March 27, 2012:In the quest to keep children quiet for an hour or so, many parents blindly trot out to see whatever animated movie is showing in theaters. While The Lorax, with its Seussian provenance and environmental message, was... read more >
May 3, 2011:Even though I’ve been a mother for six years, I still find it a pleasant surprise to be on the receiving end of a Mother’s Day gift. My daughter is the one who reminds me that Mother’s Day is coming, and that she has made... read more >
October 14, 2010:As America struggles to get back to work, community colleges are preparing to bring their students where the jobs are -- on wind farms, in the green building sector, and elsewhere in the new green economy. More than 300... read more >
October 5, 2010:On Friday, the U.S. Green Building Council officially launched its Center for Green Schools, an initiative devoted to changing how America’s schools are designed, constructed and operated. The center boasts a multi-million... read more >
September 17, 2010:Half of the clothing that Americans buy is made in China, where textile-making is one of the most polluting industries in the world and the number-one source of water pollution. A new initiative seeks to change that.
September 3, 2010:On village roads like these -- they’re footpaths, really, being pressed into service as roads -- having a pint-sized car is an advantage. And when gas runs nearly $4 a gallon, in a country where the average income is about $... read more >
August 19, 2010:People in this village, as I mentioned earlier, are a little suspicious of refrigerators. I offered some day-old refrigerated leftovers to Leela, a local housewife who's helping us with the cooking. She politely declined,... read more >
August 17, 2010:In Bangalore, the center of India's high-tech industry, bricks and mortar are still very much in evidence. On a single block in a quiet residential neighborhood of this laid back southern Indian city, I spotted four... read more >
August 8, 2010:"Current poyo?" asks a man on a bicycle, seeing our house in darkness. Yes, we tell him, the current has gone. Power outages are a frequent occurrence here in this village in Kerala, on India's palm-fringed southwest coast,... read more >
Shanti Menon juggles freelance writing and motherhood in New York City. She writes about science, the environment, travel, education, and the antics of her two small children. Her work has appeared in Discover, Yoga Journal, The New York Post and other publications.