Caring for Creation / OUR ENVIRONMENT

Sharing ideas and information on ways to maintain or, even better…improve our world.

A list of resources:  references, games, books and commercial sites.  Sorted into general topic areas.


BOOKS

A Greener Read.    Twin Cities (Minnesota) company that recycles books, CDs, videos. 
Drop off bins are located around the Twin Cities.   
Web search on “Greener Read” in your local area.

A Moral Climate: the Ethics of Global Warming.    Michael S. Northcott
Bio:  http://www.faraday.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/Biography.php?ID=69
Michael Northcott has written several books – search on the Web by his name.

Animal Vegetable Miracle.
Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver. 
http://www.animalvegetablemiracle.com/

Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility.
Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger.  MPR Midday guests February 26, 2008.
http://www.thebreakthrough.org/

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future.
Bill McKibbenhttp://www.billmckibben.com/

Dream of the Earth.
Thomas Berry.  http://www.thomasberry.org/

Easy Green Living and other resources.
Renee' Loux - Good overall guide with lots of how-to's and why.  http://www.reneeloux.com/

How Much is Enough: Hungering for God in an Affluent Culture.
Arthur Simon.  Founder of Bread for the World.
http://www.bread.org/

Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Cooked. In Defense of Food. Food Rules.
Michael Pollanhttp://www.michaelpollan.com/

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.  Elizabeth Kolbert.
http://elizabethkolbert.com/  

American journalist and author.  Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, on the New York Times Book Review “Best Books of the Year”

 

CONSTRUCTION -  Also see SOLAR

Construction Data Visualizer    (9) 
https://www.plantlocator.co.uk/impact-of-construction/

Home Improvement    (11) 
https://www.redfin.com/blog/2013/09/how-to-find-tax-rebates-and-incentives-for-green-home-improvements.html

Recycle old materials   Remodeling, putting on a new roof?  The old materials could be recyclable - ask your contractor.  Some furniture can be recycled; contact the manufacturer.

Recycling Asbestos    (22)  How to recycle or dispose of asbestos, as well as resources for persons diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer. 
https://mesothelioma.net/recycling-asbestos/  

 

DIRECTORIES -  General Guides and Resources

Do It Green    A directory of green businesses and organizations.  Formerly the Green Guide.  Printed guidebook Do It Green! Magazine, Community workshops and skill shares, and a model eco home for educational tours.
http://www.doitgreen.org/

Organic Pages on Line    Organic Trade Association (OTA). A quick, easy way to find certified organic products, producers, ingredients, supplies and services offered by OTA members, as well as items of interest to the entire organic community.
http://www.theorganicpages.com/topo/index.html

Our Earth    Includes a range of info from tax rebates to live web cams of animals.
http://www.ourearth.org/recycling/


EDUCATION & SCHOOLS

Colleges Going Green    (13)  How colleges and students are boosting sustainability.
http://www.letsgosolar.com/consumer-education/colleges-going-green/

Education, 24 Classroom Ideas    (11) 
https://www.populationeducation.org/content/24-ways-make-your-classroom-eco-friendly-year

Education,  Scholarships, Internships and Activities    (11)  Scholarships/articles/green-scholarships-internships-activities
http://www.fastweb.com/college

Greening Schools    Protecting our children, our environment, our future.  A Project by the Illinois EPA and WMRC.
http://istc013.istc.illinois.edu/resources/view_cat_admin.cfm?id=2

Student Activism in School    (24)  Resources, inspiration and expert advice for making a difference on and off campus.  Areas include diversity & racism, environmentalism, LGBTO & gender equality, politics & government, social justice movements.  http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/student-activism-on-campus/


EMPLOYMENT

Jobs – Green.  Resource Guide for Individuals with Disabilities    (11) 
https://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/GreenResourceGuide.pdf

 

ENVIRONMENT

Carbon Footprint    Measure the impact of human activities on the environment in terms of the amount of green house gases produced, measured in unit of carbon dioxide.    http://www.carbonfootprint.com/index.html

Carbon Footprint    (2)  A second tool to calculate the carbon footprint of your home and transportation. 
http://calculator.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx

 

FOOD

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle    Barbara Kingsolver's family documented their year of procuring as much of their food as possible from neighboring farms and their own backyard.    http://www.animalvegetablemiracle.com/     Web site is full of resources.

