As a freshman in college, you forget to complain. The sheer newness of it all (the people, the textbooks, the dorm) tends to suffocate most into a subconscious oblivion. Looking back on those fragile semesters, freshman year proved to be more of an extended summer camp—albeit one with a lot of extra bookwork. Turning a green leaf was on my To-Do List right under "Make Friends," "Get a Brilliant GPA" and "Figure Out Where My Next Class Is."
This July, four moms climbed 14,000 feet to the summit of Mount Rainier in Washington State to demand that Washington’s largest contributor to global warming—the TransAlta coal-fired power plant in Centralia—be shut down by 2015 and replaced with efficient and renewable energy. E sat down with Jennifer, Julie, Katie and Genevieve to talk about preparing for the big climb, being superheroes to their kids and putting pressure on the governor.
While consumers across the world increasingly recycle their old batteries, coffee makers and MP3 players, most electric and electronic waste from offices and factories still ends up in landfills. But in Norway, an industry-run program now collects 98% of such waste.