Author: Karina Grudnikov, ENN

  • The Art of the Eco-Friendly Wedding

    This past Sunday, American Idol Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox was married boyfriend Brian Walker in a small ceremony at a club where the two first met. What makes Bowersox worthy of a blog discussion here on ENN is the fact that her wedding was eco-friendly, ranging from her custom gown to the local, organic bakery she picked to cater the wedding. For one thing, her wedding dress was custom-made by Tara Lynn, a Vermont-based designer who is committed to designing Earth-friendly, sustainable fashion (her studio is also solar-powered!). The dress was a custom mix of hemp and cotton, and the train included seashells and beads…

  • Understanding Carbon Offsetting

    Most of us know about carbon emissions and understand the idea of our own individual “carbon footprint,” but here is a new concept that seems to be catching on: carbon offsetting. Carbon offsetting seems to be an indirect way to “reduce” one’s carbon footprint – by paying someone else to support eco-friendly projects. Below is a fantastic article from Sierra Club Green Home that helps explain what carbon offsetting is, the projects it supports and other useful information, such as how to make a smart pick of company if you do want to support carbon-offseting. Win-win or pay to sin? To read more of this story, and to comment on it, visit the ENN Community Blog at