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Omega Institute Transitioning to a Sustainable Future
Weaving Individual and Community Change to Create the World We Want
As with any change, whether it's a transformation of consciousness or something as simple as becoming more physically fit, there is a transition period. Looking back it may seem like a quantum leap has occurred, a jump from one state of being to another, but in the moment, in the present, a transition is always occurring. More
Omega Institute Earthship Taos, New Mexico
Looking to the Past for Inspiration for the Future
It's been 20 years since James Howard Kunstler called the American built environment "The Geography of Nowhere"—development based increasingly and broadly on erasing regional differences in building, on unyielding suburban similarity, on throwing more energy at every design problem as the default solution.  More
Omega Institute Avoiding the One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Sustainability
Eco-Friendly, Site-Specific Sanitation Solutions
Access to basic sanitation is key to a truly regenerative future. (If you don’t agree with that statement yet, check out our article Toilets and Clean Water for All.) The way we provide this service and build these systems gives us with an opportunity to use new technologies that work with natural principles to process wastewater in an ecologically responsible way.  More
Omega Institute Composting Gone Wrong to Right by Eric Steinman
The Transformative Power of Composting
The human stomach is a wondrous muscular hollow that is truly the center of magical transformation in the human body. Sure, the brain gets much of the attention for making us rational and evolved, but the stomach allows you to bring something from outside of your body (food) and convert it into you—the conduit between you and the edible world that surrounds you. More
Omega Institute The Next Sustainable Culinary Frontier: Insects by Eric Steinman
How Eating Insects May Be in Your Sustainable Future
Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of Gourmet and award-winning author, recently told the New York Times, “We should all be eating insects, and we all will be eating insects. They are a perfectly reasonable source of protein.” These comments were not the random mutterings of a disaffected food critic, but a response to a recent report issued by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) promoting human consumption of insects as an environmentally sustainable means of feeding the planet. More
Omega Institute Best Mobile Food Apps by Eric Steinman
A World of Food Choices in the Palm of Your Hand
When choosing what to eat, it is safe to say that 90% of the time such choices are not made in front of our computers, scrutinizing the latest analytics about sustainability and pesticide concentrations. No, these choices are more often made on the go, when we are standing in wonder amongst the menus, farm stands, and variety of food options we are to navigate on a daily basis. Thankfully we have that 21st century tool, the smart phone app, that aggregates and delivers information about the food we eat with just a few swipes of our finger. More
Omega Institute Skip the Toxins and Make Healthy Snacks for the Kids
Research has found that children exposed to the chemicals in food packaging are more likely to be obese or develop insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. One study in the journal PLOS ONE, found a link between obesity and Bisphenol-A (BPA), used in everything from metal cans to plastic bottles, while another study, published in the September issue of Pediatr More
Building a Rain Garden
You can build a rain garden in your own yard, just like those near Omega's Main Hall and Dining Hall. A rain garden is planted a little lower in the ground than a normal garden to help catch stormwater. This low-maintenance gardening style adds more plants to your yard, attracts more butterflies and wildlife, and can even help prevent moisture damage to your home. More

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