Eco-Friendly Paris, Even the NY Times Is (Finally!) Taking Notice

If you pick up a Weekend Edition of the NY Times Travel section today, you will find inside a wonderful article highlighting some of Paris's green-friendly programs. Of special interest is the fact that Paris ranks number 10 as a Green City according to a report referenced at the 2009 UN Conference.


Most of the Green Points highlighted in the article have been written about already here on Greening Paris and also on our affiliate blog, Local Food And Wine. Both are published by Paige Donner c. Paige Donner, Ed-in-Chief. 


It's wonderful to see, this Earth Month 2011, that the NY Times, of which the International Herald Tribune is its global edition, sat up and took notice of what Paris is doing in a green-friendly way!


NY Times Article, HERE


You can also read it in Print in the April 10th 2011 edition of Travel Section.

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Sustainable Development Week

Today is the last day of France's week long celebration of Sustainable Development. It kicked off on April 1st with the Sustainable Consumerism Salon held at Paris's Pte. Versailles Exhibition Halls and ends today with a nod to all the accomplishments the various regions in France have made during the past year.
Aquitaine, known best for the city of Bordeaux, is the region in France that came out on top for its Sustainable Development efforts. Bordeaux opened its Maison Eco Citoyenne doors this Winter. It is located right on the waterfront and is pictured below.

Here, any citizen can wander in and learn more about sustainable habits whether they be for business, household, community or personal. Here is the Aquitaine's complete report card: In terms of the number of Eco initiatives it undertook in 2010, the Aquitaine was the number one region in France with 500 actions-plans registered in the Minister of Sustainable Development's program and 600 partners.
In France, in total, 3700 participants responded to the call to organize events and participate in sustainable development programs. They included: village associations, film screenings, art and public information exhibits, festivals, art studios...


If you missed the Consommateurs Durable at the Paris Exhibit Hall, not to worry, you can find online many of the farmers who will gladly sell directly to you from their farms.

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Problema The Movie is a documentary that answers questions and more importantly, doesn't shrink from asking the tough ones.

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It received a standing ovation at the recent European Independent Film Festival held in Paris. Its filmmaker told of the experience of assembling hundreds of "regular" people - who included the likes of Willem Dafoe - to participate in the roundtable that sought to provide answers to a few of the hundreds of thousands of questions submitted by people from around the globe.

IMPORTANT: Free Screenings

Problema is a completely not-for-profit film. Free Downloads of the movie are provided from the website. The filmmakers encourage Free Screenings and ask that you host Free Screenings as a way to fundraise for your preferred charities. Please see details on the WEBSITE HERE. 

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"Go Green" at The Grocery Store: Tips!

Posted by Ashley Bernard

On Behalf of the Bulk is Green Council

1.    Reduce waste! Buy just the amount you need – Whether it’s a pound or a pinch, put a stomp on food waste by buying just the amount you’ll use. Pay attention to the amount you select (or scoop, in the bulk foods section) when experimenting with a new spice in your favorite spaghetti sauce recipe or stocking up on trail mix for the kid’s lunches. Overdoing it only means you’ll pay, literally, the next time you rid your cupboard of outdated food.

2.    Reuse it and get rewarded! Bring your own bags and containers – Whole Foods and top supermarket chains praise (and sometimes pay) shoppers who use their own bags. Invest in glass Tupperware or give that empty cottage cheese container a second use by filling it with brown rice from the bulk foods section or a quinoa salad from the deli counter. Just ask the cashier to weigh your container ahead of time. While you’re at it, BYOB (bring your own bag). If you must go with single-use, opt for paper!

3.    Buy natural and organic, whenever possible – Not only are the pesticides and synthetic chemicals used in non-natural and non-organic foods often toxic to our health – they’ve been linked to cancer and other diseases – they’re bad for the environment. Tainted runoff from conventional farms washes into rivers and lakes, which contaminates waterways and threatens wildlife. Plus, the added benefits of buying natural and organic don’t have to mean added costs. By buying natural and organic in the bulk foods section of the grocery store, shoppers can pay 30 to 96 percent less on their grocery bill.

4.    Make it a one shop stop – Save gas, time and the environment by picking up all your groceries in one efficient trip. Visit your local co-op or supermarket, or consider cooking recipes made almost entirely with ingredients from one section of the grocery store, such as the bulk foods aisle to save time.  

5.    Turn the shopping over to the kids Get your little ones excited about being green by allowing them to select natural, organic or Fair Trade treats and snacks themselves. Be it in the natural foods section or the bulk foods aisle, they’ll enjoy the freedom and you’ll enjoy getting healthy and eco-friendly food into the grocery cart without a fight.


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Becoming Part of A Carbon Nation

Becoming Part of a Carbon Nation


by: Cliff Etheredge, Guest Blogger


My story begins in the spring of 2004. I had been a cotton farmer in the Roscoe area for almost forty years. The land I worked was all family land acquired since the 1920s.

I lost my right arm in a farming accident in 1972. Although this was a traumatic and life-changing experience, I continued farming because I was devoted to the land and my family's legacy of farming.

I was one of the lucky ones in that our son Scott decided to come home after graduation from college and become involved in our farming operation. His participation enabled me to study a couple of other interests, one being the building of wind farms on some of the ranch land in our county.

Since our land is all farmland located on a geographic region that has traditionally been plowed, and ranchland being the accepted area for wind farm development, I had to confront issues that had not been entertained before. Two of these issues were the large number of landowners and the small tracts of land. Much discussion and a savvy attorney helped satisfy the investor that these and other questions could be handled.

After holding many informational meetings we organized a landowners association. I then found a developer and attended a Finance and Investment workshop in New York City that resulted in contact with a potential wind farm partner in Chicago. A few months later our association was presented with a contract offer that, after negotiation, was accepted.

Construction of the Roscoe Wind Farm began in 2006 and was completed in 2009 with over six hundred windmills capable of supplying electricity to 265,000 homes. On June 15 of 2009 the Roscoe Wind Farm became the largest on the planet.

The benefits of the wind industry in our rural community spill into four counties and four school districts. Towns and cities for hundreds of miles in every direction feel the economic impact of these giant three-winged birds flying into the wind.

The publicity we have received from being the number one wind park in the world has given us the opportunity to contribute to the renewable energy industry in many ways. The most significant and far-reaching media event has been being included in the film Carbon Nation. This message to the American people is certainly timely and relevant in that the focus of the film is to provide a few solutions to the problems and answers to the questions plaguing our environment.

I strongly feel that as long as the general public is receiving correct information as in the form of Carbon Nation, we will be competent in guiding our leaders in protecting our planet.


Cliff Etheredge is a wind farmer in Roscoe, Texas. He is featured in the documentary CARBON NATION, which will open in theatres in New York on February 11 and in Los Angeles on February 18. For more opening cities and dates, visit



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