Fair Trade Certified    The Fair Trade Certified™ Label guarantees consumers that strict economic, social and environmental criteria were met in the production and trade of an agricultural product. Fair Trade Certification is currently available in the U.S. for coffee, tea and herbs, cocoa and chocolate, fresh fruit, flowers, sugar, rice, and vanilla.
http://www.transfairusa.org/


GAMES

Consumer Consequences    An online game from American Public Media.    http://sustainability.publicradio.org/consumerconsequences/

MN Energy Challenge    This website will help you calculate your carbon footprint and show how to save money and energy in your home. Take the EZ Challenge which will then e-mail you your user ID and password.  At the optional team field select "Congregations" and then at the "Name" field type in "Incarnation" so you can select the church as your team.  (Or, after taking the challenge go to "Members Area" and to "Modify Teams.").     http://www.mnenergychallenge.org/


GARDENING – Composting, Seeds

Compost Guide    (15)  A comprehensive blog posting of composting resources. https://robinsonloveplants.com/compost-guide/

Composting 101    (11) 
https://www.planetnatural.com/composting-101/

Seed Savers    Heritage seeds - vegetables and flowers. 
       3094 North Winn Road, Decorah, IA 52101   
http://www.seedsavers.org/


GOVERNMENT

Conservation Minnesota    Works to protect our lands, lakes and way of life.  With dependable information and effective tools, Conservation Minnesota makes it easy for Minnesotans to help their elected leaders make responsible decisions and make a difference that will last for generations. 
http://www.conservationminnesota.org/

DSIRE    DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.   
http://www.dsireusa.org/

IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Includes the Fifth Assessment Report.
http://www.ipcc.ch/

 

HEALTH –  Getting and Staying Healthy

Alcohol Abuse and Addiction    (17)  The Recovery Village in Florida, one of many resources in the United States. 
https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/alcohol-abuse/

Alcohol Rehab    (14)  A Web site of Alcoholism Rehab Resources.
https://alcorehab.org/

Asbestos and Health    (22)  Also see entry under Construction. 
https://mesothelioma.net/recycling-asbestos/

Mesothelioma, Asbestos and the Dangers of Smoking    (16) 
https://mesothelioma.net/mesothelioma-asbestos-dangers-smoking/

Pets Preventing Kids from Smoking    (14)  Pets preventing kids from using drugs or alcohol.        
https://addictionresource.com/pets-and-substance-abuse-prevention/

QuitDay    (1)  App that guides users through options.  Resources for smokers and friends of smokers.  Note:  may not work with some browsers.
https://quitday.org/

Quit Smoking    (1)  Site from CDC with tips and guides.
http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quit-smoking/

Quit Smoking Community    (14)  A virtual community that offers support and information for those trying to kick the deadliest habit in the world. 
https://quitsmokingcommunity.org/smokers-lungs/

Recall Report    (22)  Leading consumer resource for information about health and safety recalls, including dangerous drugs and associated mental conditions.
https://www.recallreport.org/

Rehab Center    (21)  An organization connecting people seeking treatment to the resources they need.  Maintains a library of educational articles which can benefit residents both in the US and internationally. 
http://www.rehabcenter.net/

Rx Dangers    (10)  http://www.rxdangers.com/

Tobacco Free Life    (20)  Information and tips on how to get started, make a plan and stay tobacco-free.  https://tobaccofreelife.org/


HOUSEHOLD -  Family, cleaning, appliances

Appliances, use of Electricity    (9)  What uses watt?
http://www.adsdigital.co.uk/what-uses-watt/

Catalog Choice    A free service that lets you decline paper catalogs you no longer wish to receive.
http://www.catalogchoice.org/

Diane MacEachern - Diane's Big Green Purse    For eco-conscious consumers.
http://greenwoman.typepad.com/biggreenpurse/

Finding and Organizing Green Storage    (18) 
https://www.yourstoragefinder.com/eco-friendly-storage-tips

Getting Clean by Going Green    (8) 
http://www.bbcleaningservice.com/get-clean-go-green.html

Getting Started with Green Living    (18)  Sustainable baby steps. 
http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/definition-of-green-living.html

Guide to Green Modifications for the Home    (18)  Sponsored by Home City Real Estate, based in Texas.  Ideas for going green and information on federal as well as rebates and incentives for Austin and Dallas.  
https://www.homecity.com/going-green-a-guide-to-eco-friendly-home-modifications

