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compost even when you’re not allowed

Many jurisdictions do not allow food waste compost in your backyard. Or maybe the tiny little counter compost fills up every day and you’re not in the mood to trudge through the snow to put it in your bin. Yes, that’s me.
Though an investment at $299 this indoor composter by NatureMill is a great solution!



wouldn’t this be lovely??

We not only bring our reusable bags to the grocery store, but also bring our used plastic produce bags for fruits and veggies. We reuse them until one day all the limes fall out of the bottom! Unfortunately, same produce is already packaged – spinach, cucumbers, mushrooms – in oftentimes undesirable styrofoam trays. I came across this post on Inhabitat and thought “wouldn’t this be great?!” Leave it to a collegiate European, Ben Huttly, a Visual Communication student at the Arts University College at Bournemouth(UK), to come up with this clever, biodegradable, plantable, zero-waste packaging for fruits and vegetables.

baltimore county compost bin and rain barrel sale 2011!

On Saturday, April 30, 2011, Baltimore County will host a joint compost bin and rain barrel sale. The sale will be held on the auxiliary parking lot of THE AVENUE at White Marsh, 8125 Honeygo Blvd (behind the movie theater across Town Center Drive). This sale will be a one-day event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Compost bins and rain barrels will be sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

The compost bin for sale is once again The Earth MachineTM, made from recycled plastic with an 80-gallon capacity, easy snap together assembly, and a ten-year warranty.

The rain barrel for sale is once again the Systern Rain Barrel. The Systern Rain Barrel is made from recycled plastic with a 55-gallon capacity, a mosquito mesh to keep bugs and debris out, and a five-year warranty. It also comes with installation instructions, spigot, screws, and an overflow hose.

Compost bins, valued at $100, will be available for the low price of $35, including tax. Rain barrels, valued at $120, will be available for the low price of $50, including tax. There is no limit on the amount of compost bins/rain barrels you may purchase at this event and both items will be sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. Cash, checks, or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) will be accepted and you do not need to be a Baltimore County resident to purchase a compost bin or rain barrel

michael hindle will be a speaker at the 2010 passive house conference in portland, oregon

Congratulations to Michael Hindle, cphc who has been asked to speak at the 2010 Passive House Conference held in Portland, Oregon, November 4-7. Michael will be discussing his efforts on creating Baltimore County’s High Performance Homes bill and incorporating the Passive House standard in the process.

Baltimore County’s High Performance Homes Bill offers a property tax credit to homeowners who invest in improving the energy efficiency of their homes. The Bill went into effect June 25, 2010. The amount of the tax credit is a percentage of the total County property tax assessed on the home that is equal to the percentage of increased energy efficiency achieved in the process of renovation or new construction. The tax credit starts at 30% efficiency for three years and increases to a carbon neutral home with a 100% tax credit for five years. Michael and Carri Beer, AIA, LEED ap worked assiduously with Councilman Vince Gardina to make this bill a reality for Baltimore County residents.

baltimore biodiesel creates first solar powered fueling pump!

in true sustainable lifestyle fashion, baltimore biodiesel coop, with it’s genius volunteers, has created and built the first solar powered fueling pump station in the country! the pump is located at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. As a driver of a biodiesel powered car and member of the coop, I am so proud of what you guys have done! Freedom from Petroleum!

FREE trees from TreeBaltimore!

TreeBaltimore is giving FREE trees again! Listed are April’s upcoming events.

  1. Patterson Park Charter School, 04/13/10 from 6-8
  2. Eddie’s of Roland Park, 04/20/10 from 10-2
  3. Dickey Hill Elementary, 04/22/10 from 10-noon
  4. Walter P. Carter ES and Rec Center, 04/23/10 and 04/24/10 from 9-noon
  5. Collington Square Park, 04/30/10 at 11 am

common ecology

who we are? common ecology is an environmental educational resource founded and supported by Carri Beer, Rob Brennan + Michael Hindle of Brennan + Company Architects and alterego. We are a group of architects, artists and designers dedicated to creating healthy, cooperative lifestyles.

mission? empower each other through education and inspiration to create healthier communities and sustainable lifestyles.

how are we doing this? We have started the process by creating a Framework for Healthy Communities + Sustainable Lifestyles TM. This is an on-line document that has been developed as an educational tool to be accessed by everyone.  Our hope is that while reading through this information you and your neighbors will be inspired to create a grassroots change to better our environment and way of life.  We are available to present this guide to your community, county, business or organization. Please contact us to arrange a workshop or presentation.

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