Monday, December 15, 2008

Come on down!!

Join us at Going Green Mama for this months' APLS carnival posts.

Thanks to everyone who took time out of their busy holiday season to write. I enjoyed reading everyone's perspectives!


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Calling all APLS! A plastic problem needs to be addressed

APLS unite! Here's our "bonus" carnival opportunity for December -- and one that could make a small difference.

One of the largest half-marathons in the country is professing to "go green" with a recyling effort while adding 39,000 plastic disposable timing chips to our landfills. After years of using reusable timing chips, the 500 Festival Mini Marathon is proud to go to disposable chips. (Read my entire post here.) I think it's a crock, and I hope you agree.

Here's what I'm asking:

While I realize contracts may have been made for this year, I'm hoping to prevent this waste for future races.

Thanks for your help!

Robbie @ Going Green Mama

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

December APLS Carnival Announced!

Hello from the Heartland (not-so-sunny Indiana)! It's Robbie from Going Green Mama here to share this month's APLS Carnival topic.

Why do we think green? What’s our motivation?For many of us, the answer is simple: To maintain this world for future generations.

It’s a lesson told to us generations ago, but did we listen as well as we should have?

“Children are our greatest natural resource,” President Herbert Hoover (and Lisa Simpson) once said.

President Theodore Roosevelt told Congress more than 100 years ago:

….there must be the look ahead, there must be a realization of the fact that to
waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead
of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the
days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to
them amplified and developed.

What inspires you to help the next generation? How do you help preserve our greatest resource? What have tomorrow’s leaders – yes, those cute tikes or tenacious teenagers – taught you about what’s meaningful in this world? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

To participate in December’s APLS Carnival, please submit your posts to aplscarnival (at) gmail (dot) com by December 10. The carnival will be published at Going Green Mama on December 15.

As always, thanks for participating!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

November APLS Carnival

The carnival on Buying Local is live at Green Phone Booth. Check it out.

Many thanks to Burbanmom for hosting in November!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Carnival Extended!

We know you all are probably still hung-over from election activities, so we've extended the deadline by two days for you to submit posts. You now have until the 12th of November to post on buying local! So, stop reading, and get writing!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

What's Crunchy and Delicious and Local All Over

Our next carnival!

Get your posts on Buying Local into aplscarnival(at)gmail(dot)com by the end of the day on Monday, November 10th. Then head over to the Green Phone Booth on Saturday, November 15th, to enjoy some local APLS.

Monday, October 27, 2008

November Carnival Announced!

Hello fellow APLS! It's Burbanmom checking in to give you the topic for next month's carnival. And what a wonderful time of year to host the APLS blog! Fall is in the air and our thoughts are turning to the wonderful holiday season ahead. And, for most of us, that means a lot of shopping to be done!

Whether you're buying the perfect ingredients for a Thanksgiving feast or searching for stocking stuffers from the big red man, you will undoubtedly be faced with the decision of whether to buy local products or ones shipped from afar. Do you feel buying locally plays a large role in healing our environment? Are you a true locavore or do you make exceptions for certain items? What obstacles to buying locally do you face? Do you have any tips for others looking to buy locally? Or are there other factors, such as cost or limited selection that force you to buy items made in other parts of the world?

So many different areas to explore on the topic of buying local. I look forward to reading your posts on this topic!

To participate in November's Buying Local Carnival, please submit your posts to aplscarnival (at) gmail (dot) com by November 10. The carnival will be published at The Green Phone Booth on November 15. As always, thanks for participating!

Monday, October 20, 2008

And The Winner Is . . .

Affluent Persons Living Sustainably.

Yup! I kid you not. After all kinds of discussion, brilliant suggestions on new names and oodles of polls, we're back to where we started.

Here is the final breakdown on votes in case you've been unable to access the poll, which seems to have gone up in flames.

Affluent Persons Living Sustainably: 27%
All People Living Sustainably: 21%
Aware People Learning to Live Sustainably: 16%
Adaptable People Learning to Live Sustainably: 8%
Aspiring for Progress and Living Sustainably: 16%
Arden People Learning to Live Sustainably: 1%
Amidst Abundance, People Learning to Live Sustainably: 10%

We had a total of 86 votes, which is nearly double the number of votes in the last poll on this subject.

