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.
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- 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.
- Energy Conservation Fair set for Sept. 22
- August 14, 2012
- The city of Lawrence will host the Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at Holcom Park Recreation Center at 2700 W. 27th Street. Local builders, architects, government agencies and others will present exhibits showing how to lower utility bills or increase energy efficiency.
- Go Green: Special tape on windows can help reduce bird strikes
- July 2, 2012
- You’ve probably heard it — the sickening thud of a bird against a window.
- Environmental group starting Kansas chapter
- June 8, 2012
- Green Wish, a Los-Angeles-based environmental group, is launching a Kansas chapter with a free event at 7 p.m. June 21 at the Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave. The group will raise environmental activism awareness and funds for environmental groups in Lawrence and Kansas City, said Victoria Bogner, president of the Kansas Green Wish board of directors.
- Go Green: Pressure cooker a worthwhile investment
- June 4, 2012
- This is what I remembered about the pressure cooker: I remembered the hissing dial on top, its menacing rattle. I remember my mother warning my sisters and me not to go anywhere near it or we would make the top blow off and scald ourselves beyond recognition.