The Planet, Spring 2005, Green Living
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Western Washington University. Associated Students. Environmental Center; Huxley College of the Environment; Huxley College of Environmental Studies
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Managing Editor: Laurie Ballew; Associate Editors: Katie Scaief, Mugs Scherer; Assistant Editors: John C. Davies, Sarah Kuck; Designers: Nausheen Mohamedali, Kassandra O’Bryant; Photographers: J. R. Barker, Dylan Hart, Zecca Lehn, Nicole Ryan, Derick Smith, Khale Wallitner; Reporters: Brandi Bratrude, Seamus Burke, Neil Diemer, Natalie Emery, Christy Greenwald, Krista Grunhurd, Matthew Hoar, Jessica Knox, Kailyn McGrath, Evan McLean, Chris Neumann, Nick Orlando, Meadow Pederson, Sam Phillips, Holly Regan, Elise Roberts, Melanie Valm; Online Editor: Landon Fisher
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Table of Contents
LIFE LESSONS by Christy Greenwald
From a planting project at Sehome High School to science activities at Bellingham’s water-treatment facility and Padilla Bay, students in Bellingham’s public schools are learning about the environment despite the lack of time and money facing educators.
OFFICE IMPACT by Meadow Pederson
Offices create a constant stream of waste, from technology upgrades to empty printer cartridges. But those who work at a business or home office can take easy steps to reduce their impact, conserve resources and save money.
NATURAL NURTURE by Natalie Emery
Bellingham parents and caregivers are instilling an environmental ethic in children by raising them to live harmoniously with the Earth.
GREEN PARTYING by Nick Orlando
A night of drunken debauchery can produce a lot of waste. Following some simple guidelines can decrease the strain on the environment, alleviating Mother Nature’s hangover.
ENVIRONMENTAL HARMONY by Melanie Valm
Musicians and environmental organizations are harnessing the power of music to spread environmental messages to larger audiences.
WOVEN STATEMENTS by Kailyn McGrath
The pesticides involved in growing conventional cotton — the most chemically intensive crop on the planet, according to the Organic Trade Association — have a host of negative effects. In response to this, clothing companies of different sizes are offering clothes made with alternative fibers such as organic cotton and hemp.
THOUGHTFUL FOUNDATIONS by Brandi Bratrude
Alternative home design and building materials are increasing in popularity as homeowners choose more efficient and low impact options.
HYDRATION CONSERVATION by Evan McLean
The Washington State Department of Ecology declared a statewide drought emergency in March. Find out what the city of Bellingham is doing to keep our glasses half full, not half empty.
A DRIVE TO CONSERVE by Matthew Hoar
Drivers can maintain their cars to improve efficiency and conserve resources. If driving is a must, take cars to local Enviro-Star rated mechanics and take note of simple tips to keep your car in tip-top shape.
ENVIRO-RENTAL by Chris Neumann
Although a need to leave rented space unaltered might hinder their efforts, renters can still lower their impact by making environmentally friendly choices when purchasing their products, energy and food.
BEYOND THE GRID by Jessica Knox
Rising energy prices are starting to reflect the true cost of resource extraction. Some consumers are using alternative forms of energy to cut their energy bill... or to cut themselves from the power grid altogether.
GREEN CUISINE by Krista Grunhurd
Mary Ellen Carter is cooking up community cohesiveness with her recipes that call for ingredients from local, sustainable agriculture. Learn to cook one of her green cuisines.
SIGNATURE MOVES by Elise Roberts
Sometimes we sign off, saying we have no voice in government. Some Bellingham residents, however, are taking charge to change local policies with initiatives.
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Henning, Lucas and Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University, "The Planet, 2005, Spring" (2005). The Planet. 43.
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