So, the people have spoken. Or at least clicked. We'll keep our original name and ask you to please stick with us. If you've had disagreements with the term Affluent, we hope that you'll still enjoy the community of aware, ardent, adaptable and aspiring people who all care about the same thing. Please continue to write (or at least read) posts on the topics we explore in our carnivals. Please continue to connect with others in your area via the regional groups. And, if you feel so inclined, you can use the new logo which Melinda from One Green Generation so thoughtfully created for us.

Thank you everyone for voting and commenting and discussing. We hope to see you at the next carnival on November 15, hosted at Eco Burban. Stay tuned for carnival topic details.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New APLS Carnival Up!

The October Carnival is up at Farmer's Daughter. Go check it out!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

APLS Stands For . . . You Decide

Please vote for what you think our APLS acronym should stand for. You can vote for as many options as you like. I, unfortunately, could not include all the ideas submitted because this darn poll limits me to 7 choices. Please feel free to comment, as well. Whomever's idea is ultimately chosen will get $50 donated to their charity of choice. Thank you!

Be sure to check out this month's carnival at Farmer's Daughter on Wednesday, October 15, to see what fellow apples think about educating others.

Poll closes on Saturday, Oct 18.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A is for . . .

You decide! Check out the new contest for a new APLS acronym over at Green Bean Dreams.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Great Lakes APLS: Discussion Group

How have you been? It's been a long time and I apologize for that. Why do I always bite off more than I can chew at back to school time? Then, throw in a presidential election and I am just over-extended! That said, I think it's high time for a local, Great Lakes region APLS discussion & advice group.
Got Apples? I do. Lot's of 'em. That's sort of a common theme here in the Great Lakes region. They're cheap, they're delicious, they're local and they're very kid friendly. How are you all preserving your apples for winter? I for one and planning to can applesauce, freeze apple pie fixings and try to create some kind of root cellar. But how? We are still experiencing some warm days here in Michigan. Our nights are pretty cool but when the sun is out, our day time temps can reach into the 70's and that's not root cellar cool.

So, Great Lakes APLS, what are you doing with your local apples?

If you haven't signed up for our local Great Lakes APLS group, please feel free to join here. We look forward to having you! Also, welcome to new Great Lakes APLS members Condo Blues, Selina & Ann Marie! I will be adding your name to our regional bushel basket straight away!

Friday, September 26, 2008

APLS Carnival Topic for October

Hello fellow APLS! My name is Abbie and I blog at Farmer's Daughter. I write about my attempts to live a sustainable life with my husband, our adventures in gardening, cooking, local agriculture, and some of my experiences as a high school environmental science and botany teacher. I grew up on an apple orchard, so I hope you're all enjoying apple season in your areas!

I also hope you're ready to contribute to the APLS Blog Carnival for the month of October! This month's topic will be:


How do you educate yourself about sustainable living? How do you pass that knowledge on to others? Do you educate your family members and friends? Are you a member of environmental organizations? Do you do volunteer work?

Please submit your posts to aplscarnival (at) gmail (dot) com by October 10. The carnival will be published at Farmer's Daughter on October 15.

Monday, September 22, 2008

New England in the Fall

Hello everyone and happy first day of Fall! My name is Tina and I've been blogging for a while over at; it started as a regular "these are the funny stories of my life" blog, and then, rather rapidly, morphed into an almost exclusively environmental blog. This change mirrors the change in my life. I'd always been somewhat conscious of my impact, turning off lights and being bewildered by the popularity of bottled water, but there is only so much a girl can be aware of when she lives at home (in CT) or in a college dorm (in Western MA). A little over a year ago I finally headed out into the "real world" (north of Boston in Methuen, MA) and was able to make conscious decisions about more than just how long I let the water run while brushing my teeth, but big things like how my electricity is produced and what kind of food fills my kitchen. As with everyone, I'm constantly learning and searching for new ideas. That's where this group comes in, I'm hoping that we can join together and learn from each other.

