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