Blog Profiles: Environmental and Green Blogs
Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, PR Newswire media relations manager Christine Cube selects an industry or subject and a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting, contributing, and blogging about the space. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tell Christine why on PR Newswire for Bloggers.
We’re a week out from Earth Day.
While looking for good examples of environmental and green blogs, I was struck by the sheer amount of awesome content out there. It’s amazing how folks are blogging about green living. I uncovered eco-friendly office spaces, upcycled dog houses, green toys, and environmentally friendly structures and cars. Much like the food blogs I reviewed last week, here’s another category that was difficult to narrow down.
Let’s start with TreeHugger. Here’s a site simply dedicated to “driving sustainability mainstream.”
Partial to a modern aesthetic, the blogs strives to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.
TreeHugger has a core writing team of seven. Its managing editor is Toronto-based Lloyd Alter, who has been an “architect, developer, inventor and prefab promoter.”
I like TreeHugger because its content is wide sweeping. It covers design, technology, transportation, science, business, living, energy, and social.
The first solar plane to fly around the world recently was unveiled in Switzerland. Another post I enjoyed was nine tips on how to “eat clean” when you’re traveling. An honorable mention goes to this popular post on Michigan opening an international 600-acre Dark Sky Park. *Fascinating.
Follow @TreeHugger on Twitter.
The Earth Day Network Blog posts quite a bit about the massive global migration now underway that will “demand huge investments in energy, water, materials, waste, food distribution, and transportation over the next 25 years.”
According to the network, the first Earth Day took place April 22, 1970. It has since “activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.”
I like this blog because it discusses important global campaigns like Earth Day India and Earth Day Network’s partnership with ForestNation to launch a school fundraiser that encourages students to sell tree-growing kits. (For every kit sold, ForestNation will plant another tree elsewhere.)
Follow @EarthDayNetwork on Twitter.
The New York Times’s Dot Earth by Andrew Revkin examines the efforts to balance human affairs with the planet’s limits.
“Dot Earth tracks relevant developments from suburbia to Siberia,” the blog says.
I read with fascination about a pigeon that recently flew with traffic in Even New York Drivers Wowed by a White, Winged Commuter.
“Sure enough, it was a bird, moving at about the speed of the vehicles around it,” Revkin wrote. “I was thinking it must be a hawk, but as I caught up with it, I could see it was a pure white dove or pigeon — at my eye level — seemingly enjoying racing another Prius.”
Another post that I found interesting was U.N. Climate Report Authors Answer 11 Basic Questions.
Follow @dotearth on Twitter.
Grist is about making “lemonade out of looming climate apocalypse.”
This blog amuses me.
“Grist is a source of intelligent, irreverent environmental news and commentary that’s been around since 1999, when the internet was made of rubber bands,” it says. “We cover climate, energy, food, cities, politics, business, green living, and the occasional adorable baby animal.”
In it, a known sloth caretaker in Suriname was tapped to care for a bundle of displaced sloths from a forest clearing in Oct. 2012. What was to be a relatively small number of animals actually turned out to be a couple of hundred. Nearly all have since been returned to the wild.
Follow @grist on Twitter.
Inhabitat is a cool site about design that will “save the world.”
Inhabitat is devoted to the “future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.”
Among Inhabitat’s incredibly engaging content was Nano Water Chip Could Make Desalination Affordable for Everyone.
For bikers in Upper Manhattan, here’s a bit of good news: You could soon be getting your first protected bike lane.
And, under the category of neat architecture, Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron recently won an international design competition to build a nature-infused hospital in Denmark.
Follow @inhabitat on Twitter.
Christine Cube is a media relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. She would like to consider herself one with Earth Day. Follow her @cpcube.