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Can’t Afford a Wooden Bike? Then Accessorize…

The concept of a wooden bicycle has captured the imagination of designers; manufacturers, however, aren’t sold yet. So, we’ve generally seen either concepts at this point, or handmade wooden bikes that are well beyond the budgets of most of us. If you want to ride something made of wood, a skateboard is still your best […]

5 Ways the Pacific Northwest Is Pushing Green Forward

Make no mistake about it – the Pacific Northwest of the US has long been a frontrunner in the green movement. Then again, this isn’t a huge surprise. The area features majestic mountain ranges, lush forests and continually evolving eco-friendly towns and cities. Many residents make sustainability a priority, and the following demonstrates five ways the Pacific Northwest keeps pushing green forward.

January 20th

The 5 Best Cities for Urban Gardening

Going green isn’t something that is for individuals to do in their spare time anymore. It has become a way of life, and whole communities, even large cities, are making huge efforts to be more environmentally conscience. Many cities like Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco are becoming world wide leaders in taking the initiative to […]

April 28th

Cargo Trikes Deliver Food for the Needy

Turning Waste into a Valued Resource Portland’s B-Line, a sustainable urban transportation service established in 2009, interrupts food destined for the landfill and delivers it to organizations who feed the needy. The “B-shares” program uses 600-pound capacity(!), electric-assisted cargo trikes to collects food from retailers and farmers’ markets and fills in the “last mile” of […]

November 29th

A Greener Cash for Clunkers: Trade Your Car for a Bike

If you’ve kept an eye on the federal government’s “Cash for Clunkers” program (which will end on Monday), you know that it’s been a huge success on a number of fronts: hundreds of thousands of people have traded in older, less fuel-efficient vehicles for new models with better gas mileage, and some auto manufacturers are […]

How Green Is Your City? SustainLane’s 2008 Sustainable City Rankings

SustainLane, a San Francisco based green media company has just announced its brand new U.S. city rankings today. Starting in 2005, SustainLane went through an exorbitant examination of sustainability initiatives in U.S. cities looking at a variety of factors: average traffic commutes, affordable housing, waste diversion, green space, energy usage, green buildings, natural disaster risk, air quality, water quality, public transportation, local food sources, and government innovations. James Elsen, the founder of SustainLane explains it in his article What’s A Sustainable City, Anyway ?

September 22nd