Sustainability and Environmental Education
- 20/20 Vision
www.2020vision.org 20/20 Vision empowers citizens to speak out for a clean environment and a world free of nuclear weapons with new actions each month
www.actforchange.com ActForChange makes it easy for people to become online activists and speak out on behalf of progressive issues. By combining progressive news with opportunities for citizen action, ActForChange is a powerful and far-reaching catalyst for social change.
- Campaign Finance Reform
http://www.citizen.org/congress/reform/refhome.html Visit Public Citizen's site to learn more about the McCain-Feingold-Cochran Campaign Finance Reform Bill. Fax your senators urging them to support the bill and oppose any effort to prevent the bill from being heard.
- The Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods
www.thecampaign.org Send letters to Congress, government agencies and grocery stores. Send e-mail to the media. Get updates about where your participation can make the biggest difference now.
www.giveforchange.com Make on-line donations to a wide range of social change organizations.
greencar.policy.net Take 30 seconds to jump start American automakers -- send them the message to find a new direction today!
- No Downers - A Farm Sanctuary Campaign
www.nodowners.org Write to the Food and Drug Administration to urge that they grant a petition to prohibit the slaughter of downed animals.
- Save Hemp
www.SaveHemp.org Send an updated pre-written letter to all of your elected officials and the DEA telling them that you oppose a ban personal care products made with hemp
Sustainability and Environmental Education
Food Safety, Organic Food and GMOs
- Center for Food Safety
www.foodsafetynow.org/ Includes editable e-mail letter to the FDA Commissioner demanding labeling for GMO foods (Do something!)
- Consumers Union
www.consumersunion.org/food/food.htm Lists press releases, letters and discussion papers on the topic of genetically modified foods and more
- Friends of the Earth Real Food Campaign
www.foe.co.uk/realfood/index.html A family guide to choosing healthy, GMO-free foods with information from around the world
- International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
http://www.ifoam.org International organization promoting sustainable agricultural systems worldwide
- Local Harvest
www.localharvest.org Searchable database of organic farms, CSAs, farmers markets and more across the US
- National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
- Organic Consumers Association
www.purefood.org/ Includes info on the BioDemocracy Campaign, a public interest organization dedicated to building a healthy, safe, and sustainable system of food production and consumption
- OrganicHub Search
www.organichub.com/ All organic search engine
- Organic MD
www.organicmd.org Health education web site presenting clear, straightforward advice from a physician
- True Food
www.truefoodnow.org/ Greenpeace’s site devoted to the campaign against genetically engineered foods
- "Why Labeling Genetically Modified Organisms is Pointless"
www.ratical.org/co-globalize/labelingGMOs.html A call to ban GMOs altogether from an EarthFirst!er in the UK
- Willing Workers on Organic Farms
www.wwoof.org WWOOF is dedicated to helping those who would like to work as volunteers on organic farms internationally
- Acorn Designs
www.acorndesigns.org Recycled and tree-free notecards, stationery and journals, and organic cotton t-shirts
www.conservatree.com Looking for information on environmentally-friendly papers? Let this nonprofit web site be your guide.
www.eco-artware.com Practical and pretty art pieces crafted from reused and recycled materials
www.ecomall.com "Earth's Largest Environmental Shopping Center"
www.greenpeople.org The world's largest searchable database of eco-friendly products.
www.shop4change.com A percentage of the sales from ShopForChange go to progressive social change organizations nationwide.
- Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life
www.coejl.org COEJL engages Jewish institutions and individuals in bringing the moral passion of Jewish tradition and social action to environmental stewardship in order to preserve the integrity of creation, advance social justice, protect future generations, and strengthen the Jewish community.
- Center for a New American Dream
www.newdream.org "More fun! Less stuff!"
- Center for a Sustainable Economy
www.sustainableeconomy.org Non-profit, non-partisan research and policy organization that promotes innovative tax and other market-based approaches to achieving a sustainable economy -- one that integrates long-term economic growth, environmental quality and social fairness.
- Co-op America
www.coopamerica.org Non-profit helping consumers and investors use their power for social change.
- Communities by Choice
www.communitiesbychoice.org Living sustainably is not a choice . . . it's a lifetime of choices.
- Consumer's Choice Council
www.consumerscouncil.org Non-profit dedicated to protecting the environment and human rights through ecolabeling. Has info on a variety of policies relating to consumer choice including a fact sheet, proposed regulatory legislation, correspondence with leaders, positions of other countries and lots on WTO involvement.
- Earth Charter
www.earthcharter.org Sets forth fundamental principles for a sustainable way of life. Get involved in their efforts to spread the word.
www.ecotalk.org Listen to It's Your Environment! with host Lynn Landes on Mondays, 5:00-6:00 PM Eastern. Lynn is the founder of Zero Waste America and is the volunteer host of this enviro-talk show broadcast from WDVR-FM in New Jersey. Hear the show live or peruse the archives including an interview with Alliance for Sustainability President, Terry Gips.
