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Go Off-Grid in 7 Steps

By Amanda Bancroft Recently, I connected with CountryLivingUniversity.com, whose slogan is “Skills you need now for the tough times ahead.” It isn’t an extensive website, with only three free videos

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Save the Ozarks with Solar Panels

By Amanda Bancroft Sometimes, living a sustainable lifestyle is as easy as eating a delicious organic cookie. More often, it’s as hard as trying to figure out how to fuel

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The Social Science of Carpooling

By Amanda Bancroft Recent studies suggest that baby opossums are better at carpooling than Americans. Just kidding. But seriously, only 10% of Americans carpool, and that includes those who ride

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Wildlife Rehabilitation Superheroes

By Amanda Bancroft Ever fantasize about what it would be like to don a cape and become a superhero with special powers that you could use to save the world

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Ripples Field Trips

By Amanda Bancroft Since the beginning of Ripples in the fall of 2011, we have made over 20 site visits to places where sustainability is a way of life. From

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Water Independence: Catchment Systems

By Amanda Bancroft Water catchment, or rainwater harvesting, is not just for the vegetables. It’s also for drinking, cooking, cleaning, watering farm animals and even preventing urinary tract infections in

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Sun Tea and Solar Cookers

By Amanda Bancroft There’s nothing like letting the sun be your chef, free of charge! With the proper safety measures, making sun tea and cooking with solar energy can enhance

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Alternative Transportation Tips for Summer

Alternative transportation should instead be…

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Why EcoVillages?

By Amanda Bancroft Anyone can live in an eco village, except Elvis Presley (despite what witnesses may say). But that doesn’t mean everyone wants to. There are benefits and drawbacks

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Make Ripples by Recycling Odds & Ends

By Amanda Bancroft Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could feed hungry people with unwanted household junk? No, not by feeding them junk, of course! By recycling your odds &