Andrée Collier

Andrée Collier (Zaleska) is the co-founder of the JP Green House, and a community organizer at the Institute for Policy Studies. More information about the JP Green House can be found at jpgreenhouse.org. Andree also blogs and hosts discussion on the psychological effects of Climate Change at the site http://www.ClimateGrief.ning.com

  • Endless Summer?

    Is it the natural abundance of vitamin D, or the energy boost of eating fresh foods, or those things we call vacations that remind us how life should be? Everyone feels the happiness, the ease, of summer. This year I …

  • Dmitry Orlov on why the U.S. is headed toward Soviet-style collapse

    Dmitry Orlov“Really, there’s no one at the helm now,” Dmitry Orlov says nonchalantly. We are talking about the economic crisis and the way that the destructive system of our economy operates without anyone really leading it. It’s a perfect statement …

  • Car free in Boston, for all the wrong reasons

    I’m currently in transportation transition. By the end of the month, I will have transferred my aging VW into my partner’s name, and canceled my own insurance. I will have tuned up my bike, spent a good chunk of money …

  • Coming Home: Chronicling the (re)creation of the JP Green House

    How to talk to your friends about climate change

    I may soon end up walking the streets of Boston with a sandwich board and a tinfoil hat. I know you’ll all remember me fondly when that day comes, and stop to say hello and maybe buy me a sandwich. …

  • Coming Home: Chronicling the (re)creation of the JP Green House

    JP Green House intern dines with construction crew

    Five construction workers and I crowd around a covered picnic table outside a run-down little house on the outskirts of Boston. Formerly a 100-year-old neighborhood store called “Jack’s Corner Store,” the place was abandoned for five years before current owners …

  • Dark winter days at the JP Green House

    Family and crew show their climate commitment at the JP Green House.As I write this, the Northeast is methodically being blanketed with a thick blessing of snow, shutting everything down, as if the earth knows we need comfort and beauty …

  • Coming Home: Chronicling the (re)creation of the JP Green House

    Climate deniers, hold your fire!

    I went through a tough half-hour of disbelief this week, when I encountered a very ordinary story in the Boston Globe.  It was about the revised estimates of sea-level rise for the next thirty years and how they will affect …

  • Coming Home: Chronicling the (re)creation of the JP Green House

    Reinventing the JP Green House

    For the last year and a half, Ken Ward and Andrée Zaleska have been rehabbing a 100-year-old former neighborhood store in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. They’re converting it into a home for their combined family, a community gathering …

  • Coming Home: Chronicling the (re)creation of the JP Green House

    Simple people

    I don’t dislike No Impact Man. He is more intentionally political than his detractors portray him to be, and I think his yearlong stunt of living without toilet paper in NYC has been eye-opening for a lot of people, and …