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Greening America: One Household at a Time - Talking with Susan Agate and Mike Slutsky, Part Two

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I've got lots of goals, some attainable some not.

- year round composting (currently only warm months)

- solar energy for our house (not economically feasible at this time)

-learning more about lots of topics: native plants, endangered plants species, sustainability

- doing more education related to environmental concerns and sustainable practices

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- producing less waste

- consuming less

There are probably more, but it's the end of a long week - I'm back at work [Susan teaches 5th grade] and thinking about school a lot right now. Mike thinks I should tell you about Co-op America, now called Green America, and the Green Festival.

Sure. Go for it.

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Green America is a great source of information. I've been a member for years and their publications have helped me to find "green" businesses, learn about sustainable investing, avoid sweatshop labor and think about environmental issues I hadn't know about before. They've been hosting Green Festivals on the two coasts for a number of years, but it took them a while to start one in Chicago. Each May for the last three years, there's been a Green Festival here [in Chicago]. I always learn more when I attend. Actually, one of my favorite activities at the Green Festival is to take waste to the "trash" bins. Volunteers tell you what to put in recycling, what in composting, and what in trash. The trash only accounts for about 5% of the waste at the festival! This year there were many fair trade vendors there.

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)
 

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