Washington State Conservation Commission
The Washington State Conservation Commission gave away trees at the Mother Earth News Fair as part of their conservation efforts.
A description and pictures of a tornado force winds in Washington State in 2012.
Beware. I’m stepping up on the soapbox for a minute.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a laptop for 5 hours! America Recycles Day is Nov 15.
If you would like to be represented by more elected officials who support environmental safeguards for our air, water, and land, take a look at these resources, including the League of Conservation Voters' National Environmental Scorecard.
Whether you’re traveling or staying home, try these tips for a healthy & environmentally-friendly Thanksgiving. www.earthgauge.net/?p=33317
Efficiency pays off! Resolve to save energy, water, fuel and money in 2014. Get started with these tools.
Chase down household leaks and fix them to save water and money during the Earth Gauge #FixALeak Week.
Use an interactive map to compare your home states eco-friendliness, based on factors such as air quality, water quality, gasoline consumption and availability of public transportation.
The Environmental Protection Agency releases a list of the top green power purchasers in the United States.
Many states are working quickly to develop their wind power resources knowing it will pay off big in the future.
The USGBC’s “50 for 50” green schools initiative aims to create a green schools caucus in every state legislature.
We want to hear your county or state fair stories: What did you enter this year? How did you do? If you're still waiting for yours, what are you preparing to enter?
Natural Home has been invited to decorate rooms in Blair House, the President’s guest house that hardly anyone ever gets to see, and the U.S. State Department’s Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, DC in the first-ever Magazine Holiday Design Showcase, a partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Magazine Publishers of America.
Find out what different states are doing to promote power from renewable sources, including solar and wind energy.
A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows significant lapses in nuclear power plant safety.
The 40 best nature photographs of all time, selected by the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), are set to be auctioned off this Thursday, April 22, in honor of Earth Day. All proceeds from the auction will go to conservation groups.
How does the amount of electricity you use each month compare to the average American household?
This is a summary of our attendance at the IBS show in Jan. Also a re-cap of Jan events and our transistion into the construction phase of the project. We also talk about the decision for the competiton to be moved off the Nationa Mall in DC
Odwalla's Plant A Tree program enters its third year with a donation of twice as many trees to be planted in all 50 states as well as participating state park programs.
According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 100 percent of the electric generating capacity added in January was renewable.
Washington, D.C., Nevada and New Mexico see the most LEED-certified green building per capita in 2010.
For the first time since the U.S. Energy Information Administration began collecting data on greenhouse gas emissions in 1990, the United States saw a record-setting 5.8 percent decline.
KOR Water has announced the reusable Nava filtering water bottle.
Don't miss Blue August, a month-long event with special programming from Planet Green that will motivate you to become more aware of the world's oceans.
The Obama Administration releases its plans for new renewable energy sources. Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, explains that the new solar energy zones span six states and keep both domestic energy and environmental preservation in mind. If completed, the power generated from these solar energy zones would provide electricity to roughly seven-million homes.
Brief description of our journey back onto the National Mall, our Flex Space design, and our Solar Thermal Skylight.
A cheap plastic pin reveals allies on Capitol Hill.
A story of one of our camping trips to Torreya State Park, Florida.
Paul Moinester is starting a new conservation project focused on wild fish habitat protection.
Overpopulation and greed are obvious stumbling blocks to conservation efforts, but in the poorest parts of the world conservation is a luxury that simply can't be afforded.
How to save energy in commercial and industrial buildings.
A new Facebook group, “I Want to Grow Hemp Like George Washington,” connects supporters of hemp reform and lets them share their views on hemp production in the United States.
The simple steps that increased my health and decreased my waste, and how easy it all was looking back.
Woodchip mulch has great benefits for gardening and landscaping. Instead of buying woodchips, we can use what resources we already have and make our own.
Learn more about how you can reuse waste water from your home.
Dole, with 2009 net revenues of $6.8 billion, is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, and is the leading producer of organic bananas and producer/shipper of organic pineapples.
Most coral reefs in the world are in danger of destruction in the coming years due to human activities such as global warming, pollution and overfishing. Glover’s Reef, off the coast of Belize, is a beam of hope in the world of coral reef conservation due to its well-enforced marine protected area which prevents overfishing, allowing the area to replenish its species within a few years.
Tips for water conservation during a drought.
Announcing the 2012 Wildlife Conservation Youth Engagement Grants!
Tips to save energy and water during the holiday season.
Tips on how and where to view bald eagles.
Save water from March 12-18, 2012 during Fix a Leak Week!
Tips on how to protect local wildlife and water bodies during the spring thaw.