One way we could start learning together is by attending events like this one. It's an event in Boston this coming weekend, and there are supposed to be ones like it all over the nation Saturday Sept. 27 (that means all you non-New Englanders as well!) The organization is hoping to bring awareness of the need for green jobs to the candidates, and in the process, to the rest of the world. To find out if there's an event near you, check here. For anyone interested in attending the event in Boston (or anywhere else in New England) email me (gmail: tina.cardone1) or comment here to let me know. Hopefully we can arrange some car pooling (I'll be driving to the T from Methuen, MA) and start meeting each other. Since this is superbly late notice, I'll be excited if anyone makes it. In the future, we can plan things further in advance. If anyone has ideas of what you'd like to do, please, please let me know. If you have lots of ideas I might even bestow you with the title of co-coordinator. In the meantime, I'm hoping we can start a conversation through blogs and an email list and let the momentum carry us. Please comment or email me you information so we can keep in touch. I can't wait to meet you all and I'm humbled to be the regional coordinator for what I'm sure will become an inspiring group of people!

p.s. Feel free to grab the button at the top of the post for your blog and thanks to Michelle for making it!

APLS Growing in New England

APLS fever is spreading . . . to the place where our country was born. That's right! It is APLS season in New England. Tina at crstn85 has offered to pick up the bushel and peck for your maple-syrup infested neck of the woods. Of course, she wouldn't mind a little help if so any of you Yanks would like to help her co-coordinate, leave a comment here on or her introductory post.

How the New England APLS group evolve is up to you. You may end up passing about information on local events, sharing seasonal tips, swapping supplies, discussing local green politics, or meeting up in person. This regional group can be anything you want it to be - but first you have to join. Please let Tina know that your a Yankee APLS by commenting on her welcome post - coming up very soon.

If you are not yet in our bushel basket, leave a comment so we can add you. And if your region is leader-less as of yet, ask yourself if you'd like to be an APLS coordinator. No experience necessary. :) Just enthusiasm. Email us at aplscarnival(at)gmail(dot)com to volunteer.

Then stay tuned. APLS season is spreading. More regions ripening soon.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

September's Carnival

Don't forget to check in and see what everyone is saying about Affluence. September's carnival is happening over at Green Bean Dreams. Also, weigh in on whether you think we should keep Affluent as part of the group's name.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Hello Fellow California Golden State APLS!

Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm Bobbi and I’m excited about being the APLS (Affluent Persons Living Sustainably) coordinator for California.

Some factoids about me: I'm a work-from-home suburban LA publicist, former journalist, former associate producer with an unproduced screenplay in the file drawer. Your basic SoCal resident.

I’m married 20 years and have 2 daughters, 19 and 16. So if you’ve got questions about teenage girls, shoot them at me. I am a survivor.

I’m a nonfiction reader, dinner party thrower, spice and herb experimenter, media fiend and avid kickboxer. Got a political science degree from UCLA but will interact politely with USC grads. For those of you who don’t get that, it’s our cross town college rivalry.

Southern California has been home since I was a teenager. My family moved here from New Rochelle, NY for the usual reasons – the weather and a better job. I know the state and its people in my bones. My own blog, ToLiveLocal, is not only about living green, but also about living local, becoming native to a place.

I’ve been a volunteer in the community for nearly 20 years. I was fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom during the early kid years and turned my energies to working in the schools and most especially in my religious community, our synagogue. Plus I was a staff writer for our local weekly, The Acorn, as well as a local columnist for the LA Times.

I’m newly committed to the green movement. Just started composting and turning the side yard into a kitchen garden. Discovered how much paper we can recycle. Turn off lights as I move from room to room. And have done some heavy duty sweating this summer by turning off the AC.

If I had to share with you what signifies California for me, I’d say the mountains. Sure, others might mention the Pacific. Then there’s Hollywood and our redwoods, the wine country and the Golden Gate Bridge. Maybe our orange groves or the desert for those of us who can stand the heat.

But I see the mountains every single day whether I walk out to pick up the mail in the front yard or poodle poop in the back. The power of nature is always in front of me, reminding me that when the ground rumbles, it’s not always a truck going by!

Can you see that I love my state? So the rest of you Forty Niners out there, let’s band together, share green tips, local events, products and how to’s. I’m hoping we can be an Environmental News Central for each other and the other APLS. And when it comes to civic organizing, we can get the word out to each other on California issues and national issues as well.