Go Green at Home!  For Kids & Adults    (5) 
http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.Go-Green-at-Home-For-Kids-and-Adults.17339.html

Green Cleaning    (3)  Lots of good tips.
http://www.blackmoldremoval.com/green-cleaning/

Green Home. the environmental store   
http://www.greenhome.com/

Household Quotes    (23)  A UK based site with a wide range of options; however, contains ideas for homeowners ideas living in some other parts of the world.
http://householdquotes.co.uk/a-guide-to-going-green-in-the-home/

Guide to Green Furniture    Note:  back arrow on site does not always work.
http://www.sofasandsectionals.com/green-furniture-guide

Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting    (18)  Sponsored by a variety of products for babies and their parents.
http://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/green/the-ultimate-guide-to-green-parenting/

Guide to Home Energy Efficiency    (7) 
http://www.homeintelligence.ca/2013/04/03/guide-to-home-energy-efficiency/

Moss Envy Eco Home & Life    Made in the U.S. with recycled, reclaimed, natural and organic materials.  Had been Twin Cities Green; Regifts merged with Twin Cities Green in 2008.
http://www.mossenvy.com/

Novica    What the world creates by hand.
http://www.novica.com/

Organic Bouquet    Floral gifts sourced from growers that are committed to the highest social and environmental standards. Flowers are grown and harvested using practices that aim to improve the quality of farm working conditions, minimize damage to ecosystems, conserve biodiversity, and enhance environmental quality for future generations.
http://www.organicbouquet.com/

Ultimate Guide for Shopping Green for Your Pet    (18)  Sponsored by RetailMeNot.com.  Includes an optional subscription for their service.  (Sort off the purpose for this Web site.)  
https://www.retailmenot.com/blog/shopping-green-for-your-pet.html


ORGANIZATIONS

Climate Counts    A collaborative effort to bring consumers and companies together.
http://www.climatecounts.org/

ELCA - Caring for Creation    The Environment program of the ELCA under Social Issues.
http://www.elca.org/en/Resources/Caring-for-Creation

Empowerment Institute    Publisher of "Low Carbon Diet."   
http://empowermentinstitute.net/

Global Warming 101    An initiative of the Will Steger Foundation.   
http://www.globalwarming101.com/

Grist    Latest news with humor, too.
http://www.grist.org/

MN Interfaith Power and Light    Congregations Caring for Creation - promoting the active care of creation as integral to spiritual life and social justice in Minnesota communities of faith.
http://mnipl.org/

National Wildlife Federation    National Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.  Ideas for gardening, update on legislative actions - latest news, educational projects.   
NWF Home:  http:/www.nwf.org     and   
Wildlife Habitat – Garden for Wildlife:  http://www.nwf.org/habitat

Nature Conservancy    (1)  Works to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
http://www.nature.org/index.htm

Stop Global Warming    Action steps and lots of links.
http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/gsteps.asp

 

RECYCLE - REUSE

Anoka County Minnesota
https://www.rethinkrecycling.com/facilities/anoka-county-household-hazardous-waste-facility

               and
http://mn-anokacounty.civicplus.com/369/Household-Hazardous-Waste-Facility

Best Buy Electronics Recycling    See their web site for their guidelines.
http://www.bestbuy.com/recycling

FreeGeekTwinCities.org    Donations requested with units being recycled (CRTs are $20.00 fixed donation), includes cameras.
http://www.FreeGeekTwinCities.org/

OceanTechOnline    Drop off and pickup.  Residential and Commercial.  Assett Buy Back Program.  $0.25 per pound.
http://www.oceantechonline.com/

PCsForPeople.com    Working equipment donations are accepted free of charge.  Check their site for more information and for events such as the Free Computer Cleanup Day (an event to clean up and upgrade your PC).
http://www.pcsforpeople.com/index.php

Ramsey County Minnesota   
http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph/rt/index.htm

Recycling 101    http://earth911.com/recycling/

Rethink Recycling    Go-to guide for waste and recycling in the Twin Cities.
http://www.rethinkrecycling.com

Roseville (Minnesota) Recycling    Go to the "For Residents" pull down menu, then to “Garbage.”  Menu on the left lists Clean Up Day and Recycling.   
http://www.cityofroseville.com/

St. Odillia’s    St. Odillia's Church in Shoreview (Minnesota) picks up furniture for refugees.  Check the link for Social Justice on the Web site.  http://church.stodilia.org/

TechDump.Org    Free Electronics Recycling in the Twin Cities.

