Is H&G going green, or is it a passing fancy? A visit to the editorial offices from Worldchanging author/activist Alex Steffen seems to have engendered a new evangelism among the Chron's editors and writers, with (count 'em) six green pieces in this Saturday's section. Will it stick? [Highlights after the jump...]
• Garden Snake: In the second of Zahid Sardar's new monthly features on innovative design, we get a behind-the-scenes look at the many pieces that had to come together, both literally and figuratively, to turn a delapidated Mission park into a fabulous neighborhood playground complete with a giant mosaic sea serpent from artists Mark Roller and Colette Crutcher.
• Helping consumers rein in the holiday excess: Alex Steffen (from Seattle's Worldchanging.com) enlists his way with a phrase in the campaign to make the world greener. Not only does he suggest looking into the "backstory" of every gift (what went into making it) before you decide it's a must-buy, but also being wary of the way many goods are "greenwashed" these days to appeal to conscientious shoppers.
• AROUND THE HOUSE: Here's a question: Why does Susan Fornoff get top billing for this column when Sally Socolich is contributing as well? Anyway, this week they spotlight bargains at Trove, free maps from the California Geological Survey in Menlo Park for wrapping holiday gifts, and the Crucible's Gifty Holiday Art Sale.
• Use terraces to create a level planting field: Deborah K. Rich completes a trilogy of articles on terracing a hillside with this detailed how-to from John Jeavons, dierctor of the nonprofit Ecology Action.