Category Archives: Environment

Climate Change: Feeling the Heat in Madison

  As we hit yet another record day of 100+ degree weather, I huddle in my living room hoping my little room air conditioner will hold out and keep the room at a tolerable 85. The grass has turned to … Continue reading

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World Water Week: March 20-26

Because we have plenty of clean water to drink, we don’t often think of the global water crisis, which is part of the reason that world water week exists. It helps to remind us of this very precious commodity that … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Baggie Dryer

Green living is a goal for me, and there are some pretty good products on the market to help with that. Still, I’ve come across some items that, while they serve the purpose, the frugal side of me stops to … Continue reading

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Fighting the Waste In, Waste Out Habit

I try to recycle what I can but there are times I really wish I didn’t get this stuff in the first place. I did a little searching around Madison and found some solutions to the clutter problem. Phone Books … Continue reading

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Vermiculture: The Worms Crawl In

Outdoor composting has been big in Madison for several years. The city sells lovely compost bins  (and rain barrels) in May each year, and there’s no shortage of neighborhood experts who can help you get started. But, what if you … Continue reading

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Junk in the Trunk

by Donna Poehner I’m not a pack rat (I’ve lived with a couple, so I know one when I see one), but I do tend to hang onto things too long. I think it’s because I don’t want to waste … Continue reading

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Biking is Easier than Ever in Madison

I went to Montreal last summer and loved the city as I always do. Something new I noticed were stands of rental bikes at various strategic places around the city. How convenient, urban and cool. Wish we could be so … Continue reading

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Wringer Washers Rock! Save Water, Energy and Money!

I’ve long had a fascination with the old wringer washers. I can still recall the sounds of our upstairs neighbor’s machine, whirr, clunk, brrrrr and the fresh smells of washing powder and soap on wash day. Hers was electric but … Continue reading

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Bicycling in Winter? It’s Madison!

It’s that time of year, and believe or not for a lot of Madison bicycle commuters it’s business as usual. In fact, check out the Madison Bike Winter on Facebook for winter bike rides and comradarie. I hear they’re planning … Continue reading

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Christmas tree recycling time!

Real trees can’t be beat for their fragrance, nostalgia and earth-friendly impact, but when the needles turn brown and the calendar clicks into January it’s time to return them to Mother Earth. Christmas tree recycling is easy in Madison with … Continue reading

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