My partner and I are very seriously thinking about moving to my family farm once our lease is up here in the big city next May. In short, we want to homestead/farm. We are not preppers. We enjoy animals, nature and working hard with our hands. We have savings. Yes, I know how hard farming is. I'm experienced. My partner is a carpenter. We are growing weary of life in the city, find ourselves to be somewhat reclusive and disenchanted with our daily routines. We would also like to be closer to our families. [more inside]
My latest temporary job is coming to an end this week and I have six months of living expenses saved up. Rather than jumping into another temp office job, I'm looking to use the time in a more productive way to further longer-term life goals, such as moving to a new environment in another part of the country and improving my quality of life and improve my (especially mental) health. How can I maximise the time and resources I have to get out of my rut and into a life that's more worth leading? [more inside]
I'd like to get your recommendations for literature, research, etc.- academic and otherwise- on behavioral change. [more inside]
Is anyone aware of an upper-division undergraduate or masters level course - or materials for such a course - with the following criteria. The course should describe, holistically, both scientifically rigorous descriptions of chemistry as well as sociological/anthropological implications of this science that illustrate the intersections of chemistry/biochemistry with sustainability. [more inside]
I'm a young, aspiring urban planner, and over the next month my friend and I will be driving from San Francisco to Portland and then to Seattle. What should I see in these cities that will be interesting from a planner's/social justice/sustainability perspective? [more inside]
I have this pipe dream of settling down somewhere extremely rural and building a self-sufficient, environmentally friendly home. I've got a lot of ideas floating around in my head, but I'm always looking for new ones. How would you go about setting up such a dwelling? (Or how did you do it, if you've done it yourself?) I'm ideally looking for ground-up plans, but all ideas are welcome. [more inside]
I need a grant writing intern for my non-profit. Possibly several. Do you know what universities have good green technology or permaculture degree tracks that would be a good place to start looking? (many snowflakes inside) [more inside]
I'm working on a story where some people live in a cave and have to grow their own food inside. I would like some idea of what could realistically be grown in this situation (more details below). [more inside]
I've been having quite a reflective period in my life of late, with some changes coming up, and one of the things I've come to realise is that I'm not happy with my current work-heavy lifestyle. I want to optimise my life for happiness, peace, community rather than work and money. How do I do that, sustainably? I am open to all sorts of options. [more inside]
I'm searching for a quotation that was paraphrased to me as
Talking about sustainability should not be like doing taxes, it must be like writing a love letter.The person (architect, with interest in sustainable design) who paraphrased this to me is certain this is not the actual quotation and citation, and believes it came to her attention within the past seven years.
I may have an opportunity to teach a ten week class to ninth graders about food, cooking, and sustainability. These are topics that interest me and that I pursue in my spare time, but I'm realizing I don't know as much as I thought I did-- what books, resources, concepts do I need to study in order to get a real grasp on this so I can teach it well? [more inside]
Looking for topical DVDS (short films, docos, movies) exploring Sustainability as a theme. [more inside]
Going to Detroit. I need recommendations on the cool places to see regeneration, sustainable initiatives, parks, art, urban agriculture, etc. (the innovative stuff that makes Detroit awesome!) [more inside]
Twice a pioneer, with career disrupted by immigration and maternity, needs badly to reinvent herself. Ideas? [more inside]
I'm interested in joining/starting some kind of sustainable, intentional community in Hawaii. I've done some basic googling and found some WWOOF places, but I was hoping Metafilter could give more personal feedback. I'm in Honolulu right now and have funds to put roots down elsewhere in the islands. Can anyone recommend a good sustainability course, farm, or personal contacts?
How do I live off-the-grid... [more inside]
Has anyone broke through a weight loss plateau and managed to maintain their progress? [more inside]
Where can I find good ideas that a high-tech corporate office can adopt as part of a sustainability initiative [more inside]
Companies/corporations that use strongly human- and earth-friendly business practices and ethics? [more inside]
ARCHITECTURE/URBAN DESIGN: Looking for innovative, green construction materials (think porous pavement, green walls). Catch--I need to get my hands on a few samples in two weeks. [more inside]
What can I buy that is not Designed for the Dump? Is there a "Buy This Not That" resource for this type of thing? Also, I'm poor, but I'm willing to invest if it really will last. [more inside]
Please advise on how to organize an Alleycat style bike event fundraiser for my nonprofit workplace, and how to make it AMAZINGLY FUN.
