Carnival of the Green #135

Hi and welcome to Greentime’s participation in Carnival of the Green! This round-the-green-blogosphere aggregation of news is brought to you via the fine people at Thanks to Two Hands World Shop for doing last week’s post and, for those who are interested in following along, please check out The AIDG Blog next week!

Generally speaking, the bulk of our posts are in video form. Due to a large number of pressures on our schedule, and due to the number of stories we have to post, a video is simply prohibitive. Don’t worry…we’ll be putting videos out again soon.

And now…the stories!

  • Looking for a more environmental approach to the summer grilling season? Innstyle Montana shows you how to Gear Up for Green Grilling.
  • There’s been a lot of talk about how high gas prices are good for general green living, while others have argued expensive gas is a red herring in general greening. Money Changes Things takes on the broad economic issues in their post Extreme Oil Prices: Good News Bad News.
  • The Garden Goddess gives her opinions on balancing the embodied energy costs in packaging, transport, and growing by posing the question “Raw Food in Cold Climates – Bad for the Environment?
  • Global warming brings with it heavier floods in traditionally flood-prone areas. Are our local flood defenses up to the challenge? Follow one example of posing and answering this question at Broadgate Is Great: Broadgate Flood Wall Repairs.
  • If you’re passing through Chicago this summer, take some time to stop by the Chicago Architectural Foundation’s new exhibit, Green With Desire. This fascinating presentation takes on the question of the sustainable home and seeks to dispel several myths about sustainable living.
  • If you are doing your own organic gardening (as we are, with our windowboxes and dwarf trees), you’ve probably wrestled with pests. Victoria Everman gives out some amazing advice for handling them organically in her post Aphids and Beetles and Cabbageworms – Oh My!
  • Greenopia, a ratings system for Los Angeles businesses, is expanding into San Francisco and New York.
  • Emily Katz, the fashion designer taking the industry by storm with her use of sustainable fabrics and local production techniques, gives us a look behind the scenes in her interview in Green Living Online.
  • A hypermiler is someone who uses best practices in vehicle maintenance and driving behavior to exceed the EPA listed fuel efficiency figures for their cars and trucks. Want to become a hypermiler? Try the Extreme Hypermiling Guide, which is rich in tips and their relative “worth it” factor.
  • …or, if you’re like Rhett, you could just stop using a car unless you really need it. The Tao of Change is advocating, with much agreement from us, to ditch your car on short commutes.
  • Eco Joe’s, offering “green thinking for the average Joe”, has instructions on how you can participate in a program sponsored by Odwalla to plant a tree in a state park.
  • LILL’s LIST taught us something we didn’t know — there’s more to pollinator dwindles than just Colony Collapse disorder. We’re sad to admit that we, too, missed National Pollinator Week.
  • Always good for a tip, Tip Diva offers ten tips for recycling old newspapers and magazines. We’re sad to admit we still get a lot of magazines here, so it’s important to find good ways to reuse before we recycle. They’re also giving out great tips on reusing Chinese take-away containers. Brilliant!
  • The Sundance Channel has been covering the rebuilding of Greensburg, Kansas. One of the new rules in the town’s rebuilding is that city buildings must be LEED Platinum certified. Jetson Green gives us a peek at the first LEED Platinum building in Kansas.
  • While we here at Greentime generally think plastic isn’t fantastic, the folks at offer a really clear and detailed analysis of how many different plastics are made and which ones might be hurting you.
  • Earthfirst brings a little levity to our parade of news and analysis. Taken straight from the great comedy tradition of “Good Idea Bad Idea”, they bring us Green Up Your Life in Five Easy Steps.
  • shares a story of riding from Bangalore to Mysore by bike. Rhett’s a fan of longer bike trips, so this was a fun read for him.
  • Veggie Revolution asks what the greenest transportation choice is after the obvious choices of walking, running, bicycling, skating, etc. Everyone loves to discuss hybrids, electric vehicles, motorcycles, trains, and more. What’s the real winner, though? The answer will surprise you.
  • A small craftsperson on Etsy (the handmade site) is reducing her
    waste by “upcycling” boxes and packaging into cute recycled gift tags, which
    she also sells on the site. It’s a creative and whimsical way to remember
    that middle “R” in Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle.
  • Rhett just loves to surf, and we spend a lot of time on the beach, but never thought of using soap in an outdoor beach shower. We guess others do, though, and the folks at dispense some great advice regarding so-called biodegradable soaps.
  • Between reducing your environmental impact and the economy, we could all stand to be a lot more frugal. Who doesn’t like seeing more money left at the end of the month? Check out The Digerati Life’s Frugal Tips: How To Make 10 Ordinary Things Last Longer.
  • Green | rising brings us a fascinating story of the Bureau of Land Management putting a hold on new large-scale solar projects for two years. If we can’t get our energy somewhere, we’re all going to be asking “Who Turned Out The Lights?

