How To Minimize Waste

Modern society is full of waste. Here are the stunning facts: The average American office worker uses about 500 disposable cups every year. Every year, Americans use approximately 1 billion shopping bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste. Only 2.5% of all waste food was composted in 2008 – the … Read more

Advantages of Solar Energy

One of the greatest challenges of modern civilizations is to overcome the copious amounts of fossil fuel that powers society. Low environmental, renewable energy sources offer a brighter alternative, especially when it comes to solar energy. Solar Energy Advantages There are many advantages to solar energy, especially at home-scale. JedaVillaSolar … Read more

Why We Need Community Sustainability

The majority of the western world is not taught to be naturally self sufficient. Farmers are the lucky few who may have no trouble adapting to a post scarcity society. However farmers have been exploited, and are taught to maximize yields for profit at any cost. Also, commercially they only … Read more

Conventional Farming Can Become Sustainable

Conventional farming is typically tied to chemical farming. This is unfortunate because for the majority of human existence through time conventional farming has been the opposite of what is now practiced in western society. Conventional Farming In ancient times, conventional farming relied on sustainable practices. The ancients used the natural … Read more

Straw Bale Homes Use Natural Building Materials

The three little pigs knew a thing or two about building houses; with a big bad wolf prowling around they had to. Brick – good. Wood – not so good. Straw – forget it. But if a wolf is not threatening you there are many reasons why you might want … Read more

Converting Your House Into a Green Home 101

If you already own a home that you love but are concerned about how your living impacts the environment, there are a few upgrades you can preform to reduce the amount of energy used on a daily basis and make your house into a more sustainable, green home for as … Read more

Spent Mushroom Compost is Not All Used Up

One of the by products of mushroom farming is mushroom compost. More precisely, the compost that the mushrooms were grown in that no longer has enough nutrients for mushrooms but plenty of nutrients left for the garden and landscape plants. Mushroom Compost Mushroom compost is made specifically for mushroom farming … Read more

Home Aquaponics Can Work for You

Aquaponics can be an intimidating concept for the home gardener but it really is no more difficult than caring for an average fish tank with the added benefit that you could eat both the fresh garden produce and the fish. Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines the … Read more

VOC Free Paint and Natural Paint Alternatives

That new paint smell may be giving you more than a short-lived headache. Common household paints contain more than 300 known toxic chemicals including gas compounds, especially glycol ethers, which are emitted from wet and dry paint. These gas compounds are known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and contribute to … Read more

What is Biodiversity and Why is it Important?

Most of the highly developed spaces that human beings create and inhabit are not exhibit biodiversity: large industrial farms, sprawling lawns, concrete-covered city blocks. When we go outside, in nature, we see examples of biodiversity and that is one reason that natural spaces are so valuable; they demonstrate to us … Read more

The LEED Certification Process

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was started in March of 2000 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). In essence, LEED provides owners and operators with a framework that aids them in identifying and then implementing a greener method and options for not only construction, but design … Read more