- Environmental Research Foundation
www.rachel.org Subscribe to the popular publication Rachel's Environment and Health News and more.
- Friends of the Earth US
www.foe.org "Friends of the Earth is a national, non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the planet from environmental degradation; preserving biological, cultural, and ethnic diversity; and empowering citizens to have an influential voice in decisions affecting the quality of their environment -- and their lives."
- Hudson Valley Sustainable Communities Network
www.popsustainability.org Non-profit organization promoting more sustainable lifestyles through the tools of popular culture--the means of mass media and the arts
www.raventalk.com Resources for a sustainable planet future
- Rocky Mountain Institute
www.rmi.org "...Fosters the efficient and restorative use of resources to create a more secure, prosperous, and life-sustaining world"
- Sierra Club
www.sierraclub.org The US's oldest environmental advocacy organization - "Protecting the Environment...For Our Families, For Our Future"
http://www.sustainableusa.org Issues calendar of events and news on sustainability. Also includes chats, videos and audio interactives.
- Sustainability Institute
www.sustainer.org A think-do tank dedicated to sustainable resource use, sustainable economics, and sustainable community.
- Sustainable Harvest International
www.sustainableharvest.org Sustainable agriculture training program working with populations in four Central American countries
- Union of Concerned Scientists
http://www.ucsusa.org Scientific discussion of a wide range of topics from agriculture to arms control including briefings, case studies and an FAQ page--all in easy to understand terms.
www.worldwatch.org Dedicated to fostering the evolution of an environmentally sustainable society--one in which human needs are met in ways that do not threaten the health of the natural environment or the prospects of future generations.
- Zero Waste America
www.zerowasteamerica.org ZWA promotes the recycling of all materials back into nature or the marketplace in a manner that protects human health and the environment.
- National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides
www.beyondpesticides.org/ Features news, alerts, reports and more.
- Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
www.pesticide.org NCAP works to protect people and the environment by advancing healthy solutions to pest problems.
- Our Stolen Future
www.ourstolenfuture.org This web site (and book of the same name) examines the ways that certain synthetic chemicals interfere with human functioning
- Pesticide Action Network North America
www.panna.org/panna Explore PANNA's extensive resources, find out about the organization and work, and join them in the fight to reduce the use of hazardous pesticides.
- Envision Sustainability Tools
envisiontools.com/splash.htm Produces sustainability software for environmental modeling.
- Hart Environmental Data
www.sustainablemeasures.com/ Hart Environmental Data develops indicators that measure progress toward a sustainable economy, society and environment. Good set of links.
- French Meadow Bakery and Cafe
www.frenchmeadow.com Mouth-watering organic breads are French Meadow's specialty. We extend our warmest thanks for their food contributions to our events over the years!
- The Green Mercantile
greenmercantile.com "Healthy products for a healthy planet for healthy people." Retail a wide range of recycled and natural products including clothing, paper, toys, and home and office supplies. Located in Duluth, Minnesota.
- Living Green Expo
www.livinggreenexpo.org Join us on April 27, 2002 for this first time event at the St. Paul Armory and State Capitol Grounds to learn about practical products, ideas, resources and motivation for living more sustainably. Volunteer opportunities available
- Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy
www.me3.org ME3 is a coalition working to improve the quality of life, the environment and the economy of Minnesota by promoting energy efficiency and the sound use of renewable energy
www.nextstep.state.mn.us Sponsored by the MN Office of Environmental Assistance, NextStep is a comprehensive, interactive sustainability web site with a focus on Minnesota
- Organic Foods, Inc.
www.organicfoods-inc.com Organic Foods has long been a generous contributor of delicious organic wraps, dips and more at our events. Look for them around town!
www.leeweb.com/progressive Directory of Twin Cities area Internet sites that advocate progressive social change. Includes charitable, educational, arts, religious, and social/fraternal organizations working for social change.
- EarthTrends: The Environmental Information Portal
http://earthtrends.wri.org World Resources Institute's searchable environmental data on countries around the world in a range of categories
- Electronic Green Journal
http://egj.lib.uidaho.edu/index.html Provides peer-reviewed articles, book reviews, news, and information on current printed and electronic sources concerning international environmental topics.
http://www.ecosteps.com.au/ Australian based triple bottom line sustainability consultancy
Kiri Trees in Texas
Due to current severe changes in our Earth’s environment, it has become clear that the human race must transform rapidly and do something equally as tremendous in order to maintain a well-balanced existence with our Planet. One of the most effective and natural methods for detoxifying our Planet comes to us as a magnificent gift from Japan called the Kiri Tree, which is also referred to as the Japanese Empress Tree, and the Paulownia Tree. The benefits of this tree are boundless and amazing. Not only does the Kiri Tree absorb ten times more CO2 than any other tree but also, it soaks up toxicity in the air, dirt, and water and then expels a massive amount of Oxygen. In fact, the Kiri Tree flourishes and loves toxic soil and water. It is safe to say that it is the fastest growing tree on the planet. When planted from a seed and grown for eight years, it will be the same size as a 40-year-old Oak tree.