Explanation of what bioretention systems are and how they are used to reduce and filter storm water runoff.
November 11-17, 2012 is Geography Awareness Week and the theme is 'interdependency' this year.
Tips on how to reduce energy with lights during the holiday season.
March 10-16, 2013 is National Groundwater Awareness Week and groundwater provides over 40 percent of U.S. population with drinking water. You can protect water quality at home by conserving water.
Will assigning monetary value to the environment help to create an ethic of land stewardship or cause further detachment from nature?
By now, you have all been bombarded by the phrases “go green” and “be sustainable” in the media, in advertising and from peers, but have you heard of the phrase “go blue?”
Protect and enjoy our nation’s 70,000 miles of rivers during National Rivers Month.
Proposals to weaken the links among conservation, farming and fair access to food would worsen the problems of U.S. agriculture.
Our ideas, if they are to be effective, should be epidemically contagious.
Ready to decorate? Show your holiday spirit with LED lighting to save energy and money. www.earthgauge.net/?p=33327
WTAJ has partnered with the National Environmental Education Foundation and Project Noah to help show wildlife and the impacts of weather on living things in Central Pennsylvania.
Save money and energy by going green and being smart about your home utilities.
Planting a water-smart garden with native plants can help you save water when temperatures heat up.
A deadly fungal infection has killed millions of hibernating bats in eastern North America in the past decade. New research may help combat the devastating disease.
Bat guano has been used as an organic fertilizer for many centuries and bats act as an organic alternative to insecticides. Many factors have played a role in the reduction of global bat populations, from inappropriate bat guano mining to the spread of white nose syndrome and today awareness must be raised about what people can do to protect bats and their habitats. By integrating local bat colonies into local food systems and changing misconceptions about bats, bat populations and bat guano will remain steady and available for centuries to come.
Learn about the advantages of urban farming from those who are leading the way. The benefits include improved food production, increased revenue sources and reduced energy use.
Looking back the past three years and identifying what we have learned from our experiences.
Are you Weather-Ready? September is National Preparedness Month.
Even progressive cities have work to do, and sometimes the biggest changes come from good people asking the right questions.
A natural kennel cough cure will be better for your pet and your wallet while not contributing to the antibiotic resistance problem.
This soft, tangy sourdough oatmeal bread may just be the best you’ve ever tasted.
Claims for the Paleo diet benefits are substantial – improved cholesterol, improved blood pressure, improved blood sugar control, improved appetite control. How legit are these claims and do they make it worth a switch to this type diet?
Many people never have noticeable diabetes symptoms and don’t even find out they have the disease until they wind up in the hospital with a serious complication. What’s going on?
One of the most recognizable features of wetlands is their smell. What makes these areas so pungent?
Make a miniature sourdough bread for dinner tonight, and freeze the rest for a busy day.
Across the U.S., voters of all political leanings gave overwhelming approval in the 2012 presidential election to taxing themselves and spending money for new parks in their communities, The Trust for Public Land announced. Of the 57 measures on local and statewide ballots, 46 passed, an approval rate of 81%.
We need a new "green revolution" to ensure a healthy habitat for humanity's future.
CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. I know that when I purchased new lamps for my house, they had a whole shelf of incandescent bulbs right next to it, and I had to go search the store for CFLs, so I understand if you are currently using incandescent bulbs. But it’s worth the switch — not only are CFLs equal in light quality, they last way longer and will save you hundreds of dollars over their lifetime.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on how to implement the new Conservation Stewardship Program. Here's the lowdown, plus instructions on how to submit your opinion — it's easy!
Quirky behaviors involving shaving, moisturizing, socks and water conservation!
Demise of the Southern Energy and Environmental (See) Expo
Tips on how to save water at home and protect water quality during National Water Quality Month.
Tips on how to conserve water in the fall with weather-based irrigation controllers.
Hold on to the holiday spirit while saving energy and money this season with holiday LED lights.
Installing a rain gauge can help determine how much water your plants really need.
June is National Rivers Month! Help protect your local waterways with these simple tips.
Tips on how to save energy, water and fuel at home and on the road in 2013!
Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson will be remembered for her significant conservation efforts, especially with wildflowers and the preservation of native plants.
One of the oldest CSAs in the country and how they do it.
Tonight when you get home from work or school, call your utility company and ask what incentives they have for you to get an energy audit for your home. Many utilities have been offering free energy audits for years, but very few people have actually taken advantage.
Rain gardens provide many benefits including filtering out pollutants and keeping runoff out of city storm sewers.
