Queen of Green archives

  • Photo: How to make a difference

    How to make a difference

    April 9, 2015

    People like you are making a difference in their local communities — where real change happens. Meeting your neighbours and producing results at the block level creates hope and builds social capital. More »

  • Photo: How to be a good neighbour

    How to be a good neighbour

    April 8, 2015

    My neighbours walk my dog, babysit my son, loan tools, invite us over for dinner AND let me into my home when I lock myself out. What kind of neighbour are you? More »

  • Photo: How to house swap

    How to house swap

    April 1, 2015

    Before you plan your next trip, consider house swapping. You get your home occupied while you're out of town AND a neighbourhood home base at your destination. More »

  • Photo: How to talk to your farmer

    How to talk to your farmer

    March 13, 2015

    Do you have mixed feelings about the meat you eat? Here are questions to ask your farmer. Eating "nose-to-tail", like my grandparents did, is making a comeback! More »

  • Photo: Five ways to recycle less

    Five ways to recycle less

    March 10, 2015

    We're feeling too good about recycling... It's the last "R" in, "reduce, reuse and recycle"! Here's why you should never recycle another glass jar. More »

  • Photo: How to make a

    How to make a "waste-less" air travel kit

    March 5, 2015

    Did you know you can use Aeroplan Miles to fly to see Grandma, offset carbon emissions from your trip AND donate them to the David Suzuki Foundation? More »

  • Photo: How to find guilt-free chocolate, coffee and more

    How to find guilt-free chocolate, coffee and more

    March 3, 2015

    The Rainforest Alliance's green frog indicates eco-friendly chocolate, coffee, tea, sugar and bananas. They award their seal to farms that meet the rigorous social and environmental standards set by the Sustainable Agriculture Network. More »

  • Photo: How to become a Queen of Green Coach

    How to become a Queen of Green Coach

    February 20, 2015

    Want to be a Queen of Green Coach? You'll experience community, combat apathy, be inspired AND be an inspiration. We'll also discuss fears, angst and sadness about environmental issues. More »

  • Photo: Community action starts with you

    Community action starts with you

    February 17, 2015

    Ten ideas to fire up your commitment to the people and places you love, and make your neighbourhood a better place to live! (Tested by my Queen of Green Coaches and their families.) More »

  • Photo: How to make deodorant

    How to make deodorant

    February 12, 2015

    Instead of shopping defensively, reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals by making your own deodorant. My recipe is fit for the whole family — even winning over some hard-core skeptics. More »