Twin Cities Free Market    For residents of the Twin Cities (MN) – lists of items people want to give away, or post your own items.
http://www.twincitiesfreemarket.org/

Y Camps in Minnesota    Camp du Nord and Camp Widjiwagan have two big garage sales each year - donate your items and get a tax deduction.  Web search the camp names and "Garage Sale" for more information.

 

SCIENCE

Climate Science Blog    https://realclimatescience.com/

Global Impact Domain: "Methane Emissions."    Analysis of the “methane emissions” including methane emitted directly from livestock digestive processes. And, “Humans’ Beef with Livestock.    http://www.fao.org/wairdocs/lead/x6116e/x6116e00.HTM    and  http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0220/p03s01-ussc.html

 

SOLAR

Guide to Solar Energy in the Home    (4)  Site designed by Marsellus.com which is headquartered in Fargo, N.D. providing information on the Marcellus Shale.  Energy industry focused.
http://marcellus.com/guide-solar-energy-home/

Solar Action Alliance     (12)  A group of environmentalists – Website includes a petition blog, informative articles, location-specific information and more.
 http://solaractionalliance.org/

Solar Energy    (11)  http://www.improvenet.com/a/harness-the-power-of-the-sun-the-complete-guide-to-using-solar-energy

Solar Panels in the Home    (11)  Site has categories for energy efficient options, including solar panels and geothermal energy.
http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/

Solar Energy Guide    (19)  Includes reviews of solar energy companies, types of equipment and financing information. 
https://www.consumeraffairs.com/solar-energy/#guide-features

 

TRANSPORTATION

Environmentally Friendly Car    Cheap Car Insurance.
http://www.cheapcarinsurance.net/the-environmentally-friendly-car/

Transportation Impact    (9) 
https://www.trucklocator.co.uk/global-impact-of-transportation/

 

WATER -  REFERENCES, RESOURCES

Bottled Water, Impact of    (9) 
http://insinkerator.co.uk/uk/page/environmental-cost-of-bottled-water

H2ouse.org    Interactive site with hints for saving water throughout the house.   
http://www.h2ouse.org/

 

 

URLs no longer working
Green Guardian  
 http://www.greenguardian.com/

See:   http://www.rethinkrecycling.com

Real Climate    http://www.realclimate.org/

See:  https://realclimatescience.com/

 

 

Sources:

(1)  Amy E., student at Oregon Health and Science University: QuitDay.org,  CDC Quit Smoking and Nature Conservancy

(2)  Deb C.:  Carbon Footprint, a second calculator for our carbon footprint

(3)  GreenTeensClub.org:  Stay Green While You Clean

(4)  Community Center students:  A Guide to Solar Energy in the Home

(5)  4H Club in CA:  Go Green at Home!  For Kids & Adults

(6)  GMS:   Links submitted by Deanna Ryan’s science class at Green Mountain School District in Vermont.

(7)  Stacy in Seattle:  Guide to Home Energy Efficiency

(8)  Jamie (working on a Science Fair Project):   Getting Clean by Going Green

(9)  All Green PR Limited.  UK based resources, James in London

(10)  Rx Dangers, Madison Hilltree

(11)  Open Educators, Caroline Hampton.  http://openeducators.org/

(12)  Solar Action Alliance Org., Jessica Reynolds

(13)  Laura Brigham (laura@letsgosolar.com), LetsGoSolar.com

(14)  Lynda Thomas [lynda.thomas@student-email.org]

(15)  Amelia Robinson [amelia.robinsonloveplants@gmail.com]

(16)  Virgil Anderson (vanderson@virgilanderson.net).  A cancer survivor.

(17)  Ruth Santiago (Ruth@therecoveryvillage.com)

(18)  Natalie Kelly (natalie@forevercurious.org)  ForeverCurious is a group of educators and librarians who curate information online.

(19)  Morgan Ardrey (mardrey@consumeraffairs.com)

(20)  Molly Hope (mhope@tobaccofreelife.org)

(21)  Megan McDaniel (megan@rehabcenter.net)

(22)  Laura Pearson (lpearson@recallreport.org)

(23)  Jessica Milly (jessicamillyan@gmail.com)

(24)  Angela Hanners (angela@cfaos.org).  Director of Communications, Community for Accredited Online Schools



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