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land could be under pressure from the perceived need for ethanol-producing corn.
Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition, is now available in print and by download from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. Learn how to make your soil perform at its very best!
Looking for a fun summer job? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has student jobs available for youth interested in conservation and wildlife.
Disneynature is premiering its new documentary, Oceans, on Earth Day 2010 to show the beauty and harsh reality of the Caribbean's threatened coral reefs. A portion of the proceeds from tickets purchased from April 22 thru 28 will go to support the preservation of coral reefs in the Bahamas.
While conservation is neccessary for providing for an ever-growing human population, it alone cannot solve our problems. In fact, it may distract us from the real issue at hand.
Water conservation can help you save big on money and energy. Here are a few ways to help you conserve water at home by simply using water-efficient appliances.
Here are seven devices that will help you conserve energy in your home, and maybe even help make our world livable again.
The sun provides us with enough clean energy that if ever effectively harnessed, we might never need any other form again. Sadly, we are only able to harness a fraction of it's potential. Fortunately, we are making great progress to get where we want to be.
Explore ways to reduce both your direct and indirect water footprint. Reducing your water footprint could make a huge different to both the environment and finances.
Everything you need to know about avoiding problems when you build or remodel your own house. Learn from the mistakes of others and make fewer of your own.
The Drought Pod experiment assists growing tomatoes in drought.
The U.S. Forest Service began hosting roundtable discussions on March 29 (continuing until May 12) to give citizens the opportunity to voice their opinions on the future management of national forests.
There are a lot of things you can do right now to experience the homestead lifestyle right in your backyard.
Going to the beach? Get real-time info on Great Lakes beach water quality, weather and water conditions.
Buzz…sting…ouch! Why are yellow jackets more aggressive at this time of year?
What makes a piece of land a wet-land? Not all wetlands are wet for the same reason.
Breaking down the misconception that wholesome and organic food is only reserved for the wealthy.
The 2013 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash., last weekend was again a source of great energy and exceptional education, thanks to 15,000 attendees, more than 125 presenters and some 300 sponsors and exhibitors.
Are there any bread bakers on your holiday list? Now you know what to to give them. Delight them with these helpful gifts.
Each year we learn more and more about living off grid and homesteading. These are just a few of the third-year experiences we wanted to share.
Participate in Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count to help scientists study winter bird populations: www.earthgauge.net/?p=33409
Learning to appreciate seasonal differences.
Was it a teacher? A parent? A field trip? What was your Earth Changing Moment? Share your first connection with the environment.
Getting ready to carve a jack-o-lantern masterpiece? Learn how weather impacts the pumpkin harvest
Celebrate the 20th anniversary National Public Lands Day on September 28! Find a volunteer site.
Most health problems we face in our lives are minor annoyances. It's time we cut out the expensive middle man and grow our own delicious tasting medicine to treat them.
Headed back to school? Protect air quality, save energy and recycle for a healthier, greener school year.
Compost and mulch material are in abundance in our backyard and our communities. What is ones man's yard waste is this man's treasure.
Fall is a great time to replace traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs. Save up to $50 per year.
The cost to install and operate our solar electrical system.
Taking the guesswork out of rescuing a piece of rusty cast iron cookware, Sarah provides easy to follow step by step instructions on how to take cast iron from unusable to gleaming.
Protect our water supplies during National Groundwater Awareness Week by saving water at home: www.earthgauge.net/?p=23794
These all-natural approaches can ease TMJ symptoms and give you relief.
Fast acting and free of side effects, clinical electromagnetic pulse therapy is a good alternative to medication for a range of conditions.
This painless test finds heart disease before it turns deadly.
Providing your own sewer, water and power can be more expensive and is certainly less convenient but that's not all there is to consider. This article takes a look at some of the other differences between public and private services.
Small but mighty: birds have smart strategies for surviving cold weather.
Building a fire to stay warm? Use these ‘best burn practices’ to minimize smoke & protect your health: www.earthgauge.net/?p=17955
Whether you live on the beach or 1000s of miles away, there are easy ways you can protect coastal water quality.
A cold winter and late-season snow in some parts of the U.S. could mean a rough spring allergy season.
Show us how you take a second to conserve water!
Fungi breakdown organic material and make it available to plants. Encouraging fungi to grow naturally, or inocculating your soil can have tremendous benefits for your garden.
Sam Benowitz and Tara Bittler are joining the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Blog Squad, and they break down the types of gardening and fruit-growing information they will share with you each week.
Zaatar bread is a soft, Arabic-style bread topped with olive oil and the tangy spice mixture called zaatar.
