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Cover of Issue 13

Featured in this issue:


2006: The Year in Green


From business to politics to pop culture, the environment took center stage in 2006


By Victoria Schlesinger and Sarah Parsons



The Imperfect Gift


Wealthy donors give hundreds of millions of dollars a year to environmental causes. Too bad it's not being put to the best use.


By Liz Galst



The Kids are Alright


Today's left-leaning activists don't look like yesterday's - and that's okay


By Todd Gitlin



Volunteer Vacations


Take a vacation and save the environment at the same time


By Nicole Davis



Letter from the Editor


From Marches to Carbon Offsets


By Mark Spellun




Spectrum:

One Shot: Star Struck


By Jacquelyn Lane



Claim Check: Laundry Balls


Can a laundry ball really clean your clothes without chemicals?


By Alisa Opar



Fresh, Fading Fertilizer



Burning Question


What's your eco New Year's resolution?



By the Numbers: Troubled Waters



Garbage In, Garbage Out


What are Americans throwing away?



Quick Tip: Ski Patrol


How does your ski resort measure up when its eco-practices are put to the test?



Calendar


December/January



Current:


People: The Slowpoke


The founder of the Whole Earth Catalog believes in taking his time


By Kiera Butler



Tech: Let the Sun Shine


Hybrid solar lighting promises a brighter, less energy-hungry future


By Carol Ekarius



Business: Cool Beans


Sustainable coffee is going mainstream. Is this a good thing?


By Sarah Schmidt



Business: What's in a Label?


Almost all certified coffee in the U.S. falls into at least one of these categories—and it’s not hard to find beans that are double- or even triple-certified.


By Sarah Schmidt



Motion: Socket to You


Maybe the electric car isn't so dead after all


By Danielle Wood



Thinking: Food Scare


What will happen to agriculture when the oil runs out?


By Bryant Urstadt



Thinking: Words of a Feather


Essays from the man who brought birding to the masses


By Kiera Butler



Thinking: New and Noteworthy




Living:


Home: In Sync


An architect's house gets back in touch with nature


By David Sokol



Home: Questions for a Green Designer


By Deborah Snoonian



Home: Wiggle Room


One New Yorker aims to put worm compost bins under every kitchen sink


By Emma Johnson



Home: Create Your Own Worm Compost


By Emma Johnson



Culture: Trail Blazer


Snowbiking is surprisingly easy to learn - not to mention ridiculously fun


By Christine Richmond



Retreads: Holiday Giving Your Way


Two easy, eco-friendly items you can make for the people on your holiday list


By Christy Harrison



Retreads: Material World


It’s easy to go overboard at craft stores, but with a little guidance, it’s also easy to go green


By Danny Seo



Retreads: Sundae Bath



Style: Flights of Fancy


Heather Schibli draws inspiration from an unexpected bird


By Elizabeth Barker



Style: Ready to Rewear


Mainstream retailers give your old duds new life


By Erika Villani



Health: The Lowdown on Lipids


Some fats are better for you - and the earth - than others


By Rachel Wharton



Food: A Classic Christmas Feast


Two retro holiday foods are ahead of the sustainability curve


By Christy Harrison



Food: Roast Goose with Chestnut and Fruit Stuffing



Food: Brewing a Revolution


Beermakers are using a variety of environmental tactics


By Joshua M. Bernstein



Food: The Holiday Spirit


By C.H.



Food: Soda-Club Home Soda Maker



Green Gear:


The Green Gift Guide


You want to give your loved ones something special, but you don't want to sacrifice your principles. No problem! We drooled over these superclassy green gifts - your friends and family will too.



Plenty Labs:


Greener Cleaners


By Sarah Schmidt



Dilemma


I love a fire in my fireplace, but I hear it’s not the best thing for air quality. Is there anything I can do to make building a fire less polluting?



The Last Word: Tall Order


Would you give up your backyard and move to the 80th floor to save the planet?


By Christopher Bonanos




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