Plus I need help and feedback. What do you guys want? Who wants to be a co-coordinator? You there in Northern California? The Central Valley? Don’t be shy. My email is .

So the great state of California casts all its Golden State APLS votes for a green tomorrow!

…can you tell I’m a political junkie too?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

APLS Are Growing in the Golden State

APLS season has spread all the way to the West Coast. The great state of California is loaded with APLS, ripe for the picking. Bobbi from To Live Local has grabbed her fruit picker and bushel basket and she is ready to organize.

If you live in the Northern half of the state and would like to coordinate activities up there, let Bobbi know and you can work together. Otherwise, look forward to sharing lots of eat local tips, news on local and state politics, and even some in person stories.

Check back soon for Bobbi's inaugural post, where you can comment to add yourself to the California bucket, and then, visit regularly, to see what us Golden Delicious apples are doing here in California.

If your region hasn't come up yet and you'd like to organize, please drop us a line at aplscarnival (at) gmail (dot) com and we'll get you set up!

What region will be in APLS growing season next? Check back later this week. More regions to be announced soon.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Join the Colorado Bushel Basket!

Thanks so much for the warm welcome, Melissa! Kellie & I are so excited to be a part of APLS! Kellie lives in Evergreen, Colorado, and I'm about an hour north of there in the small town of Lyons. We are looking forward to meeting more Colorado APLS and really want to let you guys help us determine the course of our group!

So join our Facebook page and leave a comment below letting us know where in Colorado you are, what your interests are, and what you'd like to see us do as a group. Do you just want to share green living resources and events? Do you want to have a quarterly field trip? A canning party? A cocktail party (featuring local wine and beer of course)?

I love how each person I've encountered in APLS has a different passion and a different area of expertise and hope that APLS Colorado will enjoy that same diversity. Looking forward to meeting you...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

APLS are growing in Colorado!

There’s something exciting happening in Colorado! No, I’m not talking about the Democratic National Convention. This is even better - APLS are growing! If you live in Colorado and have been feeling a bit left out of the regional fun, your wait is over – Julie from Chezartz and Kellie from Greenhab are teaming up to help APLS grow in Colorado!

They’ve actually already got the action started over on a Facebook group – check it out for info on some local events you might be interested in. Of course, not everybody is on Facebook, so they’ll also be coordinating through this site for any of you who don’t yet love Facebook. There’s also a fabulous little button they’ve designed – I’ll let them give you the code in their welcome post, which should be coming your way very soon.

Like all the APLS regional groups that have sprung up, what this group ultimately evolves into is up to all of you, and your fearless leaders. Sharing info about local events is a great starting place. Maybe you’ll also decide to use the space to organize shared transportation to these events. Maybe you’ll create some events of your own. Perhaps a listing of local food sources? What about reviews of local green businesses? Maybe you’ll use it as a forum for debating issues of interest to APLS living in your specific region. Perhaps one of you has some skill you’d like to teach others. Who knows? There are no rules, so you can help make this whatever you’d like it to be!

If you’d like to join in, please leave a comment for Julie and Kellie on their welcome post. Please let us know if you need to be added to the main bushel basket over on our sidebar at the same time.

If you’re not in Colorado, and you still haven’t found a group to call home, why not step up and take on the challenge? We’re all still learning, so the only requirement is enthusiasm! If you’re interested in organizing for your region, send us an email at aplscarnival [at] gmail [dot] com.

What part of the country will be growing APLS next?

Sunday, August 24, 2008

And Now Back to Your Regularly Scheduled Great Lakes APLS Programming!

Sorry for the delay in Great Lakes APLS programs folks, it's been a little hectic around here. Between summer vacations, four sick boys, a bad computer virus and one of the eco 'burban boy's schools closing it's doors for good without warning, things haven't been running too smoothly here.However, things are starting to settle down and I'm BACK! Back and gearing up for back to school, the end of a hot and humid summer and the crisp, cool fall weather that brings all sorts of APLS fun! I have added everyone who has signed up to the Great Lakes APLS local group to our sidebar. If your name is missing, please let me know and I will add you ASAP. For those of you without blogs, if you have an email address you would like to share, please feel free to email me and I will make sure you don't miss any APL-Y goodness.

