<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Special Editions]]> <![CDATA[Zero waste heroes]]> Such plastic purging is slowly catching on in North America as awareness about plastic pollution and negative health effects grows. But for many practitioners, divesting their lifestyles of plastic waste can be challenging — and inconvenient. The Mandersons hope to change that.]]> <![CDATA[The magic five]]> I’ll be the first to admit it’s easy to let a few pounds sneak on over the winter. The opportunity to feast without (immediate) remorse around the holidays doesn’t help. It’s not until we try that first real hike or bike ride of the spring that it becomes obvious we’re a little off our game.]]> <![CDATA[Marijuana Growing Practices]]> The passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado legalized recreational marijuana for those 21 years of age or older, and House Bill 1317 initiated mandatory potency testing — but only for the recreational stuff.]]> <![CDATA[Profile of a sustainability hub]]> It’s been 10 years since the Alliance Center took up residence as a multitenant co-working space on Wynkoop Street in Denver; grassroots powerhouses like Conservation Colorado have anchored the center since it opened its doors in 2004. But this August, it emerged from eight months of multimillion-dollar renovation as a true bastion of sustainability.]]> <![CDATA[The pros and cons of industrial-scale solar]]> It’s an undeniably gruesome image: A bird soars over the Mojave desert, and suddenly, revoltingly, catches fire, streaks momentarily like a small meteor, and then seems to disappear, leaving only smoke. Seen from afar, some are calling them “streamers.]]> <![CDATA[Growing up the greener way]]> After a long and in some ways challenging winter that began with a deluge that saw flooded gardens wiped out early, gardeners are likely eager to be getting their fingers back into the soil this spring. Our Boulderganic is focused, first, on providing some information for growers and local farm shoppers interested to know how to expect our produce markets to have responded in the face of the floods last fall.]]> <![CDATA[Soot on snow]]> The duo of snowmobiles has climbed to over 6,000 feet elevation, halfway to the study site where researcher Susan Kaspari and her small team will dig into six feet of snow and sample for soot, more accurately known as black carbon.]]> <![CDATA[The dirt on reusing soil]]> In places where winters can get harsh — and there will be at least a couple of harsh winter weeks here on the Front Range — soil will expand and contract, so a mindful gardener will want to empty plastic, ceramic or clay containers to prevent them from cracking.]]> <![CDATA[Full backpacks, full stomachs]]> As the temperature drops and the leaves change color, kids around the nation get back into the swing of school. For some students it means little more than early mornings and evenings lost to homework, but for others, it means knowing they won’t go home hungry — at least during the week.]]> <![CDATA[Processed food nation]]> “I first started writing about the food industry about 10 years ago,” Warner continues. “When I started talking to people in the field of food science, they started telling me all these crazy things about the incredible technical complexity that goes into making our food.]]> <![CDATA[Fish food]]> The Aquaponic Source, a company based out of Longmont, hopes to increase the number of aquaponic systems being used in classrooms across that nation with their new Grants for Plants Foundation, but some Boulder County students are already reaping the benefits.]]> <![CDATA[Ahead of the game]]> The figurative rules of the game have changed for America’s electric utilities. Gone are the days of simply providing cheap, reliable energy to the masses; under the new rules, they are tasked with persuading their customers to use their energy more efficiently as well, and it is a task they struggle to perform.]]> <![CDATA[The plentiful bounty of fall]]> We go beyond food to look at how Colorado hemp farmers struggle to grow this newly regulated (and highly useful) crop, the difficulties the marijuana industry confronts in producing a truly organic product and how one century-old building is leading the way in sustainable architecture.]]> <![CDATA[A day in the life of a Boulder County GMO farmer]]> Paul Schlagel’s business purchases usually consist of irrigation piping or seeds, so it’s understandable that the farmer is eager to show off his new toy: a GPS-guided John Deere tractor.]]> <![CDATA[Shifting seasons]]> As fall harvests wind down, some backyard gardeners may think the work is at an end. But local agricultural experts agree that there are several steps that should be taken to make next year’s growing season even more bountiful. Or even prolong the current yield.]]> <![CDATA[Tomato jam that`s the jam]]> Despite how much I love ketchup, it never occurred to me that tomatoes could belong in jam.]]> <![CDATA[The healing power of frequencies]]> Past the meticulously manicured yard of Marybeth Keigher’s North Boulder house, surrounded by vibrant flowers and fountains, lies what appears to be a converted guesthouse that now serves as a studio for her acupuncture and sound healing practice.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder’s green economy brings in the green]]> The ticket out of the recession may be to recognize that economic recovery cannot be framed as a white-collar or blue-collar (or even a red or blue) issue. Building a vital and competitive economy will require innovative, growth-oriented thinking. It will require us to recognize that, this time, the real solutions may be in the hands of the green-collared workers.]]> <![CDATA[EPA under pressure to protect pollinators]]> Boulder-area beekeeper Tom Theobald, three other beekeepers from around the country and five environmental organizations filed a joint lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency for the agency’s alleged failure to protect bees and other pollinators from systemic neonicotinoid pesticides, which are commonly applied in the U.S.]]> <![CDATA[Power use and marijuana: Where the grass isn’t greener]]> Indoor marijuana grow operations aren’t as green as the weed they produce. According to data from Xcel Energy and estimates from those familiar with indoor growing, a single light used to grow 16 square feet of pot consumes about half as much energy as the average Colorado house in a one-month time frame.]]>