In southwest Montana, people ride bikes, eat local, shop at mom-and-pops, and enjoy coffee out of reusable cups. We take pride in our efforts to keep the place we call home beautiful—for us and our grandchildren.

Bossenbrook, Mark
With the Occupy Wall Street movement gaining momentum across the country—from Wall Street to Oakland to demonstrations here in town—it’s clear the American people are fed up with the way things are now. For some, the “occupy” mentality is a nuisance. For others, it’s a mantra. Read more >>
VanWert, Brad
It might seem that our society’s concerns for fossil-fueled dependence have only transpired within the last few decades, but as it turns out, research and development of more sustainable fuel sources dates back to the 1800s. Read more >>
Kelley, Amy
In today’s climate of divisive discourse, it can be extremely difficult to have a meaningful discussion of “living green” without it deteriorating into finger-pointing and name-calling. Read more >>
Jennings, Matt
Bike commuting in winter definitely takes commitment. Sure, spring, summer, and fall can all have their wet and cold days, but most of the time it's dry, the days are longer, and the temperature is above freezing (usually). Read more >>
VanWert, Brad
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McMahon, Amy
Springtime is finally here... and that means the fresh produce of summer gardens. However, if you’re like me, you live in an apartment, and the only space available for your gardening dreams are your windowsills. Read more >>
Cashman, Jan
Want to grow your own veggies? Interest in raised-bed gardening is growing, and the local climate and soils make them a great way to go in Bozeman. Here's how to get started.Why a Raised Bed? Read more >>
Calio, Alexa
Montana weather may be blissful for skiers, but it can be notoriously hard on homeowners’ wallets. Luckily there are a variety of things you can do to reduce energy costs. Read more >>
Warren, Becky
Without a doubt, offering local and organic food is definitely a trend in Bozeman's restaurants these days. Norris Hot Springs, Wild Joe’s Coffee House, the Emerson Grill, Weebee’s Café, Nova Café, and John Bozeman’s Bistro are just a few examples. Read more >>
Harrison, Melynda
On a cool morning this past July, nearly 20 sixth and seventh graders from Sleeping Giant Middle School gathered on the Voyich Ranch in Livingston. They faced Fleshman Creek and Park High agriculture education teacher Kevin Fox. Read more >>
Muennich, Pete
Saving some coin on your morning cup of joe is not only a smart thing to do, but it's surprisingly easy. Most every shop in town offers some kind of discount for bringing your own mug, so go buy one of those hip coffee vessels, and let the savings begin! Read more >>
England, Mike
If you’ve got a hankering to make your own outdoor clothing, here’s one place to start: Montana Outdoor Fabric on in downtown Bozeman. Hiding inside this little white house across from Willson School are stacks upon stacks of fabric, of every imaginable kind and color. Read more >>
Schroeder, Dave
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. These are the core concepts of environmental awareness. But other, less intuitive concepts such as the prevention of waste, known as precycling, can be equally important. Read more >>
McMahon, Amy
The controversy is an old one: ranchers eke out a living doing work that is important and will never be easy. Conservationists do not approve of the pesticides, growth hormones, and environmental issues associated with ranching. There doesn't seem to be much of a common ground. Read more >>
Orem, Tina
Bring your rusty ride into the Bozeman Bike Kitchen's annual recycle drive and they'll fix it up, shine it up, and give it up to somebody who needs it. Read more >>
It occurred to me one morning, while waiting at the local java hut for my delicious, life-affirming morning ritual, that I drink a lot of coffee. At least one per day, every day. That’s a lot of paper cups. Read more >>
Patterson, Amber
Now it's a little easier to support the valley’s farmers in the dead of winter. Starting January 17, 2010, the Emerson Center hosts a winter farmers’ market every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. Read more >>
Hoberecht, Suzy Hall
Try these tips to start making the home front more environmentally friendly. And because most of these are going to result in energy savings, they may even help keep a bit more green in your wallet. Get Better Lighting Read more >>
Kuntz, Steve
When the farmers’ markets open in the spring, a bike ride out to Bogert Park or the fairgrounds for some morning air and conversation with friends is a favorite activity. Talented young musicians serenade the crowd with violins. Read more >>
Orem, Tina
I started buying bottled water a few years ago, when I decided to start living by the 64-ounces-a-day rule. At first, the bottles were great. I could put a few in the car, two in my gym bag, and one in the diaper bag. I always had a bottle nearby, and I was finally drinking enough water. Read more >>
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