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Welcome to our ongoing project, LJWorld.com/Green. In this section, we'll be introducing you to people who live a green life. We'll be sharing anecdotes about how our journalists are making their lives more "green" and we'll be giving you tools to help make your own life "green."


Algae’s energy potential blooms
KU researchers seeing green in alternative biofuel project
November 9, 2009
Kansas University researchers are working to turn microbes from treated sewage into a commercially viable biofuel, fluid that one day could be used to power the nation’s cars, trucks, airplanes and other modes of transportation.
"Green" video
Turn off your computer, save energy LMH offers incentives for using alternative transportation modes The Merc touts its local offerings Free State Brewery chef enjoys local produce Green Living: North Lawrence Community Garden Festive Couscous Salad Rise and Shine at the Farmers' Market KU student earns A-plus for tackling 100-mile diet Del Christensen Bio-intensive gardening

Coverage of environmentally oriented events and people.

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Jayni's Kitchen
"The Sustainable Table" "From Farm to Fork" "Backyard Bounty: Summer Vegetable Recipes"

A collection of "green" episodes of "Jayni's Kitchen."

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"Home and Away" and "River City Weekly"
Geothermal energy-driven home Weatherproofing your home Visiting Lied Lodge River City Weekly: Global Warming

Episodes of Free State Studio's "Home and Away" and "River City Weekly" programs that highlight environmentally friendly themes.

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Kansas City's green efforts
Project adds green to downtown area Kansas City airport reaching new heights Bartle Hall ballroom earns national recognition City takes advantage of alternative fuels Community center among green buildings Water Services Department plants rain garden Household Hazardous Waste Center saves waste from landfills Parks and Recreation reduces mowing

Leaders from different aspects of the city discuss Kansas City's efforts to be environmentally friendly.

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Meet the EcoHawks
Meet the EcoHawks: Matt Legresley Meet the EcoHawks: Ryan Lierz Meet the EcoHawks: Lou McKown Meet the EcoHawks: Gavin Strunk

Meet some of the KU engineering students, who recycled a 1974 Volkswagen Super Beetle, turning it into a hybrid that burns biodiesel, uses electricity and gets 54 miles per gallon.

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Green Living
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Trees lost outpace trees planted at KU; effort aims to bridge gap
October 24, 2014
A Chinese proverb on the Replant Mount Oread website says: “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” When it comes to trees, Kansas University is playing catch-up. By Sara Shepherd
Permaculture leader to offer talks, workshop in Lawrence
September 15, 2014
A permaculture expert will be in Lawrence next week to talk about and offer a workshop on the movement.
Douglas County Commission reviews recommendations for improving biking, commuting infrastructure
July 23, 2014
The study provided recommendations for three areas: the placement of park-and-ride stations, pedestrian accessibility to public transportation and the countywide bike system. Commissioners voted to accept the study as a guideline for future improvements.
Lawrence’s Earth Day celebration set for Saturday
April 15, 2014
Crowds stroll down Massachusetts Street in celebration every year, some people playing instruments made from recyclables, others dressed in tie dye or sporting costumes as vegetables or animals. It’s almost time again for one of Lawrence’s big events, the annual Earth Day Parade & Celebration.
Lawrence’s ‘Wheat Grass People’ compete in global market
October 28, 2013
Lawrence-based Pines International Inc. — aka “The Wheat Grass People” — exports USDA-certified organic cereal grass supplements to about 25 countries, and there are bright green Pines labels in Vitamin Shoppes, Whole Foods Markets and other stores in almost every U.S. state. Pines recently added outposts in other states and overhauled its Lawrence equipment to the tune of $4 million. By Sara Shepherd
Eco-friendly boutique owner makes recycling fashionable
October 24, 2013
Ecoboutiquo owner uses recycled items to design one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories.
Thousands mingle with livestock, celebrities at Mother Earth News Fair’s first stop in Lawrence
October 12, 2013
On Saturday, the city became the third stop of the publication’s national two-day event as scores of vendors lined Watson Park and lectures ranged anywhere from salvaging the human habitat to producing a cheese of one’s own. The fair concludes Sunday with a 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. slate that includes a talk with the actor Ed Begley Jr. By Stephen Montemayor
No wool over these eyes: Knitting CSA members meet the sheep producing their yarn
July 29, 2013
Bosco, according to his owner Barbara Clark, is “somewhat of a contrary sheep.” Yet his thick, fluffy coat can be turned into things as soft and sweet as anyone could imagine — like the whimsical charcoal-gray stuffed bunny rabbit Lawrence resident Marianne Wille is pulling from her knitting bag. Joining the Maggie’s Farm CSA doesn’t get you vegetables from a farmer you know — it gets you wool from sheep you can meet. By Sara Shepherd
A vegetable-eater’s Eden
Home garden, one of 18 on tour, features curb-to-curb produce, chickens
June 5, 2013
For an easy summertime dinner at home, Bob Gent loves a good stir fry. He’ll toss together potatoes, eggplant, okra and tomato, and maybe a little meat to make a full and savory meal. Such a dinner is especially easy for Gent — everything he needs is growing just steps from his kitchen door.
City throws a down-to-Earth celebration
April 20, 2013
Earth Day isn’t until April 22, but the City of Lawrence observed the eco-friendly holiday early with an Earth Day Parade and Celebration Saturday. The celebrations, hosted by the Waste Reduction and Recycling department, were scheduled early because Earth Day fell on a weekday, and the city wanted to be sure city residents could attend. By Meagan Thomas
Upcycled wares on the up and up in Lawrence
January 7, 2013
Upcycling — not only is it all over websites such as Etsy and Pinterest, it’s an increasingly popular trend in Lawrence. Between downtown shops and individual artisans, creative types are breathing new life into old objects and finding success selling them online and in stores. By Sara Shepherd.
Energy fair offers bright ideas
September 22, 2012
Brad Allen likes hybrid cars. But he had never driven fully-electric car until Saturday.
Fair to offer energy-efficient ideas
10:59 p.m., September 20, 2012 Updated 09:29 a.m.
Lawrence residents on Saturday can get information about energy efficiency and sustainability for homes and cars.
City to use effluent water for irrigation
September 15, 2012
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department has trucked more than 1 million gallons of potable water to saplings, grass and flowers in medians, roundabouts and the like throughout the city this summer.
Hy-Vee to open environmentally friendly convenience store on Thursday
August 29, 2012
West Lawrence motorists will get a new option for gasoline purchases on Thursday, and they may get a glimpse at the future of how convenience stores are built too.

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