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Fedele Bauccio: The Man Who Cooked Up 136.5 Million Sustainable Meals Last Year

Food Inc.

The entire time we’re touring the University of San Francisco kitchen, which produces 4,000 meals a day for students and faculty, Fedele Bauccio holds my hand. It’s unconscious, but as he gets more excited—pointing out boxes of locally grown vegetables in the walk-in refrigerators and stopping at one of the food stations to taste the chile verde—his grip tightens.

Grab a Space for PARK(ing) Day 2009

Every September, a special kind of squatter hits the streets around the world, transforming metered parking spaces into mini parks. It's called PARK(ing) Day, and this Friday, September 18, expect to see fake grass, armchairs, planters, art—you name it, someone's got it. Everyone is encouraged to snag a coveted spot and set up shop, but remember to bring enough change for the meter (you are, after all, PARK(ing)). The project was founded by SF-based design collective Rebar, the same group that did the Panhandle band shell and is a wholly non-commercial, "open source" event. Creativity and imagination are highly encouraged. If spectating is more your thing, the project's Ning page includes a mapped of planned PARK(ing) spots here and elsewhere in the world.

Rockin’ Green Days

I’ve read a lot about artists going green, with tour buses run on biodiesel fuel and other steps taken to reduce their carbon imprint. Heck, Sheryl Crow even toured with Laurie David (“Stop Global Warming Now”). It’s always great to hear about the newly enlightened and good to know that they can lead by example.


photo courtesy of Radiohead

Closet Cleaning … and Greening

I love to pack for trips—it’s the unpacking that’s always a big drag. When I returned home from my holiday visit back East, I left my suitcase unzipped for a day. I opened it once to retrieve my toothbrush and toiletries, but closed it right back up. The next day I opened it but realized I had no empty hangers—or room in my closet—for anything new. Santa brought some clothing and accessories but I couldn’t fit them in my crammed closet. What’s a girl to do but take stock and clear out undesirables from her closet?


New Year’s Resolutions: Living Greener



It’s that time of year when we look back, and ahead, and make those New Year’s resolutions. Before the holidays, I asked everyone in the office to share their green resolutions for the New Year, and I expected a few sighs or some eye rolling, but everyone was forthcoming and enthusiastic about their do-good goals. (You can see the list here.)

For the Love of Reconstructed Tees

I am a big fan of Project Runway, and I become afflicted with something I call “Project Runway Syndrome” at the start of each season. What happens is that I suddenly become convinced of the fact that I, too, can be a fashion designer. I pull out my amateur box of sewing materials—basically needles and thread and sharp fabric scissors—and I take items from my closet that need some work. I have also visited my local thrift store for old T-shirts to doctor (remember, reusing old clothing is a form of recycling and keeps discarded clothing out of landfills). It’s usually T-shirts. I’m proud to say that I worked wonders on an old R.E.M. concert shirt but some of my other efforts were less successful.

Truly Brilliant Jewelry


courtesy of Brilliant Earth

I’m a girl who likes her jewelry—and I’m sure I get it from my grandfather, who liked to buy my grandmother diamonds. She wore them well, and I liked to try on her rings whenever they visited. Then they bought me my first dainty diamond ring when I was a teen—it was the beginning of a collection of sparkly baubles, big and small.

Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts

I’ve been invited to spend Thanksgiving with my boyfriend’s family and I want to make a good impression. I’m pretty proud of my apple pie recipe, which I’ve adapted from various cookbooks and I now make using organic flour, butter and sugar. Last year, one of the vendors at the farmers’ market recommended I use a blend of apples I hadn’t tried before and the results were great. So, I’ll make a pie.

Greening of a Fave Fashion Line

When I get complimented on something I’m wearing that’s made of organic cotton or bamboo, I get a big kick out of boasting, “It’s organic!” But only a few years ago, it wasn’t so easy. When deciding to green my life, it was easiest to start with home products (replacing toxic products like Windex and Fantastic with natural ones by Seventh Generation and Method). Then I focused on finding suitable substitutes for beauty products (out with Chanel, in with Dr. Hauschka). My closet? Not so fast. I was pretty attached to my favorite lines and was reluctant to sacrifice my style.

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