Anyone can brew beer. Part 2 of Homebrewing for Beginners seeks to demystify the process of cooking the wort, fermentation, racking, and bottling.
Sourdough bread doesn’t just come in large loaves and rounds. Sourdough also works up wonderfully into buns, rolls, grissini and my personal favorite, mini-baguettes.
Hot-cross buns, full of warm spices and sweet fruit, are a tasty springtime treat.
Anyone can brew beer. The article seeks to demystify the process and help jump start brewing by breaking down the equipment, recipe, and ingredients. This is a 2-part blog post.
The fresh berry season is so fleeting, that it almost calls out for preserving, especially in the form of jam.
Once you have eaten a soft, sourdough pretzel, all other pretzels will pale in comparison. Luckily they are simple to make yourself.
This heavy artisan bread is full of flavor, and will be ready by dinnertime if you start right now! The unexpected flavor comes from good quality honey olive oil and barley flour.
Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of blueberries’ health benefits.
Simran Sethi enjoys the fruits of late summer at a local farm dinner.
Plant life along small streams starts a food chain that stretches all the way to the ocean.
Moms, protect your baby’s health with this safe, homemade sunscreen.
Things to look for in your soil before you break ground on your new home or cabin.
Potica is a light and delicate Slovakian holiday bread stuffed with a brown sugar and nut filling. This recipe makes two loaves, one to eat now and one to save for Christmas morning brunch.
Headwater streams are small streams or tributaries that carry water from the upper reaches of a watershed to a river.
The generators we use for living off the grid and a multitude of other tasks.
One of the favorite events among attendees to the Puyallup MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR was investigative author Doug Fine’s Hemp Bound talk. Here are his thoughts on why hemp matters so much, a belief that was translated into a passionate and funny workshop.
Exciting new research reveals how certain foods from the Mediterranean diet work to treat hypertension. Learn what researchers have uncovered about which foods to eat to lower blood pressure.
Processed foods contain a variety of chemical preservatives that have been linked to serious medical conditions. Here’s what to look for and how to avoid food preservatives.
With our chickweed and lavender salve, the bites I typically get that are swollen and painful were nothing more than a minor annoyance. All came from ingredients that we made ourselves.
Ed and Bruce compare the weather and its impact on their mountain homesteads at different elevations and mountain ranges.
Two homesteaders from Washington and Colorado comment on their greatest weather fear in the mountains.
Bruce McElmurray and Ed Essex collaborate on how the weather dictates to their mountain homesteading.
Ed Essex and Bruce McElmurray compare their weather experiences living at 4,200 feet and 9750 feet elevation respectively.
Tips to help you get started planning your very own homestead. With proper planning you don't have to be experienced to do it right.
The dream, the drive and now the doing.
Help scientists study how bird populations are changing during the Great Backyard Bird Count.
MetLife Stadium is reducing waste, saving energy and saving water. Take a page from their playbook. www.earhgauge.net/?p=33964
With so many good things that plants do in our life, would it be so bad to stop and appreciate them?
Try these simple actions at home that can help reduce water pollution.
Engineering is helping to solve some of our biggest environmental challenges. Learn more during EEWeek.
Spring is the perfect time to give your home cooling equipment a check-up before hot weather arrives.
April's tips for controlling weeds and fertilizing your garden.
You're not just a beginning gardener - you're also a scientist!
The symbiotic relationship between plants and fungi are showing more than ever how life depends on life. Learn how to encourage what beneficial microbes you have in your soil for a powerful ally in your garden and fields.
Identifying, harvesting, and cooking the nutritionally complex spring treat, stinging nettle.
Sourdough biscuits is one of those perfect recipes that uses up plenty of ripe starter, but doesn’t take all day to rise.
Pickled vegetables are a great way to jazz up your meals, especially in the late winter, early spring time when the grocery store vegetables are looking a little worse for the wear.
When it's cold and windy nothing says comfort like a fresh loaf of sourdough bread. And when that loaf is filled with heart-healthy, omega-3 rich seeds, it's even better.
We have three big challenges confronting us: preserving our habitat, controlling our population and reforming our economic systems.
Humanity needs a new spiritual vision to cope with its shrinking habitat.
Renowned sportsman and conservationist Beau Turner is bringing his knowledge and unique talents exclusively to Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman, with the debut of his new original series, Beau Knows Outdoors.
Some large electronics can use as much energy as a light bulb while in "stanby" mode, meaning you should unplug them when you leave the house or know you won’t use them for awhile. Having a large electronic setup plugged into a power strip makes it much easier to completely power it down, especially if it has a lot of plugs like a home theater system or computer.