One last note of housekeeping - we have changed our Great Lakes logo just a smidge to make it more consistent with all the other APLS groups, so please feel free to grab the new image at the top of this post and set it up on your blog or webpage. If you need directions on how to do this, just leave me a comment here at this post!

And, most importantly, the APLS Carnival September posts are due by September 10th. The topic is the term "Affluence" and what this means to you. You can read all about the APLS September Carnival and where to email your submissions here and if you missed reading the August Carnival, it's not too late, you can still get caught up over at Better Living.

Stay Tuned! Must more APLS fun coming your way this fall!

Monday, August 18, 2008

APLS Carnival Topic for September

Hey all you party goers, have you recovered from the inaugural APLS carnival over at Better Living? (If you haven't made it over there yet, drop in.) Still reveling in the aftermath? Too hung over to think? Well, the party continues.

For the month of September, the topic is . . .

Affluence. What do you think of the term? Does it apply to you? Do you dislike the word? Feel uncomfortable with it? Are there certain responsibilities that come with accepting that term? Like last month's topic, this is a broad topic. Have at it. I can't wait to read what you all come up with.

Last month's carnival was amazing. Let's do it again.

Please submit your posts to aplscarnival (at) gmail (dot) com by September 10. All submissions will be compiled at posted at Green Bean Dreams on September 15.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Just a reminder...

The first ever carnival has been posted! Check it out if you haven't already done so - we got a lot of wonderful submissions on our topic question, what does living sustainably mean to you? Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Calling All Lower Midwestern APLS!

Thanks for the introduction, Green Bean! For those who don't know me, I'm Lori from Life in Webster Groves, and I live with my husband in a small suburb just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. I'm a native Northwesterner, an architect by profession, a gardener, an avid soccer fan, and a dog-mom, to name a few characteristics, and I'm excited to be your friendly neighborhood APLS coordinator for the Lower Midwest. For now, the Lower Midwest will cover Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Kentucky. I would also love to hear from those from Southern Illinois who are so inclined, since the climate may be a bit more comparable to the Lower Midwest than the Great Lakes.

As Green Bean suggested, I'm looking for quite a few partners in crime that are willing to share success stories, listen to each other's frustrations or failures, swap recipes and gardening tips, and/or just generally serve as a support group for sustainable living. If we find we live close enough together we can arrange to borrow tools, swap produce, hit an occasional political rally or protest together, or meet for coffee sometime. I'm thinking that the breadth and diversity in this region, and the widely varying climatic shifts we tend to see should make our group discussions very interesting! I'll be taking suggestions pretty much from day one, and I expect this to be a very interactive process. So if you're interested in joining me in the Lower Midwest region, please comment on this post and let me know. If you'd rather join via email, you can do that ltepler (at) gmail (dot) com. And if you'd like to help me with the coordination efforts, you can let me know that too. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

For those with blogs, please go ahead and grab the logo and insert it into your own page. If you're a relative newbie like me, this is a fairly simple process. Just right click on the logo, hit Save As to save it to your own computer, and add it as a picture with a link back to this page. Feel free to email me if you need step-by-step instructions.

I have to say that I'm a bit swamped with a work deadline right now, but I hope to post my very first regional post in about a week. In the meantime, I'll be adding our lovely logo on the sidebar with a link to a (hopefully) growing member list, much like you see already in place for the Great Lakes. If you have any questions or comments, or just want to chat about what it means to be an APLS in the Lower Midwest, please contact me via email. You can also see what I'm up to by visiting my blog.

I'm definitely looking forward to meeting you all, virtually or otherwise!

- Lori

PS: If you are on facebook and haven't yet joined the APLS group, you can find it here. It's just another forum for discussing sustainability and what it means in our daily lives.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

APLS Are Growing in the Lower MidWest

APLS season is spreading south from the Great Lakes. It has now moved into the Lower Midwest - Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. If you are in Southern Illinois, we're considering you a Great Laker but if you think of yourself as a Lower Midwesterner, instead, hop in here. The fantastic Lori from Life in Webster Groves has offered to act as organizer for your region. She would love some friends - lots of them - but, in particular, someone who would like to help co-organize in that region would be most welcome.

