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14 posts from May 2006

May 01, 2006

Fast Fact

A computer running a screen saver uses almost ten times as much energy as one in "sleep" mode.

Rural Respite

MassGrown Map Bored with Boston? Cooling on Cape Cod? The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources hopes to lure locals and visitors off the beaten path with its colorful map of "agri-tourism" destinations. From farm B&Bs and wineries to hayrides and corn mazes, there's a sample of rural life--and locally grown food--for every taste. Those with heartier appetites for the country can contact groups like Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, which matches host farms with volunteers for longer stays.

(Illustration courtesy of Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources)

The Buzz

"These cars are just as good, they're just as fast, and they use less gas, so I don't understand why everyone isn't driving one."

--actor Matt Damon on hybrids
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"Any flashy car turns me off. It's just so not environmentally conscious."

--actress Kirsten Dunst, quoted in In Touch Weekly magazine
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"Soccer moms, taco shops, even real estate developers--mainstream America is starting to pull the plug and rely on homegrown solar energy. Call it the dawn of the hygrid age."

--Wired magazine

Advice for Lawn Lovers and Baseball Buffs

Hey Mr Green In the May/June 2006 issue of Sierra, Mr. Green offers suggestions for maintaining your "big green square of homogeneous turf" naturally and getting local ballparks on the recycling bandwagon.

Do you love or loathe lawns? How can public venues best encourage recycling? Send your thoughts and questions directly to Mr. Green, or weigh in in the comments section.

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