It's Not Easy Being Green: Pedestrian Friendly
By Mariela Rosario | 04/24/2008 - 16:05

I live in a pedestrian friendly town. Seriously, it says so on the signs welcoming you into town. But I am only a pedestrian while working out. Otherwise, I drive.

It’s not that I am lazy (I hope). I am a workaholic, and I work until the last minute before leaving for lunch or a meeting down the road. By down the road, I mean 2/5 of a mile away. But it’s not like I get so much done in the ten extra minutes I get if I’m not walking to make unnecessarily taxing the environment worth it. It’s a compulsive bad habit I should break.

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It's Not Easy Being Green: No More Bagging It Up!
By Mariela Rosario | 04/16/2008 - 17:29

Paper or plastic? This question always paralyzed me. Which one of them was the better environmental answer? Turns out, neither is good. Twelve million barrels of oil are used to manufacture the 100 billion plastic bags we use yearly. Fourteen million trees are toppled annually for paper bags.

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It's Not Easy Being Green: Going Vegetarian
By Mariela Rosario | 04/11/2008 - 16:13

Turns out the Chic-fil-a cows aren’t just trying to save their own lives. Their secret mission is to save the planet. Surprisingly, the livestock industry accounts for 18% of greenhouse emissions. “Holy crap,” I think as I read the report, and then I read further. “Most of this comes from manure.” Holy crap, indeed.

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It's Not Easy Being Green! Carbon Offsets
By Mariela Rosario | 04/07/2008 - 13:56

As soon as I turn off the computer (which turned out to be producing carbon dioxide like that was its job for the eight years it was on), I compute the damage: 6.6 tons of carbon dioxide all from an obsolete PC. I can’t ignore the crime so I decide that I have to offset it, or it’ll haunt me like that freaky clown from Poltergeist.

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It's Not Easy Being Green! Unplug
By Mariela Rosario | 04/04/2008 - 16:14

While I am good about turning lights off and running my dishwasher and washing machine on full loads (that could be laziness), I never thought about what’s plugged into the wall sockets all day. They’re ready when I need them. Fabulous. And that’s the end of that. Turns out these items are like vampires. Even when not in use, they suck out electricity.

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It's Not Easy Being Green!
By Mariela Rosario | 04/01/2008 - 12:17

Allow me to introduce myself. I am Big Foot. Now my size eight kicks are fairly average, but that’s not my issue. My issue is that while I talk a good environmental talk, I am disastrous to the environment. That’s hard to admit. I thought I was doing a lot of good by compulsively recycling, freezing my tail off at home (which is also work) to reduce gas use, and buying a car with good gas mileage.

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