Please give me some advice on how to organize an Alleycat style bike event fundraiser for my nonprofit workplace, and how to make it AMAZINGLY FUN. [more inside]
Useful resources for teaching high-school students about alternative energy? [more inside]
Is there an eco florist in your town? I'd like to hear from you! I have been inspired by this florist in Melbourne I recently discovered. I've had a wander around the internets but I'm aware that many small or very local businesses around the world may not have webpages or publicity. [more inside]
What are the best resources/where might I be able to find statistics around agriculture/food supply? I'm interested specifically in being able to do comparisons between inputs and costs between industrial and local/sustainable agriculture. [more inside]
What journals should I make a habit of reading regularly to stay current in my field and research interests? I am mostly interested in GIS, Renewable Energy and Sustainability. [more inside]
I want to help guide the development of "new" environmentalism... Where should I (educated/trained as an Ecologist) start on a career change into media (online/web development)? better explained... [more inside]
List of organic brands (Food/Cosmetics/Cleaning products) that are not subsidiaries of major corporations? Examples: Nature's Gate, EarthBalance. Have already used this and this.
Coffee filter (!): Is there any type of coffee available for purchase that's certified Fair Trade and also certified by the Rainforest Alliance?
wrongjobfilter: It's a bad fit and I'm a mess, leave or stick it out, and if so, for how long? [more inside]
Seeking a field that blends radical left-wing politics and sustainability with technology without diluting any of them. [more inside]
Safeway: regular brands and house brands out the wazoo. It says organic, but is it? [more inside]
Interested in the field of sustainability consulting and design - questions and concerns inside [more inside]
Can you suggest interesting--but not too long--articles on consumerism, for the College Writing class I teach? [more inside]
Could we feed the current world population using purely organic farming methods? [more inside]
What are the good sustainable agriculture blogs? [more inside]
I'm looking for information about starting a "free university" around the subject of creating a more sustainable and vibrant local economy. [more inside]
I tend to get very excited about lots of different projects and overcommit myself. I can be happily insanely busy for a while, but then I get overwhelmed, freak out and flake out. I don't want to do this anymore. How can I find balance and learn to work sustainably?
What are the most exciting developments that are actually functioning in ecology, sustainability and alternative technologies? The more specific the better! [more inside]
Farmer's market and co-op conundrum: what can I use to carry my veggies instead of plastic bags? [more inside]
I'm looking for a fairly recent book about leadership during times of major change written by a female author. [more inside]
What potential or existing strategies are there for developing large urban economies without relying on international investment, transnational corporations, etc.? [more inside]
Zero waste is the topic. Turned up zero hits in my AskMeFi search. [more inside]
I'm looking for a magazine from the early 70's that was geared towards natural hippy lifestyles, homesteading, composting, crafts, self-sustainability and organic gardening. Does this ring a bell with anyone and can you help me find some back copies?
What are the relative environmental impacts of procuring a *single serving* of wine, liquor, or beer? [more inside]
I have a couple of half-full bags of stale coffee beans that no longer make good coffee. Aside from throwing them in the trash, what can I do with old beans? [more inside]
Is anybody familiar with one or more good textbooks (or introductory volumes) on technology development and/or deployment? [more inside]
I am a grad student in a computer engineering program who has recently become interested in sustainability. Please help me figure out how best to use my talents to have a positive impact on society. [more inside]
Does bamboo burn in fireplaces and wood stoves? I'm wondering if I can use it to heat a house, since it's far more renewable than trees.
As a "peak aware" twenty something with parents within range of retirement, I've been persuading my family over the last five years to plan for a future with dramatically reduced energy supply. I want us to start a long-term transition to green -- and more importantly, I want us to live in a community that's green or at least capable of making a similar transition. (We currently live in hot pink Miami.) I don't just mean I want to feel good about recycling, but I don't quite mean an intentional community like Earthaven, which would be a step too far for my family. How can I find a community that has the elements necessary for localized, self-sufficient living? Search advice and specific endorsements are both welcome. [more inside]
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