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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."


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.
10 uses for mason jars
April 30, 2012
It used to be a little cottage-y and quaint to have a cupboard full of lid-free mason jars. You know, like you can preserves yourself in a kitchen decked out with roosters and red-and-white checked textiles, and then enjoy the final product on toast made from homemade bread, served with a side of orange juice in last year’s preserves jar. (A pie on the window sill completes the picture, no?)
Many hybrid-car owners buy once, but not again
April 16, 2012
While the choice of fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles for sale in the U.S. continues to grow, more buyers than not are deciding against the technology when they go to buy another car.
Green your garden with rain barrels
April 16, 2012
Robin Blair does what she can to help her plants thrive. She plants them in good soil and keeps the weeds away. She also waters them regularly with rainwater captured in barrels in the yard of her Shrewsbury, N.J., home.
Study: Young people not so ‘green’
April 16, 2012
They have a reputation for being environmentally minded do-gooders. But an academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that today’s young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources — and often less civic-minded overall — than their elders were when they were young.
Where are your bottles going? Look inside the Ripple Glass recycling process
April 16, 2012
Beer and wine bottles and the occasional Ragu jar fill the purple Ripple Glass recycling bin in the parking lot of On the Rocks Liquor, 1818 Mass. It hasn’t been there long, but folks have taken notice — and it fills up quickly.
Simple sustainability: Energy-saving changes you can make today
April 16, 2012
Whether you call it global warming or climate change, science has become more definitive than ever: Humans are harming the Earth.
All walks of life gather to celebrate Earth Day
April 14, 2012
Saturday’s event kicked off with a parade, with participants trooping down Massachusetts Street until they landed at South Park. Among those in the parade were Kansas University seniors Monica Melhem and Neil Goss who represented KU Environs and the Educational Creative Outreach Committee.
Earth Day celebration to show off ways to help environment
Parade to end in South Park, kicking off event Saturday
April 11, 2012
In its 12th year, the event will have more than 60 exhibitors and include family-friendly activities, live music and food vendors. Ripple Glass representatives will be on hand to talk about the new glass recycling containers scattered throughout the city, Operation WildLife will have some of its rescued birds on display, and Moser LLC will be using its innovative generator that is powered by portable solar panels.
Go Green: Light pollution disrupts plant, animal and human rhythms
March 5, 2012
A child of the suburbs, I was 40 before I saw the Milky Way, our home galaxy. Lying on my back on a prairie hilltop near Manhattan gave me a long overdue sense of my size and place in the larger universe, a sense my ancestors, living in a much darker world, had taken for granted.
Go Green: Tips for observing snowy owls and other wildlife
February 6, 2012
Lawrence has had some beautiful visitors from the North this brown winter. Though not unheard of, visits from snowy owls are definitely an exception to the rule in Kansas.
Go Green: Burroughs Creek trail a biking superhighway in east Lawrence
January 2, 2012
My childhood bicycle path led nowhere. I was permitted to ride my purple banana seat around our driveway and, once I got their permission, the Muñoz’s driveway next door.

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