Whew! That’s a lot of material to read this week. We’d like to thank everyone who submitted a post for consideration and we look forward to reading more as we follow the carnival in the future!

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  1. Daily Green Travel News (7 July 2008) said,

    July 7, 2008 @ 12:02 am

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  2. Eco-Cide: Exploring Ecology said,

    July 7, 2008 @ 1:48 pm

    [...] professionals living in South Florida who are learning to live more sustainably. So head on over to the site and check out a round up of green news and events from the past week, submitted by other bloggers [...]

  3. Lynn from said,

    July 8, 2008 @ 7:05 pm

    Hi, thanks so much for including my post in the carnival! Wow – you had a ton of submissions – it must have been a lot of work to compile everything.

    If you get a chance and could correct the spelling of OrganicMania, I would greatly appreciate it, just so people can find me a bit more easily.



  4. Rhett said,

    July 8, 2008 @ 7:10 pm


    Thanks for catching that. Sorry that I misread it as “” instead of “”. I kinda compiled things in a rush right before bed, so it’s really not a surprise.

  5. Sorting Out Science » Blog Archive » Carnivalia — 7/2 - 7/8 said,

    July 9, 2008 @ 4:21 am

    [...] Carnival of the Green #135 [...]

  6. Concert Ticket Inflation and Credit Card Rewards @ The Carnivals said,

    July 9, 2008 @ 1:07 pm

    [...] Carnival of the Green #135 [...]

  7. Tip Diva | Carnival Of Tips - July 12, 2008 said,

    July 14, 2008 @ 7:12 pm

    [...] Carnival Of The Green #135 [...]

  8. Joe said,

    December 23, 2008 @ 1:13 pm

    Interesting stuff, I learned something today. :)

  9. » Blog Archive » easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2008-07-08 said,

    January 10, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

    [...] Carnival of the Green #135 [...]

  10. Joe said,

    January 11, 2009 @ 11:48 am

    Rhett, where is the new stuff? This is an interesting blog, and I don’t see anything new written here.

  11. admin said,

    March 2, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

    Joe, so sorry I didn’t see your comment earlier. The blog was a lot of fun to do, but the prep time and such for a video post was pretty heavy. On top of that, everything we showed on the blog we tried to live with, and this made preparing for a given show even harder because we had to constantly find something new that we could make a show about and also live with without falling into the easy trap of “green consumerism”.

    We’ll restart Greentime one day, to be sure, but in many ways, we’re still recovering from it!

  12. Sarah said,

    September 30, 2009 @ 4:41 am

    You guys coming to the action in Fort Lauderdale on Oct 24th?? There’s info about our local action on

  13. Rhett said,

    September 30, 2009 @ 10:23 am


    Sadly, we won’t be able to make that as we no longer live in South Florida. The economic nose dive hit Motorola pretty hard and they had serious layoffs back in January, and we moved to Silicon Valley.

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