Partying green isn't just for St. Patty's

The greenest party schools

Which colleges make the green grade and know how to party?

Trash talking

Oscar-nominated documentary 'Waste Land' explores the world's largest garbage dump

Fascinating trash-art documentary Waste Land netted an Oscar nomination today for Best Documentary (Feature). Read our interview with the director!

If it's all the game to you

Fixing climate change with a video game

If you're game to save (or set aflame) the planet from the threat of climate change, you should give the eerily realistic computer game, Fate of the World, a spin.

Waste, not

Reducing urban water use around the world with compost toilets

Theodore Roosevelt once noted "civilized people ought to know how to dispose of the sewage in some other way than putting it into the drinking water." But that's what we're still doing every day.

The GINK Chronicles

What does the election mean for population and reproductive rights?

Congress will have a lot more anti-choicers. Expect attacks on international family-planning programs and a big fight over birth-control coverage.

The Roots

Ask Umbra’s Book Club: Live chat with Americana author Kurt B. Reighley

Are you embracing a simpler life, one focused on community and sustainability? Then check out our live chat with author Kurt B. Reighley about this phenomenon, which he describes in his book United States of …


The future we want

It's tough to make compelling drama out of a happy-green-prosperous future -- even if that's where we want to live.

your guide to the field guide

Ask Umbra’s Book Club: Get ready to talk about the new American roots movement

We�re hosting a live chat with author Kurt B. Reighley, KEXP�s DJ El Toro. Send in questions about the American roots movement for the chance to win a book copy!

helmet, smellmet!

A bike helmet that stinks will keep you from cracking up

Worried about whether your helmet will still keep you safe after a few falls? Here's one that makes quite a stink when it's time to replace it.