These very unique characteristics make the Kiri Tree the perfect tree for Texas. Texas suffers from extremely contaminated soil, air, and water, which has a harmful effect on all of its residents. So, in order to get the Kiri Tree Revolution started in Texas, Chris Sanders and Brittany Turner have begun planting seeds and clones to see which genetics will be the toughest survivors in the Texas climate. This Wonder Tree can help purify Texas and make it Green again! It is such a blessing that the Kiri Tree loves toxicity, lots of sunshine, and will reduce the CO2 levels in our environment. Since no one has planted Kiri Trees in Texas yet, Chris and Brittany will be taking pictures and documenting all of the activity so that we have the knowledge to help plant these trees all over Texas and eventually all over the United States!
We purchased these Japanese Kiri Tree seeds from http://www.kimkatz.com/MZTS1.html
Day One of Sprouting
March 20, 2007
The First Visible Germination
We planted our seeds in Jiffy Peat Pellets that we sat in a water tray.
On our second try we used rain water.
The seeds are tiny and look like little flakes of skin and are extremely fragile.
Only ten days after we sowed the seeds, we began to notice bright
green little sprouts poking their heads through the Peat Pellets.
We have watered it with a small dose of Miracle Grow mixed ( @ 1/2) in with the water.
We make sure to give the little trees LOTS of Sunshine!
You can track our growth on myspace!
Royal Paulownia & Japanese Kiri
Seed and Seedling Sources
Producers of Royal Paulownia Trees
Here is a short list of producers of Royal Paulownia plant material. These companies sell seeds or seedlings on the Internet. I have listed them as a quick start to help in ordering a Paulownia tree for the yard, ordering seed for Paulownia propagation or ordering significant numbers of trees for plantation establishment. This is not a company endorsement but a list of potential Internet sources for Royal Paulownia.
World Paulownia Institute LLC
Georgia based World Paulownia Institute Pacific International is the United States largest producer and supplier of Paulownia seedlings. The company has now introduced a new P. orienta for beautification and landscaping purposes.
Early Bird Nursery
"Early Bird specializes strictly in Paulownia, helping those who wish to start their own Paulownia plantation. Paulownia is not a "get rich quick undertaking", but it is a very promising farming alternative with a good rate of return on your investment. I have catalpafolia, elongata, tomentosa, and fortunei seeds." This company only sells seed. They are recommended by the American Paulownia Association.
Musser Forests Inc.
Musser Forests, Inc. produces over 35 million conifer and hardwood hardwood seedlings and transplants. "We offer the broadest selection of plant material available from one nursery." Musser is mainly a catalog company and geared to selling individual P. tomentosa as an ornamental.
"We at PaulowniaTrees.com offer the knowledge, expertise and materials for your entry into Paulownia forestry. Our knowledge and expertise of Paulownia production is unsurpassed. Our growers guide alone will show and tell you how to get started in Paulownia. Our Americana™ series of trees are the best, from years of research and development."
LocalHarvest is a directory of food and seed markets. Their search engine helps find products from family farms and local sources to sell online - that includes Paulownia seed. The Company says you should "shop with confidence knowing that your order is protected with our money back guarantee".
Toad Gully Growers
This is an Australian wholesale nursery specializing in forestry planting stock, in particular the fast growing Paulownia tree. "Toad Gully Growers are committed to the idea that sustainable timber plantations hold the key to conserving natural forests. Paulownia, when given the right conditions, grows quickly and produces high quality, valuable timber which is a suitable replacement for tropical rainforest timber such as Maranti and can be used for a wide range of interior uses, including moldings and cabinet making."
The Paulownia Tree Company
This company operates in Talmage, California and can be found online at dragontree.com. They carry P. elongata, P. fortunei, and the decorative P. Kawakamii.
Please email the Forestry at About if there are other companies you would like listed!
Paulownia Trees in Texas and The United States
These people will send you some trees -
have fun growing!
P.O. Box 91094
Lakeland Florida 33804
World Paulownia Institute - WPI
P.O. Box 721
Lenox, GA 31637
932 N.Buena Vista, Burbank, CA 91505
This is a way you can root from the clone
Make sure to get some of the bark with the cutting!
This should be good to grow - So I will put it in some water - fast and remember: light, wind, water.
I cut this one at six months for a cloning machine in the yard.
I hope you have fun growing!
Kiri Trees - besides leaf, tea, and hardwood income,
the trees are Waste Water Systems that can clean the soil
and help organically remediate Bayous, Rivers, Lakes & Oceans.
Help the Sustainable Angels bring Kiri Trees to your area today!
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Trees that can clean Bayous, Rivers, Lakes & Oceans.
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