• Loose change

    Calvin Frost January 25, 2016
    || During the Christmas/New Year break I began reading Crazy Christians. So far it’s been pretty good. In one of the chapters it talked about Steve Jobs and Apple and one of their original commercials in the early 90’s. The founders of Apple…

  • Dear Santa (Bill Gates)

    Dear Santa (Bill Gates)

    Calvin Frost November 20, 2015
    || Dear Bill Gates, Merry Christmas and here’s hoping you have many more. I just finished reading your interview with James Bennett in The Atlantic. Pretty lofty comments and at times a bit casual (and cavalier), at least that was my take.&n…

  • Getting over the Green Fence

    Calvin Frost October 13, 2015
    || I received a note from a reader about my last column on carbon cycle, climate change and super bugs. He reminded me that “fire” is in many ways analogous to the devastation caused by the pine bark beetle.  He’s right!  Dro…

  • A delicate balance

    Calvin Frost September 7, 2015
    || I know I said I was going to write about “how to create a wasteless industry using renewable energy as the solution” in this issue.  However, I received an email from a reader requesting more detailed information on “carbon cyc…

  • Climate change, legal prostitution and the pine beetle

    Calvin Frost July 21, 2015
    || Some of you may know that I live in Chicago. As a Midwestern transplant I read as much as possible about our region – its successes, cleaner Great Lakes, for example. And, its failures, stock piling petcoke, the by-product generated during the…

  • Capitalism combats pollution

    Capitalism combats pollution

    Calvin Front June 3, 2015
    || I didn’t get invited to The Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics Conference in Santa Barbara, CA, USA in March and I can’t figure out why. I’m the only voice of reason in the ongoing debate on “Emissons vs. Efficiency”…

  • Trust me

    Calvin Frost April 16, 2015
    || I love this: “All statements are true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense and true and false and meaningless in som…

  • The preposterous pipeline

    Calvin Frost March 9, 2015
    || Lester Brown will close the Earth Policy Institute (EPI) at the end of June. He will retire and EPI will cease to function as a global environmental think tank. I was sad to hear this but understand his rationale. Lester is 80 and good for him to rec…

  • Talk about choice and change

    Calvin Frost January 26, 2015
    || Wow.  Bill, do you remember John? No, not that John.  John Hall, the guy who started Goose Island Brewery.  You’re not going to believe this, but I ran into John during the holidays. I had stopped to have a beer and a brat at his…

  • Messages of hope

    Calvin Frost November 17, 2014
    || As we close 2014, two celebrations need to be shared. Both affect the way I think about our world, our land, and the need to conserve and follow good practices that protect and nurture. One is a glimpse into purpose and passion and leaves a message I…

  • Keep the change

    Calvin Frost October 10, 2014
    || Thursday at Labelexpo was a bit slower than Tuesday and Wednesday. It gave me a chance to walk the show and look for change, change that would affect our industry and make an impact. While Tuesday and Wednesday were exhilarating, it was a grueling 48…

  • Second chances

    Calvin Frost September 9, 2014
    || I was reading Dr. Seuss before I went to visit my friend Jack in the hospital. He had a terrible strain of pneumonia and nearly died. The staff at the hospital induced a coma for about two weeks. He lived with a respirator and a feeding tube during t…

  • Thunder and lignin

    Calvin Frost July 21, 2014
    || I just sent $50 to Friends of the Earth.  I don’t know how they found me but they did.  I suppose I’m on every “green” list in the world and most of the time the request for money falls on deaf ears. The messages are…

  • It’s all about people

    June 2, 2014
    || People really do make a difference. Sure, when we talk about driving change to more sustainable practices, it’s stewardship. But, at the end of the day, it is focus and commitment by individuals that effect change.  There are several stori…

  • Going public

    Calvin Frost April 15, 2014
    || For the last month or so I’ve been caught between religion and safety culture.  I’m not sure why, but it’s happened (am I getting older?). I can’t seem to make them connect: one is so subjective and the other totally blac…

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