Hope: the care and feeding of

Everywhere, along with nightmares and despair, are victories and emerging possibilities.

Owning a car is like having a second mortgage

Auckland Transport Blog points out a sobering calculation from the book The Option of Urbanism: The financial cost of owning and maintaining a car is equivalent to the cost of owning a small house. (Well, …


Better than air conditioning: Tips for biking through the heat wave

Heat wave biking isn't for everyone. But if you put some thought into how you dress, take it slow, and always have water on hand, you'll love it.

Green Living Tips

Alpha and omega-3: Ask Umbra on vitamins for vegetarians

Seeking to fortify your diet in sustainable ways? Ask Umbra is happy to supplement your knowledge of dietary supplements.

Green Home

Net zero living in a walkable neighborhood

A historic house in Ann Arbor generates more energy than it consumes, is located in a walkable neighborhood.


Va-va-vintage: Country club kitsch

I skipped the last pair of mom jeans today for a preppy sweater and a linen skirt. Did someone just call me Muffy?


25 days of dares: Forkprints and fracking

It's the last week of Umbra's 25 days of dares. She dares to green her take-out and high-five a bus driver.

Good lord, American homes are huge

This infographic from the BBC shows how much newly built North American, and especially U.S., homes dwarf those currently being built in Europe. The average new U.S. home is more than twice as big as …

Chill your beer without using any electricity

A one that is not cold is scarcely a one at all, but keeping beer frosty on a hot day normally sucks up energy. Not anymore. This ancient innovation uses clay pots, sand, and water …