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A bike kitchen is a place for people to repair their bikes, learn safe cycling, make bicycling more accessible, build community, and support sustainable transportation by getting more people on bikes. Most bike kitchens have tools, parts, mechanics, and a community of knowledgeable cyclists.
Around the world there are thousands of bike kitchens — also known as bike churches, bike collectives and bike coops — and more popping up all the time (see maps here). For those interested in starting a bike kitchen in your town, we’ve rounded up the essentials of getting started, from finding the right space and volunteers, to raising money, getting the word out, defining community guidelines, and creating a space that is accessible and welcoming to all.
Read the full post at Treehugger.
My two kids and I head to the library every week and it’s one of my favorite things. I love getting a huge bag of books and feeling the excitement to get home and read them and see where they take us. It’s a strong memory I have from my own childhood and I cherish getting to repeat it with them, but the more time I spend at the library with my family, the more I realize its benefits go beyond just a bag of new books to read.
The resources libraries provide and the values they reinforce are making my kids into better human beings and helping the planet along the way.
Read the full story in Governing.
Nationwide, the percentage of workers who commute by car declined from 88 percent in 2000 to 86 percent in 2010-2013, according to a Stateline analysis of census numbers. Car commuting percentages were down dramatically in some urban areas, but also in smaller Western towns that are making a focused effort to promote alternatives.
Read the full story from NPR.
Food is the largest single source of waste in the U.S. More food ends up in landfills than plastic or paper.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 20 percent of what goes into municipal landfills is food. Food waste tipped the scale at 35 million tons in 2012, the most recent year for which estimates are available.
The enormous amount of wasted food is weighing on our food system.
The King County Solid Waste Program’s EcoConsumer Waste Calculator allows you to calculate the impact of your purchasing decisions. You can calculate the environmental impact of paper towels; magazines and catalogs; trash bags; razors; newspapers; dry cleaner products; and plastic milk and water jugs. Metrics are general, although they specifically relate them to King County or Washington State, based on their relative populations.
Read the full story in Fast Company.
Chances are, you have no idea what you’re eating–and what you are eating is way worse than you think. The Environmental Working Group’s new food database can help change that.