Green Like God

In conjunction with FaithWords, a division of the Hachette Book Group, UrbanWorkbench has two copies of Green Like God by Jonathan Merritt to give away! Details at the bottom of the post. Everyone is talking about the environment. It is the topic of choice at social functions, it is a buzzword like “sustainability” that has […]

Commercial Recycling

Update: The New York Times featured an excellent article on the current situation with recycling in North America, profiling a number of recycling companies… A sign at the office of North Shore Recycled Fibers tells clients of a new policy: instead of paying for cardboard, the company will charge a penny a pound to accept […]

The Social Reality of Outsourcing

While corporations in America look to keeping their bottom line in the black – few of the consumers (as we’ve been reduced to) wandering around their local WalMart in a retail induced stupor realize or care how reliant North America has become of outsourced labor and factory work – and what the implications fo the […]

Goats on the Front Line of Weed Control

[ad#125-right]Many communities in the Kootenays face massive problems with invasive weed species, particularly along rural road shoulders and on the fringes of urban development. A recent article by CBC describes a study lauding the benefits of goats in combating this problem – which is likely to get worse with climate change.  The study, led by […]

Giving Green a Bad Name

Am I just a grumpy old man? At 33 I’m not sure what is giving me a case of the grumpy’s today, but the distinct lack of understanding that being a consumer inherently means that you are probably not green, and lists of ways to be greener that tell you to stop using staples are […]

GreenWashing the Vancouver Sun

The Vancouver Sun thinks that by people signing up for electronic invoices, rather than paper ones, that it is helping the environment. Can someone please remind these people that they run a newspaper? Another case of corporate greenwashing that is meaninless when taken in context of the whole operation. digg_url = ‘https://urbanworkbench.com/greenwashing-the-vancouver-sun’;