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Synthetic Turf Update – More reasons for concern!

Since we first raised concerns last winter, new reports have confirmed the presence of multiple carcinogens in crumb rubber infill — and that annual costs for artificial turf are much higher than for natural turf. Carcinogens — A June 2015 Yale … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Green Building, Land Use, Landscaping, Schools & Learning, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

Peter’s blog

Thoughts and observations by Peter Crownfield, one of the founding members of the Alliance.

Posted in Community – Empowerment, Economy, Business, & Money, Health, Place & Infrastructure, Precautionary Principle, Systemic Approaches, Transportation |

Peter Crownfield: ‘Time for Regeneration!’

I think the author of this essay has done a good job of setting out some of the many reasons why we need to promote regenerative organic agriculture and eliminate the destructive practices and products of the industrialized food system—including disruption … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Agriculture, Air, Biodiversity, Climate, Climate, Community Gardening, Cooperatives, CSA - Community Supported Ag, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Food for Health, Going Local, Habitat, Home Food Gardening, Industrial Food Production, Local Food, Resilience, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Waste, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Martin Boksenbaum: ‘Bonding with the Land’

“Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land”, said Aldo Leopold in his classic A Sand County Almanac: With Essays on Conservation from Round River (1966: 189). But land is not just the land. At least not according … more

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Sustainability Doings: July 27, 2015 – “Bottoms Up”

Participatory Budgeting Starts at Home The Alliance has come into some unexpected funds recently. We’ve gotten an anonymous contribution of $10,000. Holy cow! Another $1,300, so far, has come from the estate of Janet Goloub and considerably more is expected. … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Collaborative Efforts, Community Rights, Rethinking… |

Martin Boksenbaum: ‘Bonding With the Beauty of the Here and Now’

A major component of the Transition Movement’s approach to bringing us away “from oil dependency to local resilience” is through “the heart”, the title of Part Two of the Transition Handbook. How do we get an emotional buy-in to the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Biodiversity, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship |

Sustainability Doings: June 22, 2015 – “Doing Democracy”

Democracy: Easier Said Than Done Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. Climate Change, while wonderfully thoughtful, insightful, and useful-information packed book, is weak in several areas one of which is the pivotal one of engaging, empowering, and enabling people, … more

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One More in the Long History of Lies by U.S. Leaders

On Sunday, the London Review of Books published a new account of the killing of Osama Bin Laden by Seymour Hersh. His article shows that the story told by the Obama Administration is total fiction.  Hersh says it was nothing … more

Posted in Militarism, The World, US Foreign Policy, War & Peace |

Buy Local Challenge

Are you up for a challenge?? Take a pledge to buy local , buy fresh! Individuals – pledge to eat at least one food item from a local farm at least once a week from April-October. Food establishments – pledge … more

Posted in Going Local, Local Businesses, Local Food |

Sustainability Doings: April 8, 2015 – “Dissidents, we?”

Maybe we are. Don’t we actively challenge established doctrines, policies, and institutions? Some of us might like to call ourselves the more positive-sounding “civil society advocates” — which seems to be a label popping up at the Summit of the Americas … more

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