All posts in " sustainable "

Trees, cities, air – seriously, a good combo?

By Cathryn Wellner / April 1, 2015

My partner is always telling me, “You know how much I love trees.” Blah, blah, blah…yes, I know how much you love trees, Robin. But it turns out his love of trees is more than just a personal preference. It is life enhancing in our urban areas. One good example can be found in Turin, […]


#572 They grow biodegradable plastics

By Cathryn Wellner / February 8, 2013

Plastics have made much of what we buy, do and use affordable and, alas, expendable. As a consequence, plastic pollution is a huge and growing problem. Our landfills are clogged with Styrofoam™ and particle board. The first uses fossil fuels. The second requires formaldehyde. Neither is healthy for people or the planet. Ecovative is setting […]


#567 Tasting the earth

By Cathryn Wellner / February 3, 2013

Until a scholarship sent me to France for a year of graduate study, I thought all cheese was orange and tasted the same. A childhood in southern Idaho did not educate my palate about the complexities of food. In Paris I tasted cheeses whose flavours exploded on my tongue. I could not imagine there was […]


#565 Cows power BC homes and businesses

By Cathryn Wellner / February 1, 2013

The quirky name made me laugh. It also made me curious. What I learned impressed me. Cowpower is a renewable energy company that assists farms to build anaerobic digesters that convert manure and organic waste into energy. The introductory film explains how a digester converts manure and waste into biogas, which in turn fuels a […]


#500 Healing the planet

By Cathryn Wellner / November 28, 2012

The question is simple and powerful: “What if…we change?” What if instead of telling only the stories about how we are damaging the planet, we told the stories of what we are doing to heal it? That is the premise of this inspiring Web site from the International Union for Conservation of Nature. IUCN has […]


#428 Building Oases in Food Deserts

By Cathryn Wellner / September 17, 2012

By now nearly everyone is familiar with the term “food desert”. As corner groceries that served a neighborhood gave way to supermarkets that served whole communities, a lot of people lost easy access to fresh food. Convenience stores just aren’t the same. Although many are tucking healthier foods among the chips, beer and smokes, they […]


#414 Reusable produce bags

By Cathryn Wellner / September 3, 2012

We keep a pile of shopping bags in the car and carry others when we walk. We try to cut down on plastic bags, yet somehow we always end up with a supply of them in the basket that holds the plastic bags we use, wash, reuse…but eventually toss. Maybe they have babies while we […]


#231 Grafting fruit onto city trees

By Cathryn Wellner / January 2, 2012

A former colleague of mine still tells the story of a city official who objected to her proposal to plant fruit trees and berry bushes in public spaces. He told her, “But people will eat them.” Oh, yes, indeed they will. That, dear city official, is the point. Green spaces and beautiful plants abound in […]

Page 1 of 2