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The Green Economy: Win-Win Rather Than Either/Or

In uncertain times we tend to be more conservative, harking back to earlier recessions for tried and true remedies, or speaking in terms of limitation and tightening our belts. While these approaches may be valuable to our country right now, it's nice to know that sometimes the government need ...

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Tags: Economy, Green jobs, History

The total package: waste and saving money

Anyone who has ever felt a thrill at opening a nicely-wrapped gift can attest that there is an emotional appeal in packaging. Manufacturers of luxury products like perfume employ expensive packaging that may be a larger volume than the product it encases, all to evoke the lavishness of the scent ...

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Tags: Europe packaging, European waste policy, International trash

Melting Down and Sinking into Debt

An analysis of the financial crisis by Dr. Juliet Schor With the financial system in a meltdown, the underlying economy in recession (or worse), the American Dream is in even more in jeopardy than usual. Millions of Americans are wondering who caused this disaster, what does it say about the rol...

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Tags: Debt, Economic crisis

Bottled water has contaminants too, researchers say

The label may picture a pristine mountain stream or a bubbling spring, but bottled water's squeaky-clean image doesn't show the big picture: the contaminants that may be hidden in every swig. A two-year study by the Washington-based Environmental Working Group, an organization founded by scientis...

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Tags: Water contaminants, Water preservation, Water quality

No Impact Man and the Economy

The blogger known as No Impact Man posted an interesting explanation of the current economic situation. Here's an excerpt: But if our lives were more anchored in the other relationships, perhaps we would have less to be frightened of. What if our food and healthcare came locally, from our commun...

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Tags: Community, Economic policy, No impact man

On the Subject of Sacrifice

From the perspective of New American Dream, a particular moment stood out in Tuesday's second presidential debate. (Of course, several moments may have stood out for viewers, but for present purposes I am looking solely through the lens of New Dream's mission and message.) One of the questions f...

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Finding What Matters In Times of Crisis

We are in the midst of an economic crisis—one that threatens American jobs, homes, life savings. In troubled times, each of us must take stock of our situation and assess our own economic forecast. Facing catastrophic losses, we may not find silver linings, but in seeking the economic and emotion...

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Staying ahead of the curve while cutting back

A letter from the Executive Director The Center for a New American Dream, like so many other non-profits, faces some stressful financial uncertainty as volatile markets and talk of total financial meltdown dominate the public discourse. At the same time, we are perhaps, perfectly positioned. As ...

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Tags: Green office, Green workplace, Recession

Finding our Victory Gardens

"The speed of [the] conversion from a peacetime to a wartime economy is stunning," Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute writes of the US mobilization for the war effort during World War II. "The harnessing of U.S. industrial power tipped the scales decisively toward the Allied Forces, rever...

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Tags: American ingenuity, Great depression, History, Rationing, Victory gardens, World war 2

More Than a Fashion Statement

Apparently, Green is the New Black. (And because ever-trendy shops are selling t-shirts boasting that slogan, it must be true!). While the green-is-hip trend seems to be popping up everywhere, I started really noticing it with the rise of reusable grocery bags as a fashion piece. More and more, a...

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