Let Nature Be Natural: Green Lawn Care

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The following post was written by Dr. David Dobbins, Emeritus Professor of Plant Anatomy and Development, Morphology, and Horticulture at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Thank you, David, for describing how chemical-free landscapers and homeowners can restore and protect the environment that sustains all beings. – Aggie Perilli

By Dr. David Dobbins

I grew up in the city of Indianapolis, with little exposure to nature, and had no real interest in the environment. My friends and I burned trash in a barrel, dumped oil and other items down the sewer, and threw garbage into vacant lots. Everyone did.

Geothermal Townhouses Turn Lawn into Regenerative Woods & Meadows

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by Aggie Perilli

The Grandview Chase Condominium Development (GCCD) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, owns approximately 27 acres of rolling lawns bordered by a field with a stream running through it. Over the past two years, GCCD board members Mark Wiker and I pursued a federal grant to transform GCCD’s unsustainable field of lawn into beautiful, regenerative woods and meadows.

Rewarded for our initiatives, this past spring, the GCCD townhouse association received a grant worth $66,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund to restore GCCD’s riparian buffer with native trees, meadow grasses and rain gardens or, in this field, hundreds of wildflowers.

Headstand in a Helmet

by Aggie Perilli

During a yoga class in Buchanan Park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a passing motorcyclist saw some of us in a headstand. Leaving his helmet on, the motorcyclist dropped his head to the ground and joined us. As the motorcyclist shot his legs into the air, we whooped and cheered.

He jumped to his feet and thrust his fists in the air, and we whooped again. Then the helmeted stranger hopped on his motorcycle and roared away.

We glided through the rest of our yoga practice still laughing.

Prevent Disasters: Replace Nuclear Power with Clean Energy

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by Aggie Perilli

In August, I was dismayed to write about 14 significant events or near misses at nuclear power plants in the United States last year. Near misses raise the risk of accidents that can be lethal for area workers, neighbors and the environment.

While writing that post, an earthquake underscored the imperative of replacing nuclear power, as well as fossil fuels, with more cost-effective renewables that are safe and clean.

Last year’s near misses occurred in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina (three times) and Virginia. 

Prevent Disasters: Shift To 100% Clean Energy Today

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What We Know:

  • When Jimmy Carter was president, he had solar panels installed on the roof of the White House. In 1977, the prescient Carter predicted: “Unless profound changes are made to lower our consumption of fossil fuels …and to use renewable energy sources like solar power, we will feel a mounting pressure to plunder our environment. The energy crisis has not yet overwhelmed us, but if we fail to act quickly, it will. With the exception of preventing war, this is the greatest challenge that our country will face during our lifetime.”