MONTANA Where the buffalo roam: The Bozeman-based American Prairie Reserve is working to assemble a 3.5 million-acre park of species-rich grasslands so wildlife such as bison and pronghorn sheep can range unimpeded.
Jersey-based TerraCycle, one of the world's fastest-growing green companies, works with more than 100 big brands around the world to collect used packaging and upcycle the waste into new products, such as messenger bags made from Clif Bar wrappers and iPod cases formed from repurposed mail bags.
The Greater World Earthship Community, a 633-acre development in Cerros de Taos, is filled with passive solar houses made of natural materials like adobe and recycled tires, cans and other discarded items. The community grows its own food, harvests its own water, treats its own sewage and makes its own bio-diesel fuel.
Wall Street banker George Pakenham is no idle threat when it comes to iding cars. He approaches thousands of idlers and says, "Excuse me for bothering you... but are you aware that it's against the law to idle your car engine in NYC for more than three minutes?"
Meet the Elf, a bug-like contraption with an enclosed cab, three wheels, pedals, a solar panel and a rechargeable battery from Organic Transit in Durham, N.C. A standard ELF seats one (like a bike) and can go 15 miles without pedaling.
The Greenest Restaurant in America is the Grey Plume — whose chef and co-owner is Omaha native Clayton Chapman (see page 7 for his recipe for Pickled Beet Stems].
All that sunshine helps: Nevada leads the nation in solar energy jobs per capita.
Long live the soulful sound of the loon. New Hampshire's Loon Preservation Committee monitors loons' numbers and breeding, rescues and rehabilitates sick loons and builds nesting rafts.
Ducks Unlimited Preserve Our Prairies program is working to protect "prairie potholes," shallow depressions that are one of the world's best waterfowl nesting habitats, supporting millions of birds each year.
The Russells Point, Ohio, Honda plant receives a substantial amount of its power from on-site wind turbines.
Under a program from the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, state residents can buy ECOpasses ($5 to $200], with the money going directly to farmers and ranchers in the state who adopt no-till crop systems to stem erosion.
The Portland Composts! program lets residents put yard debris and food scraps — eggs and eggshells, bread, pasta, beans, coffee grounds, table scraps, spoiled food — out on the curb for weekly pickup, vastly cutting down on landfill waste.
At Dickinson College in Carlisle, students grow organic vegetables and raise free-range livestock on the 50-acre, USDA-certified organic farm. The food they raise is served in the dining hall, sold at a local farmers market and donated to a community food bank.
Sol Chariots Pedicab Cooperative in Providence, the brainchild of twin sisters— and avid bicyclists — Ashley (pedaling in photo) and Ally Trull, gives carbon-free, pedal-powered taxi rides, makes deliveries and offers tours of Rhode Island's capital city.
Working to buck the " trend of aging American farmers (whose average age is 57), the Dirt Works Incubator Farm near Charleston offers a three-year training program for aspiring farmers.
At the Pine Ridge Reservation, students from Oglala Lakota College and others are building prototype housing as part of the Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative.
A cleaner concert: Starting in 2014, the annual four-day Bonnaroo Music Festival launched Refill Revolution, installing water-refill stations where "sustainable Bonnaroovians" could refill their bottles for free from clean, on-site wells, saving 400,000 plastic water bottles from the landfill.