There are two situations which do not require you to be heating your home: when it is warm and when you are not at home. Since it is still a bit chilly outside, you may want to consider setting up a routine of turning down the set temperature on your thermostat when you head out in the morning and when you go to bed.
Replacing a task that uses electricity with one that does not is a no-brainer when trying to save on your energy bill — and air drying is one of the easiest ways to go.
Everything you need to know about avoiding problems when you build or remodel your own house. Learn from the mistakes of others and make fewer of your own.
Let's stop for a minute and think about what we are doing!
Monitoring energy use has led to increased motivation for conservation
The White Hawk Project aims to save an endangered stretch of primary virgin rainforest on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.
Green Builder Media’s Vision and ReVision Houses highlight energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, indoor air quality and great new green materials.
The average American uses twice as much water as the rest of the world. We can lower our consumption by taking a look at how we eat, shop, travel and live. (Taking shorter showers isn't even the half of it.)
We use more water than we need in our homes every day. If you’re curious to know how much water your own home might be wasting, check out this infographic on U.S. residential water consumption from eLocal.com.
Save energy and resources and reduce waste when traveling by dumping all your trash in one receptical.
Now's the time to redouble our efforts to tap into energy efficiency. The potential is huge and the benefits are even greater.
In a recent study, researchers found that watching videos about wind farm-related illnesses made participants claim the same symptons.
The wildlife conservation initiatives taken by residents of Austin, Texas have earned the city the title of Community Wildlife Habitat from the National Wildlife Federation.
The Niagara Conservation Corporation has developed a new pressure-assisted toilet, the Stealth, which uses even less water than your standard pressure-assisted toilet.
HOMEGROWN blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel outlines strategies for responsible drought gardening in her home state of California--or anywhere.
Honey bees, the Boston tragedy, and our power to create the world we’ve been waiting for.
One small brown bat can eat several thousand insects each night. Install a bat house and invite them to feast in your yard.
More than 15 tips for saving water inside your home and outside in your yard and garden. Reducing your water use will not only lower your water bills and help prevent water shortages during drought periods in your area. It also...
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) assures consumers that manufacturers have rectified many of the issues related to using CFLs, making them into mere myths. These issues include usage in three-way fixtures, non-compatibility in dimmers, the high price of CFLs and CFL use in fans and candelabras. Additionally, CFL users should understand the lifespan of the bulb and causes of flicker.
Cover crops are grown between planting seasons as a way to give back to the soil what cultivation takes from it. And cover crops aren’t just for large-scale growers—they can help you get the most out of your backyard vegetable garden too!
Have you started your tomatoes and peppers yet? 'Tis the season to start seeding long season crops indoors. If you normally buy organic starts from your local nursery, try your hand at seed starting.
We sat down for an interview with James Duft, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair Planner and Programming Manager. Read about what you can expect to see, do and participate in if you attend the upcoming Fair in Puyallup, Wash. Sheep dog training, cheese making, bread baking and antique tractors await!
Grass fed beef benefits for health are remarkable indeed; but are they fabulous enough to justify the extra cost? And how do you know you are buying the real thing?
Ginseng benefits reach far and wide—both Asian and American ginseng help boost energy and vitality, improve concentration, prevent the flu, plus so much more.
Two homesteaders discuss their experience with the weather applicable to their mountain homesteads in Washington and Colorado.
Creating a micro-climate is an essential tool for your survival and homesteading skills. Making the right micro-climate for your plants specific needs will not only help them survive, but thrive as well.
Tasty whole-grain crackers — simple to make, quick to disappear.
Don't be fooled by false species. Enjoy real morels and fiddlehead ferns. Tips for identification and lessons learned from misidentifications.
Three-day workshop announcement on net zero energy homes by leading authority on energy efficiency and renewable energy, Dan Chiras. Learn how to reduce your utility bill through conservation, effriciency, & clean, affordable, renewable energy.
I am especially concerned with the electricity hogs that keep us burning coal.
Simran Sethi interviews Tom Kostigen about water waste and conservation.
Simran Sethi discusses easy (and free) ways to reduce your water footprint.
The Evergreen Institute lowers prices to encourage more participating in its January workshops in home energy efficiency, electricity and electrical wiring, and basic PVs: An Introduction to Solar Electricity.
Visitors enjoyed hundreds of test drives of Ford hybrid and electric cars at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
We're getting revved up for winter seed swaps, and planning our tomato plantings to account for all the great tasting events next summer and fall. Find out how to find your own local events, or host your own!