Elements of a Green Bathroom

Green materials and ecological design are the cutting-edge ways to implement sound health and hygiene practices, ensuring that clean water, clean air, and healthy habitats remain available for all species. More…

5 Tips for Choosing a Low-Flow Toilet

Whether your motivation is environmental responsibility, saving money, or meeting building codes, installing a more efficient toilet is an effective and easy way to upgrade your home. More…

Creating a Green Kitchen: From Resource Planning to Maintenance

The kitchen is the home’s work center and a top resource consumer. You can mitigate many of the kitchen’s environmental impacts—and provide a healthier environment for your household—by following these recommendations for the design, materials specification, construction process, and use of your kitchen. More…

Selecting Green Paint

In-depth comparisons of latex, natural, and oil paints. This overview covers the environmental and health impacts associated with most types of paint on the market. More…

Is Your Home Affecting Your Children’s Health?

By Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP

Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP, is assistant director of the Mount Sinai Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, the nation’s first academic research and policy center to examine the links between exposure to toxic pollutants and childhood illness. More…

Creating a Safe, Healthy Room for Your Child

The emerging medical science of pediatric environmental health is finding that children are more susceptible to environmental hazards than adults. You can reduce the risks your children face with careful attention to their nursery’s design, materials, and maintenance. More…

10 Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Resource Efficient

Windows and skylights are the most energy-efficient method of clearing vapors and indoor air toxins from your kitchen. With enough openings, placed for cross and stack ventilation, you can run your exhaust fan only to evacuate the heaviest cooking odors. More…

Remodeling Your Kitchen: Why Go Green?

By Kirsten Ritchie

The kitchen is the most energy-intensive room in the house. Oversized and energy-inefficient appliances are the number-one problem with conventional kitchen remodels. More…

3 Tips for Buying Green Furniture

When shopping for furniture with the planet and your health in mind, weigh your priorities. Are you chemically sensitive? If so, among other concerns, you’ll need to find furniture with fewer bonding agents and reduced formaldehyde content. More…

Navigating the Flooring Thicket: Find the Greenest Way to Meet Your Needs

In-depth reviews of flooring materials -- Bamboo, Stone, Cork, Ceramic & Glass, Tile, Wood, Linoleum, Rubber, and Carpets & Rugs. Your choice of flooring will affect everyone in your home for decades and have substantial impacts on the environment at large. More…