Ask Eartha: The Benefits of Composting

Dear Eartha, I’ve been a patient High Country gardener and haven’t yet planted my vegetable garden, or my annuals. While I’m waiting, I’ve been thinking of adding compost to the beds. Is it really worth it, or is fertilizer enough? I applaud your self-control! Multiple weeks of 60 and 70-degree weather send many gardeners’ minds […]

Ask Eartha: Hard-to-Recycle Items

Dear Eartha, I was surprised to learn I could recycle my mattresses for free in Summit County. What other hard-to-recycle items around my home should I know about? It may be surprising to find out there are quite a few items around your home that shouldn’t be tossed into the trash. Some items can be […]

Ask Eartha: Energy and Happiness

Dear Eartha, I know that to fight climate change, we all need to use less gas and less energy. But do I have to give up my creature comforts? How can I find some balance? This is an important question to consider in the wake of yet more discouraging news from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate […]

Ask Eartha: Creating a Sustainable Workplace

Dear Eartha, I’d love to help my workplace become more sustainable, but I don’t have a lot of time and it seems overwhelming. What do you recommend? Commercial buildings have a pretty big resource footprint. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, businesses across the country account for 18% of total energy […]