eco-minded news for the north shore

Green School Models NextGen Education

  During my first visit to the Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC), Daisy, a black hen, laid an egg at my feet as the students eagerly acquainted me with their vegetable beds.  Just one of many astonishing firsts I’ve experienced at this... read more

Girl Takes On Plastic Bag Lobby (& Wins!)

Watch out for determined 13-year old eco-activists!  Last year the Illinois legislature passed a dubious industry-backed bill that required plastic bag manufacturers to set up recycling programs, but prohibited towns from enacting their own recycling... read more

Waste Not

  Longing for more recycling – especially at local businesses, multi-family buildings and construction/demolition sites?  food waste collection for composting?  plastic bag bans?  permanent household hazardous waste collection sites?... read more

Consider This

  When it comes to a complicated, controversial $41+ million municipal project, let’s dig a little deeper for good information.  Lately my inbox has been bombarded with ironic “THE TRUTH ABOUT…” e-mails from a pro-tunnel group. While... read more

Winnetka’s Tunnel Vision

  In response to severe storms and significant flooding in Winnetka, the Village has proposed a new, controversial plan to manage stormwater.  Based on researching reports, attending meetings and talking with several experts, I will summarize my... read more

North Shore Green Infrastructure Tour

Lately there’s been lots of buzz about green infrastructure.  Yet, I’ve found most people have no idea what it really is.  I admit it wasn’t on our radar when we built our new home in 2008. Then we flooded badly in 2011, and again in... read more

Clean Energy Rocks!

What started off as a green home and alternative energy talk for my son’s science class has evolved into an epic eco tour of Illinois’ and Chicagolands’s flourishing clean energy scene.  Last year, Ms. Goldberg asked me to give a few 30 minutes... read more

Irresistible Green Gifts for the Holidays

I’ve gathered my list and checked it twice… to share some gifts merry and eco-nice!   Interesting in more meaningful giving?  Similar to last year’s Lovely, Green and Local Holiday gifts, this new slideshow spotlights sustainable... read more

Follow me now on HuffPo

      Since October, I’ve started posting some of my thoughts on Huffington Post, including Solar Surprises in Illinois, Time to Speak up Against CarbonPollution and Let There Be Lightbulbs on Earth. Please follow me for... read more

Thankful for Toilets & Lightbulbs

This past Thanksgiving, in addition to all the blessings and loved ones in my life, I reflected on a few other things I’m thankful for… toilets and lightbulbs.  Necessities most Americans easily take for granted.   Back on November 19, several... read more

Time to Speak Up Against Carbon Pollution

Last Friday, over 230 citizens voiced their concerns at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listening session in Chicago about proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. I was one of them. Although I’d much rather be behind a... read more