What really happens when you recycle something?

After decades of activism around getting us all to recycle more of our waste, for many of us, sorting our trash has become second nature (and now many cities take it one step further, adding composting bins into the mix). This emphasis on the importance of recycling has been so deeply ingrained that many of … Continue reading What really happens when you recycle something?

Updates! (Partial) Vegetarianism and Trader Joe’s News

I hope to be back next week with more regularly scheduled programming, but I wanted to give a quick update on my vegetarian eating efforts, and some good news about Trader Joe's! First, partial vegetarianism. As discussed here, the single biggest contribution an individual can make to reducing carbon emissions is to cut back on … Continue reading Updates! (Partial) Vegetarianism and Trader Joe’s News

How to make less trash if you’re Marie Kondo-ing your house

A small selection of bins of stuff from a move we made a few years ago... Did you watch the Netflix Marie Kondo series at the beginning of the year? Did it make you have a sudden crazy urge to clean out your house? Did you wrench yourself from the comfort of your couch to … Continue reading How to make less trash if you’re Marie Kondo-ing your house

You’re Only as Good as Your Grid: Part IV

Over the last few weeks, we’ve covered how our national energy grid works, how electricity markets are regulated in general and dove into a few specific examples of energy markets in Washington, New Hampshire and Colorado. With this understanding of how electricity markets work in hand, this week we’ll cover how you might influence how … Continue reading You’re Only as Good as Your Grid: Part IV

You’re Only as Good as Your Grid: Part III

Last week we looked at how the power grid is regulated in a general sense; this week, we’re going to dive into three case studies of specific states and their systems for providing electricity. We’ll focus on Washington, New Hampshire and Colorado, the three of which represent places where I happen to have significant connections. … Continue reading You’re Only as Good as Your Grid: Part III

You’re Only as Good as Your Grid: Part II

Last week’s post covered the mechanics of how the power grid works and what the parts are. This week, we’re going to focus on the regulation of the power grid. What is so important about the regulation of the power grid, you might ask? The policies that rule the power grid have cost implications for … Continue reading You’re Only as Good as Your Grid: Part II

You’re Only as Good as Your Grid: Part I

Our electrical grid is all around us. One of the central issues in combating climate change is a tension between consumers’ individual decisions, and the economic system in which they are making those decisions. I may not want to buy vegetables that come wrapped in single-use plastic, but if food distributors use that single-use plastic … Continue reading You’re Only as Good as Your Grid: Part I

Composting! It’s so easy everyone can do it!

Our compost bin, full of cooking scraps. Composting is a great way to reduce the impact of your kitchen waste. Instead of decomposing, producing methane gas, and being sad in a landfill, your yard clippings and food scraps can instead be made into delicious, delicious plant food. The only hitch in this plan is actually … Continue reading Composting! It’s so easy everyone can do it!

The ubiquitous scourge of single-use plastics

Delicious Canadian Cheeto analogue, packaged in single-use plastic. Single use plastics permeate into nearly every facet of our activity in the modern world. There’s a good reason for this; in many ways, plastics, and in particular disposable packaging, are a backbone of modern distribution mechanisms. For better and worse, plastic is a great packing material: … Continue reading The ubiquitous scourge of single-use plastics