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About This Green Life

In This Green Life, Sheryl Eisenberg explores a green living issue from a personal perspective every month. A writer, website developer and long-time advisor to NRDC with a lifelong interest in nature and the environment, Sheryl began the column in 2004. Over the years, she has built a library of close to a hundred pieces on a wide range of topics, from ethical eating to green burials to the health risks of everyday products.

Back in 2004, green living guides were popping up all over the web. They were informative as far as they went, but their "eat your vegetables" approach suggested green living was just a matter of changing habits, instead of one's life. Nowhere did they acknowledge the difficulties—or rewards—of change for the individual involved.

The goal of This Green Life was to be more honest, for lack of a better word. It was to consider the living part of living green.

At least, that was Sheryl's goal.

For NRDC, it was something different. NRDC takes its membership very seriously, and around that time, members had begun clamoring for information on what they could do to help preserve the planet on a day-to-day basis. They were completely on board with NRDC's efforts in courts, legislatures and communities, but for many, it was no longer enough. They wanted to follow Gandhi's dictum, whether or not they were aware of it, and be the change they wanted to see in the world.

And NRDC wanted to oblige, so This Green Life was born.

Personal writing about green living is no longer an unusual thing. Many individuals blog about it every day. But This Green Life is still unique in that it not only reflects a real experiment in green living conducted by an actual person. It is also backed by NRDC and vetted for accuracy by NRDC's scientists and policy experts. In other words, the stories are genuine and the facts are true.

We hope you'll find This Green Life helpful in your own journey toward greener living and that you subscribe or visit regularly to see what's new. Please share your thoughts with us by email or on Sheryl's companion site, This Green Blog.

SherylSheryl Eisenberg is a writer, web developer and long-time advisor to NRDC. With her firm, Mixit Productions (mixitproductions.com), she brought NRDC online in 1996, designed NRDC's first websites, and continues to develop special web features for NRDC. She created and, for several years, wrote the Union of Concerned Scientists' green living column, Greentips, and has designed and contributed content to many nonprofit sites. Sheryl makes her home in Tribeca (NYC), where she tries to put her environmental principles into practice. No fooling.