Green Keener is a monthly column chronicling one urban woman’s quest for a greener way of life, without compromise to her fabulous lifestyle.


The Tarball Chronicles (2011)

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David compels readers to consider “that the places we are now getting our fuel from are our most beautiful places. Think of Alaska, or…the miraculous Mississippi Delta and the Gulf…we couldn’t develop these coasts without the fuel that destroys them, and in getting the fuel we destroy the initial attraction of the places.”


Green Acres are the Place To Be

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Thanks to my green keener pledge, I started thinking about jumping into the local food movement and using my small urban deck to grow some vegetables in containers. This led me to seek some candid advice from a former urban-dweller who recently gave up city life for greener pastures. Here’s what Brent Preston, co-founder of The New Farm, has to say about growing into a farming career.


Home Sweet Healthier Home

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Our Green Keener sat down with Jan and Tim Singbeil to talk about healthy, environmentally friendly homes.


Sparkles from Beyond Champagne

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Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery is using eco-friendly farming practices to produce award winning brut and rosé brut in nearby St. Catharines, Ontario.


Fluff and Fold :: The Dryer Edition

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Given my recent laundry washing adventures, I decided to investigate some eco-friendly dryer options. I grew up in suburbia, where my childhood backyard featured a clothesline (likely the greenest drying option), but we typically only used it for swimsuits and towels in the summer months. Now, my urban backyard is extremely compact, and not suitable for a clothesline.


A Clean Start to Washing Clothes

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Green Keener is a monthly column chronicling one urban woman’s quest for a greener way of life, without compromise to her fabulous lifestyle. My 2012 resolution list actually started back in the summer of 2011 with this column. In addition to these chronicles, I’m now reading environmentally themed books and websites, stocking my home with [...]


Floral Inspiration

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Green Keener is a monthly column chronicling one urban woman’s quest for a greener way of life, without compromise to her fabulous lifestyle. Recently, I found myself searching online for a floral arrangement to send to a friend. Given my heritage, this got me thinking about how odd it is that I don’t have a [...]


Bring on the Bubbly…Water

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Green Keener is a monthly column chronicling one urban woman’s quest for a greener way of life, without compromise to her fabulous lifestyle. “Con gas?” Waiters kept asking me this question when I was in the Piedmont region of Italy. Together with 20 foodies and wine lovers, I was on a culinary tour led by [...]


From Around the World to Around the Corner: Sourcing Greener Cat Food

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Green Keener is a monthly column chronicling one urban woman’s quest for a greener way of life, without compromise to her fabulous lifestyle. Cordelia, my 2.7 kg (6 lb) housecat, is yet again running low on provisions. Fully clawed, and theoretically capable of fending for herself, my Russian Blue’s diet is limited to what I [...]


The Good, The Green and The Keen

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Green Keener is a monthly column chronicling one urban woman’s quest for a greener way of life, without compromise to her fabulous lifestyle. Ferris Bueller was, and still is, my hero. Perhaps that’s because, in high school, I was more of a Jeanie. In my final year, I’d wake up at 5:30 a.m. and conduct [...]