<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Special Editions]]> <![CDATA[Recycling 2.0]]> Hopefully, recycling glass, metal, paper and plastics has become second nature to most of us in Boulder County by now.]]> <![CDATA[Peak fitness]]> If you haven’t been to high altitudes in a while, you will likely feel the effects of the thin air. Serious health issues, including High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) can occur as low as 6,000 feet, but for the majority of Colorado residents, should not be an issue. However, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is an issue, which is why you should take steps to prepare for high altitude hikes.]]> <![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[A new shock to an old system]]> The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado is located in the world’s first LEED certified historic building, but the nonprofit isn’t stopping there — the century-old building will soon convert their electricity system from pure alternating current (AC) to also include direct current (DC).]]> <![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.]]> <![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[The endless possibilities of autumn]]> It can be hard to watch summer fade — those long days of sunshine seem to signal endless possibilities, awakening the child in each of us. But when we let go of summer, we realize there’s something equally exciting in the chilly autumn air.]]> <![CDATA[A community mission]]> Boulder’s first food co-op, The Second Kitchen, is trying to make a bigger difference when it comes to quality and sustainability of food distribution, while not forgetting their humble beginnings. The organization’s name is a tribute to those humble begins, when co-founder Sara Brody once used the second kitchen of her duplex to house large sacks of grains and other products for it’s first few years as a buy-in club.]]> <![CDATA[The rise (and fall) of developmental toxins]]> Recent research has made the public acutely aware of the growing list of commonly used industrial chemicals that are known to interfere with the human hormonal system. Like the Boulder Baby Company, many businesses across the country have shifted their business models to develop natural products that seek to create a toxic-free environment for kids.]]> <![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[Engineering citizens of change]]> Beyond economic prosperity, Boulder’s startup culture also shows a correlation between strong businesses and strong communities as evidenced by such organizations as the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, a trendsetter for economic community-mindedness that has provided more than $2 million in community funding, benefitting Front Range area nonprofits.]]> <![CDATA[Could consumer choice spell the end for GMOs?]]> <![CDATA[Yoga for the common folk]]> Tabitha Farrar places her hands and feet on her mat in the downward-facing dog position and releases a deep breath. When her face appears again, a smile breaks out. Her co-worker and, for the moment, yoga classmate, is squirming next to her while Ted Nugent plays in the background and the sound of glasses clinking and laughing rings out from the brewery bar in the next room.]]> <![CDATA[Making it rain]]> It’s a practice that was used for thousands of years, but with the development of sewage systems and chemical fertilizer, the practice of recycling urine and using it as fertilizer went by the way side. Recently, this old practice gained new momentum in the U.]]> <![CDATA[Get in a hot tub, get healthy]]> The radio show host of nearly 20 years studied biochemistry and graduated from pharmacology school at the University of Colorado Boulder in the ’80s — after receiving a broadcast journalism degree at Syracuse University.]]> <![CDATA[Zero-waste checklist]]> Here are the top five items that Eco-Cycle recommends taking with you to reduce waste in everyday life.]]> <![CDATA[Digging in to organic gardening]]> Ask four experts about how to make a garden grow, and you’ll get four different pieces of advice. What the experts have to say about cultivating healthy soil and when and where to water varies, but then, so do backyards.]]> <![CDATA[No lawn? No problem]]> Locally grown food just got closer. If you crave the flavor of home-grown carrots or cucumbers, the taste can be yours, even if you don’t have a backyard.]]> <![CDATA[Nice day for a green wedding]]> For all of the pageantry of many weddings, the most important part is that little two-minute bit you can barely see where the couple exchanges rings, does a secret handshake and passes notes to each other. Or whatever it is they’re doing up there.]]> <![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.]]>