes, I know it’s SUNDAY – but I promised another part of the story of Tellus360 . . .
(note: photo from the Tellus360 green roof; from textTellus360 website)

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Saturday in the City – Behind the Scenes at Tellus360 (Part 1)

Fine particles of sawdust float in the beams of sunlight coming through the high windows. The air vibrates to the whirr of an ancient Whitney planer as furniture-maker Josh Walton guides a thick slab of walnut lumber through . . .

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Saturday in the City - The Alley Garden

I spent much of last Saturday wandering the narrow and often-fascinating alleys around the city. Down a narrow alley in the southeast part of the city, off of Shippen Street, I found a group of neighbors involved in a clean-up day in their communal “Alley Garden” . . .

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Ghosts of Businesses Past

Walking around the city, there are clues to Lancaster’s history in some interesting places. I spent most of Saturday afternoon walking around some of the alleys of the city . . .

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ASSETS Lancaster

Walking around the city, it’s astounding how many small businesses are here, in glass-windowed shops along the city’s main “royalty” streets (King, Queen, Prince, Duke), as well as down narrow alleys, in old city rowhomes, and in refurbished former warehouses and factories. Catering businesses, bookkeeping services, barber shops, flower shops, photography studios, internet marketing services, mechanics – just to name a few . . .

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Trash Day

It’s trash day here in our section of the city. Looking up and down the block at all of the cans and bags holding a week’s worth of garbage, then mentally multiplying that by all of the cans and bags in all of the other sections of the city makes my head spin . . .

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No Impact Week

As the last days of summer flutter away on the breeze (the Autumnal Equinox is Friday, September 23, 2011), I’ve decided to join in a unique week-long international project called No Impact Week. The project begins on Sunday September 18th, 2011 . . .

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Gifts That Give Hope - Part 2

In a previous post, I introduced Gifts That Give Hope and some of the organizations involved in this year’s event. This post introduces several more of the organizations that will be part of the 2011 GTGH fair . . .

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Gifts That Give Hope

Regular readers of my blog know that I often write about people and organizations who dedicate themselves to making a positive difference in the world, creating peaceful, healthy, strong and sustainable communities – whether by promoting peace and justice, respect for diversity, environmental sustainability, high quality education or equal access to basic human needs like nutritious food, clean drinking water and safe shelter.

Well, on Sunday, November 20, 2011, thirty such organizations will be gathered under one roof . . .

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Living Lighter

Today’s brilliant blue skies and cool breezes are sure signs that autumn’s right around the corner. You can almost smell September in the evening air. And as the sun settles over the rooftops on the other side of the street, the whirr of locusts is replaced by the gentler rhythms of cricket song. I love the sound of it . . .

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Lancaster City Culture - Recycling

The sun was barely up this morning when I heard the now-familiar clink and clatter of city trash haulers emptying cans and glass bottles from the big green plastic recycling bins all of us put out at the curb every week. The clinking and clattering seemed louder and longer than usual after the Memorial Day weekend – lots of bottles and cans! I had spent the holiday weekend in Virginia, visiting a dear friend. While I was there, I helped her load up her truck with recyclables and trash, and we took them to the local landfill and recycling center. (she joked that she sure knows how to show her guests a good time!) All of this got me thinking about trash, landfills, recycling and the impact of all that we manufacture, all that we consume, and all that we throw away . . .

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Lancaster City Culture - On Two Wheels

Walking to a meeting a few days ago, I heard a rhythmic squeaking noise behind me, getting closer and closer. I turned to see . . .

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Lancaster City Culture - on Foot

Got a new pair of shoes last weekend. Nothing fancy – plain black, low heels, suitable with casual or business attire. Most importantly: good for walking. I’ve set two goals for the summer: to get in shape and to cut my car use. A sort of combined 50th birthday present to myself and a little gift to the environment too. I started this week by walking either to or from (sometimes both) every meeting I had here in the city (including the 3 mornings I spent at Lancaster County Prison – more on that in a future post!) By my calculations, I logged about 13 miles (many of them in the rain) . . .

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Living Downstream

The constant thrum of rain today on our brand new roof made me both grateful (no more water dripping from a cracked skylight into the 2nd floor hallway!) and mindful of what I learned at a Rain Barrel Workshop last week . . .

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Small Spaces

19 feet by 6 feet…those are the dimensions of the home-on-wheels that I’ll inhabit for 10 weeks on the road. 114 square feet, though in reality, it’s smaller even than that . . .

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