Great Green Ideas…Earth Friendly Thinking

Federal Parks Access Pass

December 19, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth

There is a free Access Pass gives people with disabilities lifetime free entry to any of the over 2,000 Federal park and recreation sites. Glacier National Park. Photo by eleephotography Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or looking for a place to exercise, the Access Pass is a great way to enjoy America the beautiful. Use it [...]


December 17, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Corporate Green, Discover earth, Ocean

CuriOdyssey was founded in 1954 as the San Mateo County Junior Museum it was a great place with hands-on exhibits and a huge park to play. Later, its name was changed to  Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education.  It’s mission continued — bring science education to the children of the area. With animals to touch and [...]

Louis Sullivan, American Architect

November 18, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Corporate Green, Green Building

Sullivan and his team of craftsmen built the National Farmers’ Bank of Owatonna building in 1908 for $125,000 — more than $3 million in today’s dollars. The Owatonna jewel box is the largest of the Eight Jewel Box buildings —  at 4,600 square feet. Sullivan built it long after his 1891 Wainright building in St. [...]

News of the Mission Blue Butterfly

November 13, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Garden /Plants

The endangered Mission Blue butterfly is a local treasure. It lives in only  a few spots in the San Francisco area and on San Bruno Mountain favoring  various “flavors” of lupine for its meals. This butterfly has been at the heart of a long controversy that has affected development and won the hearts of school children.  [...]

Bee News – What they Need!

November 04, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Food

Whether we know it or not, we’ve declared war on our native bees. Habitat destruction, overdevelopment, and shrinking plant diversity all impact native bee populations. At a time when honeybees are disappearing, we need our native pollinators more than ever. If you’re a gardener or homeowner, you can make a difference. Here are 12 things [...]

One of the Best Olive Oil Discussions

October 14, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Health and Beauty

It is great to have a lively discussion about Olive Oil. It costs enough that you’d really like to get something nice and Healthy. Take a look at this link it is a thoughtful review of Trader Joe’s Oils and the discussions are worth reading.

“Green” Your Commute

October 14, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Bike riding, Health and Beauty

When you choose “greener” commuting options such as walking, cycling, public transportation or car pooling, you reduce our consumption of natural resources, and could even reduce your stress level and save money. In fact, according to the American Public Transportation Association, households that use public transportation save more than $8,000 per year. Top tips for [...]

Fishing made Dale a Community Champion

October 14, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Ocean

Inspired by a donation from his wife’s grandfather, Dale Ortmann began collecting, repairing, and giving away fishing rods to children in March 2013. Now Ortmann has introduced more than 350 children to fishing the Allegheny River in and around Armstrong County in Pennsylvania. And his efforts are drawing national attention. Ortmann collects and refurbishes old [...]

Drop, Cover, Hold On – Earthquake Drill 10-16

October 09, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events, Global Understanding

Coming to a building near you, or perhaps the buidling YOU work in!  On Thursday, October 16, at 10:16AM, millions of people worldwide will participate in the 2014 Great California ShakeOut where they will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”.  The intent of the ShakeOut is to give everyone a chance to practice earthquake response, how to [...]

Coconut Oil, a Superfood

September 26, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Essential Oils, Food

 What an AMAZING food, culinary treat, so very Wonderful – from Nutiva. ‘Coconut is one of the world’s most nourishing superfoods. This creamy taste of the tropics is great for sautéing and baking, enhancing your favorite recipes, and body care. Our virgin coconut oil is cold-pressed and never refined, deodorized or bleached! Savor its rich [...]