“Choices: The other half of the recycling equation,” by Pam Kirklin and Barb Stedman

Living lightly is about making choices. But as an Aug. 26 Star Press guest columnist explained, it’s sometimes hard to know the “right” choice to make when it comes to recycling, especially plastics. Many materials are recyclable but aren’t recycled, and other plastics simply…

“The Problem with (Recycling) Plastics,” by Susan Eichhorn

Last year, Chinese officials announced that, starting January 1, 2018, they would no longer accept certain trash and recyclables from other countries. This was necessary, they said, to protect the environment and public health of their people. So how is this policy trickling down…

Power of youth unleashed at Living Lightly, by Aistė Manfredini

When we think of the world’s influential change makers we don’t often think of children. During the past 20 years, governments and organizations throughout the world have begun to recognize children as citizens in the local and global community, providing them with opportunities to…

“Living Lightly: Breaking recycling myths,” by Susan Eichhorn

Recycling is one of those things that most people know is the right thing to do. That doesn’t mean they recycle regularly. It just means they get “it.” They know that it protects Earth and saves resources. But there is much more to recycling….

“Future forecast for Indiana: Hot,” by Donna Browne

If I say “August,” what do you say to yourself? Boy, it’s hot. How are the farmers’ crops doing? We need rain. “Heat in the Heartland: Climate Change and Economic Risk in the Midwest,” a 2015 report available online, projects the economic and health…

Living Lightly’s 10th Year, by Barb Stedman

Sometimes mistakes turn out to be blessings in disguise. Case in point:  For those of us who are planning this year’s Living Lightly Fair, a printing error on a street banner has proven to be a nice piece of serendipity. If you drove down…

Book Discussions at Living Lightly, by Melinda Messineo

Read any good books — with a group — lately? Often during summer we feel we can take the time to attend a book club meeting or savor that perfect beach read. As a professor of sociology at Ball State University, I regularly have…

Is your medicine cabinet bursting at the seams? Bring unused meds to Living Lightly!

Trying to figure out what to do with that leftover pain-killer from your knee surgery two years ago? Holding on to that five-year-old bottle of unused antibiotics, in case your sinus infection kicks in again? Pharmaceutical disposal is one of the latest hot-button topics…

Green Room Stories

Greenroom Stories Community Podcast What is sustainability, and why is it important to you? “Green Room Stories,” a project modeled after NPR’s Story Corps, records the testimony of Living Lightly patrons to create a snapshot of sustainable living in our community. 2015 contributors: John Vann Susan…

What happened at the 2015 Living Lightly Fair?

[Scroll down for photos.] Even though a thunderstorm rolled through Muncie the morning of the Ninth Annual Living Lightly Fair this fall, the event still attracted more than 1,900 attendees, including more than 125 volunteers who helped to make the fair a smooth-running event….