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Get it done

Unity College, a small school in Waldo County with a focus on environmental issues, announced this year that it will pull its investments from the fossil-fuel industry — underscoring that institutions of higher education have a responsibility to address
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 21, 2012

Going Green Guide(1)

Save the environment! And maybe lose all of your friends in the process.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  October 26, 2012

Meters, smart?

A device intended to cut air pollution, decrease our reliance on fossil fuels, and increase energy efficiency is under attack from a small but passionate group of activists who say the technology is harmful and invasive.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 26, 2012

Shipping news

The loss of the nascent container-ship line in Portland's harbor last week was not just a blow to the city's desired reputation as a shipping hub — but also to the environment.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 11, 2012

Small cities poised to thrive

The future of America can be found not in its largest cities nor its deepest wilds, but in the small cities dotting its landscape, recovering from decades of neglect and economic ravaging.
Seeing the future
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 27, 2012

Restaurant composting closes another local-food loop

You — or your neighbor — may do it at home, but now area restaurants, hospitals, schools, and grocery stores are also reducing their waste and producing rich soil by turning food scraps and paper products into compost.
Eat your waste
By AMY ANDERSON  |  April 27, 2012

Seeking redemption

Since 2006, CLYNK has been recycling bottles and cans at its South Portland plant (more than 270 million, according to the ticking counter on its website), allowing customers to accumulate balances in personal accounts that can be redeemed for cash or do
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 17, 2012

Go green

Or go home!
By DAVID KISH  |  January 27, 2012

Alternative Energy Alternatives

A hydro-electric generator in every beer bong.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  December 09, 2011

Big business

In your  November 25 editorial , you ask, "Why is the establishment so afraid" of the Occupy movement.
Letters to the Boston Phoenix editors, December 2, 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 02, 2011

Voting sustainable

Among the new mayor's responsibilities will be increasing energy efficiency in city buildings, managing and advocating for local alternative transit priorities, and setting an example regarding eco-friendliness.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 28, 2011

Get it together

"Political leaders, no matter the party, often can be barometers for public sentiment."
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 30, 2011

Libertarian billionaire funds university enviro-lectures

The University of Maine at Machias announced last week that the campus will be welcoming its first Koch Speaker on Environmentalism and Freedom on October 6.
Koch Brothers Watch
By COLIN WOODARD  |  September 23, 2011
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Biomass FAQ

Simply put, biomass is any natural living or once-living substance that can be converted into energy.
Or, why it ain't easy burning green
By KHADIJAH M. BRITTON  |  September 02, 2011

Entering the ring

Environmental advocate Jon Hinck, a lawyer and a state representative, is "seriously considering" a run against Republican US Senator Olympia Snowe in 2012, he told the Phoenix this week.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 08, 2011

Killing ethanol

Estimates vary, but it's safe to say that restaurants and institutions (such as colleges or hospitals) waste tons of food every year; last September, a group of students at the College of the Atlantic noticed that their school was no exception.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 10, 2011


The Bard goes green

Hark ye, eco-warriors, bearers of the canvas tote! Today's greenies could learn a thing or two from a country-bred Englishman who lived before automobiles and oil spills — William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare's Enchanted World
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  May 27, 2011

Sipping from the bottom up

This growing season, get rid of that watering can.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 13, 2011

Getting rid of e-waste

I'm doing a major apartment clean-up and I'm trying to dispose of my unwanted items as responsibly as possible. I'm recycling (both curbside and through Goodwill) as much as I can. But what to do with the electronic waste I've accumulated over the year
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 18, 2011

Linc's greenskeeping

Sure, governor-elect Lincoln Chafee used to shoe racehorses up in Canada, but it appears he could also have been a good greenskeeper.
Chafee gets a feather in his cap; dreading Cantor; Korean fever dreams
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 03, 2010

Keeping Close Buy

Masey Kaplan's children used to bring home fundraising catalogs — the ones from which part of the proceeds go to the school — from their Portland school, full of wrapping paper and plastic toys and goods "from god knows where." Kaplan, a graphic design
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2010


On the meaning of trash

Providence cultural center AS220 wraps up the fall edition of its Action Speaks! panel discussion series with an examination of that oft-ignored byproduct of America's consumerist culture: trash.
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 22, 2010

Mo' money, fewer problems

Now is the time to weather- and winter-ize our homes, and not just because the temperatures are dropping (the Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting a milder-than-usual winter).
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 01, 2010

Not giving up on the climate-change bill

This summer, US politicians gave up. Faced with backroom roadblocks and scattered priorities, Democratic leaders announced in July that they were abandoning attempts to pass a comprehensive energy and climate-change bill.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 03, 2010

Photos: Down:2:Earth Boston 2010 | April 10, 2010

D:2:E returns to the Hynes with green folk, socially conscious coffee, and bizarre birdhouses
Down:2:Earth Boston 2010, at the Hynes Convention Center, April 10, 2010
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 16, 2010

An unlikely clash: wind developers and environmentalists

The growing push for wind power in Rhode Island is creating friction between wind developers and an unlikely group of critics: environmentalists.
Wind Dept.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 15, 2010


Green school. Red light?

Little girls and boys frolic on swing sets whittled from recycled beech wood.
At-large City Councilor John Connolly sets his sights on creating multi-million-dollar environmental academy.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 08, 2010
PODCAST: Al Gore, on "Our Choice" [MP3]

PODCAST: Al Gore, on "Our Choice" [MP3]

Al Gore speaks at Harvard Square's First Parish Church Standing before a sea of green-leaning Cambridge liberals (who would later scoff heartily at the suggestion...
By Shaula Clark  |  November 11, 2009
Burrito, McKibben, Juggalos, MRTPQ, Günther and WTF

Burrito, McKibben, Juggalos, MRTPQ, Günther and WTF

The Info Burrito, Bill McKibben, Juggalos, big kids, Günther and the WTF Line are all in today's The Sandbox Podcast! Listen here! Put us on...
By Charlie  |  October 21, 2009

They said what?

GOP leaders have a reputation for shunning science in favor of politics: on stem-cell research, evolution, and of course, climate change. As the global-warming battle heats up, so has their often-nonsensical rhetoric.
Republican lawmakers sound off on global warming
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 08, 2009