What does this mean for you Lower Midwest APLS? The sky's the limit. Trading growing and local food tips. Sharing tools. Swapping clothes. Personal get togethers. Political organizing to get green measures passed. Anything is possible and Lori sounds like she's got some fun ideas up her sleeve.

Stay tuned for Lori's official launch of the Lower Midwest APLS post (along with a cute little button) soon. Lori can be reached at ltepler(at)gmail(dot)com.

And don't feel bad if you don't have an APLS region yet. All we need is for somebody to take on the challenge of organizing! If you're up to the job for your region, send us an email at aplscarnival (at) gmail (dot) com and we'll get you set up!

What region will be in APLS growing season next?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Welcoming all the Great Lakes APLS!

Thanks to Melissa for the warm welcome to all the Great Lakes APLS in the bushel! I'd like to take a quick moment to introduce myself as your regional go-to-girl for the APLS group. I'm the eco 'burban mom, an APLS located in Michigan, a lovely, yet sometimes chilly Great Lakes State.
Are you a fellow APLS hanging out in an orchard just across the Bluewater Bridge in Ontario, Canada? Or maybe you are an APLS ripening in the rolling hills of Ohio or a hearty Indiana APLS enjoying all the bounties farm country has to offer. You might very well be sweet Wisconsin or Minnesota APLS sending me all that lake effect snow November through April and boy, do my sons thank you for those snow days! Or, you could be a big city APLS from Illinois enjoying all the sophisticated Chicago fun. We all may be different kinds of APLS, but living here in the Great Lakes region we have so many of the same characteristics.

Are you concerned about the rising water temperatures in the Great Lakes causing lake fish, critters, shore lines and plant life to change right before our very eyes? Are you looking for some innovative local food sources, like rice? Yes, you read that right, rice! It does exist right there in Michigan and Manoomin rice dates back to the original Native Americans. You might be looking for someone to commiserate with when the temperature is 10 below and your kids are stuck inside and you need to crank that furnace up just a smidge. Do you have a great green book or gadget you want to pass around? Well, then, you are in the right place!

If that all sounds good to you, maybe you might be interested in meeting a local APLS for coffee or planning a meet up. Hey, all those cool kids on the west coast are getting to know each other in the Northwest and in California, so let's not get left out and start something of our very own. Even if it means we'll be wearing mittens and scarves instead of flip flops and bathing suits. We will send those warm weather dwellers pictures of our lumpy and bundled up bodies so they can laugh and see how global warming affects us cold weather APLS.

I look forward to getting to meet each and every APLS growing right here in the Great Lakes region! Make sure to check back here on a regular basis (or add us to your blogroll) to see what's new or to find out who else has joined our group. There will be an updated list on the sidebar under our very own Great Lakes icon (designed just for us by a green superhero) to quickly tell you what's growing locally in our region on the APLS blog. I already know for a fact there is an APLS in Illinois that would love to show you the giant pumpkins growing in her neighborhood and I, for one, would love to borrow your dehydrator! So, do you want to swap recipes? Need to find a great green book? How about trading around a Kill-A-Watt or swapping some canning supplies? Well, let's do that and a have a bushel basket of fun while getting to know each other!

Email me at ecoburbanmom (at) gmail (dot) com to find out more, to be added to our regional group or check out my blog to find out about living in the 'burbs of Detroit and going green with four boys, two dogs and a husband. Leave me a comment right here and let's get this party started!

WELCOME Great Lakes APLS! We're so glad you're here!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

APLS are growing in the Midwest / Great Lakes Region!

There's some exciting news for all you APLS in the Midwest / Great Lakes Region! The one and only Eco 'Burban Mom has agreed to act as the regional leader for your region!

What does this mean, exactly? Well, any number of all depends on what you guys want to see. We've talked about the value of organizing in smaller regionally based groups as a way to share information about local food sources or the best thrift shops. We've also discussed it as a jumping off point to organize some "real life" get togethers. Maybe you'll want to use it to share canning supplies amongst yourselves rather than buying your own, discuss the greenness of those running in local elections, or share reviews of local green businesses. It can be anything YOU want it to be!

