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Soapbox Monday: How to handle air-conditioning

Monday, August 5, 2013, 4:55 PM
The Soapbox Monday series returns with a discussion on staying cool and green, today's blissfully cool temperature notwithstanding. Join greenlimbs Editor in Chief Lauren Leonard and me as we explore how you beat the heat and the guilt sometimes associated with the luxury of air conditioning. SANDY:... Read more

Soapbox Monday: What to do about urban litter?

Monday, March 4, 2013, 6:00 AM
Today, as a continuation of our monthly conversation, Lauren E. Leonard, editor of and I have been discussing litter. Here’s how it went: LAUREN: I grew up in a place where you just didn't litter. When I came to Philly for college, the thing that most made an impression on me... Read more

Soapbox Monday: What's under YOUR kitchen sink?

Monday, February 4, 2013, 11:37 AM
Today, Lauren E. Leonard of and I are are hoping to start a conversation about chemicals in everyday products ... by ‘fessing up about what’s under our kitchen sinks. Many cleaners contain caustic, even toxic, chemicals that may be bad for our health. There are alternatives... Read more

Soapbox Monday: Out with the incandescents, in with CFLs, LEDs

Monday, January 28, 2013, 7:22 AM
The efficiency upgrade for America's light bulbs continues. When the calendar turned to January, 75-watt bulbs joined 100-watters in having to meet new energy efficiency standards. Some have referred to the legislation, signed by President Bush, as a "ban" on incandesents. But that's not true. ... Read more

Soapbox Monday: How important is it to steer power use to off-peak times?

Monday, March 5, 2012, 11:52 AM
I struggled with this morning's column about off-peak power use. Somehow, I wasn't getting the logic worked out with one of the things I wanted to say. So I'll try it here: I wanted to make the point that a lot of people are against new nuclear power plants. They're against coal. They're against natural... Read more

Soapbox Monday: Power at a premium

Monday, February 20, 2012, 6:05 AM
I'm one of those annoying people who thinks we should actually be paying more for household electricity. That way, we might use less of it. So poor people wouldn't be penalized, the system could be weighted. The first X number of kWh would come cheap. It would be a family baseline. The next X would... Read more

Soapbox Monday: Is beef still on the table?

Monday, February 13, 2012, 2:26 PM
Interesting things have been going on with the nation’s meat consumption. In December, a U.S. Department of Agriculture livestock report indicated that “another sharp drop in U.S. domestic meat and poultry consumption is coming in 2012.” It also said the news should come as no surprise... Read more

Soapbox Monday: Is hunger an environmental issue?

Monday, February 6, 2012, 1:04 PM
I was probably a bit testy on the phone. The person calling wanted to tell me about a hunger project in Bucks County, and since I’ve somehow landed on lists of reporters who write about food — leading to all kinds of pitches that I have no interest in, such as what kind of Valentine candy... Read more

Soapbox Monday: The eco-sins of hotels

Monday, January 30, 2012, 4:19 PM
It’s true that hotels, motels and inns have made efforts to lessen their impact. Rare is the bathroom these days that doesn’t have a little sign telling guests to hang up their towels if they don’t want them replaced. The environmental cost of washing and drying all that terrycloth... Read more

Soapbox Monday: Are suburbs sustainable?

Monday, January 9, 2012, 12:58 PM
Are the suburbs on the way out? Environmental advocates have long held that the single family home on a wide swath of lawn, far from public transportation, is unsustainable. But still, the builders kept building, and people kept buying. In Friday’s paper, architecture critic Inga Saffron took... Read more
About this blog

GreenSpace is about environmental issues and green living. Bauers also writes a biweekly GreenSpace column about environmental health issues for the Inquirer’s Sunday “Health” section.

Sandy Bauers is the environment reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. She lives in northern Chester County with her husband, two cats, a large vegetable garden and a flock of pet chickens.

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