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November 11, 2008: In This Edition of the Insider
  • Yes, We Did!
  • How Green Is Your Cuisine?
  • Supporting Veterans and Their Families
  • Green Your Holiday Travels
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    What a Difference a Week Makes
    Congratulations to President-Elect Obama -- and also to the thousands of Sierra Club volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure that he and other environmentally friendly candidates prevailed in last week's election.As Executive Director Carl Pope wrote in his blog, "Everywhere you looked, 'new energy for America' trumped 'drill baby drill.'"

    To see how important energy was in this election, check out our compilation of energy messages from candidates around the country

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    How Green Is Your Cuisine?
    Want to green your cooking, but don't want to shell out for a cucumber-colored Cuisinart? An eco-friendly kitchen is about more than your appliances and counters -- it's about serving food that's easy on the belly and the planet.

    Sample question: Your guests want their martinis shaken, not stirred. You'll fill the shaker with ice cubes from (a) a tray in your freezer, (b) the icemaker built into the refrigerator door, so you don't have to open the freezer. That's one of the easy ones.

    Test your green-cooking skills here.


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    For Those Who Serve (and Their Loved Ones)
    On Veteran's Day, it's good to remember that those who protect our country also deserve to enjoy its natural wonders. The Sierra Club's Military Family Outdoor Initiative supports organizations that provide military veterans, service members, and their families with the mental and physical benefits of outdoor experiences.

    Thanks to these programs, the children of a deployed parent can go to summer camp, military families can reconnect on weekend getaways, and combat-theater veterans and active-duty service members can experience challenging wilderness adventure courses. 

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    Green Holiday Travel
    Even dedicated staycationers can be lured from home during the season of family gatherings. This week on the Green Life, we'll offer tips on how to green your holiday travel.

    Tip #1: Put Your Bag on a Diet. The more weight those planes, trains, and automobiles have to carry, the more fuel they use. Do your part to cut emissions by sporting a streamlined suitcase. Packing early will give you time to weed out unnecessary items. Check with your host or hotel to find out if appliances such as hairdryers will be available. Coordinate with your traveling companions to avoid doubling up on items that can be shared, such as toothpaste or shampoo. Find more tips for smart packing from OneBag or Rick Steves.

    Share your tips: What are your tricks for packing light?

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    The Berry Best and Worst
    Thanksgiving's around the corner. Do you know which organic cranberries passed our taste test and which fell flat?

    Find out here!



    Not So Creaky Creek Cleaner
    Think you can't make a difference? Consider the story of Sierra Club member Carl Wolfe, whose two-year effort to clean up a creek included rappelling 50 feet to the base of a waterfall.

    Carl's 69 years young and a Tennessee Governor's Volunteer Star.

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