OGT To Go: How to Recycle Pumpkins

What’s spookier than zombie mold devouring your aging jack-o-lantern from the inside out? When it happens in a landfill, and does nothing but contribute to our collective methane problem. So, why waste good decomposing pumpkin when you could instead make like a OneGreenThing pro and… Recycle your pumpkin! Here are some ways to do that: … Read more

This Easy Action Really Does Score Epic Impact

Behold, Big-time Inspiration This rousing 30-second spot shows us how one simple change really can have mind-blowing impact. So go ahead, ditch the flimsy paper cup for an actual mug, and you’ll save absurd amounts of Earth’s valuable resources. (For specific absurdities, check out the video.) Huge thanks to our friends at Comcast Spotlight Chicago … Read more

Wild Revelations 2: Simple Solutions

What does a true wildlife conservation rockstar think will make a difference in our quest to save the world? Hint: It’s simpler than you might think. Stuart Strahl poses with a seal! He may have the coolest job ever… (Brookfield Zoo/CZS) I had the amazing opportunity to find out how/why at the 2015 International Wildlife … Read more

Myth: You Gotta Drive to Get to REAL Nature

Do You Need Four Wheels and an Engine to Get to Nature? City is often pitted against nature: Concrete jungle vs. forest or prairie. Civilization vs. wilderness. Shops and museums vs. prairie. But are cities as disconnected from nature as they seem? Must city-dwellers with an itch to experience wilderness rely on four-wheeled motorized vehicles to … Read more

Worldview: No Wheels? No Problem.

You may *think* you need a car to get from city streets to wide open space, but, it’s often easier to access than people think, encourage a pair of expert guests in the latest EcoMyths segment on Worldview. How so? 8-80 Cities and Openlands pros dish on the exciting ways many cities are prioritizing access … Read more

Myth: Hold Your Nose — Composting Stinks!

“Hold Your Nose!”—Said No Real-Life Composter We Talked To, Ever Every nose has its own unique point of view, er, smell—but all are likely to turn themselves up at the smell of rotting trash. Why then would we assault our nasal passages by composting, aka, piling up a bunch of food and plant waste with … Read more

Behind the Fence: 7 Gorgeous Gardens That Save Seeds

— by Jessica B. Turner, PhD candidate, West Virginia University Mary, Mary, quite contrary…how does your garden’s plant diversity grow? As we recently explored in Myth form, preserving seeds is critical to ensuring we don’t lose entire species to threats like disease spread and climate change. Seeds are super cool when you think about it—especially … Read more

Myth: Seeds Never Expire

Date Check: Do Seeds Last Forever? — by Jessica B. Turner, PhD candidate, West Virginia University It’s a classic blind date story…in the garden. You find a packet of mystery seeds in the back of a drawer, unmarked, no expiration, and you think, I’ll plant these next year, no problem! Come summertime, you’re swooning over … Read more

Can We Save Seeds for Doomsday?

While some seeds appear immortal, most seeds don’t last forever—unless they’re carefully stored in seed banks or, in some cases, preserved in liquid nitrogen or as part of living collections. This is huge because many plants are under threat of disappearing forever—about 68 percent of evaluated plant species, to be exact. Take a crash course … Read more

Green Pups 101

Bringing Home Your Best Friend—Eco-friendly Edition —by Jessica B. Turner, PhD candidate, West Virginia University Dogs are (hu)man’s best friend, but getting one means you have to be ready for a fun, exhausting, and crazy transition…and if you’re like me, that includes keeping things earth-lovin’, too. Having recently done the homework to prep for my … Read more