Nature & Environment

Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.

How to Host an Earth Day Celebration

By Evan Marks, The Ecology Center

Create an inspiring Earth Day event with your community.


The March Towards Zero Waste

By Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Through a survey about zero waste, the Office of Sustainable Practices received input from the TGSP partners on what zero waste means to them and their company’s achievements as well as progress toward achieving the goal.


Older Girls (and Boys) Just Wanna Have Fun, Too

By Blythe Pelham

This post discusses why play isn’t just for children and how it’s vital for adults to incorporate fun and games into their lives.


Bartering: Turn Economy Upside Down

By Anna Twitto

How bartering provides an alternative economical model for sustainable communities.


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Living At High Altitude

By Bruce McElmurray

Living at high elevation and physiological changes due to lower oxygen content.


State-of-the-Art Composting Facility at Ohio University Leads in Green Technology

By Dave Hamill

In 2009, with my retirement from Ohio University looming over me, I didn’t think my personal involvement in the construction and startup of a Class 2 compost facility on Ohio University’s campus would develop into such a large operation.


Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink

By Blythe Pelham

Read about Blythe and her husband’s recent shift in their household—from hefting multi-gallon bottles of drinking water from another town to the installation of a whole-house carbon filtering system and the use of a new Reverse Osmosis unit.


Minimizing the Use of Disposable Dishes

By Anna Twitto

Strategies for using less paper and plastic in the kitchen.