When collaborative consumption goes bad

Sharing networks are all the rage, but sometimes things go awry, as in the recent case of a woman who rented out her apartment via Airbnb and returned to find it trashed.


Green party: Driving dunces

I figured out a way to handle the guests who insisted on driving to my green party. Let's just say they'll take public transportation next time.

How to get into urban beekeeping

This video on rooftop beekeeping in Brooklyn features Tim O'Neal, who blogs at Borough Bees and sometimes teaches Beekeeping 101. If you've been curious about putting together an urban apiary, this will give you an …

Free birth control ruling is preventive care for the Earth

As of yesterday, new and renewed private insurance plans will now have to cover contraception, according to a ruling from the Department of Health and Human Services. Given that population reduction is one of the …


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.