If you're feeling sad that there's nothing organized for your region yet, don't be! All we need is for somebody to take on the challenge of leadership! If you're up to the job for your region, send us an email at aplscarnival (at) gmail (dot) com and we'll get you set up!

Look for Eco 'Burban Mom's introductory post in the next few days! If you want to chat with her about APLS in the Midwest / Great Lakes Region, you can contact her at ecoburbanmom (at) gmail (dot) com.

What region will be in APLS growing season next?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

First APLS Blog Carnival Topic

What does living sustainably mean to you? For our first ever APLS Blog Carnival, I thought we'd stick to the basics. Since APLS stands for Affluent People Living Sustainably, let's hear how you define sustainable living, and how it plays out in your life.

It's a broad topic, so be as creative with it as you'd like!

Please submit a post on this topic by August 12th to aplscarnival (at) gmail (dot) com if you'd like to be included in the carnival. Submissions will be reviewed and posted on August 15th.

If you have any questions or suggestions at all, please be sure to drop us an email. We'd love to hear from you and can't wait to read all the submissions!

Friday, July 18, 2008


Welcome to the APLS Carnival! This is your home base for our once a month blog carnival, focusing on the issues of sustainability, green living and more.

Here's how it'll work. Whoever is hosting the blog carnival that month, gets to pick a topic of their choosing, so long as it relates to "APLS," that is, living sustainably in an affluent society. They'll announce the topic selection on or around the 15th of the prior month. (So if you're hosting for October, topic selection will be announced September 15th.) If you'd like to contribute to the carnival, you'll have about two weeks to put a post together on the chosen topic, and then you'll submit your topic to aplscarnival (at) gmail (dot) com.

The carnival will then be published on the host's site around the 1st of the month.

And that's it. Our goal is to keep this fairly simple, but fun.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Here are the answers to your burning questions about the APLS Carnival!

What's a blog carnival?

A blog carnival is a regular event wherein a group of bloggers publish entries on a specific topic, and said entries are compiled on one person's blog. See Wikipedia for a more in depth definition.

How do I contribute to the carnival?

Write a post that pertains to the monthly topic, and then submit the permalink URL for your post to aplscarnival (at) gmail (dot) com.

What's the deadline?

It's up to the carnival host's discretion, but in order to be guaranteed a spot in the carnival, please submit your entry two days before the carnival is set to be published.

When are the carnivals published?

On or about the 1st of the month. Sometimes a little later depending. (We're guessing people will be too hung over January 1st to be interested in blog carnivals.)

Can I submit to the carnival if I'm not a "green-blogger?"

Sure! The more the merrier. We don't care if you're an eco-blogger, a mommy blogger, a money blogger, or a politics blogger. We don't even care if your blog has a topic. We can only benefit from the diversity of viewpoint offered by a wide range of blogs. Moreover, one of our goals with the APLS project is to create a social network for people interested in sustainable living. The more diverse a network, the stronger it is and the more likely it is to grow. As long as your post is related to the topic at hand, we are happy to include you.

Can I submit to the carnival if I don't have a blog?

I'm glad you asked! The answer is yes!! We want to include non-bloggers in the fun too. If you don't have a blog, then simply submit your full post to us, and we'll put your post up on the APLS site.

How do I host the carnival?

Email us at aplscarnival (at) gmail (dot) com if you're interested in hosting. We aren't going to start scheduling carnival hosts more than a few months in advance, so please don't be offended if we don't immediately put you on the schedule. We'll keep all the names on the list though, and then randomly select hosts every few months.

What are the duties of the carnival host?

Pretty simple. Basically, you have to host the carnival on your blog website. You come up with the topic, you'll receive the submissions via email, you'll compile them, and then and this is very important, write a little bit of commentary about the posts. We don't want this to just be a bunch of links to posts. It doesn't have to be a lot, but you should include a line or two of thoughtful commentary about each submission.

What's the code to put your little APLS doodad on my blog?

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I have a question you didn't cover.

Email us at aplscarnival (at) gmail (dot) com, and we'll be happy to answer your question!