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Hey Mr. Green

Sierra Magazine's Answer Guy Answers Your Green Living Questions

Mr. Green

Bob Schildgen (aka Mr. Green) was managing editor and book review editor of Sierra magazine for many years, and continues to write Sierra's popular "Hey Mr. Green" environmental advice column. A native of rural Wisconsin, where he grew up on a farm, Schildgen now resides in Berkeley, California, where he indulges his passions for gardening and thrift by growing two dozen types of vegetables in his backyard.


Mr. Green Has Moved!

Posted on 28 April 2012 | 12:10 am

Sierra's answer guy is still dishing out advice.


How Can I Make Great Gas Mileage Even Better?

Posted on 16 September 2011 | 9:19 pm

Hey Mr. Green, My 2007 Ford Focus has given me 44 mpg on highway trips, but I want to improve its mileage even more. Is it more fuel efficient to coast down hills and ride the brakes when necessary, resulting...


Food Packaging, Food Cost, and the Environment

Posted on 9 September 2011 | 7:24 pm

Hey Mr. Green, I know that buying individual packaged items such as pudding, applesauce, or juiceboxes is bad when purchased at a normal grocery store, but is there any environmental reason not to buy these items at a discount grocery...


How Do Fluorescent Lights and LEDs Compare?

Posted on 3 September 2011 | 5:46 pm

Hey Mr. Green, Your comparison showing energy use of incandescent bulbs to fluorescent bulbs was interesting. So how do LED bulbs compare to fluorescents? —Jeff, in Southhampton, U.K. Your question arrived the day after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued...


Good as Gold, or Just Bad Gold? What's the Deal with Jewelry?

Posted on 28 August 2011 | 7:24 pm

Hey Mr. Green, I am looking for engagement rings for my girlfriend. We are both very eco-minded, and reducing our impact on the planet is very important to us. I have been looking between two companies, Brilliant Earth and Blue...


What's it Cost to Run Those TVs in My Gym?

Posted on 21 August 2011 | 6:05 pm

Hey Mr. Green, My gym (women only) is often very lightly attended in the afternoons. Then, even during the busy times, those clients using the cardio machines are usually watching the TV. But all day long, there are 8 large...


Chinese Products and the Environment: Buy or Boycott?

Posted on 12 August 2011 | 9:21 pm

Hey Mr. Green, I was recently at a large outdoor retailer’s summer sale, and saw people like me loaded up with “eco-friendly" outdoor supplies, 98 percent of which are made in China. I believe that manufacturers go to China to...


Tree Lies

Posted on 3 August 2011 | 9:50 pm

Hey Mr. Green, I recently read that there are more trees now in the United States than ever before. Is this true?--Betsy in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin People propagating such claims should be plopped down in the woods to do a tree...


Bamboo Blessings

Posted on 3 August 2011 | 9:49 pm

Hey Mr. Green, A friend and I are debating whether bamboo is as environmentally friendly as it's billed to be. Sure, it grows fast. But it has a tremendous carbon footprint since it has to be shipped from overseas. Then...


Is Congress Going to Handcuff the EPA? What's the Deal?

Posted on 29 July 2011 | 4:37 pm

Hey Mr. Green, I hear that the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that will do big-time damage to the EPA’s ability to protect the environment. What’s the deal? —Mel, in Ames, Iowa The deal is bad, extremely...


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